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Was Dr. Birx personally responsible for the decision to change the COVID-19 data reporting from the CDC to the HHS?

An opinion piece about Dr. Birx published on CNN says: Unfortunately, in my view, she truly has made a real hash out of the entire effort, with a series of poor decisions -- changing hospital data ...
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Would a Value Added Tax (VAT) make it harder for companies to avoid paying taxes?

Andrew Yang claims the following in his platform for the 2020 US Democratic presidential primary race: A VAT makes it impossible for them to benefit from the American people, automation, and ...
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Would mail-in voting strain or break the US postal system?

In this interview with Jacqueline Policastro, I read President Trump: No, not trying to suppress it. I want to have the vote. I want to actually have the vote. I want to have the real vote. I don't ...
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Was Ross Capicchioni shot by a friend as part of a gang initiation?

Ross Capicchioni was a teenager who was shot several times and required emergency surgery. He reported that he had been shot by someone he knew who was undergoing a gang-initiation. He claims the ...
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Did Maureen Healy, who was shot in the head by Feds in Portland, write the following press release?

There is a "press release" circulating on the internet. It purports to have been written by Maureen Healy, the protestor who received a blow to the head from a projectile in Portland, Oregon....
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Has the synthetic bacteria Synthia become a rogue flesh-eating disease?

I spotted this on Facebook: Cynthia [sic]: Flesh-Eating Synthetic Bacteria that has Gone Wild In 2011, Cynthia was unleashed in the Gulf of Mexico and in its initial stages of life it was ...
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Did Saddam Hussein get found guilty of anything other than sentencing four innocents in a case of mistaken identity? [closed]

Four mistakenly killed Hundreds of men, women and children were detained after the failed assassination attempt. More than 140 people were sentenced and executed1 for their alleged involvement in the ...
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Did the Smithsonian publish this infographic about 'whiteness'?

The American Conservative ascribes some claims to Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC): Look at this stunning exhibition from the website of the Smithsonian’...
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Is it a “standard tactic” of law enforcement to “apprehend individuals” in unmarked cars?

There are reports of federal agents in Portland "grabbing and arresting protesters and detaining them in unmarked vehicles." In response, Jann Carson, interim executive director of the ACLU ...
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Were many of the people McCarthy accused paid Soviet spies? [closed]

According to an answer on this question on the WorldBuilding StackExchange There were plenty of communists in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. It's popular today to laugh at the paranoia of ...
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Was Oppenheimer a spy passing nuclear secrets to Soviet agents?

From Los Angeles Times: A Soviet spy chief's memoirs published here today claim that the late J. Robert Oppenheimer, head of the U.S. atomic bomb project during and after World War II, passed ...
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Did a group of U.S. women propose to send black kids instead of dogs to space?

In his 1964 book "The third side of the dollar", Lithuanian journalist Albertas Laurinčiukas writes: After Laika's flight, a group of women from Mississippi, U.S., sent a letter to the ...
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Did the 1994 US crime bill “bring down crime”?

In 1994, the US federal government adopted the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (signed into law Sept. 13, 1994). Ben Shapiro, host of the 'Daily Wire' podcast on YouTube, referred to it ...
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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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Did the FBI plant an informant in the Trump campaign during the Obama administration?

Donald Trump has tweeted allegations of the US's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) planting spies in his 2016 presidential campaign: Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI “SPIED ...
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Are private contractors being used by Federal Agencies in the response to the ongoing George Floyd protests?

I've been referred to this medium article, which makes a series of claims about the roll of private contractors in providing crowd control services for Federal Agencies. Specifically, I am interested ...
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Does limiting the price of pharmaceuticals lower the number of new treatments produced?

A recent article in Forbes arguing against the latest US Government proposals on drug pricing argued the following: Everywhere they've been tried, price controls have reduced biopharmaceutical ...
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Did some people claim in the 1970s that metric road signs would facilitate a ‘Russian invasion’?

According to Why Hasn't the U.S. Gone Metric?: In the 1970s, some opponents suggested that metric road signs would facilitate a Russian invasion. This ("... some opponents suggested...") ...
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Are outpatient surgery physicians in Louisiana required to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic?

Recently, I received a Pro-Life mailing regarding the recent June Medical Services, L.L.C. v. Russo Supreme Court case regarding the Louisiana law that required doctors who perform abortions to have ...
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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 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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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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Is there more police brutality in cities controlled by the Democratic party?

Shaun King posted this claim on Twitter: Democrats, from top to bottom, are running the cities with the worst police brutality in America right now. Is this true? It seems to have been picked up by ...
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Did Bill Barr attempt to visit Ghislaine Maxwell the day she was arrested?

Bill Barr is the current United States Attorney General. AP reports British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday [July 2] on charges she helped lure at least three girls — one as young ...
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Was there a group of 'wealthy anti-Christian abolitionists', who funded John Brown?

Thomas DiLorenzo is a American economics professor who writes about Abraham Lincoln and the US Civil War. In a recent opinion piece for LewRockwell.com, A Disease in the Public Mind, Part II?, ...
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Can red state legislature automatically give Trump a second term?

Their are some people online (Greg Palast) saying that if Trump loses the election, he will claim fraud, have the results thrown out and have state legislature use the 12 amendment to give him a ...
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Are Alabama students throwing COVID parties to intentionally get infected?

