The United States of America (also referred to as the United States, the U.S., the USA, the States, or America) is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district.

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Do 99.99% of federal grand juries indict?

The headline of this Washington Post article advertises: The single chart that shows that federal grand juries indict 99.99 percent of the time The chart itself compares the number of cases that ...
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Does a video show Michael Brown robbing a store in Ferguson the day he was shot?

The Inquisitr reports that there is a conspiracy theory regarding the alleged robbery by shooting victim Michael Brown. The theory claims that the video, claimed by the police to prove Brown robbed a ...
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Was Lil B's lecture the first ever shirtless lecture at MIT?

I stumbled across this article: Lil B gave the first ever shirtless lecture at MIT. Was Lil B's lecture the first ever shirtless lecture at MIT? Shirtless =
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Are these claims about Owsley County, KY factual [duplicate]

Facebook is a great source of notable claims. Another one today is this picture: There seem to be three separate claims in this picture: Is Owsley County 99%+ white? Is Owsley County 95% ...
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Have prior U.S. Presidents used executive actions to change immigration policy

I only caught 2 seconds of it on the TV news, but I heard President Obama claim that what he was doing with respect to Immigration Policy was not novel and in fact X-number of prior presidents had ...
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Do US farmers apply Roundup to non-GMO wheat crops 7-10 days before harvest?

This article makes the claim that: Standard wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the ...
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Is voter turnout inversely correlated with Republican success?

I was reading this blog post (mostly because I was procrastinating and I got click-baited), and this particular statement jumped out at me. Remember, the higher the turnout, the worse Republicans ...
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Has cessation of water fluoridation lead to a 90-200% increase in cavities in children?

A news piece by KWCH 12 in Wichita Kansas about a local community voting on whether to cease water fluoridation quotes local dentist, Doctor Allison Lesko, as saying: Depending on which grade ...
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Did the US Government invent ebola to test bioweapons in Africa?

It has been going around that the US government was responsible for creating Ebola in order to test their Bioweapons as stated by CBS news: The largest newspaper in Liberia published a conspiracy ...
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Are Jim Rogers, George Soros, Warren Buffet converting their stocks into cash holdings?

According to the article “Buffett's $55 Billion Gamble is a Bet on U.S. Collapse, Warns CIA Economist”, a number of billionaires have taken a cash position on their holdings at the expense of stocks. ...
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Are men raped at a higher rate than women, after considering prison rape?

I've seen a number of articles claiming that contrary to what one might expect, American men are raped more often than women when one takes in to account prison rape. Is this accurate? Examples of ...
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Is it against the law to mispronounce Arkansas?

There are many sources that claim that it is illegal to pronounce Arkansas incorrectly and you can be fined for doing so. My favorite law is one designed to get Northerners into trouble. That's ...
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Did Obama say the USA is “no longer a Christian Nation”?

In 2007, did Barrack Obama declare that the USA "was no longer a Christian Nation"? This was in an email asking Christians to band together against Obama.
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Is Idaho forcing pastors to conduct same-sex weddings or face penalties?

According to this article from "ADF" and this in the Washington Post, the city of Coeur d'Alene is requiring the Knapps, an ordained couple, to conduct same sex weddings or face penalties for ...
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Did Republicans cut the budget of NIH and CDC in years leading up to Ebola?

The Agenda Project is a US liberal advocacy group, founded by author and strategist, Erica Payne. Payne claims that thousands of deaths overseas due to Ebola, were due to Republican policies towards ...
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Are US businesses paying historically low proportions of income as wages?

In this story about non-compete clauses for low wage jobs, the New York Times reported, "American businesses are paying out a historically low proportion of their income in the form of wages and ...
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Is the declining desirability of marriage gender specific?

Of late, and perhaps it is simply the circles I wade through, I have been hearing that there is an imbalance between the decrease in the number of men who wish to get married and the number of women ...
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Is there a correlation between voting for the Democratic Party and gun crimes in the USA?

The following image has been making the rounds on social media: Is the infographic even accurate? If so is the conclusion it's pushing backed up by valid statistics? (that there's a clear ...
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Were native Americans given blankets intentionally contaminated with smallpox?

There was a video posted on FaceBook where Wendell Pierce accused white men of intentionally infecting natives with smallpox by giving them infected blankets. A cursory read of this ...
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Did Colorado replace any 420 mile markers with a 419.99 mile marker to deter theft?

This claim has been circulating on Facebook: Although marijuana is now legal in Colorado, I don't see any particular attraction to mile markers from this state, as US mile markers are pretty ...
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Is it a felony in Montana for a wife to open her husband's mail?

According to dumblaws.com, in the US state of Montana, It is a felony for a wife to open her husband’s mail. That statement has no source. Looking in the Montana Code, I don't see anything ...
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Are US government agencies' ammo acquisitions unjustifiably large?

Newsmax reported on the USDA buying submachine guns. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking to buy submachine guns — but isn't saying why it needs them. According to a solicitation ...
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Was Donald Harden the Zodiac killer?

The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who killed four people from 1968-1969, and possibly more. He sent numerous letters containing ciphers. The first cipher was cracked by Bettye and her husband ...
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Are Americans more likely to be monolingual?

From a comment on English Language & Usage, also mentioned in Wikipedia, and Chad Fowler's book The Passionate Programmer (Related blog post by the author: How Learning a Second Language Changed ...
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Does student selection by private schools negatively affect nearby public ones? [closed]

I've heard several times that the existence of private or "charter" schools near public schools in the US harms public schools specifically because it draws "stronger"(grade-wise or socioeconomically) ...
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Does the Westboro Baptist Church get most of their funding from lawsuits?

