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Did the Minsk accords (if they had been fully implemented) give LPR/DPR (and thus Russia) veto power over any legislation in Ukraine?

According to William E. Pomeranz of the Wilson Center: the Minsk accords call on Kyiv not only to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk within the country but also to give these two ...
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Did female majority electorate result in higher government spending compared to WW2?

An inflammatory infographic frequently shared online claims that women voting is directly responsible for increase of government spending which it argues overshadows the effects of ww2. I would like ...
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Does exported Ukrainian wheat (only) amount to 2.5% of the world's wheat production?

In May, the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said: shortages of grain and fertiliser caused by the war, warming temperatures and pandemic-driven supply problems threaten to “tip tens ...
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Has the United States only ratified 5 of 18 international treaties on human rights?

A recent opinion piece in the English edition of Le Monde Diplomatique makes passing reference to the idea that the United States "has ratified only five of the 18 international human rights ...
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Did Russia's parliament, Duma, propose invading Poland in 2022?

Twitter user @sentdefender, with >160K followers, recently tweeted The Russian State Duma has proposed that after the Invasion of Ukraine, that Poland be Invaded and denazified next due to their ...
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Were evangelicals rallied around abortion in 1978, as a substitute for segregation?

The June 20, 2019 edition of NPR’s “Throughline” podcast “examines how the issue of abortion became a defining political issue for evangelicals.” In it, the hosts talk about evangelicals initially ...
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Has Biden averaged 550,000 new jobs per month as president?

I just saw on President Biden's Facebook page that he's averaged roughly 550,000 new jobs per month, more than double than the next highest, Bill Clinton. A lot of the people in the comments are ...
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Did the government of Florida reject all K-5 maths books, except for ones issued by a specific ex-employer of a colleague of the current governor?

This article alleges that the only books approved by Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education were published by "Accelerate Learning", a company which happens to have ...
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Were Texas & Florida Hiding COVID-19 Data? [closed]

I remember reading that Texas and Florida (which have some high population density cities (and especially Florida with a high percentage of elderly, and hence at risk population) were not comparable ...
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Does Elon Musk's Starlink system play a significant role in the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

The DW article Ukraine is using Elon Musk's Starlink for drone strikes about the use of Starlink to provide internet in Ukraine is suggesting that it is playing a role in, e.g., the way president ...
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Did the US government officially spend $41m to make Milosevic lose the 2000 elections?

A 2004 article in the Guardian by the late Ian Traynor says: Officially, the US government spent $41m (£21.7m) organising and funding the year-long operation to get rid of Milosevic from October 1999....
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Did Jiang Zemin write an unpublished memoir?

It's been claimed in connection with the US bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade that: In February 2011 The Sunday Times published an article stating that an unpublished memoir by former ...
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Did former US Ambassador, Chas Freeman, say “The CIA programs in Tibet, which were very effective in destabilizing it, did not succeed in Xinjiang.”?

In a highly-upvoted Quora answer, Godfree Roberts quotes US Ambassador Chas. H. Freeman [sic]: The CIA programs in Tibet, which were very effective in destabilizing it, did not succeed in Xinjiang. ...
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Did these politicians say these quotes regarding rape?

DISCLAIMER: IMAGE CONTAINS QUOTES THAT RELATE TO SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RAPE I recently saw a meme on Quora that claims to show quotes from conservative politicians arguing against abortion in the cases ...
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Have there recently been any immigrants illegally crossing the Mexico-Texas border from South Africa?

Texas Governor Greg Abbott posted on Twitter: Biden banned travel from South Africa because of the new Covid variant. Immigrants have recently been apprehended crossing our border illegally from ...
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Is this quote from Lenin: "Make them swallow the word, they will swallow the thing"?

Éric Zemmour, the far-right probable candidate for the 2022 French presidential election said (in his book La France n'a pas dit son dernier mot but also in many meetings, example) that Lenin has ...
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Do these satellite photos show mockups of US military vessels?

Many news outlets are claiming that China has built mockups of US carriers and destroyers in the dessert of Taklamakan (example 1, example 2, example 3). I have some doubts on this, partly because the ...
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Is Kamala Harris' approval rating the lowest of any vice president?

