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Have there recently been any immigrants illegally crossing the Mexico-Texas border from South Africa?

Texas Governor Greg Abbott posted on Twitter: Biden banned travel from South Africa because of the new Covid variant. Immigrants have recently been apprehended crossing our border illegally from ...
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Was the wild west less violent than the current west?

Matt Ridley's The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge has a chapter on the evolution of government, in which he starts by making the startling statement: The truth is that the [American] ...
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Are rich, black kids imprisoned more often than poor, white kids, in the USA?

The Washington Post gives a detailed report of a recent study: A stark new finding epitomizes that reality: In recent decades, rich black kids have been more likely to go to prison than poor white ...
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Did CNN use "lightened" photos of Darrell Brooks?

I recently found an image of a tweet shared on Reddit showing CNN using a photo of Darell Brooks (the man who recently drove an SUV into a parade crowd) that makes him look more white. Presumably, ...
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Did COVID-19 kill ~5 times more people per capita in Jun-Aug 2021 in US counties that >70% voted for Trump than in those which voted <26-32% Trump?

It's been claimed in the media that Back in September, health care analyst Charles Gaba also told the New York Times that counties where Trump received at least 70% of the vote in the 2020 ...
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Does availability of birth control to adolescents lead to premarital sexual activity?

I've heard many times that putting a child on birth control, or allowing them access to birth control without parental knowledge, will lead to the teenager having premarital sex. Here are a few ...
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Is Trump's book, Our Journey Together, personally signed?

The website 45books.com lists "hand-signed", "autographed" books by former US president Trump for sale: OUR JOURNEY TOGETHER (SIGNED COPY) $229.99 Get your hand-signed edition of ...
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Is Kamala Harris' approval rating the lowest of any vice president?

Is Kamala Harris' approval rating "the lowest of any vice president"? I was watching this Fox News video and I am not sure if it's accurate or not. Sources: 28% approval rating as of Nov 8, ...
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In 1984, was the top income tax rate lowered from 70% to 28%,and was Social Security then taxed for the first time?

I saw this image on social media. There a few claims here that I'm curious about the accuracy of. Of course, the President can't unilaterally alter tax laws, but regardless, did these things happen? ...
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Are people with a PhD least likely to be vaccinated in the US?

According to Unherd's summary of a CMU study [Title:] The most vaccine-hesitant group of all? PhDs [...] more surprising is the breakdown in vaccine hesitancy by level of education. It finds that the ...
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How is structural unemployment measured?

In light of today's Presidential Speech on jobs, I was reminded of something that I read in Bloomberg Businessweek. With the jobless rate still above 9 percent, the untapped labor pool is deep. Yet ...
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Is Walter Reed not able to handle the number of Havana Syndrome patients?

Journalist Julia Ioffe just said this in a Puck News article: Meanwhile, the number of government employees suffering from Havana Syndrome has jumped from a couple dozen to a couple hundred. Some ...
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Are US Marines deliberately kept under-supplied so that they would be more combat aggressive?

I watched a TV series named Generation Kill based on the experiences of an embedded reporter during the invasion of Iraq in the 2003. The US Marines in the series often complain about lacking ...
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Did Biden use 85 cars in a motorcade in Rome?

The Daily Mail reports US President Joe Biden's administration used a particularly large motorcade in the streets of Rome recently. President Joe Biden was criticized for his use of a slow moving, 85-...
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Are berries allowed to be sold with 60% "mold count" in the United States?

According to "Scientific Criteria to Ensure Safe Food.", berries are allowed to be sold with 60% mold count: TABLE D-1: Food and Drug Administration Levels of Natural or Unavoidable Defects ...
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Will SpaceX's fleet of rockets triple the entire United States demand for methane/natural gas?

According to Energy Consulting Group's "SpaceX's Starship May Nearly Triple US Natural Gas Demand" page, Our analysis indicates that a fully configured Starship launch (booster and Starship)...
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Was there a dramatic rise in treatment-related deaths in US clinical trials during 2016-2017 compared to previous years?

