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Questions tagged [politics]

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Did Corbyn promise to write off UK student debts? [closed]

The way that I remember things might not actually be as they happened. I accept that. However, I am sure that I recall the UK Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, promising to scrap all student ...
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Did all of Germany's Muslim MPs vote in favor of same-sex marriage?

I saw the following claim on The Independent's web-site: All six of Germany's Muslim members of parliament voted in favour of same-sex marriage as Angela Merkel faced criticism for opposing the ...
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Is life expectancy “stalling” in the UK?

On Prime Minister's Question Time, recently (19 July 2017), Jeremy Corbyn claimed: "Life expectancy stalling for the first time in 100 years" To which the Prime Minister's response: "The right ...
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Did White House staff have problems booking a hotel for Trump for G20?

BuzzFeed headline says: President Trump Apparently Couldn't Find A Hotel To Book For The G20 Summit He is one of the most powerful people in the world. He is coming to the meeting of 20 ...
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Did the police cover up their decision to allow mass-killer Thomas Hamilton to retain his gun licence?

Thomas Hamilton was responsible for the 1996 Dunblane School Massacre, In 1991, Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes reportedly recommended that Hamilton's firearm licence be revoked - but the police took ...
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Is the West supporting neo-Nazis in Ukraine?

John Pilger claims With eastern Europe and the Balkans now military outposts of Nato, the last "buffer state" bordering Russia – Ukraine – is being torn apart by fascist forces unleashed by the US ...
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Is George Pell the 3rd ranking official at the Vatican?

News outlets have been referring to Cardinal George Pell as the 3rd highest ranked official of the Vatican. I wasn't aware that the Vatican had such hierarchical "rankings". Here's a quote from CNN. ...
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Was the supreme court Executive Order 13780 injunction stay unanimous?

On June 26, 2017, the US Supreme Court granted a stay on the preliminary injunctions on the Trump administration's Executive Order 13780. The Office of the Press Secretary issued a statement on ...
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Was Donald Trump's approval rating at 50% in June 2017?

Rasmussen Reports say that Donald Trump's approval rating is at 50%. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President ...
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Did Comey say that Trump did not try to obstruct justice?

According to a Fox News post on Facebook, Comey said during his testimony before the Senate committee that in his opinion, Trump did not try to obstruct justice: Comey said flatly that President ...
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Did Theresa May say that girls' having male role models starts to curb the promotion of lesbianism in schools?

Kevin Cummins, a London-based photographer, recently tweeted this image: The concern with the image is the text Curbing the promotion of lesbianism in Merton's schools starts with girls having ...
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Are half of the donations to Democratic Party from Jewish sources?

I've encountered this claim in a number of sources, both respectable and not, but ultimately seems to stem from an article in Jerusalem Post attributing it to Gil Troy: The reason for such intense ...
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Is this photo of Jeremy Corbyn and caption accurate?

At a Time when Margaret Thatcher was calling Nelson Mandela a terrorist, and a young David Cameron was living it up on all expenses paid tours around apartheid South Africa, Jeremy Corbyn was being ...
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Did Emmanuel Macron say France deserved acts of terrorism? [closed]

I've seen this image floating around on Facebook and Twitter: We have been horribly Islamophobic, and we deserve each act of terrorism that is inflicted upon us. - Emmanuel Macron Did Macron ...
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Is there hard evidence that non-leftwing academics are discriminated against in academia? [closed]

..or alternatively is there hard evidence that they don't ? This is a claim made by several at Heterodox Academy and one that resurfaces regularly in conservative media. This paper has been widely ...
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Was UK national debt higher in 2016 than 2010?

I saw this image being shared on my Facebook feed, and I was wondering the truth (if any) to it.
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Could the EU “take Britain to the Hague” over the “£50 Billion EU divorce bill” [closed]

I've seen several papers (express, telegraph) claiming that Britain will have to pay a £50 Billion 'fee' for leaving the EU. A further paper (Independent) has written (emphasis by me): “In that ...
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Are these figures about sexual harassment by Trump, O'Reilly, Ailes and Obama correct?

@LegitMillennial claims in a tweet that went viral: I found a graphic I think Fox News might've missed. The image reads: Number of times each have been accused of sexual assault/...
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Do Republicans change their opinions based upon who is in the Oval Office? [closed]

On Bill Maher show of April 21, 2017, he read a Pew poll comparing Republican and Democrats. He claims it shows that after the election, most Republicans think we are doing much better economically, ...
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Did non-voters outnumber the supporters of each political party in the UK in 2010?

I have noticed this image in social media recently: Transcription: Non-voters outnumbered the supporters of every single political party in 2010 Did not vote: 15.9m - these people could change ...
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Did the Syrian government use Sarin (or other chemical weapons) in the 2017 Khan Shaykhun attack? [closed]

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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Was Malala Yousafzai shot in the head? [closed]

According to media, in Oct 2012, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was shot by Taliban soldiers, and the bullet went through her head. She was taken to the UK where she underwent brain surgery. ...
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Did the Syrian government use chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun? [closed]

Since April 4th 2017, reports have been released about a chemical attack that is supposed to have occurred in a Syrian town called Khan Shaykhun. According to the BBC, "[t]he UK's foreign secretary, ...
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Do most Syrian refugees want eventually to return to Syria?

Jordan's King Abdullah II said at a press conference with President Trump that Syrian refugees want to return to Syria (live video of press conference, can't find archived video yet). The statement ...
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Were Many of the people McCarthy Accused Paid Spies of the Soviets [closed]

According to an answer on this question on the WorldBuilding StackExchange There were plenty of communists in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. It's popular today to laugh at the paranoia ...
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Does Trump spend $10m/month travelling compared to Obama's $1m/month?