It was reported recently in several places that students are throwing COVID parties in Alabama, and betting on getting infected first. As far as I can tell ABC News is the original source for this: ...
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Is a tow truck driver killed every six days on average in the US?

Along I-90 in Massachusetts (and I presume elsewhere in the state), there is a digital billboard which sometimes displays a message from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation that a tow truck ...
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Has the US COVID-19 lockdown resulted in more years of life lost than COVID-19 itself?

Published in The Hill on May 25, 2020, an opinion piece by Scott W. Atlas, John R. Birge, Ralph L. Keeney, and Alexander Lipton claims that as of the time of writing, in the United States, COVID-19 ...
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Did Trump salute 600 times at the West Point commencement exercise before using two hands to drink water?

At the Tulsa rally of June 20th, Donald Trump defended his apparent difficulty tilting a glass of water with his right hand by saying his arm was tired from saluting 600 times. “They said you couldn’...
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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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Was U.S. voter turnout at a 20-year low in 2016?

Voter turnout this year dipped to nearly its lowest point in two decades. Voter turnout at 20-year low in 2016 - CNN, November 30, 2016 That would be remarkable. I recalled this CNN article when ...
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Does the US no longer make antibiotics?

On June 25th, 2020 Tucker Carlson claimed during his show: The most powerful nation on earth no longer makes antibiotics. He's obviously referring to the USA. Is the USA no longer manufacturing ...
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Does the President of the United States have the ability to deploy nuclear weapons at will?

I heard this claim back during the Bush years, and recently I've been hearing it again. For example: Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All - The New Yorker I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and ...
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Did Kentucky cut polling locations by 95% due to lack of volunteers?

The Independent has an article titled ‘It’s going to be an angry mob’: Kentucky cuts number of polling stations by 95 percent ahead of primary voting. The article claims: In a typical election year, ...
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Did protesters block metal detectors at Trump's Tulsa rally?

"Sadly, protesters interfered with supporters, even blocking access to the metal detectors, which prevented people from entering the rally," Tim Murtaugh, the campaign's communications ...
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Does Lincoln County, Oregon require only white people to wear masks?

According to the New York Post: Oregon county issues face mask order that exempts non-white people Lincoln County, Oregon, has exempted non-white people from a new order requiring that face coverings ...
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Are white people more likely to commit mass murder in the United States?

There have been several claims in the media that white men are more likely to commit mass murders. I've seen rather strong evidence that the vast majority of these crimes are committed by men, so I ...
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Have Antifa members used an inverted red triangle as a symbol?

Facebook recently removed an advert for Donald Trump's re-election campaign that prominently featured an image of an inverted red triangle. Nazi Germany used an almost identical symbol to label ...
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Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweet that businesses should stay closed until the November elections?

A friend of mine just forwarded me a screenshot of the following May 20, 2020 (now-deleted) tweet purportedly from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose nickname and Twitter handle is AOC. It's vital that ...
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Is there currently riots/looting *ONLY* in Democrat cities in the USA?

trumptweet : So pathetic to watch the Fake News Lamestream Media playing down the gravity and depravity of the Radical Left, looters and thugs, ripping up our Liberal Democrat run (only) cities. It ...
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Did Trump tweet the most liked Persian language tweet in history?

Saeed Ghasseminejad (advisor to a foreign policy think tank) claimed yesterday: This tweet by @realDonaldTrump with more than 100k likes is already the most liked Persian tweet in the history ...
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Are these pictures of Osama Bin Laden with Obama, Rice and Hillary Clinton authentic?

I saw a post on Facebook with these pictures: They apparently show Osama Bin Laden with Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Are these authentic pictures of actual meetings?
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Was George Floyd a Masonic Sacrifice or even a Mason?

I am not sure what is the chicken, and what is the egg, but between public gossip and Larry Johnson tweets, there seems to be a movement claiming George Floyd was a Masonic Sacrifice. Notable person ...
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Are “bait bricks” real?

I've seen this image shared on social media, original source unknown. Is there clear evidence that piles of bricks have been placed in the path of protestors far away from any construction site in ...
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Is it possible to fly 4 helicopters anywhere in a country without official knowledge?

According to reports, there were 4 helicopters used in the raid on Osama Bin Laden. Is it conceivable that even one helicopter could be flown so close to the capital of another country without raising ...
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Were 70 COVID-19 testing sites destroyed during the George Floyd protests?

Dr. Deborah Birx, President Trump’s coronavirus response coordinator, warned the nation’s governors on a conference call that 70 coronavirus testing sites had been destroyed amid widespread protests ...
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Is this metric system video, apparently taken from Fox news, a deep fake?

This video apparently shows Fox News saying the metric system is bad and giving arguments on why the current US customary system is better. I do not come from the USA and have never watched Fox News, ...
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Did Trump order tear gas to be used on protesters to clear a pathway to a church for a photoshot?

There are dozens of articles out there like this one which states that Trump ordered the use of tear gas to disperse peaceful protesters so he could do a photoshoot. However I recently read that ...
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Did Ilhan Omar oppose a resolution against antisemitism?

Ted Cruz recently tweeted at Ilhan Omar: Why again did you oppose the House resolution against antisemitism? I could find a number of news reports about Res.183, which condemned antisemitism and ...

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