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Was the Trump assassination attempt staged? [closed]

Kinda an obvious one considering the recent news surrounding the Donald J Trump shooting, but let me elaborate. Misinformation spreads swiftly in hours after Trump rally shooting was a recent ...
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Where is the proof that Trump is racist without using news and mass media soundbites [closed]

I think that Donald Trump has gotten a really bad reputation as being a racist xenophobe white supremacist white nationalost Nazi that wants to destroy America and make it authoritarian dictatorship ...
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Did Joe Biden refer to himself as a black woman?

The Telegraph claims that Joe Biden has made the statement on Philadelphia radio station “By the way, I’m proud to be, as I said, the first vice-president, first black woman… to serve with a black ...
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How explicit were the (putative) secret speeches by Xi Jinping to build up China's nuclear arsenal to match that of USA & Russia?

NYT journalist David Sanger says in an interview about his book that Xi Jinping gave secret speeches as soon as he came into power promising to build China's nuclear arsenal to match that of US & ...
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What is the correct version of Iraq's prime minister Nuri al-Said's quote?

Benny Morris claims: Already before the war, Iraq’s prime minister had warned British diplomats that if the United Nations decided on a solution to the Palestine problem that was not “satisfactory” ...
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Did Queensland Greens candidate Jonathan Sriranganathan teach people how to break into buildings?

The Queensland local elections are next week. I've seen an attack ad via text message against the Greens candidate for Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Jonathan Sriranganathan. It claims he held a class ...
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Did some White House staffers organize themselves to call for ceasefire in Gaza?

This TikTok post claims some WH staffers organized themselves to protest the US administration's handling of the Gaza war and published a statement to that effect. The alleged statement mentions Aaron ...
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Did San Francisco mayor London Breed "decline to veto" a resolution on a Gaza ceasefire?

The Associated Press reported on January 20: Amid a tough reelection fight, Mayor London Breed has declined to veto a non-binding resolution from the San Francisco supervisors calling for an extended ...
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Has Donald Trump explicitly endorsed Project 2025?

Wikipedia claims in the opening paragraph of the article about Trump's 2024 campaign, "Trump has campaigned on vastly expanding the authority of the federal government, particularly the executive ...
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Did the opposition candidate for PM in Hungary's 2022 election only get 5 minutes on state TV?

Why the Polish Elections Cannot Be Repeated in Orbán's Hungary: In the 2022 campaign, the opposition candidate for prime minister got a total of only five minutes (!) of airtime on state television. ...
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Did Netanyahu say (apparently in 2001) "I actually stopped the Oslo Accords"?

There are a few sources claiming he said this ("I actually stopped the Oslo Accords"), but all of those I found are rather left-wing. E.g. a 2012 opinion piece in Haaretz or a piece in ...
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Was there widespread voter fraud in Michigan in the 2020 Presidential Elections?

Vosiznies (VINnews), a right-leaning Orthodox Jewish news site, has claimed that there has been disturbing and sizable evidence of systemic voter fraud in Michigan. They cite a video that they claim ...
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Was Stuart Seldowitz "Obama's former/ex-director of the National Security Council"?

There's a related Q here about some other past job claims about him, but there's also, e.g. in the Daily Mail: Barack Obama's former director of the National Security Council has been unmasked as a ...
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Did US president Theodore Roosevelt call Democrats "prison vermin"?

According to two very non-primary references, the President called Democrats "prison vermin". The first is the 1902 Political X-rays, saying that it is quoting from an 8 November 1901 letter ...
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Would US president Theodore Roosevelt refer to his political enemies as "vermin"?

A publication of the Library of Congress says: Mr. Foulke in his letters reveals an unusual frankness in letting President Roosevelt know of the attitudes of his political enemies -- "small ...
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Did Hamas dig up EU-funded water pipes and turn them into rockets?

A recurring narrative/allegation in debates about the current Hamas/Israel conflict is that Hamas has dug up EU steel pipes and turned them into Qassam rockets. The main sources for this appear to be ...
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Has Azerbaijan "not had any environmental activist initiatives for the past decade"?

A long article about the Azerbaijani blockade of the (now former) Lachin corridor claims that: Azerbaijan is an authoritarian country that has not had any environmental activist initiatives for the ...
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Did Clinton express regret over not rigging Palestinian elections in 2006?

This is a question about the authenticity of a recording and of its associated reporting. This source (New York Observer in 2016) reported Hillary Clinton as saying on September 5, 2006, to Eli ...
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Did "Joe the Plumber" perform plumbing work for money between when he left the Air Force and October 2008?

"Joe the Plumber" aka Joe Wurzelbacher gained attention in the 2008 US presidential campaign between Obama and McCain and passed away recently. In the original discussion with Obama that ...
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Is this infographic about Palestinian loss of land since 1947 accurate? [duplicate]

I've come across this infographic a few times on social media, most recently in this widely shared Facebook post: Here is a larger version of the infographic: Are the borders in it largely accurate?
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Did Ron DeSantis torture people at Guantanamo Bay?

According to self-described "MAGA communist" Jackson Hinkle, Ron DeSantis "tortured innocent prisoners at Guantanamo Bay when he was in the military". Is this true?
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Did Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird ignore direct orders from Nixon during the EC-121 crisis, as Henry Kissinger alleged?

It's mentioned in a paper on the Vietnam war that (contemporaneously): When [... in 1969] a North Korean jet shot down a U.S. EC-121 surveillance plane, Laird again acted on his own as he ignored a ...
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Does the Chinese Communist Party (or government) enjoy 80% to 90% popular approval in almost all their decisions?

