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Will Donald Trump be inaugurated on 4th march, and which law was changed to permit it? [closed]

Forbes, Business Insider, Vox, et al, have articles along the lines of QAnon believers think Trump will be inaugurated again on March 4 I won't go into the whole Sovereign Citizen belief, ...
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Did BGI genetically test Uyghurs in Xinjiang?

In July of last year the U.S. Commerce Department publicly accused subsidiaries of BGI (formerly Beijing Genomics Institute) of genetically testing Uyghurs in Xinjiang as part of a campaign of ...
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Does the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission require weatherized pipelines and equipment (but Texas's doesn't)?

The Houston Chornicle writes: Texas has the only American electricity grid with no rules for resiliency. Instead, the GOP majority argued that a system that pays higher prices when demand goes up ...
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Is it dangerous to use a gas range for heating?

According to the CDC, you should "NEVER use a gas range for heating". Never use a gas range or oven for heating. Using a gas range or oven for heating can cause a build up of CO inside your ...
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Are birther conspiracy theories uniquely associated with racial animus?

The "birther movement" was based on a number of conspiracy theories about Barack Obama's citizenship in the lead up to the 2008 US Presidential elections. A 2018 article, The Genesis of the ...
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Were 80 million black slaves killed in the USA by the end of the civil war?

I was listening to a speech by Malcolm X, where he said (at 1:57) that over 80 million black people were killed in America (100 million brought over as slaves, but less than 20 million remained at the ...
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Did Emma Willard send a letter to the French government appealing for women’s suffrage in 1848?

In T.M. Roberts' Distant Revolutions: 1848 and the challenge to American Exceptionalism it's said briefly (on p. 92 and without a citation/reference) that: In 1848 Emma Willard, the director of the ...
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Did Barry Goldwater claim peanut butter is good shaving cream?

If you don't mind smelling like peanut butter for two or three days, peanut butter is darn good shaving cream. I've seen this quote floating around, attributed to Barry Goldwater, but only on those ...
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Did “Antifa in Portland” issue an “anonymous tip” in Nov that John E. Sullivan be “locked out” of their circles because he is “agent provocateur”?

A Jan 15 OpIndia article says: On the 23rd of November 2020, Antifa in Portland is said to have issued an ‘anonymous tip’ demanding that John Sullivan be “locked out” of their circles. “While it’s ...
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Did John Earle Sullivan invite Proud Boys on stage at a rally and said he wants to work with them?

The Salt Lake Tribune writes (Jan 16) about John Earle Sullivan: In June 2020, John attended his first Black Lives Matter event, according to Lex Scott, the founder of the Utah chapter of the group. ...
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Was John Earle Sullivan at the Capitol Riot?

Controversial conservative journalist Andy Ngô claims that a blurry photo from the recent storming of the US Capitol building is of John Earle Sullivan, who he (mis-?)characterises as an extreme BLM ...
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Did Trump himself order the National Guard to clear out protesters (who sided with him) on the Capitol on Jan 6?

An op-ed on Russia Today (which obviously has its biases) claims about Trump's reaction to the Jan 6 events: The supposed Nazi fascist dictator himself ordered National Guard and police to clear out ...
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Are there 300,000 items in the average American household, and 10,000 items in the average European household?

There is a trope that can be found in many articles discussing topics such as consumerism or minimalism: the average number of items that can be found in an average household. The number that is ...
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Do for-profit prisons lobby against early childhood education?

This popular reddit comment claims that for profit prisons "...literally lobby against things like early child education..." I can't find any evidence for or against this claim. I've found ...
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Are 40,000 Americans injured by toilets every year?

It is widely claimed across the internet that 40,000 Americans are injured every year by toilets. A Wikipedia article mentions it: Toilet related injuries are also surprisingly common, with some ...
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How did the myth that student loans are non-dischargeable originate?

A fairly common myth is that student loans cannot be discharged through bankruptcy (USA). For example, this NPR article discusses the myth and its falsity. While I have been able to find plenty of ...
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Did Nancy Pelosi call herd immunity “quackery”?

