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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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Is a police officer 18x more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be by a police officer?

PragerU is a YouTube channel for expressive conservative views. They published a video titled Are The Police Racist? (with over a million views) that has this claim [at 2:48]: a police officer is ...
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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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Has any other president personally paid the family of a fallen soldier?

I was reading in the news that President Donald Trump has written a check for $25,000 for the family of a fallen soldier. The article, indirectly quoted Donald Trump as saying: “He said, ‘I’m going ...
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Do first pregnancies tend to deliver later than the due-date?

Many online resources state that it's very unlikely for a pregnancy to result in a delivery exactly on the estimated due date. I've seen the number of about 5%, but can't find it nor am much ...
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Did commerical flag makers catalog and sell the second Confederate national flag as “whiteman's flag”?

According to the 1957 Stevens-Davis and allied families: a memorial volume of history , biography, and genealogy : Commercially, this design is called the "Whiteman flag" or "White-man design", ...
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Are there slot machines with wheels that use bingo internally?

I've heard rumors that many slot machines use an invisible internal bingo algorithm to determine whether they pay out, supposedly as a way around the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. For example, I ...
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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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Have parents been jailed in the USA for refusing to vaccinate their children?

Rebecca Bredow is a mother in Michigan, who refuses to let her son be vaccinated, in violation of an agreement with her ex-husband, the boy's father. Her refusal to comply with a court ordering her to ...
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Are fully automatic firearms very hard for civilians to obtain in the USA?

In the wake of another horrific mass shooting incident in the USA which appears to have involved an automatic weapon I was surprised the read the following in the Weekly Standard: Automatic rifles, ...
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“White people” crime? [duplicate]

In US popular culture, it's often asserted that white people are more prone to commit certain types of crime that are "crazy", such as serial murder, child abduction, mass shooting, etc. This is ...
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Did Mormons protest social issues with the American flag in 1885?

Recently several articles from various sources have been claiming that Mormons lowered the flag to half mast on July 4, 1885 to protest persecution from the US government concerning their "Civil ...
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Did Trump help Puerto Rico actively?

This picture states that Trump donated his own money to Puerto Rico and "sent" several types of aid to them actively. Is this true? The picture is a "top" thread on his Reddit page with 6000 likes ...
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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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Did NFL players used to remain in the locker room during the pre-game national anthem, prior to sponsorship by the Department of Defense?

Floating around Facebook Caption reads: Before 2009, NFL Players did not stand for the National Anthem, they stayed in the locker room. The custom didn't start until the Dept. of Defense gave the ...
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Sexual assault epidemic on US campuses or up-playing of same situation as elsewhere? [duplicate]

I'm not from the US nor do I live there - so I definitely have no idea what life on US campuses is like. In recent years I've heard occasional news stories about supposed prevalence of sexual assault ...
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Are these rape statistics correct regarding rapes of black women by white men between 2003 and 2008 in USA?

I recently saw this picture: The image links to this DOJ document. A similar image gives the following sources from the USA Bureau of Justice for the years 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 (table 42 in ...
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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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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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Does Steven Milloy hold the degrees he claims?

Steven Milloy describes himself on Twitter @JunkScience as Author, 'Scare Pollution: Why and How to Fix the EPA.' Trump EPA transition team. Statistician. Fmr SEC atty, mutual fund mgr, coal exec, &...
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Did televangelist Joel Osteen say he would have provided shelter for Hurricane Harvey victims if asked?

"If they would have asked us to become a shelter early on, we would have prepared for it," -Joel Osteen I'd like to know if he actually said this.
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Do FBI crime statistics suggest no-one died in the Sandy Hook massacre?

Alex Jones claimed that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax. As evidence, Infowars.com presents the following FBI chart: The Sandy Hook school shooting occurred at this location at this time. Does ...
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Is 90% of media in the USA controlled by six companies?

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 the moment. The 90% figure ...
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Is Mexico one of the “highest crime Nations in the world”?

Recently, an often-shared tweet claimed: With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other. I have a bit of ...
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Did a raid by a SWAT team from Joe Arpaio's office end with a house on fire and deputies laughing as a dog burned in it?

