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Are “black-box” data recorders to be installed in all new US cars?

Occupy Corporatism reports: With complete disregard for driver privacy, the Obama administration gave their consent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to mandate black box ...
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Does a UN Treaty force gun control in the USA?

Is there any truth to the following claims which can be found on several sites, including: Dr. Orly Taitz Esquire's Defend Our Freedoms Foundation AboveTopSecret.com The Obama administration ...
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Who writes congressional bills?

I'm not even American and even I know of School House Rock's "Just a Bill" and the Simpson's parody "An ammendment to be". In Just a Bill the bill is written by a congressman because of public outcry. ...
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Did the US military pay $600 for a hammer?

I have heard this story for years now, about how the US military paid $600 per hammer for everyday garden-variety hammers. Today, for the first time, I saw an article debunking the story. But that ...
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Does Barack Obama have an aunt who was a homeless illegal alien that used government housing for 10 years?

Just found this one on Facebook. The people making the claim have 11k page likes (26th November 2012). She lived in a homeless shelter for 2 years. Lived in Government housing for 10 years. As ...
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Are more sunglasses sold in Seattle than in any other US city?

Seattlites and sunglasses enthusiasts proudly assert the claim, but I've found no comparative analysis to back it up. Typical claim Terry D. Seidler, a Seattle tour guide, makes the typical statement ...
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Is voter fraud practically non-existent in the United States?

The issue of voter fraud comes up very often at election times. In the media, it is nearly always pictured as a really important and urgent problem. It ranges from whether photo identification should ...
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Was there 100% turnout and 100% Obama support in Cuyahoga County in 2012 Presidential Election?

The Tea Party Facebook page posted this Monday night. Is it accurate that: There are exactly 900135 registered voters in Cuyahoga County Ohio for the 2012 predidental election There were 900135 ...
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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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Did NASA invest a million dollars in the research of a space pen, when the USSR simply used a pencil?

I encountered this picture of the "Russian space pen" from the MIT Museum gift shop When NASA first started sending astronauts into space, they realized that the ball-point pen would not ...
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Do 31 US states give rapist fathers visitation rights?

I saw an image on Facebook that claimed 31 US states allow the fathers of children conceived by rape to have visitation rights to the children. The image linked to an alternet article that listed it ...
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Does gerrymandering of some US electoral boundaries drive polarisation between parties?

Political control of redistricting in state and congressional elections is common in the US. I've already addressed one possible effect in this question: Does politically controlled redistricting in ...
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Is Tagg Romney the owner of a company that makes Ohio voting machines?

This photo is circulating across Facebook: The new owners [sic] of Ohio's voting machines under the brand name HART Intercivic is none other than Tagg Romney. We may not be able to buy this election, ...
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Does a customer have the legal right to receive change in whatever denomination they want if the cashier can cover it?

I am a cashier at a gas station in California and I recently had a customer put me in this situation. They prepaid for $50 in gas with a fifty dollar bill and filled their car. They had $19 in ...
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Destruction of WTC: is this version somehow substatinated? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: On 911, was Building 7 destroyed in a controlled explosion? Recently I read an article that claimed that WTC in reality was blown up rather than fell due to fire. In discord ...
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Does politically controlled redistricting in US elections make incumbents more secure?

Many western democracies limit the power of their politicians to control the electoral boundaries to avoid the possibility of gerrymandering. UK electoral boundaries, for example, are redrawn when ...
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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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Against the law to spray-clean not according to label directions?

I have a bottle of Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner with Bleach, marketed for sale in the United States. Its label reads, in part (and with emphasis removed): Directions for use: It is a violation of ...
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Was the September 2012 jobs report manipulated for political purposes?

A few days ago, former GE CEO Jack Welch made a contreversial accusation/claim that the September 2012 jobs report was manipulated by the Obama administration in an attempt to portray the economy in a ...
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Are these nude photos of Barack Obama's mother?

In the last few days there is a video called "Dreams from My Real Father". The video claims that Barack Obama's mother posed for erotic/pornographic pictures for a pornographic magazine, and ...
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Do lower income workers tend to vote Republican?

It's election season in the United States and something that you tend to hear from domestic and international pundits is that: Lower income workers tend to vote Republican... which also tends to ...
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Do charter schools perform better than other public schools?

I've heard calls for the ordinary public school system in my state to be replaced or supplemented with a charter school system (pdf warning). Do charter schools perform better or worse than other ...
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Is it, in some parts of the U.S., easier to get a rifle than to register to vote?

I've seen claims in several places that in some parts of the United States of America, the bureaucratic procedure to register to vote is more difficult/complicated than to get a permit to buy a ...
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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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Was Ambassador Christopher Stevens raped before his death?

