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Has the US declared war since WWII?

On the Jan 11, 2020 episode of the podcast Lovett or Leave It, the host Jon Lovett said that the US hasn’t declared war since World War II. Is this true? People like to attack politicians for voting ...
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Has Trump, as of January 2020, used military force less than any other president since Jimmy Carter?

Last week, David Brooks, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times claimed (archive): Love or hate him, Trump has used military force less than any other president since Jimmy Carter. There are ...
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Did Trump tweet the most liked Persian language tweet in history?

Saeed Ghasseminejad (advisor to a foreign policy think tank) claimed yesterday: This tweet by @realDonaldTrump with more than 100k likes is already the most liked Persian tweet in the history ...
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Did Saudi Arabia deposit 1 billion dollars to pay the US for troop presence?

President Trump said this to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham: I said to Saudi Arabia - we have a very good relationship with Saudi Arabia - I said “Listen, you’re a very rich country. You want more troops?...
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Does this image show General Soleimani with American troops?

VeteransToday (amongst others) have shown this image, and claimed it shows Iranian General Soleimani who was recently killed by US drones with American Troops: This version of the image is from ...
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Did someone forge Representative Elijah Cummings signature on subpoenas?

There were claims on social media (e.g. Oct 18, 2019 tweet) that two subpoenas, ostensibly signed by Representative Elijah Cummings shortly before his death, had a forged signature. This story was ...
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Does treating end stage kidney disease cost 1% of the United States federal budget?

On Last Week Tonight John Oliver made the claim that: "Treating end stage kidney disease takes up nearly 1% of the entire federal budget" You can see the claim at approximately the 4:33 ...
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Was Hillary Clinton personally involved in approving the Uranium One purchase?

In 2013, a Russian company bought a Canadian company called Uranium One which owns a uranium mine in the United States. This purchase was approved by the US government through an interagency review ...
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Did the US government classify the Whaley House as haunted?

I noticed in Lonely Planet's book on Los Angeles, San Diego, & Southern California, page 400, the description for the Whaley House says that it is "officially certified as haunted by the US ...
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Did Downer claim Israel told him to spy on Papadopoulos?

Former Trump Campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos just tweeted this: Alexander Downer has made a bizarre, and unfounded, claim and perpetuated a conspiracy theory that the Israelis ...
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Did Joe Biden send out a decree to keep Rudy Giuliani off television?

In an interview with Fox News, Rudy Giuliani said in reference to former Vice President Joe Biden: Sounds like a poor imitation of the Godfather. I mean, this is the guy who sent out a decree to ...
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Are Pennsylvania motorists required to hide their cars from horses?

News sources, blogs, email chains, and periodicals publish lists of "stupid laws", which are supposedly still on the books. One particularly amusing one: Any motorist who sights a team of horses ...
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Was Bernie Sanders not a registered Democrat (in 2017)?

A 2017 opinion-marked article in the Hill by Michael Starr Hopkins (himself apparently a Democrat) claims: All the talk about building an economy that works for all Americans means nothing if “...
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Was Lt. Col. Vindman a registered Democrat?

The Washington Examiner states: Trump has accused Vindman of being a “Never Trumper,” a charge the NSC official denied on Tuesday. “I would call myself Never Partisan,” Vindman told the House ...
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During the 2019 Bolivian election count, were the comms and electricity cut off at the election HQ?

During vote count of the disputed 2019 Bolivian presidential election, the preliminary vote reporting was suspended for a period of about one day, leading to accusations that the government had fudged ...
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Do US Navy SEALs select team members by performance vs trust ratings?

In one presentation which has gone viral on Linkedin, author/motivational speaker Simon Sinek claims that US Navy SEALs select candidates for 'SEAL Team 6' by rating them by two characteristics: '...
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Did the IG change his conclusion in the Sharyl Atkisson investigation?

In 2013, journalist Sharyl Atkisson accused the Obama Administration of hacking and surveillance of her computers. Michael Horowitz, the Inspector General (IG) for the Department of Justice, ...
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Did Ohio pass a law granting students the right to give scientifically wrong answers consistent with their religious beliefs?

The Patheos blog and WKRC local12 report: The Ohio House on Wednesday passed the "Student Religious Liberties Act." Under the law, students can't be penalized if their work is scientifically wrong ...
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Did the whistleblower work with Joe Biden?

In an interview with a reporter from The Hill, and reported by both The Hill and Real Clear Politics, Senator Rand Paul made the claim that the anonymous whistleblower who raised concerns about ...
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Is over-reliance on wind energy the real reason PG&E is cutting power? [closed]

It's been widely reported that to mitigate the risk of power lines sparking wild-fires in California, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), the largest utility in California, has been preemptively de-...
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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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Are police officer's families 2-4 times more likely to experience domestic violence?

I was wondering the accuracy of this claim: Two studies have found that at least 40% of police officer families experience domestic violence, ... in contrast to 10% of families in the general ...
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Do vaping bans cause people who were previously vapers to start smoking cigarettes?

Background This Buzzfeed article asserts that there is a realistic worry that vaping bans cause vapers to return back to cigarettes: And yanking nicotine e-cigarettes off the market could have ...
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Did Senators Sanders and Warren support Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum?

A PIIE article states Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren strongly oppose free trade pacts such as TPP and USMCA, support Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, and are intensely ...
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Did the US push the Kurds to lower their defences against Turkey in the months preceding the latest Turkish military operation against them?

CNN reports: Analysts such as Bowman say part of the outrage is driven by the fact that "we would have not defeated ISIS' Caliphate ... without their help" and that the Kurds had just ...
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Does illegal immigration change the U.S. electorate as claimed by Larry Elder?