For some reason when I googled "deaths in clinical trials" a page from a rather obscure (to me) US NGO "Center for Responsible Science" popped on the first page of results. It ...
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Was there no tax before 1913 in the United States?

This image claims that "Up until 1913 Americans kept all of their earnings". Up until 1913 Americans kept all of their earnings Despite this, America still had schools, roads, colleges, vast ...
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Has the Biden administration already deported more people than Trump's administration (during its entire tenure)?

It's been claimed in a few sources, e.g. Scoop (NZ) Trumpism With A Biden Face: US Haitian Policy [...] In a sober assessment of Biden’s report card so far, Natasha Lennard of The Intercept points ...
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Was "their" a singular pronoun in English before the 16th century?

I saw this meme on facebook: So, was "their" truly a genderless 3rd person singular pronoun prior to some change in the 16th/17th century? This Wikipedia article indicates that the ...
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Did John Wayne create his 5 rules for life?

Did the actor John Wayne create these rules? They're widely attributed to him, but I couldn't find when and where he said them. They seem to be widely attributed to him Here Also here
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Did a school or college in the United States ban backpacks after a shooting?

There's a story going around that an unnamed college in the United States banned backpacks after a shooting. The lack of details is suspicious and it looks more like a wrongly-captioned prank at a ...
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As of August 2020, was the weekly mortality rate in the US the lowest in a decade and the second lowest in the 21st century so far?

There is an article, that has been circulating the past two days, entitled: Is There a Pandemic? In the abstract the author gives her method: However, only 32 weeks have elapsed in 2020. For each ...
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Do the conditions for release of the "two Michaels" match "exactly, almost word for word" those of Meng Wanzhou?

In the recent "prisoner swap" between China and Canada, it has been claimed that besides the obvious timing of the flights, the Chinese conditions for the release of Michael Spavor and ...
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Did some US schools implement a 'COVID Shuffle' to move students every 12-14 minutes to avoid registering contacts?

In September/October 2020, there were news stories that claimed that school administrators were trying to "game" the contact-tracing rules (which required registering 15 minutes close ...
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Do 100,000 foreign spies reside in the US?

CNN Declassified, "Spies among us: Get a peek at their playbook" by Thom Patterson, Updated July 18, 2017, reports of an expert estimate of 100,000 foreign agents: (CNN)Spies are living ...
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Did Republicans mock Biden for showing grief over the loss of his dog?

In June, George Takei tweeted: Republicans are mocking Biden for showing grief over the loss of his dog. If you lose your dog but feel nothing, you might be a Republican. As of today, this tweet has ...
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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 CNN lost 70% of their audience compared to the beginning of the year, mainly because Trump is no longer president?

An opinion piece in The Hill says: That's what happens when all-things-Trump are myopically put at the forefront of every offering: You take J.R. Ewing off "Dallas," and there's no more &...
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Are there vaccine ingredients which may not be disclosed ("hidden", "trade secret", or similar)?

I sometimes encounter people claiming that there are ingredients in vaccines that can be kept secret by the manufacturer. I would be surprised to hear this, because the manufacturers have to conduct ...
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Was there ever a cable channel called The Puppy Channel which broadcast for three years?

Ages ago, I heard about something called "The Puppy Channel" - a channel in the United States that broadcast nothing but puppies. On Reddit's TIL (Today I Learned), there's a Reddit post, ...
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Did the Voice of America become more critical of the US after the end of the Cold War?

In a speech given to Voice of America (VOA) staff towards the end of the Trump presidency, Mike Pompeo (who was Secretary of State at the time) stated that after the end of the Cold War VOA (like ...
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Did a US Navy ship demand that a lighthouse get out of its path, thinking it was another ship?

I've known for some time the joke about the American military ship insisting that another ship moves out of their way just to discover it was a lighthouse. I've always thought it was simply a joke, ...
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Has Trump exonerated Russia for the downing of flight MH-17?

