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Did Obama defy precedent by not visiting the D-Day monument?

This seems like a very dubious picture, from a very clearly politically motivated website, but I was wondering if there was any truth to this picture?
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Is this picture from an abortion clinic dumpster?

I found this picture from a reply to Kamala Harris' tweet. Warning, graphic and possibly disturbing image of a man handling what appear to be human fetuses: Click to view. It has the following text:...
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Did Emmanuel Macron call a teenager an “idiot?”

This article from The Telegraph (June 22, 2018) mentions that Emmanuel Macron called the teenager who was not respectful an "idiot"; emphasis is mine: President Emmanuel Macron is facing criticism ...
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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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Do the husbands of the British PM and the former drugs minister profit from the sale of medicinal cannabis?

As read in this link: RT The cannabis for Epidiolex is being provided from a 45-acre cannabis farm in the UK operated by British Sugar, whose links to Tory ministers were exposed in February when ...
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Was Tommy Robinson transferred to a prison with a 71% Muslim population?

Paul Joseph Watson claims that Tommy Robinson has been moved to a prison with a predominantly Muslim population. BREAKING: Tommy Robinson has reportedly been moved to a prison with a 71% Muslim ...
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Melanie Shaw secret trial and incarceration [closed]

I've seen this post a few times on social media: https://www.facebook.com/608847352/posts/10155395745027353/ It claims Melanie Shaw made accusations about members of the Tory party and has been tried ...
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Did 61% of all Americans agree that 'a politician who does unethical things in their personal life can still fulfill their duties' in 2016?

A colleague shared the below graphic from Twitter with claims about how the opinions of various demographic groups hava changed between 2011 and 2016: This seems automatically dubious as neither the ...
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Is the skeptical movement an offshoot of the Communist Party?

Found on EXTRAORDINARY MEDICINE The truth about homeopathy is the following claim: Media Skeptics: A Popcorn Gallery The skeptical movement is an offshoot of the Communist Party. (Really: see ...
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Do people with centralist political views have a higher IQ then those with extreme political views? [closed]

This article claims that those with centralist political affiliation have a higher IQ then those with more extreme political views. I've already inspected the original study linked, it is ...
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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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Did Valerie Jarrett say she wanted “America to be a more Islamic country”?

This picture, being shared on Twitter, alleges that Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to the President, during the Obama administration, claimed to be of Iranian descent and of Islamic faith in ...
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Was Morocco the first country to recognize USA?

Here in Morocco, when you talk about relations between Morocco and the USA, Moroccans tell you, proudly, that Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States of America, and that the ...
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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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Did Mueller indict a Russian company that didn't exist?

Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza just tweeted this: Is Mueller this dumb? Or does he think the press is too dumb to notice he indicted a Russian company that doesn’t even exist? This is a ...
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Do “crisis actors” exist to exaggerate or falsify an event?

David Hogg (of Parkland, an actual student) and Emma Gonzalez (of New York, a 30-year-old woman who shares the name of an actual Parkland student) have both been falsely accused of being fake crisis ...
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Do you need a passport to travel from Germany to the Czech Republic? [closed]

Per the McClatchy Report, Michael Cohen entered the Czech Republic through Germany and thereby bypassed getting a stamp on his passport from Czech officials. This is pertinent as he used the lack of ...
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Did Susan B. Anthony make these statements regarding suffrage for women and former slaves?

Telesur posted an article on 8 November 2016 which claims Susan B. Anthony made a number of statements under the headline "White Women Pay Tribute to Susan B. Anthony, Notorious Racist": The Bad ...
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Does corporate lobbying provide benefits to those funding it?

This 2018 Bloomberg article claims that "Lobbying Doesn't Help Companies or Their Shareholders". The numbers instead indicate that lobbying hurts the underlying capital values of the corporations. ...
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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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Is Gina Haspel wanted in Europe? [closed]

In a tweet from Randy Kennedy, then shared on Facebook by Girl du Jour (and then others) it is claimed that President Trump's pick to head the CIA - Gina Haspel - is wanted in Europe for "war crimes". ...
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Did a Paul Ryan affiliated SuperPAC campaign to elect Democrat Conor Lamb?

The website Conservative Treehouse had an article posted on their page entitled UniParty At Work – Paul Ryan SuperPac Campaigned to Elect Democrat Conor Lamb. In it they claim the following. Now, ...
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Does 1°C warming increase the H2O content of the atmosphere by 7%?

I recently watched a Jeremy Rifkin video in which he stated that a 1°C increase in temperature resulted in a 7% increase in atmospheric water. Seven percent seems like a pretty big number. If true, ...
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Did Trump promise to bring back waterboarding?

