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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 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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In the 1910s and 1920s, did some people face death by US 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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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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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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Why Isn't America Respecting Social Distancing Rules [closed]

Why is it that a country that believes it is the best in the world is leading the most carona virus cases in the world and NOT doing much to flatten the curve and stop the death rate?
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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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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 the spread of COVID-19 in the US exponential? [closed]

Claim: The number of positively for COVID-19 tested individuals reflects the exponential growth of the number of people infected in the US. Source: The Conversations Blog. Let’s look at how 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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After 2 years in office, had Obama kept more promises than Trump?

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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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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Have 'a lot' of New Yorkers 'fled the city' to Florida?

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has thus far resisted calls for heavier restrictions in the state, and part of his argument for not going further appears to be that stay-at-home orders elsewhere have had ...
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Are there actual cases of school libraries refusing to lend books to children that are outside their determined reading level?

In the article Three Myths About “Reading Levels” (Feb 28, 2017) published by Psychology Today, it is asserted (emphasis mine): Unfortunately, though, the ubiquity and precision with which these ...
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Do 5 percent of cancer patients in the U.S. end up in a clinical trial?

Joe Biden's A Moonshot to Cure Cancer call claims: 5 percent of cancer patients in the U.S. end up in a clinical trial Is that number true? The page doesn't give any reference.
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Did Biden ask the State Department to lift Kolomoyskyi’s travel ban?

Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck said this on BlazeTV on Thursday (at the 33:54 mark of this video): Kolomoyskyi’s company Burisma was implicated in a money-laundering ring. Hunter Biden then,...
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Did the U.S. refuse coronavirus testing kits offered by the World Health Organisation?

At minute 5:50 of the Democratic Presidential Primary Debate on Sunday, March 15 (video and transcript), former vice president Joe Biden made this claim (emphasis added): [T]he World Health ...
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Were firearms prohibited in Dodge City, Kansas in the 1870s?

This image has made the rounds in various discussions of gun control in the USA. The picture was purportedly taken in Dodge City, Kansas (Popular culture's quintessential Wild West town, populated by ...
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Are New Yorkers lining up in front of gun shops?

Clio Zammatteo is an Italian-American blogger who lives in New York. She recently posted a video (in Italian, as reported by la Repubblica) saying she had left New York because she was scared that ...
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Did the CDC lose a Federal Lawsuit to produce evidence that vaccines do not cause Autism?

In a recent article[1] published by the Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN), ICAN claims that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has lost[2] a Federal Lawsuit (brought forward by ICAN) calling ...
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Will there be a mandatory quarantine in the US under the Stafford act starting on Monday March 16? [closed]

I received from a family member a message saying that someone they know sent them the following text. please be advised, within 48-72 hours the president will evoke the Stafford Act. Just got off ...
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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 a rabbit bite Justice David Souter?

In a panel discussion titled HLS in the World | A Conversation with Six Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court [partially transcribed at Harvard At 200: Justices Look Back On Their Law School Days — And ...
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Were international travellers kept waiting in densely packed queues at US airports due to COVID-19 screenings?

There are several claims online that international travelers returning from Europe were kept waiting in densely packed queues at JKF and O'Hare airports, due to COVID-19 screenings, on the weekend of ...
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Did Thomas Jefferson write the Virginia Constitution in such a way that parts of the state can leave the state? [migrated]

Jerry Falwell, Jr, president of Liberty University, appeared on Fox and Friends on 13 March 2020, being interviewed about, among other things, "Vexit", a plan proposed by some West Virginians and ...
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Were there armed guards at Columbine?

Ran across this editorial by Brandon Friedman in the NY Daily News: Arming teachers in the classroom will cost kids' lives ... There were armed guards at Columbine, the Pulse nightclub and in ...
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Has the flu already killed 20,000 Americans during 2019-20 flu season?

