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Did the UK government pay "millions and millions of dollars" to try to snag Julian Assange?

In a Fox News broadcast (timestamp 2:59), Greg Palkot (London-based senior foreign affairs correspondent for Fox News) said of Julian Assange: "He has cost the UK government and security forces, ...
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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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Did US corporations pay demonstrators in the German demonstrations against article 13?

One of the governing parties of Germany - the CDU/CSU - claimed on Twitter that American corporations "bought" demonstrators at the recent demonstrations against article 13: Wenn ...
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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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Do US sanctions against Venezuela outweigh the aid being sent?

President Trump recently imposed sanctions against Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA. However, the US has also sent aid, primarily food, to the Colombian border, with the aim of getting it to ...
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Was the death rate in Boer War concentration camps the same as in Glasgow?

In a widely reported debate on BBC's Question Time, Conservative politician Jacob Rees-Mogg was accused of "justifying" the British use of concentration camps during the Boer War at the beginning of ...
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Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or her office write and publish this FAQ concerning her Green New Deal? [closed]

There is a PDF circulating online that is purported to be an FAQ released by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (hereinafter referred to as AOC). Here is a link to the PDF Examples of high-...
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As of February 2019, were US wages rising at the "fastest pace in decades"?

The President of the USA, Donald Trump, told during his "State of the Union address" speech on 5th February 2019, that [...] wages in America are rising at the fastest pace in decades Source: at ...
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Is Ruth Bader Ginsburg alive as of February 2019? [closed]

Right wing sources on social media have been abuzz with rumors that Ginsburg has died. The conspiracy theory is that Democrats are hiding her death to avoid another Trump pick on the Supreme Court. ...
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Can a US President's declaration of emergency be overridden by simple majorities of both chambers of Congress?

Jennifer Rubin writes in the Washington Post that: [the US President's] declaration of an emergency can be overridden by a simple majority of both houses Is it true that a presidential declaration ...
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Did Hillary Clinton support legalising such late-term abortions of fetuses as claimed by Ben Shapiro?

Please note that this question contains some graphic language that some people will find distressing. Ben Shapiro makes two statements about Hillary Clinton's views on allowing abortion of a fetus. ...
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Did Hillary Clinton pay Russian officials 30 million dollars, through her campaign to get dirt on Trump?

In tonight's episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, Ann Coulter said: I mean, Hillary Clinton paid, through her campaign, 30 million dollars to Russian officials to get dirt on Trump The full ...
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Did Donald Trump dare Nancy Pelosi to cancel his State of the Union speech? [closed]

A CNN article by Chris Cillizza has the headline: Donald Trump dared Nancy Pelosi to cancel his State of the Union speech. So she did. The article does not give evidence to support the claim, but ...
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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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Do a significant proportion of the British public think "no-deal" Brexit means staying in the EU?

Brexit is the plan to take the UK out of the European Union. The way the law is currently framed means that this will happen automatically at the end of march 2019 if no transition deal is arranged. ...
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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 ...
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Have Democrats attacked Trump's proposed wall as "medieval"?

In this video President Trump says "They say a wall is medieval, well so is a wheel". The official transcript says: Democrats have refused to listen to the border agents, and they say this ...
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Do Low-skill workers earn one cent in extra income for every 19 cents the government spends on walling off Mexico

From Quartz - The ROI on border walls is terrible, the following claim was made:: Low-skill workers earn one cent in extra income for every 19 cents the government spends on walling off Mexico It ...
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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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Did 120,000 Egyptians die building the Suez Canal?

According to wikipedia > Gamal_Abdel_Nasser#Nationalization_of_the_Suez_Canal (current revision), on 26 July 1956, Nasser gave a speech in which he claimed 120,000 Egyptians died during the ...
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Do people in USA have to take an unpaid vacation day to vote? [closed]

As a European I was quite shocked to hear that people in the USA have to take an unpaid vacation day from work to be able to take part in elections. Is that really true? So do people really get ...
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Did Trump reveal the identities of a SEAL team in Iraq?

According to Newsweek (and several other news outlets that cite Newsweek), during his trip to Iraq over Christmas, Trump revealed the identities of a SEAL team that was deployed in Iraq. President ...
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Will the US military receive a 10% pay raise in 2019?

Supposedly, Trump told soldiers in Iraq that (1) he just got them a 10% pay raise, and (2) supposedly also told them that this is the first raise they have received in a decade. Fact check: Trump ...
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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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Is this chart of executive branch criminal prosecutions accurate?

