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Are secular/atheist adults less vengeful, nationalistic, militaristic, authoritarian and more tolerant?

From: How secular family values stack up Many psychological studies show that secular grownups tend to be less vengeful, less nationalistic, less militaristic, less authoritarian and more tolerant, ...
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Do full-time working women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns?

The White House claims that: On average, full-time working women earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. Is it the case?
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Has the War on Drugs disproportionately affected minority communities?

The premise of Eugene Jarecki's The House I Live In documentary is that the US War on Drugs, other than being a mostly failed campaign, has also disproportionately affected minority communities. A ...
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Does gerrymandering have a significant effect on the number of congressional seats won by Republicans?

From an AP article titled Analysis indicates partisan gerrymandering has benefited GOP: The AP’s findings are similar to recent ones from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University ...
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In states where medical marijuana laws are passed, did prescription painkiller sales decrease?

I recently heard that US states where medical marijuana laws are passed have seen a decrease in prescription painkillers sales. For the study, researchers analyzed all deaths caused by opioid ...
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Do homeschooled kids lack socialization skills?

This article, Socialization: Tackling Homeschooling’s “S” Word on the PBS web site, claims, The mainstream perception of homeschool students is that they are an antisocial bunch, toiling away ...
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Are teachers in the United states paid poorly?

At the last "Save Our Schools" rally, Matt Damon said: So you think job insecurity is what makes me work hard? I want to be an actor. That’s not an incentive. That’s the thing: See, you take this ...
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Is it more expensive to employ a smoker than a non-smoker?

DN.se Det kostar nära 6.000 dollar (knappt 40.000 kronor) mer per år att ha en rökare anställd än någon som inte röker, visar en studie i USA. Skälet är rökares större sjukfrånvaro, dyrare ...
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Is the GOP tax plan the 'largest tax cut in history'?

The GOP recently released their final tax plan this week, after going to a conference committee to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the bill. US President Donald Trump has frequently ...
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Is the US Newborn Mortality Rate higher than 40 Countries?

There is a lot that goes into a statistic that can go wrong, between collection, data, etc. This makes me rather skeptical of claims like the following: US Newborn Mortality Rate Higher than 40 ...
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Did the same Mexican citizen vote illegally in the United States 5 times between 2012-2014?

A Fox News story says: Rosa Maria Ortega, 37, was found guilty Wednesday on two counts of illegal voting after she falsely claimed to be a United States citizen and voted at least five times ...
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Has fracking caused hundreds of earthquakes in Oklahoma?

Rachel Maddow on her show tonight showed a statistic that in 2011 when Pruitt became attorney general of Oklahoma, there were 34 earthquakes stronger than 3.0 on the Richter scale, and that grew to ...
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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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Could “only Russia’s senior-most officials have authorized” the efforts to leak sensitive emails related to the 2016 U.S. presidential election? [duplicate]

There was a joint statement (released October 7, 2016) from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) about recent leaked emails. ...
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Do US congressman spend most of their time fundraising?

In an article titled "Call Time For Congress Shows How Fundraising Dominates Bleak Work Life" the huffingtonpost writes: The daily schedule prescribed by the Democratic leadership contemplates a ...
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Is federal firefighting the cause for the increase of US forest fires and their severity?

On the Cato Institute's website is this claim: The heightened danger to national forests is, ironically, the result of longstanding federal efforts to suppress fires going back many decades. Those ...
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Has Trump's administration been making more human trafficking arrests than the Obama administration?

I come across this image below circulation on the internet. The image is comparing the human trafficking arrests during Trump's and Obama's administrations. Are these figures true?
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Are Americans more likely to be monolingual?

From a comment on English Language & Usage, also mentioned in Wikipedia, and Chad Fowler's book The Passionate Programmer (Related blog post by the author: How Learning a Second Language Changed ...
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Did Obama admit training IS?

In a video, Obama appears to be saying that "We're speeding up training of ISIL forces, including volunteers from Sunni tribes". Is this video genuine or fake?
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Is college worth the cost for most Americans?

A recent Pew survey found: A majority of Americans (57%) say the higher education system in the United States fails to provide students with good value for the money they and their families spend. ...
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Has there been a dramatic expansion of the U.S. federal workforce in recent years?

This claim was used by the White House to justify an executive action that can affect the operations of a wide range of federal government agencies. In his first official White House press briefing ...
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Did the U.S. government have prior knowledge of 9/11?

This has been said a lot of times in lots of places. Did the US government know about the attacks prior to the attacks, and were they involved with the attacks?
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Has any immigrant from any of the countries named in Trump's executive order been guilty of terrorism on US soil?

President Trump has recently issued an executive order titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 ...
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Did Joseph Figlock catch the same baby falling from the same window, twice?

According to a circulating story: In the 1930s in Detroit in the USA an extraordinary coincidence occurred with a person named Joseph Figlock. Jami Frater mentioned describes the case in his The ...
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Did Trump's inauguration have the “largest audience to ever witness an inauguration … both in person and around the globe”? [duplicate]

White House press secretary Sean Spicer claims that the audience for President Trump's inauguration was the: largest audience to ever witness an inauguration - period - both in person and around ...
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Are these statements about Trump accurate?

