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Did NAMBLA march in Gay Pride parades in the 70s and 80s?

On Reason.com, there is reporting on the Fifth Column podcast. In the episode linked in the Reason article, Robert Mariani, formerly an editor at The Daily Caller, asserts that in "the '70s and '80s, ...
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Was there electoral fraud at the Catalan independence referendum?

The Catalan Independence Referendum of Oct 1, 2017, certainly has problems enough (deemed illegal beforehand, low participation, police conflicts, etc.), but apart from that - was there voter fraud ...
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Has the American Congress blocked the CDC from studying why guns are so attractive? [duplicate]

I live in Australia. One of the country's most revered radio stations hosts one of the country's most revered scientists in a fun QnA session known as the 'Science Hour'. Listeners phone in with their ...
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Do 7 out of 10 Australians support drug testing welfare recipients?

On the Liberal Party of Australia's Facebook feed they posted an image that makes the claim that "7 out of 10 Australians support drug testing welfare recipients". Is this true? What is it based on? ...
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Is 90% of world trade conducted on WTO terms?

The European Union is, among many other things, a large free trade block with few barriers to cross-country trade within it. The United Kingdom has voted to leave the EU and is currently trying to ...
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Did only a few people in Trump's campaign know George Papadopoulos? [closed]

Trump tweeted today: The Fake News is working overtime. As Paul Manaforts lawyer said, there was "no collusion" and events mentioned took place long before he came to the campaign. Few people knew ...
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Are Politifact's fact checks biased against Republicans? [closed]

In Charles Sykes new book, How the Right Lost Its Mind he claims that Politifact is biased against Republicans and often inaccurate: A WORD ABOUT POLITIFACT Matt Shapiro, a data analyst for ...
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Did the DNC try to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic nomination? [closed]

In a question on the politics stack exchange, a user asks why the Democratic National committee tried to prevent Bernie Sanders from being selected as their candidate in the 2016 presidential election....
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Did House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi say that she hopes banning bump stocks is a slippery slope for more gun restrictions?

There seems to be a fairly widespread claim that, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said "I certainly hope" voting on a bill regulating or banning "bump stocks" will be a slippery ...
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Does the Jones Act double import prices in Puerto Rico?

The Jones Act is a protectionist law passed in the 1920's requiring ships carrying goods between American ports to be made in America and crewed by Americans. The Jones Act has become an issue ...
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Is this chart detailing incidences of homocide by race accurate? [duplicate]

I saw this image on social media: It shows a various values at on an unknown scale for incidences of black on white homocide (9.83), white on black homocide (0.77), white on white homocide (10.22) ...
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Does Kim Jong Un listen to Katy Perry?

An interview I saw on YouTube of North Korea's Kim Jong Un and some American talk show host had him listening to an American singer named Katy Perry. Similarly, an article from The Diplomat says ...
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Earned income tax credit 25% fraud?

I was listening a discussion on poverty on CSPAN radio this morning and Robert E. Rector from The Heritage Foundation claimed that 25% of the Earned Income tax credit is fraudulent. Specifically, ...
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Were there depictions of Donald Trump holding Hillary Clinton's severed head?

Hillary Clinton has recently claimed unfair treatment in the media. “They were selling T-shirts and mugs at the Republican [National] Convention with Trump holding my head. Nobody said a word. Not ...
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Did the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) post this advert in Turkish?

On 14 September 2017, Hamed Abdel-Samad and Erika Steinbach posted on Facebook, referencing the following image, which is purportedly a CDU advert: The three main points roughly translate (according ...
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Is any male over 15 years of age considered a combatant if killed by a drone strike?

In the essay "We have always fought" by Kameron Hurley, she makes the following claim: We don’t kill “fifteen year old boys” but “enemy combatants” (yes, every boy 15 and over killed in drone ...
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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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Did Antifa distribute this pamphlet?

This is the pamphlet I'm talking about: The evil white race must be destroyed! The white racist and their Heeb masters must be purged from the face of the earth! The children of the white ...
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Is this phrase attribution to BLM correct?

This image: attributes the phrase Loving your culture and placing your race first doesn't make you racist to the "Black Lives Matter" movement. Is this fake?
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Did opposition fundraising stop neonazis marching?

From Facebook: "In the small town in Germany where the Nazi leader Rudolf Hess was born, every year right wing activist[s] have been showing up to commemorate his birthday. Counter marches didn't ...
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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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Was the KGB using leftists to “destabilize” nations?

In 1984, a former KGB agent, Yuri Bezmenov, claimed in a lengthy interview that: @32:11: [...] progressive intellectuals; writers, journalists, publishers, professors of colleges [...] For us ...
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Speed of light not constant as measured by many scientific / research groups, but averaged & politically standardized? [closed]

In banned/ removed TEDxTalk, The Science Delusion - Rupert Sheldrake at TEDx Whitechapel, the speaker has talked about various things but I am focused on the "constants" such as "light" that he has ...
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Is this YouTube segment from the group known as “Anonymous”?

Is this YouTube segment, dated Dec 13, 2016 and titled "Anonymous to Trump", really a product of the group known as "Anonymous", or is it a spoof? The segment gives a litany of the ways that Russia ...
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Is Afghanistan no more dangerous (for the population) than Brazil?

This claim was made by German politician Boris Palmer: Was Afghanistan angeht, gibt es eine gefühlte Wahrnehmung von Unsicherheit, die vor allem durch Bilder von Anschlägen transportiert wird.“ ...
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Did Rote Antifa post an image of a “Will trade racists for rapists” sign?