Is Kamala Harris' approval rating "the lowest of any vice president"? I was watching this Fox News video and I am not sure if it's accurate or not. Sources: 28% approval rating as of Nov 8, ...
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Is Walter Reed not able to handle the number of Havana Syndrome patients?

Journalist Julia Ioffe just said this in a Puck News article: Meanwhile, the number of government employees suffering from Havana Syndrome has jumped from a couple dozen to a couple hundred. Some ...
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Is the UK lorry driver shortage unrelated to Brexit? Do EU countries have equal or greater shortages?

UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps claims that Brexit is not one of the causes of the UK lorry driver shortage which is causing shortages of food in supermarkets and shortages of fuel in petrol ...
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Is the size of the territory of a country purely random? [closed]

I read a blog post that attempts to show that the size of the territory of a country is purely random and therefore bears no major historical significance. The argumentation (simplified a bit) is as ...
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Is the UK experiencing wage growth for people on low incomes?

In a TV interview with Andrew Marr on 3 Oct 2021, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed that UK wages were growing for people on low incomes. The interviewer (Marr) said that wasn't true - Johnson ...
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Are young liberal women more likely to have a mental health condition?

Evie Magazine reports on a 2020 Pew Research study, in an article titled Over 50% Of Liberal, White Women Under 30 Have A Mental Health Issue. Are We Worried Yet? Conservatives label younger liberal ...
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Did Donald Trump move donated money to his business accounts?

According to The Independent, Donald Trump moved more than $200,000 donated to his Make America Great Again PAC into his own private business accounts, according to an analysis of his federal filings....
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Did Iranian state TV say that the drone attack on the tanker in July 2021 was in retaliation for an Israeli strike?

CNN claimed that the Iranian state media has taken credit for a deadly drone attack on a tanker connected to a "Israeli billionaire" going so far as to say it was "retaliation" for ...
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Is electric pulse fishing less ecologically harmful than beam trawl fishing? [closed]

The Netherlands have championed a technique for fishing which uses electric shocks to lure fish into their nets. It is called electric pulse fishing. The Dutch state (and fishing lobby) maintains that ...
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Is there a bill in Iowa that bans the teaching of sexism, slavery, and racial segregation?

Is there a critical race theory bill in Iowa that bans the teaching of the following topics: sexism, slavery, racial segregation, racial discrimination, including topics related to the enactment and ...
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Is this "Dear Liberal Communists" poster a real poster from Turning Point USA?

The following poster has circulated on social media and blogs: Examples: https://twitter.com/viet_t_nguyen/status/1378598473314930691 https://twitter.com/krupali/status/1378556380550852613 https://...
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Have Australia's emissions fallen to the lowest level since 1990

The Liberal Party of Australia posted a claim on Facebook that Australia's emissions have fallen to the lowest level since 1990. Is this accurate? Below is a screenshot of the Facebook post, and ...
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Did NIH ask the EcoHealth Alliance to provide information about the “apparent disappearance” of a Wuhan Institute of Virology researcher?

In a long story in Vanity Fair that has some interesting twists it's claimed at one point that At a White House COVID-19 press briefing on April 17, 2020, a reporter from the conspiratorial right-...
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Did Fauci argue that gain-of-function research is worth risking a global pandemic?

In a related question, it's asked whether the Wuhan Lab conducted gain-of-function research, as claimed by Sean Hannity of Fox News. But moments later in the same piece Hannity says that Anthony Fauci ...
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Does New York restrict voting more than Georgia's new law?

Some people have claimed that New York actually restricts voting more than Georgia, even after Georgia's new Election Integrity Act. New York’s voting laws are far more restrictive than Georgia’s by ...
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Was Jussie Smollett framed by Chicago Police?

Based on a petition on change.org there is a lot of information about Jussie. I never heard this information until recently. Is any of the things to pointing to him being innocent "true" ...
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Did BGI genetically test Uyghurs in Xinjiang?

