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Is there more police brutality in Democrat controlled cities?

Shaun King posted this claim on Twitter: Democrats, from top to bottom, are running the cities with the worst police brutality in America right now. Is this true? It seems to have been picked up by ...
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Can red state legislature automatically give Trump a second term?

Their are some people online (Greg Palast) saying that if Trump loses the election, he will claim fraud, have the results thrown out and have state legislature use the 12 amendment to give him a ...
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Was U.S. voter turnout at a 20-year low in 2016?

Voter turnout this year dipped to nearly its lowest point in two decades. Voter turnout at 20-year low in 2016 - CNN, November 30, 2016 That would be remarkable. I recalled this CNN article when ...
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Did Trump lose the popular vote by exactly 2,868,686 votes?

I have seen that the final popular vote lead for Hillary Clinton was 2,868,686 votes. This number seems kind of bizarre. But was it actually true according to the final FEC report? Note: This number ...
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Did Trump salute 600 times at the West Point commencement exercise before using two hands to drink water?

At the Tulsa rally of June 20th, Donald Trump defended his apparent difficulty tilting a glass of water with his right hand by saying his arm was tired from saluting 600 times. “They said you couldn’...
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Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweet that businesses should stay closed until the November elections?

A friend of mine just forwarded me a screenshot of the following May 20, 2020 (now-deleted) tweet purportedly from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose nickname and Twitter handle is AOC. It's vital that ...
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Did Kentucky cut polling locations by 95% due to lack of volunteers?

The Independent has an article titled ‘It’s going to be an angry mob’: Kentucky cuts number of polling stations by 95 percent ahead of primary voting. The article claims: In a typical election year, ...
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Did Gordan Duhaček go to jail in Croatia for criticizing the police? [closed]

So, what do you guys here think, is the story about Gordan Duhaček (a Croatian journalist who supposedly got into jail for posting an anti-police message and a parody of the song Vilo Velebita on ...
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Do church congregations attract sex offenders?

On page 34 of their 2008 report Licensed to Hug: How Child Protection Policies Are Poisoning the Relationship Between the Generations and Damaging the Voluntary Sector, authors Frank Furedi & ...
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Did Ilhan Omar oppose a resolution against antisemitism?

Ted Cruz recently tweeted at Ilhan Omar: Why again did you oppose the House resolution against antisemitism? I could find a number of news reports about Res.183, which condemned antisemitism and ...
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Do Black Lives Matter donations get funneled to the Democratic Party?

There are quite a few claims stating donations to Black Lives Matter (BLM) go almost entirely to fund the Democratic Party. For instance: USA Really An exclusive investigation by The Gateway ...
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Are these pictures of Osama Bin Laden with Obama, Rice and Hillary Clinton authentic?

I saw a post on Facebook with these pictures: They apparently show Osama Bin Laden with Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Are these authentic pictures of actual meetings?
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Did Pakistan ask China to invade India and vice versa in 1962 and in 1999?

I was watching this widely seen (Urdu) video, Pakistani journalist Imran Khan claims: In 1962: China invited Pakistan to invade India (as China attacked India). The USA assured Pakistan that they ...
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Did Defense Secretary Mark Esper countermand a decision by Donald Trump by sending troops in Washington back to their home base? [closed]

This Jun 3 Fox New Video shows Defense Secretary Mark Esper reversing a decision of Donald Trump to send troops in Washington back to their home base. It is unclear from the reporting if the decision ...
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Were the Skripals attacked by use of Novichok?

According to Wikipedia quoting The Guardian, Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned with Novichok, an organophosphate nerve agent in March 2018. For me, there is a problem : the Skripals showed ...
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Did Trump order tear gas to be used on protesters to clear a pathway to a church for a photoshot?

There are dozens of articles out there like this one which states that Trump ordered the use of tear gas to disperse peaceful protesters so he could do a photoshoot. However I recently read that ...
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Is there currently riots/looting *ONLY* in Democrat cities in the USA?

trumptweet : So pathetic to watch the Fake News Lamestream Media playing down the gravity and depravity of the Radical Left, looters and thugs, ripping up our Liberal Democrat run (only) cities. It ...
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Is voting by mail subject to substantial fraud in the US?

