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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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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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Will Donald Trump be inaugurated on 4th march, and which law was changed to permit it? [closed]

Forbes, Business Insider, Vox, et al, have articles along the lines of QAnon believers think Trump will be inaugurated again on March 4 I won't go into the whole Sovereign Citizen belief, ...
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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 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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Are birther conspiracy theories uniquely associated with racial animus?

The "birther movement" was based on a number of conspiracy theories about Barack Obama's citizenship in the lead up to the 2008 US Presidential elections. A 2018 article, The Genesis of the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Was there a “dump” of votes in Michigan where 138,339 votes were added for Biden and 0 for Trump and does this indicate potential fraud?

A Twitter meme circulating says that, at some point last night, a huge "dump" of votes were counted which were exclusively for Biden, with none for Trump. I was ready to dismiss this as a ...
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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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Does this video prove that a provably dead person in Michigan voted by absentee ballot? [closed]

In this video on Twitter, the presenter use the Michigan Voter Information Center webpage, to show that a man born in 1902 applied for and sent in a mail in ballot in the 2020 US election. It is ...
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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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Did Corey Booker never live in Newark where he was mayor?

Trump just claimed in his latest rally (26/10/2020 - live at time of question posting) that Corey Booker "never lived in Newark" despite being the mayor there. Is there any truth to this?
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Did the New York Post publish authentic email correspondence of Hunter Biden? [closed]

The New York Post recently published a story alleging it had found a cache of emails on a laptop apparently belonging to Hunter Biden that demonstrate widespread allegations of nepotism and corruption ...
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Did the Biden campaign ever send out a “decree” to keep Rudy Giuliani off television?

In an 11/2019 interview with Fox News, Rudy Giuliani said in reference to former Vice President Joe Biden: Sounds like a poor imitation of the Godfather. I mean, this is the guy who sent out a decree ...
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Did Ilhan Omar oppose a resolution against antisemitism?

Ted Cruz recently tweeted at Ilhan Omar: Why again did you oppose the House resolution against antisemitism? I could find a number of news reports about Res.183, which condemned antisemitism and ...
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Did the Democrats downplay the Corona Virus?

I have seen this infographic on social media sites (first seen on Reddit): How much of this is accurate? Specifically, did Fauci say "be more concerned about influenza" with regard to the ...
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Has president Trump been “very strict on Commercial Aviation”?

President Trump seems to be implying that him being strict on commercial aviation led to 2017 having been "the best and safest year on record". When reading carefully, he does not claim that ...
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Was the “Do So” movement orchestrated by Cambridge Analytica and is it responsible for the results of the Trinidad and Tobago election?

The Great Hack is a documentary which, among other things, claims that SCL Group (which the now-infamous Cambridge Analytica is a subsidiary of) worked for the United National Congress (UNC) in ...
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Did Downer claim Israel told him to spy on Papadopoulos?

Former Trump Campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos just tweeted this: Alexander Downer has made a bizarre, and unfounded, claim and perpetuated a conspiracy theory that the Israelis ...
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Are the following Twitter quotes from Vox leader true?

Recently Vox leader, Santiago Abascal, tweeted that the Spanish government was the worst government in the last 80 years, stating the following facts: Translation: 🚩 Never in 80 years has a ...
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Has BLM raised over 1 billion dollars but not yet performed any neighborhood cleanup, school funding, food aid or housing services?

This Twitter post by James Woods claims that the Black Lives Matter movement has raised over 1 billion dollars but has not yet performed any neighborhood cleanup, college funding, student economic ...
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Has Trump built just 5 miles of wall where no barrier existed?

CNN’s Daniel Dale said just said this, in the course of fact-checking President Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention: [President Trump] boasted about building about 300 ...
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Did a founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network organization claim to be a trained Marxist?

According to an online NY Post article, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter Global Network organization allegedly referred to herself and her fellow organizers as "trained Marxists"...
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Do Black Lives Matter donations get funneled to the Democratic Party?

There are quite a few claims stating donations to Black Lives Matter (BLM) go almost entirely to fund the Democratic Party. For instance: USA Really An exclusive investigation by The Gateway ...
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Is voting by mail subject to substantial fraud in the US?

Donald Trump has been fulminating about Twitter fact-checking this claim: There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed,...

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