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Did white supremacists “mix-in” with groups protesting George Floyd's death?

Donald Trump, citing Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade, made a claim in the following tweet “I don’t see any indication that there were any white supremest groups mixing in. This is an ANTIFA ...
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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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Did Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell backtrack on raising interest rates from 2.5% to 3.25% in Jan 2 2019?

In this May 22 2020 article, NYU Stern Prof. Nouriel Roubini (BA Bocconi University 1982, PhD Harvard 1988) proclaimed: In other words, you’re saying that because of structural weaknesses in the ...
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Did state actors set fire to buildings during the George Floyd riots? [closed]

A Minnesota protestor made the following claim: "Media, you need to cover the undercover cops who have been breaking these windows and breaking into businesses. We have evidence of buildings that ...
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Did the CDC refuse to identify America’s COVID-19 “Patient Zero”?

In an April 10 article, the alternative media outlet, UNZ Review [claimed]: Every public health official on earth knows this yet, despite its WHO obligations, the CDC refuses to identify America’...
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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 Fauci outsource gain-of-function research to China during a US moratorium?

A Times of Israel blog writes: Back in October 2014, the US government had placed a federal moratorium on gain-of-function (GOF) research—altering natural pathogens to make them more deadly and ...
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Did the US Federal government take 3 months from the warning its BARDA chief to require more production of N95 masks?

This exchange from a Congressional hearing was mentioned on Twitter and cited by some news Q: "It took 3 months from your initial warnings...for the federal government to...require the production ...
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As of May 2020, are there twice as many deaths from Covid-19 in New York City as there are on a usual day from all other causes combined?

From CNN Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, laid out "10 plain truths" about Covid-19 on Wednesday as he spoke at a House Appropriations ...
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Did the Trump administration propose new cuts to the health budget in February 2020?

As quoted in an interview: Chomsky described the Trump administration’s approach to the problem as “surreal.” “So in February, the pandemic is already raging. Everyone outside the United ...
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Has the US unemployment rate reached 24.9%?

Before this seven-week stretch of 33.5 million initial jobless claims, there were already 7.1 million unemployed Americans as of March 13. When those figures are combined, it equals more than 40 ...
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Does immigration to the USA increase the unemployment rate?

Does immigration to the USA diminish the number of jobs available to US citizens? According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll: The poll also finds that 56 percent of American voters believe that ...
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Are/were US broadband internet service providers making 90%+ profit margins?

A 2012 blog article from Stop The Cap quotes the Wall Street Journal (without a link) as saying: Cable executives and analysts say that about 90% of the money cable operators charge for broadband ...
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Did India shoot down any Pakistani F-16 on 27th February 2019?

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 ...
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Was the yellow fever virus a past standardized biological weapon in the US Army?

Dany Shoham writes in a 2012 paper [full text, paywalled]: The yellow fever virus – a past standardized BW in the US Army, then carried by infected Aedes mosquitoes as vectors – was thus ...
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Is this photo of Occupy Wall Street authentic?

From Facebook: This photo is actually getting pulled off Facebook...so, the photographer added a lil text and renamed the file. Pass it on. I'm SURE the media doesn't want this one out there. Share ...
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Were hospitals in California half empty in April 2020 during the covid-19 pandemic?

I read this tweet from Elon Musk on https://mobile.twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1255678979043778560: Hospitals in California have been half empty this whole time Is it true that hospitals in ...
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Must churchgoers be registered with the government in Kansas City?

According to this article and to this Reddit thread, linking the article in fact: Kansas City, Missouri, officials are now requiring every church to submit a list of members and attendees along ...
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Have any financial traders gotten a large shipment of a commodity sent to themselves by mistake?

Certain oil futures contracts went negative in April 2020 over the difficulty of storing crude oil. With this came a resurgence of stories of hapless traders receiving the actual commodities that were ...
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Slurping soup in New Jersey

I read once in a book of weird facts heard that slurping soup is technically illegal in New Jersey, and, looking it up, have found a ton of lists of "wacky laws" saying that this is true. Nothing I ...
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Is the US government seizing PPE supplies to resell them with a markup?

This copypasta has been flying around on reddit for a while, and I'm wondering how much there is to it. It's more than that. The Federal Government under Trump thinks they have no duty to help ...
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Are people of Nordic Nations “happier, healthier” with “a higher standard of living overall than Americans”?

Ernest W. Adams wrote in the answer to the question "Why are people so negative about Nordic nations, especially Sweden?": There are a lot of right wing Americans who have been preaching for the ...
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In response to COVID-19, as of 20 April 2020, has China provided the US with over 2.46 billion masks?

A Chinese spokesperson wrote on Twitter: As of Apr. 20, China had provided the US with over 2.46 bn masks, meaning 7 masks for each in the US, plus nearly 5,000 ventilators & many others. Hope ...
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Does an HHS proposal to modify Obamacare policies allow doctors to discriminate against LGBT patients?

This article claims that The Trump administration is moving to scrap an Obama-era policy that protected LGBTQ patients from discrimination. However the proposal in question claims it would only be ...
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Has Florida left 75% of its lettuce crop unharvested due to the coronavirus lockdowns?

Various sources claim that Florida's coronavirus lockdown has caused a serious breakdown in the food supply chain in the state. For example, this Politico article states the following: The scale ...
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Has the number of pneumonia deaths in the US dramatically dropped in 2020?

A widely-commented upon post on reddit claims that pneumonia deaths in the US have "fallen off a cliff this year": In the conversation I saw several links to CDC data, but they are unclear ...
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Did health authorities receive a significant number of calls about the use of disinfectants (or drinking bleach) after president Trump mentioned it?