The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious for picketing things like funerals and they generate a lot of attention by doing so. A common trend in discussions about the church goes something like: ...
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Is Social Security headed for insolvency?

I can drag up a bunch of different articles either claiming that the US Social Security system is or is not headed for insolvency. The most recent reference to the concept was in a PBS interview with ...
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Is there as many media staff as protestors in Ferguson? [closed]

In Media making up the mob: Journalists amid protesters in Ferguson, Mo. in the Washington Post, it's claimed there's as many media staff as protestors in Ferguson: Early Wednesday, Lowery ...
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Did the US create and fund al-Qaeda? [closed]

There are many claims that the US created and funded the terrorist group known as "Al-Qaeda". [1] [2] [3] and so on... But how legitimate are those claims? Did the US really create al-Qaeda?
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Does Hunter Biden work for a Ukrainian oil company?

Around May 2014, Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian oil company announced that it had added Hunter Biden (US Vice-President Joe Biden's son) to its board of directors. This caused a small controversy in ...
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Did US intelligence community ever claim that Iraq had WMDs prior to 2003 inavsion?

The "common knowledge" is that US went to war with Iraq in 2003 based on "intelligence reports" claiming that Iraq had active Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) programs. On the other hand, some ...
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There isn't "a single case - not one - in which it is clear that a person was executed for a crime he did not commit.”

While reading about recent evidence that casts strong doubt on whether Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas in 2004, was actually guilty I ran across the following statement in the ...
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Does Ebola pose “little risk to the U.S. general population”?

We are currently in the middle of the largest ever Ebola outbreak, with nearly 900 killed and more than 1,600 infected by the disease in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and now Nigeria. The disease's ...
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Are 35% of Americans currently in collections?

An article from the Associated Press, STUDY: 35 PERCENT IN US FACING DEBT COLLECTORS, cites a study by the Urban Institute. The article states: The study found that 35.1 percent of people with ...
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Is $77/week the weekly budget for a minimum wage worker?

This is based on this question on Politics.SE. There's currently a "Live the Wage Challenge" which a former governor and several congresspeople are publicly doing (abcnews, politico). The challenge ...
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Does the average American unwittingly commit three felonies a day?

Harvey Silverglate has written a book, Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent, in which he claims, according to the Amazon blurb: The average professional in this country wakes up ...
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Was an amendment proposed making everyone in favour of a war liable for military service?

Apparently from Ultrafacts.tumblr.com, with a tweet version retweeted 137 times: In 1916 an amendment was proposed to the Constitution that all acts of war would be put to a national vote. ...
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Is federal firefighting the cause for the increase of US forest fires and their severity?

On the Cato Institute's website is this claim: The heightened danger to national forests is, ironically, the result of longstanding federal efforts to suppress fires going back many decades. Those ...
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Did more than 10 million people get health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?

The Huffington Post claims: More Than 10 Million People Got Insurance Because Of Obamacare, Feds Say The number of Americans without health insurance declined by 10.3 million because of ...
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Could we buy every homeless person a house with the money spent on the F-35?

I've come across a number of articles that suggest that if we took all the money that we spent on the F-35 jet, every homeless person in the US could have been given a $600,000 home. Could this be ...
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Are Soldiers Overdiagnosed with PTSD in the US Military?

I am a combat veteran, but I was not diagnosed with PTSD. When I was in the military, there were Soldiers with PTSD who had never served in a combat zone. There were also Soldiers who served in a ...
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Did Snowden reveal that ISIS is a USA-Israel tactic?

This reports claims regarding ISIS which evolved since 2003 assuming erstwhile names like ISI,ISIS and now IS: The former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, has ...
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Will Lori Robinson command the largest ever theater of operation for a non-pilot?

The Washington Times claims of Lt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson that The White House has picked the first female general to head the Air Force in the Pacific, which will make her the first non-pilot to ...
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Are there 24 empty houses “available” per homeless person in the USA?

I just saw this meme on Facebook: Since this question answered the ratio question, I would like to know if these houses are "available for" those homeless?
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Are these metrics regarding the 2009-2014 recession accurate?

In the Forbes article "The Worst Five Years Since the Great Depression", it is quoted: [...] what America got by year five was fewer jobs than before. Even though the employment age population has ...
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Did President Obama issue an executive order to delay deportations of children?

There are many accusations lately that the sudden increase in illegal child immigration on the southern border of the United States is due to an executive order by President Obama to delay some ...
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Did the U.S. median unemployment duration drop by the steepest amount for any six month period ever in the first half of 2014?

On HUFF POST, a claim is made on July 7, 2014: The past six months saw "the largest six-month decline in the length of unemployment ever measured," he said. "The debate on that extension is over, ...
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Is the United States now the largest oil producer?

It is claimed that the United States now produces more oil than Saudi Arabia: Total crude oil production in the US, including liquids separated from natural gas, was the highest compared to all ...
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Do US Military personnel have to observe Ramadan while Gideon volunteers are banned from bases?

The website The Gateway Pundit claims "Military Bans Bibles But Forces Soldiers to Adhere to Ramadan Rules" : The US Air Force kicked Christian Gideon’s volunteers off base in March. The ...
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Did life expectancy increase by 6 years during Great Depression?

According to Michael Mosley, life expectancy rose through the Great Depression. In his Horizon programme Eat, Fast and Live Longer he claims: From 1929 to 1933, in the darkest years of the great ...