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Does this video show the US arming Islamic State?

This video, published by Iran's Press TV 16 Feb 2015, claims to show a US Chinook dropping weapons for ISIL militants. According to Iraqi media, the video, released by the Iraq-based Hezbollah ...
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Do Republican legislatures tend to relax gun laws after mass shootings?

The Economist says the following in an article on recent mass shootings in the USA which discusses the evidence that restrictions on gun ownership reduce deaths: ...a mass shooting leads to a 75% ...
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Is the NSA installing surveillance codes in iPhones by calling Sprint customers?

I've got a iPhone 6s on the EE network. Today I got a SMS from +44 865 6696 which had the content "Message not found". If I put the number into a t9 predictive text emulator, it spells "Unknown" ...
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Is this graph of “mass shootings” backed up by reliable data?

There's this graph on the internets: But I was unable to find any sources of the data. Most of the sites that present the graph seem to be politically oriented. Is this backed by any hard data?
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Has the United States had 7 mass shootings in the past week? [closed]

I keep seeing a claim on social media claiming something to the effect of: [First world country] has had [small number] mass shootings since [18whatever] The US has had 7 since Monday. I'm ...
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Would anyone other than Hillary Clinton be imprisoned for improper data access? [closed]

It's a common claim in social media that Hillary Clinton should be convicted of criminal charges and sentenced to a prison term because of how she accessed classified information. A notable claim to ...
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Are there more women in government in Afghanistan than America? [duplicate]

I'm skeptical of this claim: And did he even say that?
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Did Obama apologize for the USA using nuclear weapons on Japan?

In the context of Barack Obama's 2016 visit to Japan, this image was made. Obama apologizes to Japan for this [Nuclear mushroom cloud] which was retaliation for this... [Pearl ...
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Did the U.S. Army treat a President's cold using chlorine gas?

Several texts on the history of chemical warfare mention the story that in May 1924 the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Service (CWS) treated President Calvin Coolidge for a severe cold with chlorine. For ...
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Did the United States provide weapons to PKK? [closed]

This article reports that US provided weapons to fighters linked to PKK. Did those weapons reach PKK?
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Does fluoridation and chlorination in the US cause thyroid issues?

From an answer in Travel.SE with a net score of 10: Mains water is typically laced with chlorine and fluoride by law, to the point that you step out of the shower smelling [like] you just stepped ...
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Is the same hep C medicine available for 900$ in India and 84000$ in the United States?

This is the pill that cures Hepatitis C India: $900 America: $84,000 This is what happens when big pharma has bought all your politicians Are these numbers accurate?
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Are black Americans responsible for more than 50% of homicides?

I have read comments and articles (an example) that claim that blacks are responsible for more than 50% of all homicides in the United States of America. How credible is this claim?
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Are the last two primaries and caucuses won by Hillary Clinton under investigation for major voting irregularities?

There's an image floating around Facebook lately. I can't seem to verify it. The text reads: I won two out of the last ten primaries and caucuses. Both are under investigation for major ...
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Did Mike Webster pull out and glue in his own teeth?

In the 2015 American biographical sports drama film Concussion, it is claimed that Mike Webster pulled his own teeth out and superglued them back in. Is this claim true?
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In 2014, did nearly half of all Americans believe in Creationism?

A 2014 poll by Gallup seems to say that in the U.S., 42% believe Creationist view of human origins. Is this really true? Are any of the claims from this study dubious?
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Do strobes on top of school buses improve safety?

Background In many states of the USA, school buses are fitted with a "roof-mounted strobe". In some states, they are required by law: Mike Simmons, state director in Arkansas, says that the ...
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Is the CDC engaged in a coverup regarding the Haiti cholera epidemic?

In The Killer Hiding in the CDC Map, it's alleged the CDC knows what caused the Haiti cholera outbreak but is covering it up: What caused Haiti’s cholera epidemic? The CDC museum knows but won’t ...
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Do informed, alert communities increase national safety?

The US Department of Homeland Security has created the If You See Something, Say Something national campaign with the claim that "It Takes a Community to Protect a Community" and "Informed, alert ...
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Does the delegate system in the US make it possible to in any way shape or form financially benefit delegates for their vote?

Donald Trump said (Source: USA Today) that the delegate system is set up in such a way that you can send the delegate on a nice luxurious vacation which may incline them to vote for you. Is this ...
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Is Michelle Obama a transgender woman?

Many of my friends claim that the wife of Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, is a transgender woman. In 2014, comedian Joan Rivers made the claim in a street interview: Rivers: You know Michelle is a ...
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Is it illegal in Iowa to kiss longer than 5 minutes?

I recently came across the information that the time of a kiss may be legally limited. Is it true? It's hard to believe those are real applicable laws Айова В соответствии с законом поцелуй может ...
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Were the measles outbreaks of this decade caused by people not vaccinating?

There are several movements against vaccinating children in the USA. There were several measles outbreaks in the 2010's. Are they related?
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Does the H-1B visa program cause a net decrease in the employment prospects of skilled U.S. job applicants in STEM fields?

It is widely claimed that the H-1B program "takes away jobs from Americans." For example, here's a message posted in the Academia chat room by SSimon not long ago: The way I understand it when H-...
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Are rich, black kids imprisoned more often than poor, white kids, in the USA?

The Washington Post gives a detailed report of a recent study: A stark new finding epitomizes that reality: In recent decades, rich black kids have been more likely to go to prison than poor white ...
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Does the U.S. government spend four times as much on welfare as it would take to eliminate poverty by giving the necessary cash?

