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Questions tagged [united-states]

Use this tag for questions about claims based in the United States, or limited to the United States.

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Did the CIA blow up a Siberian pipeline in 1982?

The Telegraph claimed in 2004 that the CIA blew up a Russian gas pipeline in Siberia, by tricking the operator into installing booby-trapped software. Thomas Reed, a former US Air Force secretary ...
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Have 82 officers been charged for on-duty shootings since 2005?

From CNN: One researcher reported that there are about 1,000 police shootings each year in the United States. Between 2005 and April 2017, 80 officers had been arrested on murder or ...
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Is it illegal in Alaska to wake up a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph?

DumbLaws.com claim: While it is legal to shoot bears, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited. The Gray Line Alaska blog repeats the claim. There is also a ...
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Is the infant mortality rate among African-American babies in Youngstown, Ohio greater than that of babies in Iran?

In a town hall meeting on June 2, 2019 with Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH), the candidate stated the following (emphasis mine) Now, a lot of people don't know, but Youngstown, Ohio is 50 percent ...
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Did an American kindergarten teach children the alphabet using corporate logos?

On Reddit, Facebook and elsewhere, a picture went mildly viral claiming that in the USA, a kindergarten is using corporate logos to teach the alphabet: The posts or their comments do not include any ...
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Has Congress's Office of Compliance secretly settled sexual harassment lawsuits?

Info Wars host, Mike Cernovich claims, via a recent Change.org petition that Congress has sealed settled sexual harassment lawsuits from the public record? What if I told you that Congressmen ...
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Were Papadopoulos, Manafort, and Flynn subjects of FISA applications?

Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said this in December, in a closed-door hearing of the House Judiciary Committee (on pages 66-67 of this transcript, released a few days ago): I want to ...
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Could a foreign head of government be inadmissible to the US because of past drug use?

From the Guardian: Michael Gove’s admission that he took cocaine 20 years ago has triggered speculation that if he were to become the next British prime minister, he could be banned from visiting ...
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Did the Washington Post ever advocate Amazon's position on sales taxes?

On July 24th, 2017, Donald Trump tweeted: Is Fake News Washington Post being used as a lobbyist weapon against Congress to keep Politicians from looking into Amazon no-tax monopoly? First of ...
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Is food becoming less nutritious because of depletion of soil minerals and nutrients?

Over and over, I have heard and read claims that the soil growing much of the planet's crops is "depleted" and thus our foods do not have sufficient minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients. Five ...
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Did thousands of women die every year due to illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade?

Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood, has repeatedly said that thousands of women died every year as a result of abortions prior to Roe v. Wade: We face a real situation where Roe could ...
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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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In the US, are three women killed each day by their male partners?

In 2013, CNN made this claim: Each day - Three or more women are murdered by their boyfriends or husbands on average, according to the American Psychology Association. Indeed, the linked APA ...
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Did NASA invest a million dollars in the research of a space pen, when the USSR simply used a pencil?

I encountered this picture of the "Russian space pen" from the MIT Museum gift shop When NASA first started sending astronauts into space, they realized that the ball-point pen would not work at ...
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Is the penalty for a woman having an abortion more severe than the penalty for rape?

On social media there are a lot of posts fuelled by the recent restrictions on abortion in Alabama and Missouri. Some of these (the first is from Instagram and the second is from Twitter, although I ...
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Is America “seeing a spike in celibacy fuelled by economics, technology and female empowerment?”

From The Economist: America is seeing a spike in celibacy fuelled by economics, technology and female empowerment. Also from The Economist (emphasis added): Who could have predicted a little ...
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Was Obama's JAMA paper the first academic journal article authored by a sitting president?

I have read a few sources claiming that Obama's JAMA paper published this month was the first academic journal article authored by a sitting president. Is that true? Example:
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Was the Highlands Ranch shooting the 115th mass shooting in the US in 2019

I was reading an article from the BBC about the Highlands Ranch School shooting and they made the following claim This is believed to be the 115th mass shooting in the US in 2019. This was on the ...
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Is the US constitution based on the religious principles? [closed]

This site makes the claim: https://donotlink.it/N72k Indeed, our second president and co-author of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams, issued a fervent warning to future generations that “...
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Are U.S. Torture Techniques Tied to MKULTRA Experiments? [closed]

There is an unprecedented amount of information available regarding the "enhanced interrogation techniques" being used to train military personnel on the prisoners of Guantanamo Bay, such as this ...
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Did the CIA sell drugs in the US?

According to Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Gary Webb in his controversial article series The Dark Alliance For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of ...
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Were 51,000 Pennsylvania jobs lost under the Obama administration?

The GOP tweeted this: ...During Obama/Biden Admin, the Keystone State LOST 51,000 jobs. Under the leadership of [Trump], the Keystone State has ADDED 5,000 manufacturing jobs & its ...
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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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Is the comeback of measles in the US “largely due to anti-vaxers?”

From CNN: In some recent years, there have been fewer than 100 cases nationwide. But the [measles] virus has made a comeback in other years, including 2019 -- largely due to anti-vaxers, experts ...
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Is there a significant difference between voters' and non-voters' preferences in political elections?

When discussing political campaigns where voting is optional, it is often advocated that everyone (who can legally do so) should vote: Example Example Example It's reasonable to conclude that the ...
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Is there a better-supported explanation than economic hegemony, why “70% of firms targeted for anti-bribery by the DOJ are overseas”?

