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Did President Obama state he was close to starting a war with North Korea?

President Trump said this in a press conference on Friday: I believe [President Obama] would have gone to war with North Korea. I think he was ready to go to war. In fact, he told me he was so ...
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Do US sanctions against Venezuela outweigh the aid being sent?

President Trump recently imposed sanctions against Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA. However, the US has also sent aid, primarily food, to the Colombian border, with the aim of getting it to ...
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Was the death rate in Boer War concentration camps the same as in Glasgow?

In a widely reported debate on BBC's Question Time, Conservative politician Jacob Rees-Mogg was accused of "justifying" the British use of concentration camps during the Boer War at the beginning of ...
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Is a billion dollar lobbying campaign primarily responsible for opposition to climate policy?

A recent article in arstechnica reports that there is a large flow of funding from some conservative groups to a network of climate denying think tanks and lobbyists. The article Reports how work by ...
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As of February 2019, were US wages rising at the “fastest pace in decades”?

The President of the USA, Donald Trump, told during his "State of the Union address" speech on 5th February 2019, that [...] wages in America are rising at the fastest pace in decades Source: at ...
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Are around 50,000 jobs in the US government/administration replaced after a switch from Democrats/Republican in the presidential election? [closed]

I remember this statement in an article (I forgot) but was not able to google an estimate of this number as a german not to so much in knowledge of the US political system. The reason I'm asking as ...
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Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or her office write and publish this FAQ concerning her Green New Deal? [closed]

There is a PDF circulating online that is purported to be an FAQ released by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (hereinafter referred to as AOC). Here is a link to the PDF Examples of high-...
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Did Ruth Bader Ginsburg attend a concert on February 4, 2019?

It has been reported in mainstream media that US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended a concert on MondayFebruary 4, 2019. For instance: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/02/04/...
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Is Ruth Bader Ginsburg alive as of February 2019? [closed]

Right wing sources on social media have been abuzz with rumors that Ginsburg has died. The conspiracy theory is that Democrats are hiding her death to avoid another Trump pick on the Supreme Court. ...
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How tall is Ben Shapiro?

In 2016, political commentator Ben Shapiro claimed in a tweet to be 5'9" (170cm) tall LOL! Even I, at a strapping 5'9", have bigger hands than 6'2" Trump. Sad! Weak! He received a lot of mocking ...
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Did a leaked email reveal that NATO and France had Gaddafi killed to prevent the release of a new gold-backed currency?

"Supposedly", the leaked Hillary emails exposed NATO and France was behind taking down Gaddafi in Libya due to the "gold backed" dinar they were about to release. Based on the article Libyan Oil, ...
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Can a US President's declaration of emergency be overridden by simple majorities of both chambers of Congress?

Jennifer Rubin writes in the Washington Post that: [the US President's] declaration of an emergency can be overridden by a simple majority of both houses Is it true that a presidential declaration ...
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Did the Nixon administration use anti-drug law against anti-war movement?

The History Channel stated that Nixon administration actively used anti-drug law to get rid of anti war activists. Is it true?
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Did Hillary Clinton support legalising such late-term abortions of fetuses as claimed by Ben Shapiro?

Please note that this question contains some graphic language that some people will find distressing. Ben Shapiro makes two statements about Hillary Clinton's views on allowing abortion of a fetus. ...
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Did Hillary Clinton pay Russian officials 30 million dollars, through her campaign to get dirt on Trump?

In tonight's episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, Ann Coulter said: I mean, Hillary Clinton paid, through her campaign, 30 million dollars to Russian officials to get dirt on Trump The full ...
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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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Did Donald Trump dare Nancy Pelosi to cancel his State of the Union speech? [closed]

A CNN article by Chris Cillizza has the headline: Donald Trump dared Nancy Pelosi to cancel his State of the Union speech. So she did. The article does not give evidence to support the claim, but ...
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Is this chart of executive branch criminal prosecutions accurate?

I am curious about the accuracy of the numbers quoted. In particular, are the Republican numbers inflated or Democratic numbers deflated? The original source says: The chart below only includes ...
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Were 59% of British people unable to name the then Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015?

According to this article The British public still have no idea what they voted for with Brexit – it’s not elitist to admit it, it is claimed: A survey carried out in the run up to the 2015 general ...
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Does Germany want their gold back?

There is a meme that is going around that states: The German government has been storing about half of its gold supply with the US FED, apparently in the NYC FED vaults. Germany decided to ...
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Do a significant proportion of the British public think “no-deal” Brexit means staying in the EU?

Brexit is the plan to take the UK out of the European Union. The way the law is currently framed means that this will happen automatically at the end of march 2019 if no transition deal is arranged. ...
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Did fake news on Facebook influence US elections in 2016?

I've encountered repeated references to fake news on Facebook influencing various elections. Example from a often quoted Facebook critique in Time Magazine: As a result, when confronted with ...
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Have Democrats attacked Trump's proposed wall as “medieval”?

In this video President Trump says "They say a wall is medieval, well so is a wheel". The official transcript says: Democrats have refused to listen to the border agents, and they say this is a ...
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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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Do Low-skill workers earn one cent in extra income for every 19 cents the government spends on walling off Mexico

From Quartz - The ROI on border walls is terrible, the following claim was made:: Low-skill workers earn one cent in extra income for every 19 cents the government spends on walling off Mexico It ...
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Do people in USA have to take an unpaid vacation day to vote? [closed]

As a European I was quite shocked to hear that people in the USA have to take an unpaid vacation day from work to be able to take part in elections. Is that really true? So do people really get ...
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Did Mueller indict a Russian company that didn't exist?

Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza just tweeted this: Is Mueller this dumb? Or does he think the press is too dumb to notice he indicted a Russian company that doesn’t even exist? This is a ...
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Did Trump reveal the identities of a SEAL team in Iraq?

According to Newsweek (and several other news outlets that cite Newsweek), during his trip to Iraq over Christmas, Trump revealed the identities of a SEAL team that was deployed in Iraq. President ...
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Does the President of the United States have the ability to deploy nuclear weapons at will?

I heard this claim back during the Bush years, and recently I've been hearing it again. Here's a quote from a New Yorker article. I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes ...
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Has one vote ever made a difference?

My friend told me that he doesn't bother voting any more in elections, because "it's not like one vote ever made a difference." I will vote when I can and I think it is important, and although I share ...
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Will the US military receive a 10% pay raise in 2019?

Supposedly, Trump told soldiers in Iraq that (1) he just got them a 10% pay raise, and (2) supposedly also told them that this is the first raise they have received in a decade. Fact check: Trump ...
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Did Bob Corker ask Trump for his endorsement?

President Trump just tweeted this (see here and here): Senator Bob Corker just stated that, “I’m so priveledged to serve in the Senate for twelve years, and that’s what I told the people of our ...
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Is the Clinton Foundation currently under investigation?

Marc Lotter, former special assistant to President Trump, just said this to CNN's Erin Burnett in the course of defending President Trump from the fact that the Trump foundation is shutting down after ...
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Is the US saving enough money from the USMCA to pay for the Wall?

President Trump just tweeted this: I often stated, “One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.” This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much ...
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Were Trump's tax cuts the largest in American history?

If anyone feels this is truly a duplicate of: Is the GOP tax plan the 'largest tax cut in history'? Feel free to close or delete the question. That question above was asked on 18 December 2017, ...
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Did 16% of French citizens support ISIS in 2014?

According to Newsweek1: One in six French citizens sympathises with the Islamist militant group ISIS, also known as Islamic State, a poll released this week found. Is this true? 116% of French ...
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Was George H. W. Bush the “youngest pilot in the US Navy”?

According to this Miller Center, Bush enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday and became notable as the youngest pilot to earn his wings in World War II. And, again, on The Independent, he ...
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Is this heart transplant denial letter from an insurance group?

In a recent tweet from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, she claims that this letter which recommends a fundraising effort of $10,000 for medical care, 'comes from an insurance group'. Well-known conservative ...
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Was Joseph Mifsud working for Western intelligence agencies?

George Papadopoulos, who was a foreign policy advisor on President Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign, just tweeted this: I just have a responsibility to inform America of the truth. Western ...
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Did Republicans take 10 of 13 Congressional seats in the 2018 North Carolina general election with roughly the same number of votes as Democrats?

This image has been shared on social media Transcription: Gerrymandering in North Carolina 1,747,742 votes for Democrats = 3 Congressional seats 1,638,684 votes for Republicans = 10 ...
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Was the video Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out against Jim Acosta altered?

The media was all abuzz about a video Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out in regards to Jim Acosta's disbarring: https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/1060374680991883265 Many outlets claimed that this ...
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Are Republicans running ads with images of bundles of cash specifically against Jewish candidates?

The Washington Post has an article about Republican ads which depict candidates holding fistful of dollars. Specifically, the article contains claims that: “[...] I will say I have not seen images ...
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Did Neil Armstrong find aliens on the moon?

There is a story told in Timothy Good's book Above Top Secret: The Worldwide U.F.O. Cover-Up and repeated by The Examiner and Global Paranormal in which Neil Armstrong saw aliens on the moon, and ...
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Did Lady Godiva ride to the town of Coventry naked?

"The story of this 11th century english noblewoman is that her mean husband the Earl Leofric raised taxes on the townspeople of Coventry which Lady Godiva, and not surprisingly the locals, thought ...
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Does Russia consider it unconstitutional to extradite its citizens?

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said this to ABC regarding why President Trump is not going to demand that Putin extradite the 25 Russians indicted by Special Counsel Mueller: It’s ...
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Did Antifa Exist as a Group in the USA Between 2000 and 2017? [closed]

The first major use of the word "Antifa" in modern times (that I can find) is something on Breitbart from 4/21/2017, claiming that the mayor of Berkeley was a member of an anti-fascist group 'By Any ...
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In Massachusetts, can someone be “arrested and fined up to fifty-thousand dollars” for reporting suspicious behavior in a women's bathroom?

A Massachusetts political advertisement No On 3, Keep MA Safe says: What does Massachusetts Question 3 mean to you? It means any man who says he is a woman can enter a women's locker room, ...
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Does torture work well as an interrogation technique?

Wikipedia's Effectiveness of torture for interrogation says, Torture has been used throughout history for the purpose of obtaining information in interrogation. Some arguments say that it is an ...
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Do leftist groups claim that “the Caravan” was “cooked up by Republican operatives”?

The Wired article Alert: Don't Believe Everything You Read About the Migrant Caravan covers various claims from the right, with specific sources attributed: Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, President ...
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Does the Caravan have Middle Easterners?

President Trump just tweeted this: Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle ...