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Does 20% of the population pay 80% of Federal income tax in the US?

I have heard this used in arguments (and even used it myself several times): that 20% of the US population pays 80% of the taxes. But I am starting to wonder if that is statistically accurate. Also, ...
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Are law and medicine high-paying professions?

It seems to be taken as self-evident that law and medicine are one of the highest paying professions in the United States. However it seems to me that much of the high income from these professions ...
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Are there more guns in America than people?

Daisy Rifles Ad from 40 years ago 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 ...
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Are there banned words in New York standarized tests?

I just came across a random post on a random news blog saying that several words were banned from New York's standardized tests. This included common words, such as Christmas, dinosaurs, birthdays. ...
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Does the US government voluntarily underreport inflation?

According to Shadow Government Statistics, inflation in the USA is around 11%, not 3% as the official statistics claim, as shown in this chart: (source) In fact, they suggest that the US government ...
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Does Echelon exist?

ECHELON is a name used in global media and in popular culture to describe a signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection and analysis network operated on behalf of the five signatory states to the UK–USA ...
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Are consumer-grade laser pointers sold in the US lasers?

In comments on Would a laser weapon visibly fire?, it is claimed that the majority of devices sold to consumers as lasers are, in fact, LED-based. I think that (at least in the US), laser devices up ...
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Is a kill switch being considered to shut down the internet?

One of my friends has been particularly upset about this. I will try to track down a serious citation of someone making this claim but have been unable to do so. I believe there is a commission or ...
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Was Pakistani President, General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, assassinated?

There is a general conception in Pakistan that late General Zia was eliminated by Americans in a mysterious plane crash in August 17, 1988: The plane went down and then up and eventually hit the ...
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Is there a gold stockpile at “Fort Knox”?

I heard an interesting conspiracy theory recently with the basic idea that there isn't a gold stockpile at "Fort Knox" (anymore or ever). With the level of security so great there and reportedly few ...
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Was Osama Bin Laden Dead Since 2002?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpBPVkpmoeg&feature=related The above video claims that Osama was killed a while back, and that all the tapes released since then are fakes by the US Govt. Is there ...
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Is there a legal video size limit for Super Bowl parties?

Slate claims: A Baptist congregation in Indiana plans to cancel its Super Bowl party this weekend, after receiving a threatening letter from the National Football League. NFL officials say the ...
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Is this photo of Occupy Wall Street authentic?

From Facebook: This photo is actually getting pulled off Facebook...so, the photographer added a lil text and renamed the file. Pass it on. I'm SURE the media doesn't want this one out there. Share ...
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Is it illegal to tie campaign contributions to a specific policy goal?

The petition Investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA for bribery after he publicly admitted to bribing politicans to pass legislation implies that there is something illegal about this threat to withdraw ...
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Did the US government spend millions of dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly?

According to this site, "Washington is spending $2.6 million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job." Is this true, and, if so, what program are they referencing?
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Has the internet caused significant job losses since 2008?

"Layoffs too often became permanent, not part of the business cycle. And these changes didn't just affect blue collar workers. If you were a bank teller or a phone operator or a travel agent, you saw ...
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Is it illegal in the U.S. for legal professionals to answer legal questions on public Internet forums?

A SE moderator said: [I]n the US, at least, legal professionals are not permitted to answer questions on a site like this. It seems odd that a law would prohibit someone who has passed a Bar exam ...
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Is the U.S. 90th in the world in terms of women in national legislatures?

The Miss Representation Extended Trailer makes the claim, at 6:03: The U.S. is the 90th in the world in terms of women in national legislatures. The voice-over adds: If people knew that Cuba, ...
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Is Congress's pay protected even if the US defaults?

Today around the watercooler, us active duty military, and civil service employees were discussing the possible effects of the US defaulting. Since we are all paid by the government, this is a very ...
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Has the federal reserve issued 16 trillion dollars in bailouts?

I've seen this all over the internet, but it never got picked up by larger news websites. There is an article on business insider but I'm rather unsure about the reliability of that site. Basically ...
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Does any U.S.-sold brand of “100% pure” fruit juice contain added HFCS?

The book Deep Nutrition makes the following claim: ... your "100 percent orange juice" is doped with corn syrup. (Some FDA officials suspect that many fruit juices claiming to be 100 percent ...
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Do wind farms have a significant impact on weather patterns in the US?

On my way in to work today there was a guest on the radio claiming that the "Heat Dome" was the result of the disturbance of natural wind patterns by the windfarms that have proliferated the ...
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Do states give local governments the power to ban opposing political groups?

This odd claim is presented in a comment thread at the blog Dispatches from the Culture Wars in comment #6 on the linked post. It refers to a city council banning a community group. Seems to me this ...
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Is asking about U.S. citizenship an illegal interview question?

From About.com, Are you a U.S. citizen? Every interview I have had has asked this. Even pre-interview screening includes this question. Is it really illegal for them to ask this? Note: Not ...
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Do rich companies pay little/no corporate income taxes in the United States?

It's a fairly common "fact" that if you make enough money, that you can hire lawyers who can hide all of your money, so that you end up paying little to no tax. Is this true?
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Did Bill Ayers ghost-write for Obama?

According to Conservapedia's article on William Ayers: In an October 2008 article in American Thinker, Jack Cashill presented evidence that Ayers ghostwrote Obama's first book, "Dreams From ...