I've seen references to the article Dog Day Afternoon (Phoenix New Times, August 2004) in a few places around the internet. It tells a story of: An incompetent SWAT team under Arpaio's jurisdiction (...
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Has ESPN removed broadcaster Robert Lee from a game, citing the name of a confederate general?

From Fox News ESPN pulls Asian-American announcer from Virginia football game because he has a Confederate general's name In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Va., ESPN decided to pull ...
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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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Did the story of Columbus and the lunar eclipse take place?

In eclipse season, it’s bound to happen that someone will quote the story of Columbus fooling the settlers into believing that his god was upset with them and therefore eclipsed the moon. But as ...
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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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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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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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Has the marijuana black market in Colorado increased since the state repealed its state laws prohibiting it?

Jeff Hunt, the Vice President of Public Policy at Colorado Christian University, wrote in a recent opinion piece in USA Today: In the years since, Colorado has seen an increase in marijuana related ...
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Does the DuPont/Denka plant in Lousiana emit 250,000 pounds of chloroprene annually?

I was a bit surprised when reading the following paragraph in the article "The Louisiana Environmental Apocalypse Road Trip": The risk of cancer in Reserve, a community founded by freed slaves, is ...
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Does Congress appropriate 300 billion annually to agencies which cannot legally receive appropriations?

According to the article Inappropriate Appropriations in The Weekly Standard: Congress spent $310 billion last year on some 250 agencies and programs that were no longer — as required under the law ...
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Why does the IRS want you to declare income from illegal activites? [closed]

According to a paper by the IRS you should declare illegal income from dealing drugs or stolen property. What's the motivation behind this? And are there examples of people who reported such ...
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Has the Trump administration revoked these listed LGBT protections?

This image is doing the rounds on Facebook: It quotes a tweet by Donald Trump from early 2016, followed by claims that the Trump administration has performed these actions: Thank you to the ...
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Does Shell get $2 billion a year in subsidies from the US government?

While browsing reddit, I saw the following graphic from the Late Stage Capitalism subreddit: (Two stick figures are shown, the second one with Shell's logo for a head) This is Bob. Bob gets $...
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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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Has Trump Pence Administration attempted to block rules restricting leaks of methane?

Refusefascism.org says: [Trump Pence Administration has] Attempted to block rules restricting leaks of methane, an even more harmful greenhouse gas than CO2, from landfills and from oil and gas ...
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Is there a positive correlation between number of sexual partners and likelihood of failed marriage in the United States?

Youtuber Louis Rossman has said in one of his videos that There are studies on this; there is a direct correlation between number of sexual partners and likelihood of failed marriage, based on ...
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What is the economic burden of having transgender people in the US military?

Donald Trump recently said on Twitter that the US ... cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. What are the medical and ...
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Did CNN broadcast this “fake news” in 1990? [duplicate]

I came across this footage on youtube. It shows CNN anchor Charles Jaco broadcasting what seems to be a fake news story about the 1990 gulf war, using a stage, fake palms, fake sounds, etc. This ...
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Does the USA have the highest taxes?

I was listening to the Trump rally tonight in Ohio and Trump said: My administration is working every single day to heed and honor the will of the voters. That includes working on one of the ...
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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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Did Bill Clinton have his office rearranged according to Feng Shui ideas?

According to a contestant of a 2005 Chinese English Speaking Contest: And I guess some of you still remember when the previous American president, Bill Clinton, when he first became president, he ...
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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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Does an Executive Order keep JFK murder evidence unavailable until 2039, 2038 or 2017?

Back in 1968, Jim Garrison (New Orleans District Attorney) was interviewed by Johnny Carson about the JFK assassination. During this interview, Jim Garrison mentioned an Executive Order that keeps JFK ...
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Do financial institutions specially approve loans to pay the Church of Scientology?

This is about claims made by Steven Mango (who appeared also in the "My Scientology Movie", directed by John Dower) between the 1:00 - 2:30 points in this video titled "Top 5 Craziest Experiences I ...
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Does the US have the highest “natural” life expectancy?

An article titled The Myth of Americans' Poor Life Expectancy claims that the US leads the OECD in life expectancy once the numbers are adjusted to remove deaths due to fatal injuries. Unfortunately, ...