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Can the UK fire its nuclear weapons without US agreement?

Somebody told me that the UK cannot fire its nuclear weapons without the agreement and support from US. Is this true? This claim is made in the following locations: David Morrison - Britain’s “...
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Does Germany want their gold back?

There is a meme that is going around that states: The German government has been storing about half of its gold supply with the US FED, apparently in the NYC FED vaults. Germany decided to ...
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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 ...
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Do US senators and congressmen make abnormally high returns on their stock market investments?

Nate Silver's popular book on the art and science of prediction, The Signal and the Noise has a chapter on financial markets called If you can't beat em.... The chapter spends some time discussing the ...
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Did Texas ban tampons and diabetes supplies from the Senate Chamber while allowing guns?

From an article on Forward Progressives: The Texas Department of Public Safety forced women to hand over their tampons and pads before entering the Senate chamber today. Not only that, but they ...
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Is the Greek government rounding up "undesirables" into internment camps?

This petition claims that, having begun by building internment camps for migrants, the Greek government has gone on to "round up": Drug users Sex workers Transgender people ... and is imprisoning ...
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Do international laws require the detention and extradition of suspects?

Barack Obama has said following: My continued expectation is that Russia or other countries that have talked about potentially providing Mr Snowden asylum recognise that they are a part of an ...
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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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Is President Obama or his administration responsible for failing to transfer some prisoners out of Guantanamo?

President Obama has come under considerable criticism for failing to uphold his campaign promises to close Guantanamo Bay. Each detainee can leave that limbo through one of four different routes): a ...
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Is there evidence that competition between hospitals creates better quality and lower cost healthcare?

There is a debate in England, as the government is changing the way the NHS works, to introduce more competition. The NHS will still operate as a single payer, covering the whole population: but ...
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Is the US Government buying extra ammunition in order to deny it the Civilian Population

During a Press release today Senators Inhofe and Lucas accused the Department of Homeland Security of "limiting what’s available in the market with federal agencies purchasing unnecessary stockpiles ...
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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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Are atheists barred from holding public office in Texas?

I saw the following claim in B3ta newsletter #574 (possibly NSFW), under "US Postal Service hates Atheists". Awful, but then Atheists are not allowed to hold public office in six US states, ...
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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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Did the French Revolution cause people to give the Ace (in a deck of cards) rank above a King?

Wikipedia says After the French Revolution some games started to use the ace or 1 as the highest card which symbolized the lowest in society rising above the King. A discussion forum recently ...
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Could McDonald's pay a $10.10 minimum wage with an increase of only 4¢ per meal?

This caught my eye and seems like powerful statement, if true. WARREN: During my Senate campaign, I ate a number 11 at McDonald’s many, many times a week. I know the price on that. $7.19. According ...
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In the USA, do supporters of the Republican party make more charitable donations than supporters of the Democrats?

Republicans argue that those that benefit more from capitalism and want the government to do less to help others would be more likely to give that money away. ABC's 2020 is one source of this claim. ...
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Did Hugo Chávez have a net worth of 2 billion dollars at the time of his death?

I've seen this now numerious times, Analysts say Leftist leader had 'amassed private fortune of $2 billion' - Dailymail.co.uk And, that's a pretty sly way to say that "someone said". But, is it ...
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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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Did the Republican Party in the House of Representatives recently propose not a single job bill, but many morality and gun-related bills?

This graphic is doing the rounds on the Internet (found on Facebook): The claim is: House GOP: 46 abortion bills, 113 religion bills, 73 family relationship bills, 36 marriage bills, 72 gun bills, ...
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Is there an active international arrest warrant against Henry Kissinger?

Infowars in 2010: It seems that Henry Kissinger as Rockefeller’s right hand man had to be at the meeting even though there existed an International arrest warrant from France and Spain who wish to ...
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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 Barack Obama receive 108% of the vote in one Ohio county?

"Recount the election!" is the 4th most popular petition at whitehouse.gov. It has 69,588 signatures (as of Jan 30, 2012). As justification for the petition, the creator writes: In one county ...
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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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Was every Republican President since 1923 a Member of the Bohemian Grove?

Wikipedia : The membership list has included every Republican and some Democratic U.S. presidents since 1923, many cabinet officials, directors and CEOs of large corporations including major financial ...
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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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Do casinos have a negative economic and social impact on the neighborhoods they are located in?

