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Is the American handling of the COVID-19 situation as bad as it appears to non-Americans? [closed]

In an April 24 TV interview, actor Eric McCormack said: We should have gone to Canada. That's how that's going. … I broke my ankle, the borders were closed, and the next thing you know we're ...
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Did health authorities receive a significant number of calls about the use of disinfectants (or drinking bleach) after president Trump mentioned it?

Fox News reported on one hand that public health agencies (in Los Angeles and Maryland) were "inundated" with calls about "drinking bleach" after Trump discussed disinfectants in re Covid-19, but a ...
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Is the US government seizing PPE supplies to resell them with a markup?

This copypasta has been flying around on reddit for a while, and I'm wondering how much there is to it. It's more than that. The Federal Government under Trump thinks they have no duty to help ...
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Slurping soup in New Jersey

I read once in a book of weird facts heard that slurping soup is technically illegal in New Jersey, and, looking it up, have found a ton of lists of "wacky laws" saying that this is true. Nothing I ...
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Have any financial traders gotten a large shipment of a commodity sent to themselves by mistake?

Certain oil futures contracts went negative in April 2020 over the difficulty of storing crude oil. With this came a resurgence of stories of hapless traders receiving the actual commodities that were ...
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Was Trump told around Jan 29 of “risks of a coronavirus pandemic: […] half a million deaths and trillions of dollars in economic losses”?

The NYT writes: Despite Mr. Trump’s denial weeks later, he was told at the time about a Jan. 29 memo produced by his trade adviser, Peter Navarro, laying out in striking detail the potential risks ...
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Can the coronavirus be transmitted in sea water?

Claims have been made that simply being in sea water near a beach exposes you to the possibility of COVOD-19 infection: In a Los Angeles Times interview early last week, [Kim] Prather was quoted ...
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Did US prohibit the export of the mere description of a cryptographic algorithm?

A Wikipedia page says that in the US regulations were introduced as part of munitions controls which required licenses to export cryptographic methods (and even their description) What concrete ...
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Is it true that everyone that currently needs a ventilator can get a ventilator as of April 2020?

Currently we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The current President of the United States made a claim in the April 13th press briefing that the number of ventilators that were requested by ...
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Are deaths of patients with, but not because of, COVID-19 recorded as COVID-19 deaths in the USA?

A long Mises Institute article questions the US COVID-19 metrics. It ends with this claim, quoted from a Daily Caller reporter's Twitter feed: Here is Dr. Birx saying that the government is recording ...
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Did Trump use the Defense Production Act in recent weeks?

Quoting The Washington Post (emphasis mine, under the headline "Pentagon will seek production of 39 million N95 masks"): Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, a Pentagon spokesman, said the agency ...
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In the 1910s and 1920s in the US, did some people face death by government officials for challenging “industrial capitalism in American society”?

The Wikipedia article for criminal syndicalism (during World War I; see also the Sedition Act of 1918) writes: Government officials on the state and federal level ordered arrests, imprisonments and ...
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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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Is participating in a campaign advert a fireable offence for US journalists?

Quoting the left-wing news outlet Vox: In 2016, Hannity appeared in a bananas pro-Trump campaign ad. Sean Hannity: ...and of course he's gonna build that wall. He says he's going to have Mexico pay ...
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Did the US confiscate 200,000 masks from a delivery to Berlin?

According to several news reports (SPIEGEL, RBB24, BBC) the Berlin police bought face masks of which 200,000 were confiscated in Bangkok. BBC, 4 April, 2020: The US has been accused of redirecting ...
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Did China steal technology from the USA to make their J-20?

The Chengdu J-20 is a Chinese fighter aircraft. Wikipedia reports that The combination of an integrated targeting pod with spherically situated passive-optical tracking system is reported similar ...
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Did Donald Trump fire the entire pandemic response team in 2018?

