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On 9/11, was Building 7 destroyed in a controlled explosion?

There have been a lot of claims made about the circumstances surrounding the events of 9/11 and Building 7 in particular. The central claim regarding Building 7, that I have heard personally, is that ...
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Is Barack Obama a natural born US citizen?

In this Politico Article dated 8/5/10 the results of a poll taken on President Obama are discussed: The poll of 1,018 adults shows 27 percent of Americans believe the president was “probably” ...
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Does decriminalizing drug use lead to less drug use?

While listening to the RSA talk Addiction: What to Do When Everything Else has Failed I'm reminded of an article in the Times from 2009 about Portugal's decriminalization of drugs. The Cato paper ...
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Did the National Rifle Association (NRA) block research into statistics related to gun control?

About 30,000 Americans die every year from gun-related deaths (a number likely to exceed those dying from automobile-related accidents very soon if trends continue). About 1 in 3 of those are ...
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Is there a “red shift” in U.S. elections — a significant shift to republican votes between polls and voting? Does this imply fraud?

This questions on Politics SE introduced me to the concept of the red shift. In short, the claim of a red shift boils down to a statistically significant difference between outcome of final exit polls ...
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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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Did Donald Trump say republicans are the dumbest voters in the country?

I saw this image going around Twitter lately: If I were to run, I'd run as a republican. They're the dumbest group of voters in the country. They love anything on FOX News. I could lie and ...
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Was there 100% turnout and 100% Obama support in Cuyahoga County in 2012 Presidential Election?

The Tea Party Facebook page posted this Monday night. Is it accurate that: There are exactly 900135 registered voters in Cuyahoga County Ohio for the 2012 predidental election There were 900135 ...
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Does the US government voluntarily underreport inflation?

According to Shadow Government Statistics, inflation in the USA is around 11%, not 3% as the official statistics claim, as shown in this chart: (source) In fact, they suggest that the US government ...
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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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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 every U.S. presidential election been won by the campaign with the most money?

According to Russell Brand: Every election in American history has been won by the party with the most money to campaign. Let's assume that he means every presidential election. Has every ...
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Did Donald Trump say that muslims should be visibly marked?

Donald Trump has been reported in the news and over the internet for suggesting that Muslims should wear some visible id or badge of some sort. Raw Story headlined with: Trump crosses the Nazi ...
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Does being a strong free market supporter correlate with rejection of scientific claims?

The following research claims that there is a link between one being a strong free market supporter and being more likely to reject scientific claims: Paralleling previous work, we find that ...
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Did close to 3,000 Puerto Ricans die in Hurricane Maria?

CNN reports: Earlier this month, [Puerto Rico]'s governor formally raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to an estimated 2,975 from 64 following a study conducted by researchers at The George ...
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Do non-educated people tend more to the right/conservative political wing?

This is a common prejudice in my social environment, but is it true? Are educated people more likely to vote for a social/left wing party? Examples: [1]; [2].
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Did a counter-protester at Charlottesville use a spray and lighter after being threatened with a gun and attacked with a flag?

According to Independent Mr Long said: At first it was peaceful protest. Until someone pointed a gun at my head. Then the same person pointed it at my foot and shot the ground. ... Another ...
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Do minimum wage laws disproportionately harm black employment?

There is a common claim that applying minimum wage laws impacts the poorer members of society, and thus impacts poorer minorities, such as blacks, more than others. Milton Friedman openly argued ...
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Do US companies pay significantly less taxes than European ones (based on tax rates)?

I have frequently heard claims that US companies pay significantly less taxes than European ones (based on tax rates). The last time I saw this claim (and what caused me to ask this question) was ...
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Do lower income workers tend to vote Republican?

It's election season in the United States and something that you tend to hear from domestic and international pundits is that: Lower income workers tend to vote Republican... which also tends to ...
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Is the belief that vaccinations cause autism correlated with liberal political beliefs?

There are some people who continue to believe that there is a link between vaccination and autism. See this question for more: Are there any other studies (besides the discredited Wakefield studies) ...
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Is this photo of Occupy Wall Street authentic?

From Facebook: This photo is actually getting pulled off Facebook...so, the photographer added a lil text and renamed the file. Pass it on. I'm SURE the media doesn't want this one out there. Share ...
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Correlation between BSE/CJD and Brexit vote

This image is currently doing the rounds on social media: The implications and associated text with it is usually around how uncanny (and amusing) the correlation is. What's the source of this data ...
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Does politically controlled redistricting in US elections make incumbents more secure?

Many western democracies limit the power of their politicians to control the electoral boundaries to avoid the possibility of gerrymandering. UK electoral boundaries, for example, are redrawn when ...
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Was ISIS created by the USA?

