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Were there 18 school shootings in the US from Jan 1 to Feb 14, 2018?

CBC Radio (Canada) reported earlier this evening that the Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School "was the 18th school shooting in the U.S. since the beginning of 2018.". On its face ...
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Does PETA euthanize 95.9% of all animals under its care? [duplicate]

The website www.petakillsanimals.com/ alleges on the home page (scroll down once) that "95.9% of animals under PETA's care have been killed in one year" as seen in this screenshot: In that post, they ...
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Did the Vanderbilts from the Gilded Age bathe in saltwater?

Recently, I visited the mansion that the Vanderbilt family (from the Gilded Age, late 1800s) used to live in -- it's commonly referred to as "The Breakers", located in Newport, Rhode Island. Many of ...
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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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Was a teenager admitted to Stanford University after repeatedly writing #BlackLivesMatter on a supplemental essay?

This source claims that a teenager got accepted into Stanford University after writing #BlackLivesMatter, when answering a supplemental essay question, What matters to you, and why? Is this true?
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Have ATMs across the US “spat out money” in the second half of January 2018?

In a response to the DDoS attacks on several Dutch banks and other institutions, cybersecurity specialist Rian van Rijbroek claimed on 29 January 2018 on the Dutch news programme Nieuwsuur that banks ...
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Did OJ Simpson murder his ex wife and Ron Goldman? [closed]

Many people believe that OJ murdered his wife and Ron Goldman. He was found not guilty in criminal court but later found liable for their deaths in civil court, based on newer evidence that wasn't ...
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Is the US federal government still paying Civil War survivor benefits?

I read an article claiming that the US federal government is still paying out a Civil War survivor pension today, over 150 years after the Civil War ended. Is this accurate? In 1924, Mose Triplett,...
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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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Has the Americans with Disabilities Act reduced employment for disabled workers?

I recently heard someone claim that, despite its intentions, the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has actually reduced employment for disabled workers, because companies now fear lawsuits ...
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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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Are 93% of meat worker marriages in shambles?

In the Youtube video "The Journey of a Beef Cow" (with 1.1M views as of January 2018), Sam O'Nella Academy makes the claim The FDA estimates that 93% of meat worker marriages are in shambles No ...
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Is it true that in New York City there is a special law stating “It is Illegal to break the law”?

According to the book Pocket Pal Freaky Facts, as published by Hinkler Books Pty Ltd (June 1, 2009), in the section under freaky laws, there is a law in New York City making it illegal to break the ...
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Did Obama use the Espionage act to put reporters in jail?

In this video, David Rubin claims that Obama used the espionage act to have journalists arrested, while Donald Trump has not. There are two claims being made here: Obama used the espionage act to ...
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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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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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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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Was there ever a cable channel called The Puppy Channel which broadcasted for three years?

Ages ago, I heard about something called "The Puppy Channel" - a channel in the United States that broadcasted nothing but puppies. On Reddit's TIL (Today I Learned), there's a Reddit entry, with ...
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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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Did the fallout from American nuclear tests kill hundreds of thousands of American civilians?

A recent paper has been making the social media rounds, that estimates the number of American deaths due to radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons testing to be between 340,000 and 690,000 between ...
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Are obese patients in the US commonly sent to zoos for CT scans?

Nothing like the Daily Mail for raising an eyebrow: The bizarre requests to use CT scanners, normally intended for four-legged animals, at the UK’s leading veterinary college in north London 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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Is the GOP tax plan the 'largest tax cut in history'?

The GOP recently released their final tax plan this week, after going to a conference committee to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the bill. US President Donald Trump has frequently ...
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Does E15 fuel damage cars newer than 2001?

Blogger David Woodsmall warns that E15 fuel (that is a blend of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline) might be bad for some cars that are not certified to accept it: One of the chief complaints by E15 ...
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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 instructing a subject to crawl forward with crossed ankles standard arrest protocol?

A December 2017 CNN article by former FBI-agent, James Gagliano, about the death of Daniel Shaver claims: To those speculating as to why he would have been asked to cross his ankles, this is ...
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Is the average effective corporate tax rate in US only 15% in 2017?

I have seen plenty of arguments and articles claiming that companies pay significantly below statutory tax rates. This Forbes article claims that number was around 15%. But then I see articles like ...
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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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Was there a picture of Freud above a urinal at Washington University?

From New Yorker's "Why Freud Survies": Psychoanalysis was also taking a hit within the medical community. Studies suggesting that psychoanalysis had a low cure rate had been around for a while. But ...
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Will the Republican tax plan cost Donald Trump “a fortune”?

In this video (Donald Trump in St. Charles, MO - Youtube), Donald Trump says the Republican tax plan is going to "cost him a fortune, believe me" (1:30). This is going to cost me a fortune, this ...
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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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Will parents be arrested in Magnolia, Texas for walking with their children onto school grounds?

A friend shared a news story on Facebook that begins: Walking your child to and from school in Magnolia, Texas can now end in your extortion through fines and even jail time thanks to a new policy ...
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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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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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Did ISP “pocket” $400 billion that was supposed to be dedicated toward fiber cable infrastructure?

Bruce Kushnick, author of "The Book Of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal And Free The Net," makes some pretty major claims. The most prominent article, an ad for his book written by ...
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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 ...
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Has net neutrality always been the way the Internet has worked? [closed]

Today FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced a plan that would "repeal the heavy-handed Internet regulations imposed by the Obama Administration and to return to the light-touch framework under which the ...
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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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Does the US Federal Government want to cut down and burn trees on a property to protect an extinct frog?

Edward Poitevent made a claim on the Tucker Carlson show that the government wants to take his land in Louisiana without paying, cut down all trees and burn it in the name of protecting an extinct ...
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November 4th Antifa Apocalypse? [closed]

Today Fox News ran the headline: Antifa apocalypse? Anarchist group's plan to overthrow Trump 'regime' starts Saturday The rest of the article seems to describe a series of peaceful protests in ...
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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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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 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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Is the US tax code only 2,600 pages long?

Andrew L. Grossman wrote in the Slate article Is the Tax Code Really 70,000 Pages Long? : American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report has reported that the tax code is 70,000 pages long.* ...