This tweet claims Trump "fired the entire pandemic response team in 2018": Text: Just a reminder: it’s okay to blame the president for how bad things get with COVID-19 because he fired the ...
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Was the 1952 Washington DC UFO wave caused by temperature inversions?

The 1952 Washington, D.C. UFO incident, a.k.a. the "Invasion of Washington", was a series of UFO reports from the 12th to the 29th July 1952 over Washington DC. At 11:40 p.m. on Saturday, ...
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Have over 1 million people in the US been tested for the coronavirus as of March 30th?

President Donald Trump touted a new coronavirus test that produces results in minutes as opposed to days and announced Monday that more than 1 million Americans have been tested for the disease. “The ...
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After 2 years in office, had Obama kept more promises than Trump? [closed]

This chart has been shared around social media. It is from a January 2019 BBC News article, and cites a Politifact article as the source for the data. Are these figures accurate?
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Did COVID-19 originate in the US Army and brought to China in the Military World Games? [duplicate]

In the past weeks theories about the US Army creating and bringing COVID-19 to China during the Military World Games (Wuhan, October 2019) have arisen. This is not the first time claims that the virus ...
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Have 'a lot' of New Yorkers 'fled the city' to Florida?

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has thus far resisted calls for heavier restrictions in the state, and part of his argument for not going further appears to be that stay-at-home orders elsewhere have had ...
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Are New Yorkers lining up in front of gun shops?

Clio Zammatteo is an Italian-American blogger who lives in New York. She recently posted a video (in Italian, as reported by la Repubblica) saying she had left New York because she was scared that ...
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Is SARS-CoV-2 a biological weapon released by the US military?

SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus that is the cause of the disease COVID-19. Some people have questioned the origins of the virus. RadioFreeEurope reported on March 5, 2020 on a claim by an Iranian ...
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Did the U.S. refuse coronavirus testing kits offered by the World Health Organisation?

At minute 5:50 of the Democratic Presidential Primary Debate on Sunday, March 15 (video and transcript), former vice president Joe Biden made this claim (emphasis added): [T]he World Health ...
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Will there be a mandatory quarantine in the US under the Stafford act starting on Monday March 16? [closed]

I received from a family member a message saying that someone they know sent them the following text. please be advised, within 48-72 hours the president will evoke the Stafford Act. Just got off ...
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Did a rabbit bite Justice David Souter?

In a panel discussion titled HLS in the World | A Conversation with Six Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court [partially transcribed at Harvard At 200: Justices Look Back On Their Law School Days — And ...
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Were international travellers kept waiting in densely packed queues at US airports due to COVID-19 screenings?

There are several claims online that international travelers returning from Europe were kept waiting in densely packed queues at JKF and O'Hare airports, due to COVID-19 screenings, on the weekend of ...
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Was a “large number” of new COVID-19 clusters in the United States seeded by travellers from Europe?

It has been reported in relation to the recent US travel ban on the EU's 26-country Schengen area that The President justified the ban by saying the EU had failed to take the same precautions as ...
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Did the CDC lose a Federal Lawsuit to produce evidence that vaccines do not cause Autism?

In a recent article[1] published by the Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN), ICAN claims that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has lost[2] a Federal Lawsuit (brought forward by ICAN) calling ...
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Has the flu already killed 20,000 Americans during 2019-20 flu season?

Fox News has this article titled "Flu has killed 20K Americans including 136 children so far [as of March 2020] in this [2019-20] flu season, CDC says". The CDC said that so far this season,...
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Does a COVID-19 test in USA cost consumers more than $US3000?

Yesterday a famous Italian singer, Vasco Rossi, posted on Instagram saying that confirmed COVID-19 cases in USA are low because very few people are checked due to the test costing $3,200. (In Italy, ...
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Is Bernie Sanders the first candidate to win the first three states in a competitive primary?

I saw this float around Facebook. It seems it originated from the Twitter account of People For Bernie, Bernard Sanders is the only candidate in history (in a competitive primary) to win the ...
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Were Vietnam veterans spat on?