In a recent article of the Toronto Sun that discusses a proposed waterfront casino for the city of Toronto, the author Christopher Hume makes the following statement: Experience around the world ...
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Did the democrats win the popular vote in the 2012 US congressional elections?

In a review of the year article in the UK newspaper the Independent, Rupert Cornwell argues that the Republican party is in some trouble because of the drift to the right and the resulting inflexible ...
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Was there a deep US involvement with Saddam, Osama and Gaddafi?

U.S. Government Retirement Program SADDAM HUSSEIN "FRIEND" 1983 "RETIRED" 2006 OSAMA BIN LADEN "FRIEND" 1979 "RETIRED" 20?1 MUAMMAR GADDAFI "FRIEND" 2009 "RETIRED" 2011 The ...
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Did the EPA fire a toxicologist, Dr. William Marcus, for refusing to remain silent on the cancer risk of fluoride?

I read that here in this article: http://www.nteu280.org/Issues/Fluoride/NTEU280-Fluoride.htm EPA fired the Office of Drinking Water's chief toxicologist, Dr. William Marcus, who also was our ...
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List comparing countries attacked by Iran and the USA accurate?

Is the following infographic's comparison of Iran and the USA accurate? I'm not skeptical of the claim that the USA has attacked a lot of countries, but I am skeptical of the claim that, based on the ...
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Are carrots orange because the Dutch loved orange?

On the web, I find several unsourced claims that carrots are orange because the Dutch loved the colour. For example: http://www.nextnature.net/2009/08/why-are-carrots-orange-it-is-political/ ...
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Are "black-box" data recorders to be installed in all new US cars?

Occupy Corporatism reports: With complete disregard for driver privacy, the Obama administration gave their consent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to mandate black box ...
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Does a UN Treaty force gun control in the USA?

Is there any truth to the following claims which can be found on several sites, including: Dr. Orly Taitz Esquire's Defend Our Freedoms Foundation AboveTopSecret.com The Obama administration ...
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How did Yasser Arafat die?

Adrian Bloomfield has written, in The Telegraph in July 2012: Many theories have been advanced in the past for the cause of Arafat's death, and his case notes – which are alleged to show that he ...
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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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Does Texas have the right to secede from the United States?

There's a common folklore among Texans that Texas was the only state to specifically have it written that Texas may secede, although I've heard that other states have that right as well. In 2009, Gov ...
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Is voter fraud practically non-existent in the United States?

The issue of voter fraud comes up very often at election times. In the media, it is nearly always pictured as a really important and urgent problem. It ranges from whether photo identification should ...
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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 gerrymandering of some US electoral boundaries drive polarisation between parties?

Political control of redistricting in state and congressional elections is common in the US. I've already addressed one possible effect in this question: Does politically controlled redistricting in ...
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Is Tagg Romney the owner of a company that makes Ohio voting machines?

This photo is circulating across Facebook: The new owners [sic] of Ohio's voting machines under the brand name HART Intercivic is none other than Tagg Romney. We may not be able to buy this election, ...
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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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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 a tax increase on high incomes slow down economic growth?

The Republican party in the US has a position that that raising taxes on rich people leads to less growth. Is this true? For one example of the claim, CNN reported in August 2012: Republicans ...
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Did Tony Abbott suggest that men might be better suited to leadership positions?

Apparently Australian politician, Tony Abbott suggested men are better at leadership in 1998: He has said, and I quote, in a discussion about women being under-represented in institutions of ...
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Was the September 2012 jobs report manipulated for political purposes?

A few days ago, former GE CEO Jack Welch made a contreversial accusation/claim that the September 2012 jobs report was manipulated by the Obama administration in an attempt to portray the economy in a ...
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Are these nude photos of Barack Obama's mother?

In the last few days there is a video called "Dreams from My Real Father". The video claims that Barack Obama's mother posed for erotic/pornographic pictures for a pornographic magazine, and ...
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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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Was Ambassador Christopher Stevens raped before his death?

US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens was killed in one of the recent attacks against the US Diplomatic Missions. NOPCRadio claim that he was raped before his death. Here is a report that ...
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Is racial resentment towards African Americans correlated with Democrats support of a political position?

The following research claims that there is a link between high "racial resentment" (as measured by answers to questions in the survey) and support for VoterID laws. Here, CPC researchers found an ...