According to the Wikipedia article Guantanamo Bay detention camp § President Trump's statements on the camp: President Donald Trump has vowed to keep the prison open and to use it to detain "bad ...
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Is it true Democrats did not want to pass any gun control laws when they had majorities in Congress during Obama's presidency? [closed]

Per Trump's recent Tweet he said the Democrats didn't pass any gun control legislation when they had majorities in both houses of Congress during Obama's presidency because they didn't want to. ...
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How much does the White House pay to their employees?

Once I read that White House has 377 employees and Brazil's Palácio do Planalto has 3.800 employees. I wonder if this number, 377, is true and how much does the USA pay for White House's employees.
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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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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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Is immigration the cause of bad traffic on Queenslands M1 freeway?

In September 2017 the Australian Federal Politician Pauline Hanson made a statement that has been broadly interpreted as "The heavy traffic on Queensland's M1 freeway is caused by high levels of ...
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Are “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” truthful? [closed]

John Perkins wrote a book "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" as a disclosure of US foreign policy to economically destroy underdeveloped countries. Perkins claims that US grants and loans increase ...
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Is female unemployment lowest in 18 years?

President Donald Trump celebrated the Women's March by tweeting the following. Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the ...
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Are a majority of grade-school children in Arizona Hispanic?

Conservative pundit Mark Steyn just said this to Fox News' Tucker Carlson: In Arizona, a majority of the grade-school children now are Hispanic. That means Arizona's future is as an Hispanic ...
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Has president Trump been “very strict on Commercial Aviation”?

President Trump seems to be implying that him being strict on commercial aviation led to 2017 having been "the best and safest year on record". When reading carefully, he does not claim that outright; ...
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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 the Obama administration responsible for the decision to move the UK embassy and the sale of the old location?

President Donald Trump claims that moving the US embassy in the United Kingdom to a different location was a bad decision and a "bad deal". He puts the blame on the Obama administration. Reason I ...
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Have public figures been recently fired for “touching a knee”

In the wake of sexual assault/impropriety revelations, I hear a lot of people claim that these situations often unjust. Recently, 100 french women, including Catherine Deneuve published a letter, ...
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Are Americans besieged by high-crime immigrant communities? [closed]

President Trump's senior policy advisor Stephen Miller just said this in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper: The people that you don't connect with and understand, the people whose manufacturing ...
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Did millions sign up for association health plans after President Trump's executive order?

President Trump just said this in an interview with the New York Times: Now here’s the good news. We’ve created associations, millions of people are joining associations. Millions. That were ...
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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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Did the US spend 7 trillion in the Middle East?

In response to the recent train accident in Washington State, the current President of the United States, Donal Trump, made a claim in a tweet that the US has spent $7 trillion in the Middle East. Is ...
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Did Trump predict Gillespie would lose?

President Trump just tweeted this: Remember, Republicans are 5-0 in Congressional Races this year. The media refuses to mention this. I said Gillespie and Moore would lose (for very different ...
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Did tax revenue improve after tax rates were cut after Kennedy's death?

This CNN op-ed about Trump's recent attempts to cut taxes makes some historical claims: President Kennedy declared at the New York Economic Club that "it is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are ...
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Is Australia the worlds most successful multicultural country? [closed]

Many of Australia's Federal politicians make the claim "Australia is a successful multicultural nation" and often add the "world's most successful". A recent episode of Q&A - 11/12/2017 has ...
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Do we live in a post-truth era? [closed]

Apparently Oxford Dictionary's "word of the year" in 2016 was post-truth: ... relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than ...
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Entire GOP voted against letting senators read the new tax bill?

Following the passing of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in the U.S. Senate on December 2nd 2017, this photo has been making the rounds on social media (facebook in my case). The tweet by Jesse Lehrich claims ...
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Do voters refuse to believe accurate accounts of Republican tax plans? [closed]

There are plenty of controversial ideas in tax policy in the USA. Republicans often argue that lowering tax will enhance growth. Or that reducing taxes on corporations will increase wages. Many people ...
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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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Did the White House Press Secretary Lie about a Pie?

Apparently, the White House Press Secretary tweeted a picture of a chocolate pecan pie over the Thanksgiving Holiday. She claims that she made the pie and took a picture of it. People are claiming ...
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Are Antifa movements also anti-government? [closed]

A recent BBC article claimed: Antifa is anti-government and anti-capitalist, and their methodologies are often perceived as more closely aligned with anarchists than the mainstream left. Are ...
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Do 60% of US anti-vaxxers identify as politically liberal? [duplicate]

I found this claim among a survey of anti-vaxxers reported on qz 60% of anti-vaxxers describe their political leaning as liberal: Much of the other profile characterics reported there aren't ...