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Questions tagged [politics]

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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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Is the U.S. Tea Party astroturf or a genuine grassroots movement?

According to The Wikipedia article on the United States Tea Party movement (emphasis mine), TeaParty.org defines the Tea Party as "a grassroots movement that calls awareness to any issue which ...
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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 men with no prior exposure to child pornography go on to harm children once exposed?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22726004 UK government advisor John Carr, of the Council on Child Internet Safety, claims in a radio interview: Mr Carr said there was "no question" that some men who ...
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Did Churchill urge the US to ‘wipe out’ Moscow with an A-bomb

I read the following article: https://www.icij.org/blog/2014/10/churchill-urged-us-wipe-out-moscow-bomb/ from a seemingly reputable source (although it is a blog post). The key claim: Privately, ...
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Are beggars in the Nordic countries cities typically part of organised networks?

In Sweden and other Nordic countries, the presence of beggars on the streets is a relatively new phenomenon, with many beggars originating from new EU member states. There are frequent claims that ...
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Do police issue more citations near the end of each month?

A related question about police quotas suggests there are quotas (some openly, some not) in some jurisdictions. This Venture Beat Article strongly suggests that more tickets are issued at the end of ...
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Are physically attractive people more likely to be right wing politically?

The Guardian recently reported this: It is a finding unlikely to prove popular with Guardian readers, but a study has concluded that attractive people are more likely to be rightwing. The study ...
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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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Do almost half of Londoners think that cutting immigration would help London's housing crisis?

As a Christmas present on the 25th I just got a leaflet from UKIP in my post stating that 44% of Londoners say that cutting EU immigration would help solve the London housing crisis. There are ...
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Does Bernie Sanders have more individual donors than any candidate in history?

This NPR / article has the headline "Bernie Sanders Now Has More Donors At This Point Than Any Other Candidate In History" I am skeptical that this is true especially in the latter part of the ...
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Did Saddam Hussein have a Quran written in blood?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_Quran http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/dec/19/saddam-legacy-quran-iraqi-government "The "Blood Qur'an" is a copy of the Islamic holy book, the Qur'an, claimed ...
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Were there cases of protesters starting violence at Trump rallies?

During the CNN GOP Debate, Donald Trump gave two explanations for the repeated violent reactions of some of his supporters to protests at Trump rallies. The first one being love for their country and ...
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Does Wikileaks have direct ties with US governmental organizations?

According to this blog post post (I agree, this is not a very valid source of information), Julian Assange had ties with US government workers, especially in the CIA: The sender is talking about ...
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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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Did Facebook ads significantly influence voting behaviour in the 2016 presidential election?

There have been significant concerns in some political groups about foreign interference via social media on many recent elections. But there seems to be little hard evidence that any content on ...
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Has Trump freed hundreds of children per month and broken up trafficking rings?

Roseanne Barr just tweeted this to explain her support for President Trump: President Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps all over this world. Hundreds each month. He has ...
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Does Toomey's amendment to the GOP Tax Bill only benefit Hillsdale College?

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer just said this on the Senate floor, regarding the Republican Tax Bill: One college, Hillsdale College, has been exempted from taxes on colleges with large ...
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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 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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Did NATO instruct anti-government neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine on conducting diversions and waging guerilla?

There are multiple claims in Russian press that in 2006 NATO in Estonia has instructed neo-Nazi anti-government paramilitary hate groups from Ukraine on how to conduct diversions and wage guerilla war....
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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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Did the US create ISIS?

I recently came across this post on my facebook frontpage: http://www.redflagnews.com/headlines-2015/alert-media-ignores-report-showing-pentagon-created-isis Now the post links to a multitude of ...
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Was the Education of Little Tree written by an ex-Klansman?

One of my favorite children's books growing up was the Education of Little Tree. This is a popular children's book in the US about a child who goes to live with his Cherokee grandparents in Appalachia ...
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Was Silvio Berlusconi working together with the Italian mafia?

Berlusconi implicated in deal with godfathers - The guardian Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, was in personal contact with some of the mafia's most senior bosses, a major mafia ...
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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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Is there evidence that women who said they were sexually assaulted by Trump lied for money?

According to Wikipedia, there are at least 19 women who have accused Trump of sexual assault or harassment. Trump has recently claimed: I was accused by, I believe it was four women," Trump said. "...
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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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Has Syria received proportionally more refugees than other countries in recent history?

This comment by Sonia Bous Aidi on a recent Humans of New York post about the European migrant crisis is powerful if true: Syria became home to the Circassian refugees in 1860 Syria became ...
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Is anti-whaling activism almost as big an industry as the whaling industry?

In the article Confronting Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd, Tetsuhiko Endo writes: In a March 2012 article in Nature, Christopher Costello and Steven Gaines from the University of California, point ...
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Does the EU fund you only if you legally agree not to damage the EU's reputation in any way?

In this YouTube video shows clips of Jacob Rees-Mogg. At 6:55, he is shown hosting an LBC talkback show, talking about EU funding. He claims: You don't get money from the EU unless you sign up to ...
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Is Boris Johnson the only politician in British history to set up a photoshoot of the signing of their own resignation letter?

Tom Watson, deputy leader of the British Labour party, said this about outgoing foreign secretary Boris Johnson in an interview on radio station LBC: [Boris Johnson is] the only politician in UK ...
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Has the Canadian government recently dismissed a net of 2,000 scientists?

A CBC article claims: In the past five years the federal government has dismissed more than 2,000 scientists, and hundreds of programs and world-renowned research facilities have lost their ...
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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 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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Did a 16-year-old high-school girl in Iran produce nuclear energy at her home in 2007?

In 2007, Iran's president claimed that nuclear scientists in the country verified that a 16-year-old girl had produced nuclear energy at home. At the time, this ended up being a point of jokes and ...
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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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Was there electoral fraud at the Catalan independence referendum?

The Catalan Independence Referendum of Oct 1, 2017, certainly has problems enough (deemed illegal beforehand, low participation, police conflicts, etc.), but apart from that - was there voter fraud ...
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Did the Trump admin. hire an Israeli private security firm to spy on Obama aides?

According to Ynetnews.com: Black Cube, notorious for its work for disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, reportedly hired by Trump administration officials to spy on 2 Obama aides involved ...
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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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Did India conduct a fake military strike across the Western border in 2016?

On 29 September 2016 Indian government claimed that they conducted a 'Surgical Strike' (military operation) across the Western border with Pakistan. Pakistan military rejected the claim ...
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Is it true that besides Volkswagen, many other car companies also similarly cheated in the emission test but faced limited consequences?

The Volkswagen emission cheating is well-known at this stage. However, I heard some people say that many other car manufacturers have actually been performing similar cheating in emission tests. Last ...
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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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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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Is concern for equality linked to logic, not emotion?

From Concern for equality linked to logic, not emotion by Lisa Wade, PhD, May 6, 2014, at 09:00 am A new study finds that people with high “justice sensitivity” are using logic, not emotions....
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Does the Gang of Six immigration plan expand Chain Migration and Visa Lotteries?

President Trump just tweeted this: The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards. Wall was not ...
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Was Lal Bahadur Shastri poisoned?

On 11 January 1966, the Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri passed away in office. He died in Tashkent, at 02:00 on the day after signing the Tashkent Declaration, reportedly due to a heart ...
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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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Did Rousseau say that equality of conditions is not possible without slavery?

I just read What is Property, written in 1840 by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. At the end of the book he attributes a paraphrased quote to Jean-Jaques Rousseau: The communistic republic of Plato ...
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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, ...