The following graphic has been making the rounds in Reddit and other locations: The graphic cites The Washington Post as its source. Essentially, it is a infographic based on two figures: That ...
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Did Trump hand Angela Merkel an invoice for $300bn, representing costs owed to NATO?

Various news outlets described a stunt by US President Donald Trump, handing a physical bill to German Chancellor Angela Merkel for $300 billion. This Fox News article refers to original reporting ...
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Has Richard Spencer called for a “peaceful ethnic cleansing”?

There are many articles claiming that Richard Spencer called for a "peaceful ethnic cleansing". However, CNN says that Spencer denies this: He once called for a "peaceful ethnic cleansing," a ...
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Is there “no demonstrable evidence” that programs providing food during after school programs provide positive results?

Referring to Mick Mulvaney's responses to cutting funding for aid programs (see here and here), are there no officially documented benefits from programs that providing food aid to lower income ...
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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: Are these images real or photoshopped? I came across a larger 1st image ...
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Did the shuttle cost more per launch than a Saturn V (after inflation)? [closed]

I got this one from some political debate; unfortunately no reference to it. I know the shuttle was a boondoggle; but I find it hard to believe it was really that outrageous. On the other hand, the ...
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Will the healthcare premiums of a 64 year old making $26,500 a year grow to $14,600 under the GOP Health Care Plan?

This picture was posted on the Facebook page, The Other 98%. Is this really true? Will the premium be more than half of the income of a 64 year old under the proposed new system? And is the old ...
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Is this an old church being destroyed in France?

I saw this video on Facebook this morning: 2800 churches could be destroyed in France in the next 10 years according to current trends. Catholicism is weakened from inside and outside, ...
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Was Hillary Clinton poisoned in 2016?

In September 2016, there was claim that Hillary Clinton may have been poisoned during her election campaign. The Washington Post: Bennet Omalu […] suggests that Hillary Clinton’s campaign be ...
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Refugee Terrorism Rate Statistics

As per this Washington Times article Trump signs new extreme vetting order: Supporting claims that the U.S. is at risk because of its refugee policies, administration officials said that of the FBI’...
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Does the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights consider Christians a hate group “threat”?

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) called in to Glenn Beck's radio show, and made this claim, among others: [T]he U.S Commission on Civil Rights says that Christians are the biggest hate group threat in ...
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Was corporate personhood invented by a court reporter?

Years ago I remember hearing or reading that a reporter or stenographer for a Supreme Court case editorialized something in to the court record that wasn't intended by the presiding Justices, and that ...
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Did the Obama administration ever attempt to ban Fox News from a Press Pool?

According to Liberty Writers: “The Obama administration made a deliberate effort to exclude Fox News from a press pool during the height of its war with the network, newly released documents ...
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Are 2 million non-citizen Hispanics illegally registered to vote in the United States?

A large number of non-citizen Hispanics, as many as 2 million, were illegally registered to vote in the U.S., according to a nationwide poll. The National Hispanic Survey provides additional ...
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Was the investigation of the DNC Email Hack performed by anti-Russian activists?

In his The Savage Nation radio broadcast on February 16, 2017, radio talk show host Michael Savage made four claims to discredit the story that “the Russians” hacked the DNC during this past election. ...
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Are Twitter censoring positive responses to President Trump's tweets?

This article quotes Mike Keen saying, “The (anti-Trump) tweet that I replied to was deleted once mine started outpacing it in number of favorites and retweets. It was interesting to observe that ...
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Did Trump say he wanted a piece of the Keystone XL Pipeline profits? [closed]

Did Donald Trump say, speaking of the Keystone XL pipeline extension: I want it built, but I want a piece of the profits. This claim was made in this Facebook post by Friends of the Earth.
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Did Jeff Sessions receive a 2009 NAACP Governmental Award of Excellence?

Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted The NAACP now opposes Sen. Jeff Sessions.....though in 2009 they honored him with their Governmental Award of Excellence. #ConfirmSessions The tweet included an ...
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92% of left-wing activists arrested in Berlin lived with their parents and one in three were unemployed?

Daily Mail 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 found. ... ...
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Is the Rogue POTUS Staff Twitter account an actual POTUS Staffer? [closed]

I have seen talk floating around regarding a twitter account claiming to be members of the white house staff. https://twitter.com/roguepotusstaff The account has all the appearence of legitimacy, ...
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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 heard in support of some sort of government intervention in providing health insurance above and beyond Medicare and Medicaid in the US, is that it will reduce the ...
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Did China say that war with the US over the South China Sea dispute is now a “reality”?

According to this article from the Daily Star, published on the 29th of January, 2017, CHINA has declared war with the US is now a “reality” as military commanders rallied their forces to be ...
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Were the Secretary of State divestiture rules applied inequitably to Rex Tillerson vs John Kerry?

Rex Tillerson image caption: I'm Rex Tillerson. I own $240 million worth of ExxonMobil stock. Everyone is demanding that I divest my stake in this company in order to serve as Secretary of ...
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Were the nuclear capabilities of the F-35 decisive in the decision to have it replace the Dutch F-16s?

The Dutch F-16s have been due for replacement for some time. The discussion about which plane should replace it took its course for over a decade and several different Dutch administrations, from the ...
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Is “Calling your congressmen” in the US effective?

In the United States, activists often encourage people to "call their congressmen" (or senator/representatives/etc.) to support certain causes. For example, the National Iranian American Council ...