There are a number of news sources quoting Nancy Pelosi referring to herd immunity as "quackery": “It becomes clear to us now that they believed in herd immunity, quackery, springing right ...
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Are foreign governments receiving $4.7 billion as a result of the U.S. covid stimulus package?

This image and claim has been making the rounds on Twitter, having been shared by Candace Owens and others, listing the supposed pork barrel spending included in the stimulus package passed by U.S. ...
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Do the 2020 votes for Trump and Biden add up to more than the total number of votes made?

The following claim has appeared and been widely retweeted on Twitter: REVEALED: 'Simple Math' Shows Biden Claims 13 MILLION More Votes Than There Were Eligible Voters Who Voted in 2020 Election @...
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Did Georgia absentee voting expire before the election was over?

The claim: "The emergency order passed in Georgia to allow absentee voting (see: fraud) expired 5 days before the election with no renewal." Did the authorization for mail-in voting expire ...
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Did COVID-19 take the lives of 3,100 Americans in a single day, making it the third deadliest day in American history?

This image is doing the rounds on Facebook: The image reads: Yes, people die everyday. Yes we know it's not you because you are reading this. Cancer takes approx. 1,600 Americans a day. Heart ...
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Has Francesca Marie Smith written any episodes of Hey Arnold?

Migrate to movies se if need be please. It says in this reddit post here TIL Francesca Marie Smith, the voice of Helga from Hey Arnold, actually started writing episodes of Hey Arnold when she was ...
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Is there less than a one in a quadrillion chance of Biden winning states where Trump held the early lead?

The petition to the US Supreme Court on behalf of Texas and against the swing state administrators and legislators contains this claim: The probability of former Vice President Biden winning the ...
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Is there a Rasmussen poll according to which 30% of Democrats believe Trump won the 2020 election?

A page from "3 days ago" which has been retweeted or liked some tens of thousand of times: An estimated 30 percent of Democrats believe that Donald Trump won the election. That’s nearly 1/3 ...
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Did a “Drop and Roll” phenomena expose that the 2020 election was stolen?

Jim and Joe Hoft, of the Gateway Pundit, identified an apparent fraudulent voting phenomena that they dub "Drop and Roll" in a YouTube video. They claim that in a number of states, Trump was ...
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Was any part of the technology used in America's 2020 Election created by Venezuela or impacted by Hugo Chavez?

Sidney Powell was recently quoted as saying, "The Dominion Voting Systems, the Smartmatic technology software, and the software that goes in other computerized voting systems here as well, not ...
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Have “government handouts” increased the suicide rate in Alaska?

Wikipedia's biography of Don Young, the U.S. Representative for Alaska's at-large1 congressional district, says among other things that: When asked about the fact that the state of Alaska has the ...
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What does the US constitution say about viewing votes? [closed]

The current US president, whom I imagine ought to know about the US constitution has tweeted: 700,000 ballots were not allowed to be viewed in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh which means, based on our ...
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Is Shiva Ayyadurai's statistical analysis of the 2020 election evidence of widespread fraud?

Yesterday Shiva Ayyadurai tweeted a video in which he shows a piece of statistical evidence that he claims shows that a computer program was used to switch votes from Trump to Biden in Michigan. The ...
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Were owners of slaves in 1860, largely Democrats?

According to Dinesh D'Souza "claim that no Republicans owned slaves in 1860 is incorrect. A handful did. " "Here’s the big picture: Out of the 4 million slaves in the US in 1860, more ...
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Did a computer error lead to 6,000 votes switching from Joe Biden to President Trump?

thegatewaypundit writes: A so-called computer ‘glitch’ fix in one of Michigan’s counties has led to 6,000 votes switching from Joe Biden to President Trump. The Head of the Republican Party has ...
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Did voter registration rates exceed 100% in many counties for the 2020 US election? Did this lead to voter fraud?

Judicial Watch* reported in October 2020 that 353 U.S. Counties in 29 States with Voter Registration Rates Exceeding 100%. Judicial Watch announced today that a September 2020 study revealed that 353 ...
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Are these anomalies in the Biden-Trump vote data indicative of voter fraud?