In this episode of Rubin Report Larry Elder claims: The country has changed in part, in my opinion, because of immigration, including illegal immigration. People who are coming to the country ...
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Do more Americans want the Bidens investigated than Trump impeached?

An October 7th segment of Fox News and Friends is available on YouTube McCarthy: More people want to investigate Biden than impeach Trump House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy says at 3m19s: ...
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Was the Dow Jones average more unstable after 2017 than in the preceding post-2008 years?

A Salon article says that Trump's trade war of choice against China has turned a steadily rising Dow Jones average, through 2017, into an unstable sawtooth pattern with massive single-day declines ...
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Does wind energy cost 2 cents per kwh?

In a 2018 CleanTechnica article, Wind Energy Prices Continue To Fall Due To Technology Advancements & Cost Reductions, they claim The new report, the Department of Energy’s (DoE) 2017 Wind ...
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Does the USA have the highest cumulative CO2 emissions since 1750?

Vox has posted a cumulative graph of CO2 emissions since 1750. And the USA is flagged as the chief culprit. The actual title of the Vox article is: Why the US bears the most responsibility for ...
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Is John Durham handling all referrals from the IG investigation?

Jerry Dunleavy said this on Wednesday in the Washington Examiner: Durham’s investigation is separate from the one that was just finished by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. The DOJ watchdog ...
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Does the United States Army pay $1,200 per civilian killed to their family?

In Season 4, Episode 1 of This Is Us, character Cassidy Sharp Is this number accurate? Does the United States Army pay families $1,200 per civilian killed? If so, does the Army financially ...
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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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Did DOJ officials conclude no further action was warranted on the Whistleblower complaint?

The White House just accidentally sent all House Democrats its talking points regarding President Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian President and the related Intelligence Community whistleblower ...
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Does the US Armed Forces refuse to recruit anyone with an IQ less than 83?

In this video, Jordan Peterson claims the following. You can't induct someone into the Armed Forces in the US if they have an IQ of less than 83. He claims that the armed forces needs an accurate ...
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Was Japan required to open its semiconductor patents to the US in a 1989 “deal”?

In a question on politics.SE the following snippet from a South China Morning Post article was quoted: This was followed by a second five-year semiconductor deal in 1991, in which Japan agreed to ...
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Does most illegal fentanyl sold in the US come through Mexico?

The Atlantic claims: most illicit fentanyl used in America, where 32,000 people died from fentanyl last year, comes through Mexico. Mexican cartels lack trained chemists to make fentanyl from ...
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Are Democrats more likely to believe Astrology is a science?

In an answer on politics.SE, a Northwestern University study was highlighted, whose main findings included: more Democrats than Republicans think astrology is scientific Using Fisher’s Exact Test, ...
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Did Google search manipulation push millions of voters towards Clinton in the 2016 US Presidential Election? [closed]

Donald Trump tweeted on August 19, 2019 Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, ...
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Did Police spray fake blood on themselves in Philadelphia on August 14th 2019?

According to this video police officers sprayed fake blood on themselves in response to the August 2019 Philadelphia shooting. Is this account of the incident true?
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Did Michelle Obama have a staff of 23 people, while Melania has a staff of 4?

According to this picture (shared over 100k times) Text reads, Obama donated none of his salary, Michelle had a staff of 23 Trump donates all of his salary, Melania has a staff of 4 I'm more ...
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Does an American taxpayer fund $870 in corporate subsidies for every $36 in food stamps?

I recently saw this Occupy Democrats claim on Facebook: Now, obviously a lot of those categories are vague and open to interpretation (I've known people who would argue most of the U.S. defense ...
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Did China choose to finance the US after the 2008 crisis?

In today's edition of Le Monde there is an article about the increasing quantity of money in the world, and the problems or benefits that this might yield. In the introduction to the article the ...
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Were some Russians killed in a fight with American forces in Syria in February 2018?

I just read a question on history stack exchange that linked to this Feb 2018 National Review article: On the night of February 7, “pro-regime” Syrian forces reportedly launched an assault on a “...
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Did the 1994 US crime bill “bring down crime”?

In 1994, the US federal government adopted the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (signed into law Sept. 13, 1994). Ben Shapiro, host of the 'Daily Wire' podcast on YouTube, referred to it ...
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Is there a wealth gap in Boston where the median net worth of white households is $247,500 while the median net worth for black families was $8?

This quote—or some variant of it—has been floating around the news and social media world; this comes from Boston.com on July 26, 2019: According to a 2015 report by the Federal Reserve Bank of ...
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Did Don Young threaten John Boehner with a 10 inch blade to the throat?

In American Carnage, Tim Alberta's new book, he claims that Don Young (the Republican Congressman from Alaska) threatened John Boehner (then Speaker of the House) with a ten inch blade to the throat ...
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Did Marriott International issue a statement stating that they would decline any requests to use their U.S. hotels as detention facilities?

The following image has been floating around social media today (July 11, 2019) claiming to be a statement being made by Marriott International regarding them declining requests to use their U.S. ...
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Is there more than one registered motor vehicle for every adult in the US?

According to the US Census Bureau's table of estimated population as of July 1 each year, there were 268.3M people 14 years of age or older, including 260.1M people 16 years of age or older, including ...
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Did H. Ross Perot call Maya Lin an “Egg Roll?”

Maya Lin’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was chosen after a blind competition in the early 1980s. There were many critics of her design and the design’s realization was an uphill battle at ...

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