In July of last year the U.S. Commerce Department publicly accused subsidiaries of BGI (formerly Beijing Genomics Institute) of genetically testing Uyghurs in Xinjiang as part of a campaign of ...
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Did Barry Goldwater claim peanut butter is good shaving cream?

If you don't mind smelling like peanut butter for two or three days, peanut butter is darn good shaving cream. I've seen this quote floating around, attributed to Barry Goldwater, but only on those ...
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Was the storming of the US Capitol orchestrated by Antifa and BLM Organisers?

I heard someone recently claim that the US Capitol riots were organized by Antifa and BLM organizers to make Trump supporters look bad and turn the Republican Party against Trump. They claim that the ...
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How did the myth that student loans are non-dischargeable originate?

A fairly common myth is that student loans cannot be discharged through bankruptcy (USA). For example, this NPR article discusses the myth and its falsity. While I have been able to find plenty of ...
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Did Trump verbally say he was appointing Sidney Powell special counsel?

Former Overstock CEO and Trump supporter Patrick Byrne said this on Tuesday, regarding his White House meeting with President Trump: I saw Cippolone, the [White House] general counsel, say something ...
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Did Argentine President Juan Peron grant free access to the radio, the press and two soccer stadiums to a preacher called Tommy Hicks in 1954?

The title is a summary of claims I've read from several informal sources. For example, this site claims: It was in this environment that Tommy Hicks was welcomed into the presidential office. After ...
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Are foreign governments receiving $4.7 billion as a result of the U.S. covid stimulus package?

This image and claim has been making the rounds on Twitter, having been shared by Candace Owens and others, listing the supposed pork barrel spending included in the stimulus package passed by U.S. ...
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Did Kim Jong-Un have his uncle 's body fed to dogs?

In 2013, Kim Jong-Un, Supreme Leader of North Korea had his uncle Jang Song-thaek arrested and executed. A rumour spread that his body was fed to dogs. Was this rumour true?
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Will renewable energy strategies generate a net increase in jobs?

In the battle against climate change we often hear that new renewable energy programs will generate a large number of new jobs. At the recent Paris Climate summit Boris Johnson said that a green ...
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Did British ex-PM break into a garage to recover his stolen papers?

The Wikipedia article on Marcia Falkender/Marcia Williams (private secretary to PM Harold Wilson) makes a rather explosive claim: When Wilson lost office in 1970, Falkender seized his papers, and her ...
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Is there a Rasmussen poll according to which 30% of Democrats believe Trump won the 2020 election?

A page from "3 days ago" which has been retweeted or liked some tens of thousand of times: An estimated 30 percent of Democrats believe that Donald Trump won the election. That’s nearly 1/3 ...
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Is an egalitarian inclination largely genetically determined?

A 2017 study titled A Genetic Basis of Economic Egalitarianism seems to have concluded that: We use Minnesota Twin Study data from 2008, collected from samples of monozygotic and dizygotic twin pairs ...
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What does the US constitution say about viewing votes? [closed]

The current US president, whom I imagine ought to know about the US constitution has tweeted: 700,000 ballots were not allowed to be viewed in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh which means, based on our ...
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Did voter registration rates exceed 100% in many counties for the 2020 US election? Did this lead to voter fraud?

Judicial Watch* reported in October 2020 that 353 U.S. Counties in 29 States with Voter Registration Rates Exceeding 100%. Judicial Watch announced today that a September 2020 study revealed that 353 ...
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Are these anomalies in the Biden-Trump vote data indicative of voter fraud?

Twitter user, @APhilosophae, with 24K followers, recently published a Twitter thread detailing an analysis of voting patterns in the recent US presidential election. They argue that most states the ...
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Do vote counts for Joe Biden in the 2020 election violate Benford's Law?

Benford's Law is a statistical rule that says that the distribution of digits in real-world numerical datasets tends to follow a specific pattern. It is often used to test whether an election is ...
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Is the election apparatus in Georgia run by Democrats?

During a press conference around 6:30pm in Washington DC today on 5th of November 2020, President Trump stated that the election apparatus in Georgia is run by Democrats. I have transcribed the quote ...
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