Fox News has this article titled "Flu has killed 20K Americans including 136 children so far [as of March 2020] in this [2019-20] flu season, CDC says". The CDC said that so far this season, 34 ...
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Did the Center of American Progress threaten to fire David Sirota?

David Sirota, senior advisor to Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, just tweeted this about the Center for American Progress, a liberal thinktank: As a young person, I was ...
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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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Does a COVID-19 test in USA cost consumers more than $US3000?

Yesterday a famous Italian singer, Vasco Rossi, posted on Instagram saying that confirmed COVID-19 cases in USA are low because very few people are checked due to the test costing $3,200. (In Italy, ...
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Did the USA used to have more guns per person than it does now?

The recent Florida school shooting and its causes has been addressed on this site in this question, which addresses whether factors other than access to guns are significant, based on statements by ...
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Did Bernie Sanders never “earn a steady paycheck” before 40?

There is a meme going around the conservative news sites and aggregators that 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders didn't "earn a steady paycheck" before the age of 40. See, for instance: The ...
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Is Bernie Sanders the first candidate to win the first three states in a competitive primary?

I saw this float around Facebook. It seems it originated from the Twitter account of People For Bernie, Bernard Sanders is the only candidate in history (in a competitive primary) to win the ...
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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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Do these photos from the Civil Rights Era show Bernie Sanders?

Senator Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nominee, features the above photos in the campaign ad Progress as evidence of his contributions to civil rights. While no one doubts ...
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Will 36,000 people die per year due to the repeal of the ACA?

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders recently tweeted: As Republicans try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they should be reminded every day that 36,000 people will die yearly as a result. (emphasis mine)...
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In California, does it cost more to send someone to prison than to send them to Stanford?

According to Bernie Sanders' Facebook page: Is this statement true?
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Does Bernie Sanders have more individual donors than any candidate in history?

This NPR / article has the headline "Bernie Sanders Now Has More Donors At This Point Than Any Other Candidate In History" I am skeptical that this is true especially in the latter part of the ...
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Did Bernie Sanders say immigrants steal our jobs?

In an interview with the former Maryland governor, Martin O’Malley, that appeared in The Guardian there are some notable claims that I haven't heard of till now. For example, this part refers to ...
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Did Bernie Sanders say that a woman cannot be president?

During the January 2020 Democratic debate at 43:27 the moderator asked Bernie why he said that a woman cannot win an election https://youtu.be/Ppm_mqo9Tyc?t=2607 . Bernie responds by denying that he ...
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Was Bernie Sanders not a registered Democrat (in 2017)?

A 2017 opinion-marked article in the Hill by Michael Starr Hopkins (himself apparently a Democrat) claims: All the talk about building an economy that works for all Americans means nothing if “...
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Did Senators Sanders and Warren support Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum?

A PIIE article states Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren strongly oppose free trade pacts such as TPP and USMCA, support Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, and are intensely ...
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Did the Sanders campaign attack Biden with a “doctored video”?

From Politico, INDIANOLA, Iowa — Joe Biden accused Bernie Sanders’ campaign Saturday of issuing a “doctored video” to attack him over Social Security, a false claim that ratcheted up the tension ...
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Did Michael Bloomberg ask for a box to stand on during debates?

In an interview with Sean Hannity, President Trump made a claim about Michael Bloomberg: You know now he wants a box for the debates, to stand on. the implication being that he wanted to make ...
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Were Vietnam veterans spat on?

The idea that Vietnam veterans in the United States were spat on when they returned seems to have taken hold. It's mentioned in the movie First Blood ("Rambo"): Then I come back to the world and I ...
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Do the U.S. interstate numbers correspond to land area?

This question is about the numbering scheme of U.S. interstate highways. Wikipedia says: In the numbering scheme for the primary routes, east–west highways are assigned even numbers and north–south ...
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Has Trump, as of January 2020, used military force less than any other president since Jimmy Carter?

Last week, David Brooks, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times claimed (archive): Love or hate him, Trump has used military force less than any other president since Jimmy Carter. There are ...

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