US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens was killed in one of the recent attacks against the US Diplomatic Missions. NOPCRadio claim that he was raped before his death. Here is a report that ...
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Have six of the ten 9/11 commission members said that the US government was covering up something about the 9/11 attacks?

I often see claims like this repeated, "six out of the Ten 9/11 Comission members have gone on record since to admit there was a U.S. government cover-up." Any truth to it? This last time I saw it was ...
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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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Does the $20 bill predict the 9/11 attacks?

I am referring to claims such as those made at this site. Basically they claim that a certain folding of the bill shows burning images of twin towers. The new U.S. $20 dollar bill contains hidden ...
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Was the date for the 9/11 attack chosen to be the same as the emergency number in the U.S. (911)?

Many sites on the internet cite this coincidence as ether a prof to a conspiracy by the gov. or a message that the terrorists wanted to pass to the American People. Here are just some exmples from ...
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Is racial resentment towards African Americans correlated with Democrats support of a political position?

The following research claims that there is a link between high "racial resentment" (as measured by answers to questions in the survey) and support for VoterID laws. Here, CPC researchers found an ...
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Are there 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States?

With immigration reform being a hot political topic in 2012 I am seeing a lot of reports that throw around numbers. The one I see cited most often is that there are 12 million illegal immigrants ...
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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 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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Are voter ID laws harmful to minority voters?

At the NAACP, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he opposes a new photo ID requirement in Texas elections because: "the State of Texas filed against the Justice Department under Section 5 of ...
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Colorado non-citizen vote vs Tennessee's photo ID frequency

Cleta Mitchell, president of the Republican National Lawyers Association, wrote: Twelve thousand noncitizens registered to vote in Colorado; apparently 5,000 of those voted in 2010. And later: ...
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Does the Defense establishment have plants in vast majority of Congressional districts?

One of the commonly cited reasons for the ratcheting of defense spending in the United States is that it's an easily justifiable kickback (tugging on patriotic heart strings) to representatives' ...
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Would the United States lose its title as the richest country if we exclude top 5% wealth holders?

I read this claim in Quora: The "richest" country in the world (the u.s.) would assuredly lose that place if you excluded just the top 5% of wealth holders Is this claim true? Is there any ...
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Is the belief that vaccinations cause autism correlated with liberal political beliefs?

There are some people who continue to believe that there is a link between vaccination and autism. See this question for more: Are there any other studies (besides the discredited Wakefield studies) ...
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Is Paul Ryan's Congress record of two bills passed unusual?

According to this article, Paul Ryan has passed only two bills during ~13 years in Congress. (By passed, I assume the article means authored or co-authored bills passed in at least the House.) Is this ...
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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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Is it against the law to sing off-key in North Carolina?

According to Metro's Weird fact of the day: It is against the law to sing off-key in North Carolina. Is there such a law?
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Does US Congress cost $30m per day to run?

What does it cost for The United States Congress to be in session for a single day? I recently heard a quote of $30 million, but did not see any supporting facts to back it up. What would the total ...
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Is the US $20 bill the most counterfeited?

In a comment on "Is it illegal to refuse US currency for a purchase?", @Dan Neely said I don't think the main reason many businesses ban $50/100 bills is that they'd deplete their ability to make ...
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Were only half of US college graduates from 2006-2011 employed full-time in 2012?

According to an online article SmartMoney magazine titled, "The Jobless Class of 2012": Only a half of those who graduated since 2006 are now employed full time, according to a recent Rutgers ...
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Are the New York MTA's financial documents accurate?

I've read many claims that the Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York is low on funds and is in massive debt, but I've also heard several allegations of fraud, including claims of "keeping two ...
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Is more than 30% of US healthcare spending waste?

National healthcare spending in the USA consumes more than 18% of GDP and is growing rapidly. Europeans criticise the expense and relatively poor quality of the US system (for example, see this ...
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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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Was Iran Air Flight 655 shot down by mistake?

Iran Air Flight 655 is allegedly a case of "mistaken identity". Is it possible for AEGIS with most advanced radar system ever put on a ship, not to be able tell a difference between an F-14 and ...
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Was 19 the average age of a combat soldier in Vietnam?

The anti-war song 19 by Paul Hardcastle claims that: In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26... In Vietnam he was 19. Are these figures accurate? I'm more interested in the ...
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Is the border fence basically complete as Obama said, and did they go above and beyond what was requested?

Obama said in a speech in El Paso, Texas May 10, 2011 (full transcript) They wanted a fence. Well, that fence is now basically complete. And we've gone further. We tripled the number of intelligence ...