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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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Did Frank Gaffney compare Muslims to termites?

A New York Times article contains the following quote: “They essentially, like termites, hollow out the structure of the civil society and other institutions,” Mr. Gaffney said, “for the purpose of ...
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Did the DC Circuit court "blatantly disregard" a Supreme Court ruling on Guantanamo detainees for [at least] 5 years?

A 2013 piece by the Center for American Progress claims that Since 2008, the [DC] circuit court has blatantly disregarded a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the right to habeas corpus rights for ...
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Have crime rates climbed in US cities with "rogue" progressive District Attorneys?

In a 2020 article, the Heritage Foundation claims that "rogue prosecutors" (described in the article as prosecutors who are part of the "so-called progressive prosecutor movement") ...
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Did Pakistan make a broader request than what the US has granted in the $450 million F-16 package?

Some US sources cited in Pakistani media claim Pakistan might have requested/wanted more that it got in the recent $450 million package Daniel Markey, a senior adviser on South Asia to the Washington-...
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Does the Russian 300mm "guided" rocket 9M949 use gyroscopes made in the USA?

One Ukrainian website seem to claim that: Керована 300-мм ракета 9М949 ракетного комплексу "Торнадо-С": оптоволоконний гіроскоп для інерційної навігації. Виробництво - США. in google ...
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Did Biden use 85 cars in a motorcade in Rome?

The Daily Mail reports US President Joe Biden's administration used a particularly large motorcade in the streets of Rome recently. President Joe Biden was criticized for his use of a slow moving, 85-...
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Was there a dramatic rise in treatment-related deaths in US clinical trials during 2016-2017 compared to previous years?

For some reason when I googled "deaths in clinical trials" a page from a rather obscure (to me) US NGO "Center for Responsible Science" popped on the first page of results. It ...
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Did the Voice of America become more critical of the US after the end of the Cold War?

In a speech given to Voice of America (VOA) staff towards the end of the Trump presidency, Mike Pompeo (who was Secretary of State at the time) stated that after the end of the Cold War VOA (like ...
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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 the Trump admin. hire an Israeli private security firm to spy on Obama aides?

According to Ynetnews.com: Black Cube, notorious for its work for disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, reportedly hired by Trump administration officials to spy on 2 Obama aides involved ...
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Did Bob Corker ask Trump for his endorsement?

President Trump just tweeted this (see here and here): Senator Bob Corker just stated that, “I’m so priveledged to serve in the Senate for twelve years, and that’s what I told the people of our ...
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Was the recent bust of 12 people in Florida the largest food stamp bust in history?

The United States Department of Justice, in September 2017 sent out the following press release. 12 Defendants Charged Federally with Collectively Receiving Over $20 Million from USDA by Fraudulently ...
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Did a victim of Weinstein testify in a letter that the acts performed were consensual?

The German newspaper FAZ reports: Die Ankläger erreichte eine schriftliche Stellungnahme der früheren Nachwuchsschauspielerin Lucia Evans. Darin beschrieb Evans den Oralsex mit Weinstein in dessen ...
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Is it true that besides Volkswagen, many other car companies also similarly cheated in the emission test but faced limited consequences?

The Volkswagen emission cheating is well-known at this stage. However, I heard some people say that many other car manufacturers have actually been performing similar cheating in emission tests. Last ...
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Are there slot machines with wheels that use bingo internally?

I've heard rumors that many slot machines use an invisible internal bingo algorithm to determine whether they pay out, supposedly as a way around the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. For example, I ...
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Did Mormons protest social issues with the American flag in 1885?

Recently several articles from various sources have been claiming that Mormons lowered the flag to half mast on July 4, 1885 to protest persecution from the US government concerning their "Civil ...
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Do an estimated 1 in 3 Americans have an undiagnosed thyroid disease?

I came across an advertisement for the movie The Thyroid Secret, which claims (sic caps): [Shocking] 1 in 3 Americans Have Thyroid Disease And Are Often Told That They are Crazy, Fat or Lazy, When ...
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Are these metrics regarding the 2009-2014 recession accurate?

In the Forbes article "The Worst Five Years Since the Great Depression", it is quoted: [...] what America got by year five was fewer jobs than before. Even though the employment age population has ...
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Did the U.S. median unemployment duration drop by the steepest amount for any six month period ever in the first half of 2014?

On HUFF POST, a claim is made on July 7, 2014: The past six months saw "the largest six-month decline in the length of unemployment ever measured," he said. "The debate on that ...
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Is the US economic downturn slowing scientific research?

Nature magazine claims: The financial crisis of the past few years has led to deep cuts in funding for scientific research by governments and charitable organizations, hiring freezes across ...
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Did Americans leave behind over $1bn in tax refunds in 2012?

In this television advertisement H&R Block claims that: Last year, thinking they could do their own taxes, Americans left behind more than a billion dollars. Did American tax payers leave ...
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Are children of incarcerated parents much more likely to become incarcerated?

This 2017 article from the journal of the US's National Institute of Justice states: One statistic indicates that children of incarcerated parents are, on average, six times more likely to become ...
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Was there widespread voter fraud in Michigan in the 2020 Presidential Elections?

Vosiznies (VINnews), a right-leaning Orthodox Jewish news site, has claimed that there has been disturbing and sizable evidence of systemic voter fraud in Michigan. They cite a video that they claim ...
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Did US president Theodore Roosevelt call Democrats "prison vermin"?

According to two very non-primary references, the President called Democrats "prison vermin". The first is the 1902 Political X-rays, saying that it is quoting from an 8 November 1901 letter ...
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Did the 1937 single issue magazine "Rising Tide" include the "Rules for Revolution"?

The New York Times 10 July 1970 article Communist ‘Rules’ For Revolt Viewed As Durable Fraud inaccurately states: The earliest publication of the “rules” turned up in search was in The New World ...
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Did Michael McCaul claim intel briefers told him Tucker Carlson is a Russian agent?

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson just said this on the Tulsi Gabbard Show: Second thing, Michael McCaul […] I got into an argument with him once last year on the phone. He had told somebody that I was a ...
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Are there more Pit bulls than German Shepherds in the USA?

According to MyGermanSheperd.org: In the USA alone there are about 78.2 million dogs, and about 4.6% of all AKC registered dogs are German Shepherds. This gives over 3.5 million German Shepherd dogs ...
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Is Facebook deleting Facebook Pages for criticizing the police?

According to WSWS.org, The banned pages include highly popular postings by groups opposing and publicizing incidents of police violence such as Police the Police, Cop Block and Filming Cops [...] ...
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Are schools with armed guards or police safer?

The Huffington Post recently ran a story featuring Wayne LaPierre, the head of the NRA saying that, "Putting police and armed security guards in our schools to protect our children ... it's the ...
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Does the Gang of Six immigration plan expand Chain Migration and Visa Lotteries?

President Trump just tweeted this: The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards. Wall was not ...
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Do Taiwanese-Americans and Filipino-Americans have higher median incomes than White Americans?

According to Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson: if you look at household median income, the top three slots are not white man. They are all people of color that the number one is Indians and number ...
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Are American courts and federal agencies foreign-controlled private corporations?

A colleague recently shared An Open Letter to Sheriff Ward of Harney County Oregon - and to All County Sheriffs in America from Judge Anna This letter makes a number of claims, among which: The "...
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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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Are there members of Congress who have tried to seize 401k plans?

In February, the White House released its “Annual Report on the Middle Class” containing new regulations favored by Big Labor including a bailout of critically underfunded union pension plans ...
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