Fox News reported on one hand that public health agencies (in Los Angeles and Maryland) were "inundated" with calls about "drinking bleach" after Trump discussed disinfectants in re Covid-19, but a ...
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Is the American handling of the COVID-19 situation as bad as it appears to non-Americans? [closed]

In an April 24 TV interview, actor Eric McCormack said: We should have gone to Canada. That's how that's going. … I broke my ankle, the borders were closed, and the next thing you know we're ...
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Did a plane hit the Pentagon on September 11, 2001?

Is it possible that a plane hit the side of the pentagon, but did not even scuff up the grass? There are some claims of other anomalies that don't quite match the idea of a plane hitting there; like ...
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Can the coronavirus be transmitted in sea water?

Claims have been made that simply being in sea water near a beach exposes you to the possibility of COVOD-19 infection: In a Los Angeles Times interview early last week, [Kim] Prather was quoted ...
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Did US prohibit the export of the mere description of a cryptographic algorithm?

A Wikipedia page says that in the US regulations were introduced as part of munitions controls which required licenses to export cryptographic methods (and even their description) What concrete ...
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Was Trump told around Jan 29 of “risks of a coronavirus pandemic: […] half a million deaths and trillions of dollars in economic losses”?

The NYT writes: Despite Mr. Trump’s denial weeks later, he was told at the time about a Jan. 29 memo produced by his trade adviser, Peter Navarro, laying out in striking detail the potential risks ...
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Have over 1 million people in the US been tested for the coronavirus as of March 30th?

President Donald Trump touted a new coronavirus test that produces results in minutes as opposed to days and announced Monday that more than 1 million Americans have been tested for the disease. ...
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Is it true that everyone that currently needs a ventilator can get a ventilator as of April 2020?

Currently we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The current President of the United States made a claim in the April 13th press briefing that the number of ventilators that were requested by ...
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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 deaths of patients with, but not because of, COVID-19 recorded as COVID-19 deaths in the USA?

A long Mises Institute article questions the US COVID-19 metrics. It ends with this claim, quoted from a Daily Caller reporter's Twitter feed: Here is Dr. Birx saying that the government is ...
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Did journalist Amber Lyon claim that the US Government paid CNN to control content?

One of my conspiracy theorist friends on Facebook recently linked an article claiming that Amber Lyon was fired from CNN for blowing the whistle on the Obama administration paying CNN to not air ...
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In the 1910s and 1920s in the US, did some people face death by government officials for challenging “industrial capitalism in American society”?

The Wikipedia article for criminal syndicalism (during World War I; see also the Sedition Act of 1918) writes: Government officials on the state and federal level ordered arrests, imprisonments and ...
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Do 40,000 people die in the United States for every 1% increase in unemployment?

In the 2015 movie The Big Short, the character of Ben Rickert, played by Brad Pitt, makes the following statement to two investment bankers. If we're right (about the housing market collapsing), ...
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Was a “large number” of new COVID-19 clusters in the United States seeded by travellers from Europe?

It has been reported in relation to the recent US travel ban on the EU's 26-country Schengen area that The President justified the ban by saying the EU had failed to take the same precautions as ...
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Did China steal technology from the USA to make their J-20?

The Chengdu J-20 is a Chinese fighter aircraft. Wikipedia reports that The combination of an integrated targeting pod with spherically situated passive-optical tracking system is reported similar ...
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Did Trump use the Defense Production Act in recent weeks?

Quoting The Washington Post (emphasis mine, under the headline "Pentagon will seek production of 39 million N95 masks"): Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, a Pentagon spokesman, said the agency received ...
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After 2 years in office, had Obama kept more promises than Trump? [closed]

This chart has been shared around social media. It is from a January 2019 BBC News article, and cites a Politifact article as the source for the data. Are these figures accurate?
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Did the US confiscate 200,000 masks from a delivery to Berlin?

According to several news reports (SPIEGEL, RBB24, BBC) the Berlin police bought face masks of which 200,000 were confiscated in Bangkok. BBC, 4 April, 2020: The US has been accused of redirecting ...
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Is participating in a campaign advert a fireable offence for US journalists?

Quoting the left-wing news outlet Vox: In 2016, Hannity appeared in a bananas pro-Trump campaign ad. Sean Hannity: ...and of course he's gonna build that wall. He says he's going to have ...
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Did Donald Trump fire the entire pandemic response team in 2018?

This tweet claims Trump "fired the entire pandemic response team in 2018": Text: Just a reminder: it’s okay to blame the president for how bad things get with COVID-19 because he fired the ...
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Was the 1952 Washington DC UFO wave caused by temperature inversions?

The 1952 Washington, D.C. UFO incident, a.k.a. the "Invasion of Washington", was a series of UFO reports from the 12th to the 29th July 1952 over Washington DC. At 11:40 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, ...
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Does the the US Department of the State regularly send out Passport Surveys to random people?

I recently received a letter in my mail claiming to be from the "United States Department of the State", asking me to fill out a surveyregarding passport services. Full text of the email below (Sorry ...
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Is SARS-CoV-2 a biological weapon released by the US military?

SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus that is the cause of the disease COVID-19. Some people have questioned the origins of the virus. RadioFreeEurope reported on March 5, 2020 on a claim by an Iranian ...
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Did COVID-19 originate in the US Army and brought to China in the Military World Games? [duplicate]

In the past weeks theories about the US Army creating and bringing COVID-19 to China during the Military World Games (Wuhan, October 2019) have arisen. This is not the first time claims that the virus ...

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