According to Red Alert Politics, this image was posted on the Rote Antifa Facebook page: They say the caption translated as "Prefer sexually active fugitive as German racists" (sic). They ...
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Do Jews joining the Chicago SlutWalk march have to be anti-Zionist?

Mark Joseph Stern wrote in a Slate article, This Is a Safe Space. No Jews Allowed: Why are some American progressives embracing overt anti-Semitism? ... Are you a Jew in Chicago who’d ...
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Will Australian unions be getting $AU22m per year from superannuation funds?

This article from The Fair Go (a group sponsored by the Liberal Party of Australia) claims that Australian unions will get $AU22 million per year from superannuation. IF THIS RATE OF GROWTH ...
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Was Lal Bahadur Shastri poisoned?

On 11 January 1966, the Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri passed away in office. He died in Tashkent, at 02:00 on the day after signing the Tashkent Declaration, reportedly due to a heart ...
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Are there “1,071 Proven Cases of Voter Fraud”?

The Heritage Foundation, an American Conservative think tank, has recently published a report listing over a thousand individuals who committed voter fraud: The United States has a long and ...
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Did Corbyn promise to write off UK student debts? [closed]

The way that I remember things might not actually be as they happened. I accept that. However, I am sure that I recall the UK Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, promising to scrap all student ...
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Did all of Germany's Muslim MPs vote in favor of same-sex marriage?

I saw the following claim on The Independent's web-site: All six of Germany's Muslim members of parliament voted in favour of same-sex marriage as Angela Merkel faced criticism for opposing the ...
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Is life expectancy “stalling” in the UK?

On Prime Minister's Question Time, recently (19 July 2017), Jeremy Corbyn claimed: "Life expectancy stalling for the first time in 100 years" To which the Prime Minister's response: "The right ...
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Did White House staff have problems booking a hotel for Trump for G20?

BuzzFeed headline says: President Trump Apparently Couldn't Find A Hotel To Book For The G20 Summit He is one of the most powerful people in the world. He is coming to the meeting of 20 ...
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Did the police cover up their decision to allow mass-killer Thomas Hamilton to retain his gun licence?

Thomas Hamilton was responsible for the 1996 Dunblane School Massacre, In 1991, Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes reportedly recommended that Hamilton's firearm licence be revoked - but the police took ...
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Is the West supporting neo-Nazis in Ukraine?

John Pilger claims With eastern Europe and the Balkans now military outposts of Nato, the last "buffer state" bordering Russia – Ukraine – is being torn apart by fascist forces unleashed by the US ...
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Is George Pell the 3rd ranking official at the Vatican?

News outlets have been referring to Cardinal George Pell as the 3rd highest ranked official of the Vatican. I wasn't aware that the Vatican had such hierarchical "rankings". Here's a quote from CNN. ...
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Was the supreme court Executive Order 13780 injunction stay unanimous?

On June 26, 2017, the US Supreme Court granted a stay on the preliminary injunctions on the Trump administration's Executive Order 13780. The Office of the Press Secretary issued a statement on ...
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Was Donald Trump's approval rating at 50% in June 2017?

Rasmussen Reports say that Donald Trump's approval rating is at 50%. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President ...
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Did Comey say that Trump did not try to obstruct justice?

According to a Fox News post on Facebook, Comey said during his testimony before the Senate committee that in his opinion, Trump did not try to obstruct justice: Comey said flatly that President ...
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Did Theresa May say that girls' having male role models starts to curb the promotion of lesbianism in schools?

Kevin Cummins, a London-based photographer, recently tweeted this image: The concern with the image is the text Curbing the promotion of lesbianism in Merton's schools starts with girls having ...
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Are half of the donations to Democratic Party from Jewish sources?

I've encountered this claim in a number of sources, both respectable and not, but ultimately seems to stem from an article in Jerusalem Post attributing it to Gil Troy: The reason for such intense ...
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Is this photo of Jeremy Corbyn and caption accurate?

At a Time when Margaret Thatcher was calling Nelson Mandela a terrorist, and a young David Cameron was living it up on all expenses paid tours around apartheid South Africa, Jeremy Corbyn was being ...
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Did Emmanuel Macron say France deserved acts of terrorism? [closed]

I've seen this image floating around on Facebook and Twitter: We have been horribly Islamophobic, and we deserve each act of terrorism that is inflicted upon us. - Emmanuel Macron Did Macron ...
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Is there hard evidence that non-leftwing academics are discriminated against in academia? [closed]

..or alternatively is there hard evidence that they don't ? This is a claim made by several at Heterodox Academy and one that resurfaces regularly in conservative media. This paper has been widely ...
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Was UK national debt higher in 2016 than 2010?

I saw this image being shared on my Facebook feed, and I was wondering the truth (if any) to it.
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Could the EU “take Britain to the Hague” over the “£50 Billion EU divorce bill” [closed]

I've seen several papers (express, telegraph) claiming that Britain will have to pay a £50 Billion 'fee' for leaving the EU. A further paper (Independent) has written (emphasis by me): “In that ...
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Are these figures about sexual harassment by Trump, O'Reilly, Ailes and Obama correct?

@LegitMillennial claims in a tweet that went viral: I found a graphic I think Fox News might've missed. The image reads: Number of times each have been accused of sexual assault/...
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Do Republicans change their opinions based upon who is in the Oval Office? [closed]

On Bill Maher show of April 21, 2017, he read a Pew poll comparing Republican and Democrats. He claims it shows that after the election, most Republicans think we are doing much better economically, ...
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Did non-voters outnumber the supporters of each political party in the UK in 2010?

I have noticed this image in social media recently: Transcription: Non-voters outnumbered the supporters of every single political party in 2010 Did not vote: 15.9m - these people could change ...