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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 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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Was it illegal in Venezuela for doctors to list starvation as cause of death for children?

In this video Jordan Peterson says the following: Do you know that it is now illegal for physicians to list starvation as the cause of death for a Venezuelan child in a hospital. That's how ...
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How is structural unemployment measured?

In light of today's Presidential Speech on jobs, I was reminded of something that I read in Bloomberg Businessweek. With the jobless rate still above 9 percent, the untapped labor pool is deep. Yet ...
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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 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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Do the conditions for release of the "two Michaels" match "exactly, almost word for word" those of Meng Wanzhou?

In the recent "prisoner swap" between China and Canada, it has been claimed that besides the obvious timing of the flights, the Chinese conditions for the release of Michael Spavor and ...
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On 9/11, was Building 7 destroyed in a controlled explosion?

There have been a lot of claims made about the circumstances surrounding the events of 9/11 and Building 7 in particular. The central claim regarding Building 7, that I have heard personally, is that ...
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Did 120,000 Egyptians die building the Suez Canal?

According to wikipedia > Gamal_Abdel_Nasser#Nationalization_of_the_Suez_Canal (current revision), on 26 July 1956, Nasser gave a speech in which he claimed 120,000 Egyptians died during the ...
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Is South Africa the "protest capital of the world?"

If you’re South African, you often hear that “South Africa is the world’s protest capital”. There’s even a Wikipedia page that begins with this line. The origin of this statement, as far as I can tell,...
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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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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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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 Croatian President, Zoran Milanovic, say Jandrokovic has no muscles? Did Jandrokovic post photographs in swimwear in response?

Index.hr reports (translated from Croatian): THE PRESIDENT of the Croatian Parliament, Gordan Jandroković, posted a photo of his [muscles] writing on Facebook on Thursday. "Since the clown ...
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Did BLM post the quote “Loving your culture and placing your race first doesn't make you racist”?

This image: indicates that BLM posted an image with the following caption: Loving your culture and placing your race first doesn't make you racist Did that happen or is it fake?
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Is Mexico building a southern border wall that the United States is helping to pay for?

I saw a few headlines from more conservative news outlets about this. Mexico builds its own wall against migrants is the primary source but it's behind a paywall so I can't investigate on my own. Even ...
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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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Did the US spend 7 trillion in the Middle East?

In response to the recent train accident in Washington State, the current President of the United States, Donal Trump, made a claim in a tweet that the US has spent $7 trillion in the Middle East. Is ...
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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 a Milwaukee airport allow Biden but not Trump to hold a rally because Biden's rally will be smaller?

A twitchy article claims that Mitchell International Airport will allow Biden to hold a rally but not Trump because the former rally is significantly smaller: The Trump campaign was denied a permit ...
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Is the total cost of treating the uninsured in emergency rooms more expensive than government-subsidized urgent care would be in the US?

One of the claims I have frequently encountered in support of government intervention in providing health insurance that is more extensive than Medicare and Medicaid in the US, is that it will reduce ...
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Is there more police brutality in cities controlled by the Democratic party?

Shaun King posted this claim on Twitter: Democrats, from top to bottom, are running the cities with the worst police brutality in America right now. Is this true? It seems to have been picked up by ...
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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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Are these photos of protests posters against the Obama Administration real?

After "Snoop Dogg" started trending due to his controversial music video, I found the following meme in the Twitter stream: (source: twimg.com) Are these images real or photoshopped? I came ...
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Did Martin Schulz say that it is not the EU philosophy that the crowd can decide its fate?

In the last few days, some people are attributing to European Parliament President Martin Schulz the following statement: The British have violated the rules. It is not the EU philosophy that the ...
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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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Did 92% of left-wing activists arrested in Berlin live with their parents and were one in three unemployed?

A 2017 Daily Mail article finds: The vast majority of left-wing protesters arrested on suspicion of politically-fuelled offences in Berlin are young men who live with their parents, a new report ...
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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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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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Was U.S. voter turnout at a 20-year low in 2016?

Voter turnout this year dipped to nearly its lowest point in two decades. Voter turnout at 20-year low in 2016 - CNN, November 30, 2016 That would be remarkable. I recalled this CNN article when ...
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Did Biden ask the State Department to lift Kolomoyskyi’s travel ban?

Talk show host Glenn Beck said on BlazeTV in February 2020 (at the 33:54 mark of this video): Kolomoyskyi’s company Burisma was implicated in a money-laundering ring. Hunter Biden then, knowing this, ...
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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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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 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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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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Was Dr. Birx personally responsible for the decision to change the COVID-19 data reporting from the CDC to the HHS?

An opinion piece about Dr. Birx published on CNN says: Unfortunately, in my view, she truly has made a real hash out of the entire effort, with a series of poor decisions -- changing hospital data ...
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Did the Syrian government use Sarin (or other chemical weapons) in the 2017 Khan Shaykhun attack?

On the 4 April 2017, there was an airstrike attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria, with over 70 civilians killed and many hundreds injured. Responsibility is attributed to the Syrian ...
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Did Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni hand the national flag to intercessors in 1997 in the midst of a Christian revival?

World Trumpet Mission, an international revivalist ministry founded in 1988 in the Republic of Uganda by John Mulinde, presents the following historical timeline on their website (emphasis mine): In ...

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