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Questions tagged [politics]

Use this tag for questions that regard statements made by politicians.

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Did Sean Spicer tweet a password twice in two days?

This article came up in my news feed and I immediately called shenanigans on it: White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer Just Tweeted Something That Looks an Awful Lot Like a Password Recently, ...
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Did the Trump administration issue a blackout to the EPA?

According to this article Sean Spicer, White House Spokesperson says: “They haven’t been directed by us to do anything” According to this AP report: The Trump administration has instituted a ...
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During the presidential campaign, did Donald Trump say he'd require all Muslims to register in a database? [duplicate]

According to The Hill: "If you force Muslims to register, we will all register as Muslims,” Steinem said during a speech at the Women’s March on Washington, drawing raucous cheers. Trump ...
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Did President Trump sign an executive order defunding Planned Parenthood (International)?

Several of my conservative friends have taken to social media, sharing this LiveActionNews article that claims President Trump issued an executive order to defund Planned Parenthood (International). ...
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Did Trump's inauguration have the “largest audience to ever witness an inauguration … both in person and around the globe”? [duplicate]

White House press secretary Sean Spicer claims that the audience for President Trump's inauguration was the: largest audience to ever witness an inauguration - period - both in person and around ...
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Did Donald Trump “[imitate] a disabled reporter”?

During her speech at the Golden Globes, Meryl Streep said the following: But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It, it sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good. It was -...
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Will 36,000 people die per year due to the repeal of the ACA?

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders recently tweeted: As Republicans try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they should be reminded every day that 36,000 people will die yearly as a result. (emphasis mine)...
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Did a large number of celebrities threaten to go on strike until Trump resigns?

According to some web sites, several celebrities - including Rosie O'Donnell, Debra Messing, and Ed Asner - have threatened to go on strike until Donald Trump resigns the Presidency. The following is ...
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Is Barack Obama's Birth Certificate a Forgery of Johanna Ah'nee's birth certificate?

I realize the general question has been covered before but there is new supposed evidence "uncovered" by Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, as presented in a recent press ...
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Has power been stripped away from the US Constitution, during the Obama Administration? [closed]

In an interview on 60 Minutes last month, the Republican Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan, was being asked about his opinions of Donald Trump. One of his answers included the following quote (...
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Are people of Nordic Nations “happier, healthier” with “a higher standard of living overall than Americans”?

Ernest W. Adams wrote in the answer to the question "Why are people so negative about Nordic nations, especially Sweden?": There are a lot of right wing Americans who have been preaching for the ...
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Did 17 U.S. intelligence agencies claim that Russia was behind the DNC hack?

It has been reported repeatedly that 17 U.S intelligence agencies have come out publicly to say that the Russian government was behind the 2016 Democratic National Committee Email Leak For example, ...
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Did Angela Merkel push to allow refugees to be employed as truck drivers?

This Express article claims that Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, pushed to allow refugees to be more easily employed as truck (lorry) drivers. But as the country mourns the tragedy ahead of ...
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How accurate are these nine charts of the economy under the Obama Administration?

I've seen the image below around and would like to know the accuracy of the charts. The original image I was sent was fairly low quality and a reverse image search lead to a bunch of right-leaning ...
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Did Trump win every income bracket over $48,000, but lost all below?

Rev. William J. Barber, II says that Trump "lost every income bracket below $48,000 and won every group above it". Is that true?
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Did Putin give this talk about the cultural preservation of European tradition, religion and race?

From @JPY_Kurdish, https://twitter.com/JPY_Kurdish/status/812759470669529088 with thousands of RTs and likes: Putin calls for cultural self preservation of European tradition, religion & race,...
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Did Fethullah Gülen “publicly boasted about his “soldiers” waiting for his orders to do whatever he directs them to do”?

According to this newsweek article, retired lieutenant general of the US army and America's president elect Donald Trump's pick for national security advisor, Michael Flynn said: "Gülen portrays ...
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Did the Obama Administration only complain about Russian hacking after the election?

On December 15th, 2016 Donald Trump tweeted: "If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?" Did the ...
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How much is the new Air Force One projected to cost?

President-Elect, Donald Trump recently tweeted that the cost of replacing Air Force One, the Presidents airliners would be 4 billion US dollars. This figure is reported as accurate elsewhere. Other ...
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Did Siad Barre condemn atheism?

The Wikipedia entry about Islam in Somalia contains an unsourced assertion: The position of religious leaders changed substantially after the 1969 revolution and the introduction of scientific ...
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Has Stephen Bannon ever used the word “nigger” publicly?

According to this video, Charles Kaiser said in reference to Trump’s choice of White House senior adviser, Stephen Bannon, “then don’t choose … a man who uses the word nigger …” Has Stephen ...
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Are John Podesta, a number of pizzerias, and DNC members involved in a child-sex ring? [closed]

Wikipedia explains that: Pizzagate is a debunked conspiracy theory started by an alt-right Twitter account and spread by 4chan users and /r/The_Donald forum on Reddit, which alleged that John ...
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Are white people who believe Obama is Muslim largely Trump sympathisers?

Vox published an article claiming that 89% of white people who believe Obama is a Muslim are Trump sympathisers: You can ask just one simple question to find out whether someone likes Donald Trump ...
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Did the Republican and Democratic parties swap ideologies at one point? [closed]

Assuming data like this is correct: A common explanation is that the ideologies of these two political parties switched at some point in the last 150ish years, and what is the Progressive Democratic ...
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Did millions of illegal immigrants vote in the 2016 USA election? [duplicate]

According to president elect Donald Trump, millions of people voted illegally: In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of ...
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Did Hillary Clinton propose to punish flag burners in 2005?

Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) on his popular blog stated this in a post about confirmation bias: Case in point, just yesterday Trump suggested that perhaps flag burners should be punished. That’...
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Does discarding the California vote numbers make Donald Trump lead the national popular vote?

"Clinton’s 2.3-million-popular-vote plurality over Trump depends on the votes in a single state: California. Clinton has more than a 4-million-vote plurality over Trump there. In the other 49 states ...
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Can protecting Trump cost $1m a day?

According to CNN: Protecting President-elect Donald Trump and his family is costing New York City more than $1 million a day, according to three city officials. I have a hard time arriving to such ...
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Are democrats more likely to commit crimes then republicans in the United States?

Ted Cruz during in interview with Hugh Hewitt claimed that democrats are more likely to commit violent crime than republicans. He apparently is getting this statistic from a study on three states ...
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Were 3 million votes cast by non-citizens in the 2016 US presidential election?

Various websites are repeating the claim in this tweet, which says: Completed analysis of database of 180 million voter registrations. Number of non-citizen votes exceeds 3 million. ...
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Has Steve Bannon expressed anti-semitic or racist views? [closed]

Multiple media sources are reporting that president-elect Trump has appointed a person with white nationalist and anti-semitic views as his chief strategist. Is it true that the appointee has ...
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Are there 2-3m illegal migrants with criminal records in the USA?

President-Elect Trump has said that he plans to deport or jail between 2 million and 3 million illegal migrants in the USA who have criminal records. US President-elect Donald Trump has said he ...
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Is Trump's election the first successful presidential election campaign with a female campaign manager?

From a tweet with over six thousand retweets, also retweeted by Nazí Paikidze, International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM): The first woman in American history to successfully manage a ...
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Is Arizona's sheriff Joe Arpaio being considered for Secretary of Homeland Security? [closed]

I found an article from RightWingWatch claiming that the former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is being considered by Trump's administration for the Secretary of the Department of Homeland ...
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Did Mike Pence advocate conversion therapy for homosexuals?

It's not difficult to find image memes indicating that Mike Pence, our future vice-president for 2017-2020, advocates gay conversion therapy paid for by the government. Did he actually make that ...
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Do minimum wage laws disproportionally negatively affect African Americans and Hispanics? [duplicate]

I was listening to a podcast, and they said that an increase in minimum wage would disproportionally negatively affect African Americans and Hispanics in the US. The reason being is that when the ...
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Was a massive case of voter fraud uncovered in Florida?

Dennis Michel Lynch's website has a report that election officials for the Broward County Supervisor of Elections (SOE) in Florida were seen fraudulently filling in absentee votes. An affidavit of ...
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Are the voting figures correct in this image about historical US decisions by party?

The following image promotes the Republican party over the Democratic party by looking at the support for some historical decisions. Are the figures presented correct? If you don't know please ...
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Are the claims in this infographic about the UK Prime Minister accurate?

The image below is getting lots of attention on social media (Twitter) It's pretty damning, but is it accurate?
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Did Obama call for online “truthiness tests” to “curate” news on the internet?

I came across an article on Breitbart that cites Obama in the following ways: We are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that ...
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Did Hillary Clinton tell a Secret Service agent to “F off” when he said “Good Morning” to her?

I've been seeing a lot of posts from conservative news sites about Secret Service agents claiming that Hillary Clinton said horrible things to them, such as this and others. Many of these things ...
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Did DR Congo use banknotes with hole where Mobuto's face used to be after he was deposed?

On almost every list on the internet featuring strange banknotes that were at one time in circulation, one can find a picture of old Zaire banknotes with the image of the dictator Mobutu's face ...
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Did Gary Johnson not know who Harriet Tubman was?

I've recently been seeing articles on Facebook and Google about 2016 US Presidential Nominee Gary Johnson being escorted into a room named after Abolitionist and US Civil War spy, Harriet Tubman. He ...
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Does Barack Obama have an active quora profile?

A while ago, a friend of mine said that President Obama has just answered a question about the Iran deal on quora.com. I thought then it is just a fake profile claiming to be Obama and giving answers ...
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Did Donald Trump call Alicia Machado “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping”?

During the first Trump-Clinton presidential debate, Clinton said: He called this woman "Miss Piggy." Then he called her "Miss Housekeeping," because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name. Her ...
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Did Donald Trump only tell the truth in 22% of his fact-checked statements?

I was reading through post-debate comments made by prominent writers and the such, and came across one who linked the Washington Post (who linked Politifact) in saying that of the statements made by ...
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Did Hillary Clinton's Campaign Fake a Rally in Greensboro, North Carolina?

I recently came across a video on YouTube claiming to present evidence that Hillary Clinton faked a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina on 9/15/2016. The video presents two major pieces of evidence: ...
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Did Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, back pro-Trump group?

A lot of news media are writing about Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, to have backed Nimble America, a pro-Trump group. He would have acknowledged this on Reddit under a pseudonym rather than his ...
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Did Paul Combetta ask for advice on reddit on how to strip emails for Hillary Clinton?

A reddit user has several archived posts showing questions about stripping emails for a "VIP" customer. Some people have attributed those posts to Paul Combetta, an employee in charge of Hillary ...
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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. This is the primary source but it's behind a paywall so I can't investigate on my own. Even if I was able to read the story, I'd ...