Twitter user, @APhilosophae, with 24K followers, recently published a Twitter thread detailing an analysis of voting patterns in the recent US presidential election. They argue that most states the ...
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Were a large number of votes from suspiciously old Pennsylvanians received in the 2020 US presidential election?

There have been many claims that votes were received from dead voters in the 2020 US presidentil election. For example, @AndySwan tweeted: Joe Biden was so inspiring that all the 90+ year olds in ...
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Do vote counts for Joe Biden in the 2020 election violate Benford's Law?

Benford's Law is a statistical rule that says that the distribution of digits in real-world numerical datasets tends to follow a specific pattern. It is often used to test whether an election is ...
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Is the election apparatus in Georgia run by Democrats?

During a press conference around 6:30pm in Washington DC today on 5th of November 2020, President Trump stated that the election apparatus in Georgia is run by Democrats. I have transcribed the quote ...
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Does this video prove that a provably dead person in Michigan voted by absentee ballot? [closed]

In this video on Twitter, the presenter use the Michigan Voter Information Center webpage, to show that a man born in 1902 applied for and sent in a mail in ballot in the 2020 US election. It is ...
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Was there a “dump” of votes in Michigan where 138,339 votes were added for Biden and 0 for Trump and does this indicate potential fraud?

A Twitter meme circulating says that, at some point last night, a huge "dump" of votes were counted which were exclusively for Biden, with none for Trump. I was ready to dismiss this as a ...
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Do doctors "get more money if somebody dies from Covid”?

Source (one of many). At a rally in Michigan on Friday (Oct 30th, 2020), President Trump repeated an extraordinary and unfounded claim that American doctors were profiteering from coronavirus deaths. ...
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Were procedures changed on June 1, 2001 about intercepting off-course airplanes?

Former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura writes in American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies That the Government Tells Us: Between September 2000 and June 2001, on 67 different ...
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Did a Milwaukee airport allow Biden but not Trump to hold a rally because Biden's rally will be smaller?

A twitchy article claims that Mitchell International Airport will allow Biden to hold a rally but not Trump because the former rally is significantly smaller: The Trump campaign was denied a permit ...
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Did Corey Booker never live in Newark where he was mayor?

Trump just claimed in his latest rally (26/10/2020 - live at time of question posting) that Corey Booker "never lived in Newark" despite being the mayor there. Is there any truth to this?
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Did the House Select committee on Assassinations come to the conclusion that JFK was “probably” eliminated as part of a conspiracy?

Former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura writes in American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies That the Government Tells Us: There are two official government reports on the ...
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Did the wealth gap shrink under Trump (pre-pandemic)?

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-wealth-gap-shrinks-11601420393 According to an op-ed piece by the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, the Federal Reserve has published a report (https://www....
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Did a NY man win the State Lottery 1,400 times?

According to a story published on syracuse.com, a man from Syracuse named Randal Stier won the NY Lottery at least 1,400 times pocketing $600 or more in prizes per win (totaling over $1.6 million in ...
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Are environmentalists largely responsible for Californian forest fires?

An article on Reason, and the associated video, claim that the severity of the recent forest fires are largely due to environmental regulations that prevent good forest management, along with an ...
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Did Tony and John Podesta exchange emails with Marina Abramovic discussing a Spirit Cooking dinner?

WikiLeaks hosts an alleged email exchange involving Tony Podesta, John Podesta and Marina Abramovic. In the exchange, Marina invites the Podesta brothers to partake in what is referred to as a "...
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Did the CIA feed false information to McCarthy to discredit his true claims that they were infiltrated by Soviet agents?

In Legacy of Ashes (which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction), Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Tim Weiner, claims that: McCarthy's file grew thick with allegations that "the CIA had ...
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Were the vast majority of people on the National Sex Offender Registry children when they committed their crime?

In "Planet America extra podcast (PEP)" 25 Sep (At 1 hour 27 minutes) Dr David Smith made the following claim: "The national sex offender registry is a disaster in all kinds of respects,...
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Did the United States ever call Venus “the Soviet planet”?

I saw an article that mentioned some recent comments from the Russian space agency Roscosmos. One statement they made was: The huge gap between the Soviet Union and its competitors in Venus research ...

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