In an interview with the Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, according to the NOS (Dutch Public Broadcasting), he said the following about the relations with the USA, in light of the recent elections in ...
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Are 99% of US beef cattle given steroids to promote faster growth?

Top google result The Meat You Eat: Steroid Use in Livestock claims Each year, U.S. farmers raise some 36 million beef cattle. 99% of all beef cattle entering feedlots in the United States are given ...
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Did Wild West outlaws regularly wear face masks?

An article ("Westerners used to wear masks" by Andrew Gulliford, June 13, 2020) in The Journal of Cortez, Colorado, claims that it was a regular practice of bandits in the "Wild West&...
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Was it ever common in the USA for women to use their husbands' Social Security Numbers as their own?

The December 2015 Uniform Assessment Instrument of Virginia's Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (an instruction manual for administration of certain public social services) contains the ...
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Did Fauci argue that gain-of-function research is worth risking a global pandemic?

In a related question, it's asked whether the Wuhan Lab conducted gain-of-function research, as claimed by Sean Hannity of Fox News. But moments later in the same piece Hannity says that Anthony Fauci ...
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Did about 150 die from gun violence in the US during the 4th of July weekend 2021?

CNN reports At least 150 people were killed by gun violence in more than 400 shootings across the country during the Fourth of July weekend Ref: CNN.com In the article this data is based on data ...
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Is this the flag of Niobrara County, Wyoming?

I recently encountered this image, stated to be the flag of Niobrara County, Wyoming: It was posted specifically as an "eye hurting flag"; that is, it was noted as especially ugly. I know ...
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Has a company been indicted for failing to pay taxes on benefits?

CNN is reporting that Ron Fischetti, an attorney for former President Donald Trump, stated: “It’s outrageous. It’s unprecedented. It’s never happened before,” he said of a company being indicted in ...
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Do the murder statistics of 5 cities bring the USA to the 3rd highest country, from 189th? [closed]

I'd like to know if the claims about murders are accurate. The "3rd in murders" is clearly referring to absolute deaths by murder, as it can be seen here, USA holds the 96th position for ...
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Is there a bill in Iowa that bans the teaching of sexism, slavery, and racial segregation?

Is there a critical race theory bill in Iowa that bans the teaching of the following topics: sexism, slavery, racial segregation, racial discrimination, including topics related to the enactment and ...
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Did the 2nd Amendment limit the purchase of cannons from the day it was passed?

Joe Biden says in a BBC snippet that the Second Amendment, from the day it was passed, limited the type of people that could own a gun and what type of weapon you could own. You couldn't buy a cannon....
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Did Heimlich maneuvre posters become mandatory in New York shortly after that technique was performed on mayor Ed Koch in 1981?

The New York Times reports in its obituary on former New York mayor Ed Koch, that posters on the Heimlich maneuvre became mandatory in New York restaurants when the mayor got rescued by it: If you ...
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Are US colleges awarding more A-scores?

On the June 4, 2021, episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, the host makes the claim: In 1960s colleges awarded A's to 15% of the students. Now it is 45% of the students. Ref: Youtube clip from the ...
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Did a former CIA accountant testify that Lee Harvey Oswald was a CIA employee?

Harvey and Lee is a web-site that documents some conspiracy theories about the death of John F. Kennedy. In particular, it contains a purported transcript of the testimony of a 1978 former CIA ...
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Did the Pulse nightclub shooter target the LGBTQ community? [closed]

On the fifth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting Orlando, several US Senators condemned it as a targeted attack on the LGBTQ community. 5 years ago, we lost 49 people in a deadly, hate-filled ...
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Are there more guns in America than people?

On Real Time with Bill Maher (aired March 30, 2012), host Bill Maher said: There are now more guns in America than there are people... (I'm guessing he is talking about "civilian firearms "...
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Are financial companies in the US obligated to keep personal information for a decade after they close or lock an account?

For example, there are quite a few stories of Paypal experiences scattered throughout the internet. Since they are common enough I had assumed Paypal simply operates a very strict fraud detection ...

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