Donald Trump has been fulminating about Twitter fact-checking this claim: There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed,...
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Did white supremacists “mix-in” with groups protesting George Floyd's death?

Donald Trump, citing Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade, made a claim in the following tweet “I don’t see any indication that there were any white supremest groups mixing in. This is an ANTIFA ...
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Does China force US companies to hand over technologies?

In June 2019, Bloomberg reported: It’s been one of the most contentious fronts in the U.S.-China trade war: so-called forced technology transfers. The term refers to ways in which companies ...
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Is South Africa the “protest capital of the world?”

If you’re South African, you often hear that “South Africa is the world’s protest capital”. There’s even a Wikipedia page that begins with this line. The origin of this statement, as far as I can tell,...
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Was Koenigsberg area given to the USSR for 50-year administration rather than permanently?

This article says: That is how a third of the northern part of Eastern Prussia was handed over for the USSR to manage – until the Peace Conference would decide otherwise. Because Moscow was ...
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Are the “DHSC Communications Team” using bots to flood social media with posts showing NHS workers supportive of government policy?

The image below seems to be circulating on Facebook along with a text To give you an idea of the times we are living in, Twitter has been flooded with hundreds of new accounts today. All ...
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Did Matt Drudge sell the Drudge Report?

After President Trump today tweeted "he gave up on Drudge", quite a lot of his responses claimed that Matt Drudge sold the Drudge Report and is under a Non-Disclosure Agreement. Here is a sample tweet....
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Is participating in a campaign advert a fireable offence for US journalists?

Quoting the left-wing news outlet Vox: In 2016, Hannity appeared in a bananas pro-Trump campaign ad. Sean Hannity: ...and of course he's gonna build that wall. He says he's going to have Mexico pay ...
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Did Donald Trump fire the entire pandemic response team in 2018?

This tweet claims Trump "fired the entire pandemic response team in 2018": Text: Just a reminder: it’s okay to blame the president for how bad things get with COVID-19 because he fired the ...
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After 2 years in office, had Obama kept more promises than Trump? [closed]

This chart has been shared around social media. It is from a January 2019 BBC News article, and cites a Politifact article as the source for the data. Are these figures accurate?
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Have 'a lot' of New Yorkers 'fled the city' to Florida?

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has thus far resisted calls for heavier restrictions in the state, and part of his argument for not going further appears to be that stay-at-home orders elsewhere have had ...
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Is SARS-CoV-2 a biological weapon released by the US military?

SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus that is the cause of the disease COVID-19. Some people have questioned the origins of the virus. RadioFreeEurope reported on March 5, 2020 on a claim by an Iranian ...
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Is Bernie Sanders the first candidate to win the first three states in a competitive primary?

I saw this float around Facebook. It seems it originated from the Twitter account of People For Bernie, Bernard Sanders is the only candidate in history (in a competitive primary) to win the ...
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Is this picture of Trump, Bloomberg, and Clinton playing golf real? [closed]

Picture reads "it's big club and you ain't in it", and has Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg, and Clinton. That's quite similar to this tweet of the same Image without the caption by ...
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Did Biden ask the State Department to lift Kolomoyskyi’s travel ban?

Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck said this on BlazeTV on Thursday (at the 33:54 mark of this video): Kolomoyskyi’s company Burisma was implicated in a money-laundering ring. Hunter Biden then,...
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Did Nancy Pelosi say “We'll have to pass the bill to find out what's in it”?

I found some comments by republicans/conservatives who claim she said this*, some indicating it was in regard with Obamacare, but I haven't been able to find any context or primary source. So the ...
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Did GetUp! only spend 16% of donations on campaigns in 2019?

