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Does the H-1B visa program cause a net decrease in the employment prospects of skilled U.S. job applicants in STEM fields?

It is widely claimed that the H-1B program "takes away jobs from Americans." For example, here's a message posted in the Academia chat room by SSimon not long ago: The way I understand it when H-1B'...
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Is the U.S. Tea Party astroturf or a genuine grassroots movement?

According to The Wikipedia article on the United States Tea Party movement (emphasis mine), TeaParty.org defines the Tea Party as "a grassroots movement that calls awareness to any issue which ...
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Was John F Kennedy accidentally shot by a secret service agent?

In the book Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK, Bonar Menninger argues that the third shot that hit John F Kennedy was fired by accident by a secret service agent. The book's Wikipedia page ...
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Is the US Army Field Manual 30-31B a forgery?

Wikipedia describes content of the US Army Field Manual 30-31B: It identifies a strategy of tension involving violent attacks which are then blamed on radical left-wing groups in order to convince ...
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Are fat people kidnapped less frequently?

This has been on T-shirts, in a Minions meme, and even some Q&A sites: Fat people are hard to kidnap. While the B-flick method of kidnapping (knock 'em unconscious and then carry the mark) is ...
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Does immigration to the USA increase the unemployment rate?

Does immigration to the USA diminish the number of jobs available to US citizens? According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll: The poll also finds that 56 percent of American voters believe that ...
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Did Comcast attempt to coerce Netflix by slowing down its traffic?

In 2014, a news story erupted over a dispute between Netflix and Comcast over connectivity and distribution. Comcast was accused of deliberately blocking or restricting Netflix traffic. For example, ...
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Were all but one of the US presidents descended from King John of England?

The Daily Mail says: A 12-year-old girl created family tree linking 42 of 43 U.S. presidents to King John of England, who signed the Magna Carta in 1215. Only the eighth president, Martin Van ...
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Does the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provide higher quality, cheaper care than most other US health systems?

The VHA is the integrated health system providing healthcare to US military veterans managed by the Department of Veteran Affairs. It is currently regarded by by some other health systems as a model ...
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Are half of the donations to Democratic Party from Jewish sources?

I've encountered this claim in a number of sources, both respectable and not, but ultimately seems to stem from an article in Jerusalem Post attributing it to Gil Troy: The reason for such intense ...
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Did Saddam Hussein have a secret torture chamber in New York City?

The NY Post reported this week that Saddam Hussein had a secret torture chamber in New York City between 1979 and 2003. The sources the paper cites are two "anonymous officials". The paper does not ...
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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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Does ignoring the extent of death caused by medical error distort the public perception of the quality of US healthcare?

Despite comparative evidence that US healthcare is very expensive and not particularly good by international standards, Americans seem to love it as evidenced by the debate on Obamacare and questions ...
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Are insulating window films worth it?

I'm curious if tests have been conducted to evaluate the energy efficiency gains and resultant savings produced by insulating window films like these 3M Window Insulator Kits. (There are also films ...
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Did ISP “pocket” $400 billion that was supposed to be dedicated toward fiber cable infrastructure?

Bruce Kushnick, author of "The Book Of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal And Free The Net," makes some pretty major claims. The most prominent article, an ad for his book written by ...
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Can you eliminate La Guardia Airport and still move same amount of NYC passengers by air, but faster?

Joel Spolsky (I think) made this claim on latest Stack Exchange Overflow podcast that you can eliminate La Guardia airport in NYC, and even if 100% of La Guardia flyers started using the remaining two ...
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Were there cases of protesters starting violence at Trump rallies?

During the CNN GOP Debate, Donald Trump gave two explanations for the repeated violent reactions of some of his supporters to protests at Trump rallies. The first one being love for their country and ...
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Are contraceptives unaffordable for female students at Georgetown Law?

At a hearing before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, Sandra Fluke said: "Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school. ...
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Did a Michigan jewellery store keeper successfully scare off his attackers with a shotgun in 1995?

In an answer to another question, there is a reference to this 2012 Natural News article, which in turn cites this NRA-ILA article, which cites "The Chronicle, Muskegon, MI, 8/23/95": Plans to slay ...
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Are Jim Rogers, George Soros, Warren Buffet converting their stocks into cash holdings?

According to the article “Buffett's $55 Billion Gamble is a Bet on U.S. Collapse, Warns CIA Economist”, a number of billionaires have taken a cash position on their holdings at the expense of stocks. ...
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Are democrats more likely to commit crimes then republicans in the United States?

Ted Cruz during in interview with Hugh Hewitt claimed that democrats are more likely to commit violent crime than republicans. He apparently is getting this statistic from a study on three states ...
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Would the Green New Deal cost 600k per household?

A recent Fox News report uses numbers provided by a self-proclaimed "center-right" American organization which details the predicted costs of the Green New Deal, totaling up to 93 trillion dollars, or ...
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Is instructing a subject to crawl forward with crossed ankles standard arrest protocol?