According to this article by Peter Ferrara, the U.S. spends more than four times as much on welfare as it would take to simply cut every person under the poverty line a check large enough to bring ...
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Is this statement about crime in restrooms accurate? [duplicate]

I was perusing the web, and found this statement trending wildly on Facebook and Twitter, in light of North Carolina's Controversial New LGBT Law. This tweet claims that there have been more US ...
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Does the US spend more on prisons than public education?

I have heard often that the US as a whole or States in it "spend more on prisons than on schools". This is apparently true for higher education, but I am interested in schools as in public education (...
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Did Ehrlichman claim the reason for the Nixon drug war was to criminalize black people and hippies?

This story recently appeared claiming that one of Nixon's aids had admitted that the war on drugs was all about targeting specific groups and not really about the harms of drugs. http://www.vox.com/...
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Did Ed Trice force the rescoring of a national standardized math test?

"What's the largest number you can represent with 3 digits? Nope. It's not 999." is the title of a LinkedIn blog post by Ed Trice of Lightning Cloud Computing. Since its publication on 16 March 2016 ...
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Is this document describing pedophile logos an authentic FBI document?

This WFTV report references an FBI document: A symbol purportedly called the "GirlLover logo" found on FBI documents from 2007 looks similar to the symbol O’Kelly found on the toy she bought. ...
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Are there cases of protesters starting violence at Trump rallies?

During the CNN GOP Debate, Donald Trump gave two explanations for the repeated violent reactions of some of his supporters to protests at Trump rallies. The first one being love for their country and ...
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Did the Special Virus-Cancer Program (SVCP) exist?

Rense.com has a 2005 essay describing an AIDS conspiracy theory. In particular, it describes the "Special Virus-Cancer Program": The Virus Cancer Program had it roots in 1964 when Congress ...
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Is this picture of Trump making people swear to vote for him genuine?

From https://twitter.com/wpjenna/status/706227458777993216 (5K retweets, Washington Post reporter, verified user) Donald Trump makes members of his Orlando crowd raise their right hands ...
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Did the Trump family change its name from Drumpf to Trump?

According to some media (e.g., International Business Times, Washington Times), the grandfather of Donald Trump, Frederick Trump, was originally called Friedrich Drumpf but changed his name after ...
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Is the NYC Financial district build on top of an African slave burial ground

Jesse Jackson claimed in a 2003 speech that New York's financial district was built on an "African burial ground." Since then I have seen this claim repeated may times on Facebook memes. Is there ...
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Is there an anti-masturbation dolphin mascot named Fappy who was arrested for public masturbation at Sea World?

Christian Anti-Masturbation’s Mascot “Fappy” Arrested For Public Masturbation While Swimming Naked With The Dolphins At Sea World In San Diego From his Facebook page, he seems to be a stand-up comic, ...
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Has Barack Obama achieved these goals in the last six years?

A claim, attributed to Occupy Democrats (which may or may not be true), that is doing rounds in social networks shows a photo of the current US President Barack Obama raising a toast with these words: ...
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Is Obama the first U.S. President to skip the funeral of a sitting Justice?

So there's this Facebook post that makes this claim: No sitting President, in the history of The United States of America, has ever 'skipped' the funeral of a sitting US Supreme Court Justice. ...
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Did Bernie Sanders never “earn a steady paycheck” before 40?

There is a meme going around the conservative news sites and aggregators that 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders didn't "earn a steady paycheck" before the age of 40. See, for instance: The ...
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Do fruits and vegetables sold in supermarkets taste worse than those grown on local farms?

It is a common belief that the produce sold at American supermarkets is "bland" and "tasteless". For example, the article "EVER WONDER WHY MODERN PRODUCE IS SO TASTELESS?" mentions that: They look ...
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Do veterans account for one in seven homeless US adults?

There seems to be a lot of attention towards unemployed/homeless military veterans in the USA. Are there any statistics or studies to show that this is some sort of pandemic, or at least unemployment/...
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Is this image about socialist panic in the US accurate? [closed]

I saw a pro-public health care image on Facebook about "Socialist Plots to End the American Way of Life": Now, on its face this image is wrong because as a named political philosophy "socialism" (...
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Do these photos from the Civil Rights Era show Bernie Sanders?

Senator Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nominee, features the above photos in the campaign ad Progress as evidence of his contributions to civil rights. While no one doubts ...
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Is New York City Council considering making public urination legal?

The Political Insider claims According to the article: The left-wingers who run New York City are about to make it 100% legal to urinate in public. Why? Because many blacks and minorities ...
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Did Donald Trump say republicans are the dumbest voters in the country?

I saw this image going around Twitter lately: If I were to run, I'd run as a republican. They're the dumbest group of voters in the country. They love anything on FOX News. I could lie and ...
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Did Chipotle give away free burritos on Feb 8, 2016?

From Chipotle's web-site, I can see they were giving away free burritos. This was apparently due to them being closed for staff meetings on February 8th. Is it a real offer?
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Have the Clintons received $153 million in speaker fees?

The Hill reported in an article entitled, "Clinton promises to release Wall Street transcripts if opponents do the same". Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have racked up $...
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Does the average American eat 7,000 animals during their lives?

USA Today reports that: The average person will chomp down on 7,000 animals during their lives, according to the Vegetarian Calculator. It breaks down to 11 cows, 27 pigs, 2,400 chickens, 80 ...
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Is ISIS committing genocide against the Yazidis?

From Fact Checks of the Eighth Republican Debate, on the New York Times website: Senator Marco Rubio said President Obama had played down the threat of the Islamic State, which practices ...