This BBC article quotes GE's former lawyer as saying that: Pierre Laporte, a former GE lawyer who now works as Pierucci's partner, notes that 70% of firms targeted for US anti-bribery action are ...
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Does a citizenship question on the US census affect participation?

There is currently a legal battle over changing the US census to include a citizenship question. The plaintiffs argued that participation in the census will be depressed by the addition of the new ...
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Does the Westboro Baptist Church get most of their funding from lawsuits?

The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious for picketing things like funerals and they generate a lot of attention by doing so. A common trend in discussions about the church goes something like: ...
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Do astroturfing campaigns target news sites and political discussion boards?

As a person who regularly contributes to comments sections on various news sites and political discussion forums, I have heard this claim being espoused by left-leaning commenters about the ...
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Did the Taliban shoot down a US B-52 Bomber on or around April 10th, 2019? [closed]

Sputnik News is reporting that an American B-52 Bomber was shot down by Taliban militants shortly after taking off from "Shawrab Airbase" in Afghanistan in the early morning hours of April 10th, 2019. ...
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Is Texas, a relatively warm state, one of the leading states in hypothermia deaths?

This April 11, 2019 article on National Geographic about lost hikers and survival rates states (emphasis added): In Herrington’s wilderness survival courses, he teaches day hikers to pack a puffy ...
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Is 90% of media in the USA controlled by six companies?

(source: wordpress.com) Are the claims made in this graphic accurate? the source cited was a book (The Media Monopoly by Ben H. Bagdikian), but I have no convenient way of obtaining it legally at ...
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Does illegal immigration in the usa strain social services?

A New York Post opinion piece reported on a survey regarding Republican thoughts and feelings on illegal immigration: Respondents were asked: “What do you think is the biggest challenge illegal ...
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Does USA imprison people of color at a higher rate than whites for the same crime convictions?

The Ben & Jerry's website says: America locks people up at a higher rate than any other country, and bias is baked right in. If you’re a person of color or struggling to make ends meet, you’re ...
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Are US workers highly taxed if you count health premiums? [closed]

According to "US Workers Are Highly Taxed If You Count Premiums" (2019-04-08): Finally, we can go back to the OECD NTCP data and compare the US to other developed countries. When we do that, we ...
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Are white and non-white police officers equally likely to kill black suspects?

Well, that's the conclusion of a 2018 US study, as reported in the press: "White officers do not kill black suspects at a higher rate compared with nonwhite officers," concludes a research team led ...
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Are these photos of protests posters against the Obama Administration real?

After "Snoop Dogg" started trending due to his controversial music video, I found the following meme in the Twitter stream: Are these images real or photoshopped? I came across a larger 1st image ...
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Were these photos of presidential inauguration crowds taken at the times claimed on the photos?

This image from Vox compares the crowds at Trump's inauguration to the crowds at Obama's 2009 inauguration. These photos have times in the corner, 11:04 for Trump's. Were both these photos taken at ...
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Does Germany produce more waste than the US?

According to the German Environment Agency, Germany produced 411 million tons of waste in 2016. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US produced about 260 million US tons (236 ...
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Did a homeowner fend-off three armed intruders with a high capacity magazine?

A recent NBC News article, Judge blocks California's ban on high-capacity magazines over 2nd Amendment concerns claims the judge wrote an 86 page decision that included a story that a woman fended-...
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Has Trump's administration been making more human trafficking arrests than the Obama administration?

I come across this image below circulation on the internet. The image is comparing the human trafficking arrests during Trump's and Obama's administrations. Are these figures true?
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Are Kinder Surprise eggs banned in the US?

I just came across this info-graphic: (source: adsoftheworld.com) Is it true that Kinder Surprise eggs are currently, or previously, banned in the US?
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Did the U.S. government have prior knowledge of 9/11?

This has been said a lot of times in lots of places. Did the US government know about the attacks prior to the attacks, and were they involved with the attacks?
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Does the USDA burn food every week?

In this recent Big Think video, The colossal problem with universal basic income, the presenter, Douglas Rushkoff, made a claim, at about the 40 second mark, that the U.S. Department of Agriculture ...
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Drop in IQ due to immigration?

An alt-right web site, "Red Ice" (apparently belonging to Henrik Palmgren), proposes that there's a nearly worldwide decrease in IQ due to immigration. The Red Ice piece apparently originated from unz....
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Has the US killed close to half a million since 9/11?

The Brookings Register reports a half a million people have been killed by the US since 9/11. From A different path: Let’s try nonviolence: According to the Watson Institute at Brown University, ...
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Were there only two cars in Ohio in 1895, and they managed to crash into each other?

Currently on Today I Learned, Reddit. TIL [Today I Learned] In the entire state of Ohio in 1895, there were only two cars on the road, and the drivers of these two cars crashed into each other. ...
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Is the Ralph Williams angry car salesman clip real?

Someone sent me this video of a car salesman supposedly working for Ralph Williams, a dealership owner in the Bay Shore area. There are lots of references online to this video. See the google results ...
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Is there a death penalty if you jump off a building (and don't die) in New York?

According to dumblaws.com, in New York (City? State? or both?): The penalty for jumping off a building is death. It is the second most-voted weird law in NY in ranker.com also: If Jumping Off ...
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Did India shoot down any Pakistani F-16 on 27th February 2019? [closed]

According to DG ISPR of the Military of Pakistan, Gen. Asif Gafoor, on 27th February 2019, Pakistan Air Force's jets engaged IAF's jets and "shot down two IAF jets". On the same day, India claimed ...