A December 2017 CNN article by former FBI-agent, James Gagliano, about the death of Daniel Shaver claims: To those speculating as to why he would have been asked to cross his ankles, this is ...
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Did three people turn down a meeting in Zuckerberg's dorm room about founding Facebook?

I've seen this posted to Linkedin: Now this makes you think!! .....10 years ago, a student at Harvard invited 5 people over to his dorm room to discuss a business opportunity. Only 2 of the 5 ...
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Are 1 in 5 pieces of software in the US unlicensed?

This BSA form claims that 1 in 5 pieces of software in the US are unlicensed. How true is it?
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Does the average American watch 5,000 movies in their lifetime?

Here is a snippet from an article on the Utah Statesman: According to a Redbox study, Americans watch more than 5,000 movies in their lifetimes, an average of about seven per month. I cannot find ...
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Is climate change already killing people and costing billions in the USA?

According to Gizmodo: Climate change will make our lives worse in the years to come, but a new report out last week highlights the stark costs people are already paying across the Atlantic. In 2012 ...
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Is the US saving enough money from the USMCA to pay for the Wall?

President Trump just tweeted this: I often stated, “One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.” This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much ...
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Did Facebook ads significantly influence voting behaviour in the 2016 presidential election?

There have been significant concerns in some political groups about foreign interference via social media on many recent elections. But there seems to be little hard evidence that any content on ...
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Has Trump freed hundreds of children per month and broken up trafficking rings?

Roseanne Barr just tweeted this to explain her support for President Trump: President Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps all over this world. Hundreds each month. He has ...
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Does Toomey's amendment to the GOP Tax Bill only benefit Hillsdale College?

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer just said this on the Senate floor, regarding the Republican Tax Bill: One college, Hillsdale College, has been exempted from taxes on colleges with large ...
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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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Are 55,400 people injured or killed by US police every year?

An article has been circulating around social media, claiming approximately 55,400 people were injured or killed by [US] cops during legal stop and search incidents in one year. Of this number, ...
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Are Lottery Quick Picks independently and uniformly distributed?

Let's set aside the argument that computers have a pseudo-random number generator. I'm interested in knowing if a lottery terminal generates each quick pick independently from all previous picks and ...
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Are African-Americans more impatient than whites or Hispanics?

A 2017 paper written by five economists (Andreoni et al.) finds that Time preferences have been correlated with a range of life outcomes, yet little is known about their early development. We ...
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Was the NAACP slow in acting for the rights of Sherman Ware?

In What the NAACP can learn from George Zimmerman, George Zimmerman's brother Robert Zimmerman Jr. claimed that the organization was slow to act on the beating of homeless African-American Sherman ...
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Is Iran recovering debris of the shot-down Global Hawk in its own coastal waters?

There is currently contradicting information regarding to the location where the USAF RQ-4 Global Hawk was shot down by Iranian forces, with the US claiming it happened over international waters and ...
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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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Is there evidence that women who said they were sexually assaulted by Trump lied for money?

According to Wikipedia, there are at least 19 women who have accused Trump of sexual assault or harassment. Trump has recently claimed: I was accused by, I believe it was four women," Trump said. "...
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Are roughly 90% of H-1B visa workers in the IT sector paid below-market rates?

In an article penned last year by (present and former) IEEE-USA presidents, we read that (my experpts and emphsis): In 2014 (the last year we have good data), Infosys, Cognizant, Wipro, and Tata ...
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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 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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Are two thirds of CEOs in Silicon Valley from South Asia or Asia?

Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist, said last year that people from Asia or South Asia are heavily represented in CEOs in Silicon Valley: When asked if he agreed, Bannon responded: “When ...
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Do strobes on top of school buses improve safety?

Background In many states of the USA, school buses are fitted with a "roof-mounted strobe". In some states, they are required by law: Mike Simmons, state director in Arkansas, says that the state'...
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Do 15% of elite college students in the US not meet the admission requirements?

According to this article from the BBC, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22025328: As many as 15% of white students admitted to elite colleges don't meet admissions standards. This quote seems ...
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Are teacher salaries lower in high-need (low-income) school districts?

Research Spotlight on Hard-to-Staff Schools What characterizes "hard-to-staff" schools, those schools that have difficulty in finding and retaining qualified, effective teachers? Many are high-...
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Who killed Martin Luther King Jr?

Nearly 45 years ago, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee. James Earl Ray, a fugitive on the run, was arrested in London and extradited to Tennessee. ...
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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 among us. ...
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Do an overwhelming majority of rapes not involve relatives?

From a tweet thread started by https://twitter.com/VocalFriez/status/1046487752429072384 , a citation is made of RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), saying that the overwhelming ...
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Is lack of adequate funding a substantial factor determining the poor accuracy of US state-level polls?

One of the conclusions of an AAPOR paper on the 2016 US polls contains this detail: As this report documents, the national polls in 2016 were quite accurate, while polls in key battleground states ...