This image seems to be going around: It states: Donald Trump sheltered Jennifer Hudson rent-free after her family was murdered. Donald Trump sued the City of Palm Beach when he bought a segregated ...
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Is gratuitous farm animal abuse condoned by the USDA?

I recently watched the short film "From Farm To Fridge." (It contains video footage of farm animals being abused and killed.) Obviously the video makes an emotional appeal more so than a purely ...
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Could the USA have a secret colony on Mars?

I've read a number of articles suggesting that the USA has a Mars colony, including (if I recall correctly, but I can't find the link now) one where an official in China stated that they believed the ...
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Were two ballistic missiles fired from Spain towards Syria?

The Lebanese news sitem Almanar News cites an anonymous source claiming that two missiles were fired by US forces in Spain towards Syria. They were detected by Russia, it sparked an international ...
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Is inflation in the US higher than government statistics suggest? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does the US government voluntarily underreport inflation? The Consumer Price Index claims to reflect "changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket ...
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Do cell phones relay their locations to emergency services?

I just saw this YouTube video warning about the inaccuracy of cell-phones in relating their location to 9-11 dispatchers: while it's true that modern cellphones can relay locations back to your 911 ...
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Did DUI fatalities increase or decrease due to legalization of marijuana?

I've seen conflicting articles claiming that DUI fatalities either increased or decreased after states legalized marijuana. Here are two samples, though there are many articles out there; "Since ...
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Are the voting figures correct in this image about historical US decisions by party?

The following image promotes the Republican party over the Democratic party by looking at the support for some historical decisions. Are the figures presented correct? If you don't know please ...
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Are 93% of meat worker marriages in shambles?

In the Youtube video "The Journey of a Beef Cow" (with 1.1M views as of January 2018), Sam O'Nella Academy makes the claim The FDA estimates that 93% of meat worker marriages are in shambles No ...
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Has the US already taken in 25% of Mexicos population as immigrants? [closed]

In a recent interview Ann Coulter claimed: America has already taken in one-fourth of Mexico's entire population. Is this true?
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Were the vast majority of lost manufacturing jobs since 2000 lost due to automation?

There has been a lot of discussion here in the US about manufacturing and about bringing back jobs from overseas. While interviewing US presidential candidate Andrew Yang on the Waking Up podcast, ...
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Do immigrants to the US commit less crimes that native born Americans? [closed]

In 2015, Donald Trump suggested in a speech that Mexican immigrants to the US were bringing crime. In response, several reporters denied it, such as the Washington Post data show that new ...
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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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Does illegal immigration in the usa strain social services?

A New York Post opinion piece reported on a survey regarding Republican thoughts and feelings on illegal immigration: Respondents were asked: “What do you think is the biggest challenge illegal ...
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Did Americans coin the phrase “to make money”?

This claim comes from a work of fiction but it is often repeated as true by fiscally conservative individuals who respect the author. In Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, a character named Francisco gives a ...
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Have Democrats attacked Trump's proposed wall as “medieval”?

In this video President Trump says "They say a wall is medieval, well so is a wheel". The official transcript says: Democrats have refused to listen to the border agents, and they say this is a ...
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Is this graph of “mass shootings” backed up by reliable data?

There's this graph on the internets: But I was unable to find any sources of the data. Most of the sites that present the graph seem to be politically oriented. Is this backed by any hard data?
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Does the US ban high-gas-mileage cars?

A recent YouTube video features a claim that the VW Passat TDI 1.6 and similar cars have been banned by the US government, specifically because their gas mileage is too high. The purported reasoning ...
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Was the 16th Amendment (income tax) improperly ratified?

Bill Benson released The Law that Never Was in 1985, which "claims that the Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, commonly known as the income tax amendment, was never properly ...
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Are antipsychotic drugs vastly overused in the US?

A recent opinion piece in Al Jazeera titled "Mass psychosis in the US" claims that antipsychotic drugs are overused in the US, mostly due to the influence of "Big Pharma" which is pushing new atypical ...
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Did Ehrlichman claim the reason for the Nixon drug war was to criminalize black people and hippies?

This story recently appeared claiming that one of Nixon's aids had admitted that the war on drugs was all about targeting specific groups and not really about the harms of drugs. http://www.vox.com/...
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Did JFK Attempt to eliminate the power of the Federal Reserve Bank to loan money to the US?

According to this site: On June 4, 1963, a virtually unknown Presidential decree, Executive Order 11110, was signed with the authority to basically strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power ...
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Are wages stagnant over the past 40 years in the USA?

Over the past few weeks, it has become a common talking point at either major party's convention to talk about the lack of movement in USA citizens' wages since approximately the middle of the 1970s. ...
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Are SWATs in the US mostly used for serving marijuana warrants?

I've seen following claims made by pro-legalization lobby: SWATs are used more often for drug warrants than to deal with any violent crimes most of these warrants are for marijuana significant number ...
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Do Scandinavian-Americans have a higher standard of living than Scandinavians?

A Bloomberg article by the economist Tyler Cowen attributes the following claims to Debunking Utopia: Exposing the Myth of Nordic Socialism by Nima Sanandaji: Danish-Americans have a measured ...