I hear many folks talking about the founders of ISIS and they say that USA created it to make chaos in the Arabic countries. Mark Danner in an episode of Talking Heads by Vice News "In effect the ...
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Are most terrorists Muslim?

Those arguing for more profiling quite frequently claim that while not all Muslims are terrorists, most terrorists are muslim. Is there data to show that more than 50% of terrorists attacks can be ...
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Are crime rates up by 10% in Germany?

On June 18th and 19th, 2018, the President of the United States, Donald Trump tweeted that the crime rate in Germany has increased: (1) Tweet from June 18th, 2018 (2) Tweet from June 19th, 2018 ...
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Did Jews “take over” 73% of their land from Palestinians?

I found an article by Matt Giwer saying that the cause of the Israeli-Arab war is that The Jews, [...] did in fact steal the land from the Palestinians. They actually bought and paid for at most 9% ...
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Is low emotional intelligence associated with right-wing and prejudiced attitudes?

Accordiing to Diply, Researchers in Belgium have linked a lack of emotional intelligence with right-wing political views, reports PsyPost. The study, published in Emotion, found that those who ...
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Was there violence on both sides in Charlottesville?

Was violence was perpetrated by factions on both the left and the right side of the political spectrum during this rally? A specific quote by US president Donald Trump is: TRUMP: The driver of ...
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Did Fox News win a court case for the right to lie?

Project Censored have an 2010 article titled The Media Can Legally Lie: In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against ...
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Is there a correlation between voting for the Democratic Party and gun crimes in the USA?

The following image has been making the rounds on social media: Is the infographic even accurate? If so is the conclusion it's pushing backed up by valid statistics? (that there's a clear correlation ...
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Is there economic data to suggest whether or not trickle-down economics provides a net increase in standards of living?

One of the chief arguments for Reagan's fiscal policy of trickle-down economics was "money was all appropriated for the top in hopes that it would trickle down to the needy." Essentially that by ...
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Does the Bilderberg Group have influence on world events?

Is there any evidence to support the claim the Bilderberg Group have control of the world and its money supply? Is there evidence to suggest they are planning on exterminating the majority of the ...
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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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Are Fox News viewers more likely to believe misinformation than viewers of other news outlets?

Huffington Post writes: Fox News viewers are much more likely than others to believe false information about American politics, a new study concludes. The study, conducted by the University of ...
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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 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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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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Did George W. Bush spend 32% of his presidency vacationing, versus Barack Obama's 5.2%?

This picture is making the rounds on Facebook: [Picture of George W. Bush] 32% [Picture of Barack Obama] 5.2% Percentage of presidency spent on vacation. Guess which one conservatives call "The ...
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Is this map of Israel-occupied territory accurate?

There's an image going around Facebook, showing Israel's occupied territory over the last few decades: I have seen at least two people (both Christian Zionists) criticize this map as "very biased" ...
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Do police officers have monthly quotas of traffic tickets to write?

I always wondered about this. When times are tough, the officers seem to start getting stricter, writing tickets in cases where they may otherwise give a warning or not bother to pull you over. No, I ...
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Has the War on Drugs disproportionately affected minority communities?

The premise of Eugene Jarecki's The House I Live In documentary is that the US War on Drugs, other than being a mostly failed campaign, has also disproportionately affected minority communities. A ...
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Does gerrymandering have a significant effect on the number of congressional seats won by Republicans?

From an AP article titled Analysis indicates partisan gerrymandering has benefited GOP: The AP’s findings are similar to recent ones from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University ...
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Are teachers in the United states paid poorly?

At the last "Save Our Schools" rally, Matt Damon said: So you think job insecurity is what makes me work hard? I want to be an actor. That’s not an incentive. That’s the thing: See, you take this ...
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Is Huawei the front for a Chinese espionage attempt?

There are a lot of rumors and claims being made that products manufactured by Huawei act suspiciously or in a non-standard way in order to send information "back home" or to facilitate unauthorized ...
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Do US congressman spend most of their time fundraising?

In an article titled "Call Time For Congress Shows How Fundraising Dominates Bleak Work Life" the huffingtonpost writes: The daily schedule prescribed by the Democratic leadership contemplates a ...
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Was David Cameron linked to “Hang Nelson Mandela” posters in the 1980s?

A post circulating Facebook and elsewhere reads: Nelson Mandela will die soon. Today, tomorrow, this week, next week. It won't be long. Remember this, he out-lived Thatcher. When he does die, and ...
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Was the Emancipation Proclamation an Executive Order that bypassed Congress and freed 3 million slaves?

This should be an easy one, but I wanted to ask so we have confirmation or refutation. This image is making the rounds on facebook: So, how factual is this statement?
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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 ...