I am curious about the accuracy of the numbers quoted. In particular, are the Republican numbers inflated or Democratic numbers deflated? The original source says: The chart below only includes ...
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Is the Clinton Foundation currently under investigation?

Marc Lotter, former special assistant to President Trump, just said this to CNN's Erin Burnett in the course of defending President Trump from the fact that the Trump foundation is shutting down after ...
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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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Is this heart transplant denial letter from an insurance group?

In a recent tweet from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, she claims that this letter which recommends a fundraising effort of $10,000 for medical care, 'comes from an insurance group'. Well-known conservative ...
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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 Republicans take 10 of 13 Congressional seats in the 2018 North Carolina general election with roughly the same number of votes as Democrats?

This image has been shared on social media Transcription: Gerrymandering in North Carolina 1,747,742 votes for Democrats = 3 Congressional seats 1,638,684 votes for Republicans = 10 Congressional ...
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Was the video Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out against Jim Acosta altered?

The media was all abuzz about a video Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out in regards to Jim Acosta's disbarring: https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/1060374680991883265 Many outlets claimed that this ...
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Are Republicans running ads with images of bundles of cash specifically against Jewish candidates?

The Washington Post has an article about Republican ads which depict candidates holding fistful of dollars. Specifically, the article contains claims that: “[...] I will say I have not seen images ...
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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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In Massachusetts, can someone be "arrested and fined up to fifty-thousand dollars" for reporting suspicious behavior in a women's bathroom?

A Massachusetts political advertisement No On 3, Keep MA Safe says: What does Massachusetts Question 3 mean to you? It means any man who says he is a woman can enter a women's locker room, dressing ...
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Do video gamers tend to be conservative and have a large voter turnout?

I found this pdf referencing a study done on video gamers. Among other claims it states that "80% of those surveyed will vote in the 2016 election". It also has a pie chart claiming the following ...
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Did Antifa Exist as a Group in the USA Between 2000 and 2017? [closed]

The first major use of the word "Antifa" in modern times (that I can find) is something on Breitbart from 4/21/2017, claiming that the mayor of Berkeley was a member of an anti-fascist group 'By Any ...
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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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Do leftist groups claim that "the Caravan" was "cooked up by Republican operatives"?

The Wired article Alert: Don't Believe Everything You Read About the Migrant Caravan covers various claims from the right, with specific sources attributed: Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, President ...
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Does the Caravan have Middle Easterners?

President Trump just tweeted this: Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle ...
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Does Social Security have a $2.5T surplus?

Just saw this on Facebook: Is the freehand-circled claim true? Does the United States Social Security have a surplus of $2.5 trillion? Also, if the above is true, how did SS accrue this much extra?
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Is the median income for African Americans at an all time high?

President Trump, in a press conference on 9 October 2018, said the following to reporters. You know, [Kayne West] loves what we're doing for African-American jobs, for so many different things. ...
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Are *some* Democrats talking about ending pre-existing condition protections?

At a rally in Rochester, Minnesota on Thursday, Donald Trump stated Republicans want to protect Medicare for our great seniors who have earned it and they have paid for it. And we will always ...
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Do rich Americans pay a lower portion of their income in federal taxes than the middle class?

Not quite the same as this related question but similar. According to Wikipedia, the origin of the "Buffett Rule" oft-quoted by former-President Obama is that: rich people, like himself, could pay ...
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Did the Israeli paper Ma'ariv run an article titled "The Jews Who Run Clinton's Court" in 1994?

In January 2018, Puerto Rico's central newspaper El Nuevo Dia ran an op-ed accusing Congress of being "controlled by Jews," on the following evidence: “More than 20 years ago, the Israeli newspaper ...
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Has Dr. Christine Blasey Ford written over 65 peer-reviewed articles?

During the Senate confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh on September 27, 2018, Senator Feinstein said in her introduction, to, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford: You are a professor affiliated with ...
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Did Senator Biden deny that FBI investigations can add anything to the SCOTUS confirmation process?

On September 27, 2018 at the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, during his opening remarks, Senator Grassley claimed that FBI investigations can add nothing to Senate confirmation hearings and ...
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Is this a picture of Ted Cruz as a mime?

Caption reads, Ted Cruz played Adam in a mime performance of the Christian creation story when he was in high school. Is this really the fight that he wants to have? I've seen this picture now ...
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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 GOP senators say these things about Kavanaugh allegations?

I saw the following screenshot on Twitter: The picture shows an MSNBC screen with the header "GOP SENATORS ON KAVANAUGH ALLEGATIONS" with pictures and the following quotes: "I'll listen to the lady, ...
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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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