Roland Boer who has written extensively about China, write in his 2021 Springer book Socialism with Chinese Characteristics. A Guide for Foreigners, p. 281: For Xi, the people’s standpoint (lichang) ...
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Is the UAE sponsoring the RSF coup in Sudan?

According to a MEMO article titled "UAE behind RSF's attempted coup in Sudan, leaked recording says": In the alleged audio recording, which could not be verified, a man media outlets ...
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Are the media headline claims, implying that Smotrich's Palestinian statement was false, justified?

A Google search (2023-03-22) for "Smotrich" occurring within the past week produces: Bezalel Smotrich - Wikipedia Top stories: CNN - Israeli minister says there's 'no such thing as a ...
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Were Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers asking for reduced liability invoking the unprecedented testing schedule?

According to RebelNews, Canadian MP Anthony Housefather said It's because these documents were signed at the beginning of the pandemic when everybody was desperate for vaccines, when companies were ...
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Did Biden claim that the Boeing-Air India deal will support 1 million jobs? Is the claim true?

This Business Insider India news report is one of many that claim that Biden said that a $34 billion dollar Air India order for 220 Boeing planes will support 1 million US jobs, and that many of those ...
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Does an official UK government report show 'Hope Not Hate' as a radical extremist hate group?

On the 12th of February 2023 Douglas Murray, Author and political commentator, wrote the following tweet: Evidence from official UK government report shows radical far-left group ‘Hope Not Hate’ (⁦@...
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Are George Santos and Gretchen Whitmer the same person?

Some right-leaning (maybe that's not a strong enough term) sources, such as Not the Bee, have claimed or at least implied that Gretchen Whitmer does not really exist, but is actually George Santos in ...
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Who would really be paying for the proposed property tax cuts that the state of Texas is considering? [closed]

Quoting State of Texas: Budget plans leave billions of available funds on the table: In his inauguration speech, Abbott touted Texas’ pro-business stance and unveiled some plans for the state’s ...
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Did Greg Abbott send a busload of migrants to Kamala Harris' house on Christmas Eve?

I can't square this one. Greg Abbott is a Republican governor who espouses conservative Christian values, so when I read that he deliberately redirected a busload of migrant families to a political ...
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Did the United States spend $118,000 to study if a metal replica of Thanos could snap his fingers?

According to this video, Rand Paul states the United States spent $118,000 USD to see if a metal replica of Thanos could snap his fingers. Is this what they were trying to figure out with these funds? ...
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Did Michael McCaul claim intel briefers told him Tucker Carlson is a Russian agent?

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson just said this on the Tulsi Gabbard Show: Second thing, Michael McCaul […] I got into an argument with him once last year on the phone. He had told somebody that I was a ...
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Did Alex Jones warn of an attack on the United States by Osama Bin Laden in July of 2001?

I was listening to a podcast by Jordan Klepper in which a conspiracy theory researcher is interviewed, and explains that Alex Jones was responsible for a lot of the 9/11 conspiracy theories as he ...
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Has the USA been stealing oil from Syria?

It has been widely claimed that the US has been stealing oil from Syria. For example: China's Global Times, August 2022: On August 8, the Syrian Oil Ministry said that the US and its mercenaries ...
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Did Elon Musk pay more in taxes than every politician in the world combined?

A tweet claims Elon Musk paid more in tax than every politician on earth combined: Which, if correct, is extraordinary. So, did he?
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Did Dick Cheney run a death squad that killed Benazir Bhutto?

According to a dawn.com article: WASHINGTON, May 18. A special death squad assassinated Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on the orders of former US vice-president Dick Cheney, claims ...
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Is there a significant number of people who claim benefits when they could work instead?

The Home Secretary of the United Kingdom Suella Braverman recently claimed that there is a "stubborn core of our population that sees welfare as the go-to option [and] is not motivated... to get ...
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How could Donald Trump have kept that many classified "Presidential Records" after leaving office?

FBI agents seized 11 sets of classified documents from former President Trump’s residence earlier this week, including some so sensitive they could only be stored in special government facilities, ...
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Was inflation in the US 0% for July 2022?

A few days ago, President Biden said Today, we received news that our economy had 0% inflation in the month of July — 0% This was contested in conservative media, with Fox News running the headline &...
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Did Barack Obama keep 33 million pages of documents, including nuclear weapons documents?

A public statement from former U.S. president Donald Trump claims that former president Barack Obama kept 33 million documents from his presidency, most of them classified and many of which contained ...
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Does the Inflation Reduction Act increase taxes on people making less than $10,000 / year?

Quoting Democrats rely on misleading messaging to sell Manchin-Schumer bill: In 2023, the year in which the legislation would increase tax revenue most, individuals making less than $10,000 per year ...
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Does flying a small GA aircraft use less fuel than driving the same distance by car?

This is a notable claim by Friedrich Merz, head of the CDU party and a member of the German parliament: „Ich bereue nicht, dass ich zur Hochzeit von Christian Lindner geflogen bin. Um es mal auf den ...
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Did Volodymyr Zelenskyy say that "if someone in Ukraine feels Russian, they should leave for Russia"?

In an interview with the BBC on June 16, 2022, Sergey Lavrov claims the following: […], whose president Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in September 2021 (you didn’t tell your viewers about it, did you?) ...
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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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