The idea that Vietnam veterans in the United States were spat on when they returned seems to have taken hold. It's mentioned in the movie First Blood ("Rambo"): Then I come back to the world and I ...
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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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Did Lyndon Johnson spy on Barry Goldwater's 1964 campaign using CIA and FBI assets?

An article by Lee Edwards on the Heritage Foundation website claims so with quite some level of detail, e.g. In the fall of 1964, the White House turned to the CIA to get advance inside information ...
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Did Nancy Pelosi say “We'll have to pass the bill to find out what's in it”?

I found some comments by republicans/conservatives who claim she said this*, some indicating it was in regard with Obamacare, but I haven't been able to find any context or primary source. So the ...
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Do the U.S. interstate numbers correspond to land area?

This question is about the numbering scheme of U.S. interstate highways. Wikipedia says: In the numbering scheme for the primary routes, east–west highways are assigned even numbers and north–south ...
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Did 20% of American millionaires inherit their riches?

A 2019 Investopedia article, 7 Millioinaire Myths, which has been widely copied makes the claim that "Millionaires Just Inherited Their Money" is a false preconception: According to Thomas J. ...
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Did Michael Bloomberg ask for a box to stand on during debates?

In an interview with Sean Hannity, President Trump made a claim about Michael Bloomberg: You know now he wants a box for the debates, to stand on. the implication being that he wanted to make ...
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Did Bernie Sanders say immigrants steal our jobs?

In an interview with the former Maryland governor, Martin O’Malley, that appeared in The Guardian there are some notable claims that I haven't heard of till now. For example, this part refers to ...
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Are there actual cases of school libraries refusing to lend books to children that are outside their determined reading level?

In the article Three Myths About “Reading Levels” (Feb 28, 2017) published by Psychology Today, it is asserted (emphasis mine): Unfortunately, though, the ubiquity and precision with which these ...
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Is Rand Paul's apparent outing of Trump's whistleblower a crime? [closed]

A tweet from @SethFromThe716 is very popular (4.2K likes at the time of this question). It says [U.S. Senator] Rand Paul violated the law by publicly outing the whistleblower [of President Trump], ...
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Did 30 U.S. Marines die in a helicopter crash between January 24th and January 27th, 2020?

Social media and some news websites are reporting that there was a helicopter crash in Iraq that killed 30 U.S. Marines over the weekend of 24-27 January 2020. From Google, found when googling "...
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Have China and India more than doubled carbon emissions since 2000 while U.S. emissions have fallen?

The following meme has been shared circa Dec 2019 on social media and several blogs: The text reads: China's Carbon Emission Change Since 2000: +208% India's Carbon Emission Change Since 2000: +155% ...
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Did the Sanders campaign attack Biden with a “doctored video”?

From Politico, INDIANOLA, Iowa — Joe Biden accused Bernie Sanders’ campaign Saturday of issuing a “doctored video” to attack him over Social Security, a false claim that ratcheted up the tension ...
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Did Donald Trump order the killing of General Qassem Soleimani? [closed]

Throughout the media there have been articles in the past weeks that said that Trump 'ordered' the killing of General Qassem Soleimani from Iran. Can a president order such killings or he approved ...
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Can a judge let the parties of a trial resolve their disputes on “the field of battle”, legally, in the US?

I read the following article by Associated Press: The judge had the power to let the parties “resolve our disputes on the field of battle, legally,” David Ostrom said, adding in his filing that ...
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Did Bernie Sanders say that a woman cannot be president?

During the January 2020 Democratic debate at 43:27 the moderator asked Bernie why he said that a woman cannot win an election https://youtu.be/Ppm_mqo9Tyc?t=2607 . Bernie responds by denying that he ...
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Did Elizabeth Warren plagiarize recipes and publish a book called “Pow Wow Chow”?

From the Daily Mall Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is yet again in hot water after new allegations have surfaced that she plagiarized her 'Cherokee' recipes in the book ...

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