The conservative political lobby group Advance Australia has made a claim on their Facebook wall about progressive political lobby group GetUp!: In 2019 GetUp! spent only 16 cents in the dollar of ...
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Did Michael Bloomberg ask for a box to stand on during debates?

In an interview with Sean Hannity, President Trump made a claim about Michael Bloomberg: You know now he wants a box for the debates, to stand on. the implication being that he wanted to make ...
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Did Bernie Sanders say immigrants steal our jobs?

In an interview with the former Maryland governor, Martin O’Malley, that appeared in The Guardian there are some notable claims that I haven't heard of till now. For example, this part refers to ...
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Is Rand Paul's apparent outing of Trump's whistleblower a crime? [closed]

A tweet from @SethFromThe716 is very popular (4.2K likes at the time of this question). It says [U.S. Senator] Rand Paul violated the law by publicly outing the whistleblower [of President Trump], ...
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Does preferential voting disadvantage minor parties and independents?

Starting from something shared on a face book feed I came across a claim that a disadvantage of preferential voting is that it disadvantages (reduces the chance of being elected) minor parties and ...
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Did the Sanders campaign attack Biden with a “doctored video”?

From Politico, INDIANOLA, Iowa — Joe Biden accused Bernie Sanders’ campaign Saturday of issuing a “doctored video” to attack him over Social Security, a false claim that ratcheted up the tension ...
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Did Donald Trump order the killing of General Qassem Soleimani? [closed]

Throughout the media there have been articles in the past weeks that said that Trump 'ordered' the killing of General Qassem Soleimani from Iran. Can a president order such killings or he approved ...
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Did Bernie Sanders say that a woman cannot be president?

During the January 2020 Democratic debate at 43:27 the moderator asked Bernie why he said that a woman cannot win an election https://youtu.be/Ppm_mqo9Tyc?t=2607 . Bernie responds by denying that he ...
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Did Elizabeth Warren plagiarize recipes and publish a book called “Pow Wow Chow”?

From the Daily Mall Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is yet again in hot water after new allegations have surfaced that she plagiarized her 'Cherokee' recipes in the book ...
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Has Trump, as of January 2020, used military force less than any other president since Jimmy Carter?

Last week, David Brooks, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times claimed (archive): Love or hate him, Trump has used military force less than any other president since Jimmy Carter. There are ...
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Do Swedes believe climate change spending to be the biggest waste of taxpayer money in 2019?

Yesterday, Breitbart claimed: The Swedish public has voted that climate change spending has been the biggest waste of taxpayer money in 2019, according to a poll by the Swedish Taxpayers' ...
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Did Trump tweet the most liked Persian language tweet in history?

Saeed Ghasseminejad (advisor to a foreign policy think tank) claimed yesterday: This tweet by @realDonaldTrump with more than 100k likes is already the most liked Persian tweet in the history ...
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Did Saudi Arabia deposit 1 billion dollars to pay the US for troop presence?

President Trump said this to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham: I said to Saudi Arabia - we have a very good relationship with Saudi Arabia - I said “Listen, you’re a very rich country. You want more troops?...
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Did someone forge Representative Elijah Cummings signature on subpoenas?

There were claims on social media (e.g. Oct 18, 2019 tweet) that two subpoenas, ostensibly signed by Representative Elijah Cummings shortly before his death, had a forged signature. This story was ...
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Was Hillary Clinton personally involved in approving the Uranium One purchase?

In 2013, a Russian company bought a Canadian company called Uranium One which owns a uranium mine in the United States. This purchase was approved by the US government through an interagency review ...
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Did Downer claim Israel told him to spy on Papadopoulos?

Former Trump Campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos just tweeted this: Alexander Downer has made a bizarre, and unfounded, claim and perpetuated a conspiracy theory that the Israelis ...
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Was it traditional for MPs to fully recline on a House of Commons bench?

At 1:09 of this Sep 18 2019 the Telegraph interview, Jacob Rees-Mogg proclaims JRM: It's very traditional to sit like that in the House of Commons, it has to be said. Christopher Hope, ...

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