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Did Richard Nixon say, “Jews think they can run the world”?

Daily Stormer: In Chicago the demonstrators got close enough to rough up Pompidou and spit on his wife. “This is unconscionable,” raged Nixon. “The fucking Jews think they can run the world. Well…” ...
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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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Was—or is?—there an ICE checkpoint at the 23rd Street N/Q/R/W subway station in Manhattan? [closed]

All around social media this past Tuesday in New York City a viral message claiming there was an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) "checkpoint” at the 23rd Street N/Q/R/W subway station ...
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Only half of students graduating with a STEM degree [in 2009] were able to find STEM jobs [then]

From a 2013 EPI report as highlighed in an article published in The American Prospect: As the EPI report lays bare, the common wisdom about our STEM problem is mistaken: We are not facing a shortage ...
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Did state actors set fire to buildings during the George Floyd riots? [closed]

A Minnesota protestor made the following claim: "Media, you need to cover the undercover cops who have been breaking these windows and breaking into businesses. We have evidence of buildings that ...
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Did the US Federal government take 3 months from the warning its BARDA chief to require more production of N95 masks?

This exchange from a Congressional hearing was mentioned on Twitter and cited by some news Q: "It took 3 months from your initial warnings...for the federal government to...require the ...
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Did Fauci outsource gain-of-function research to China during a US moratorium?

A Times of Israel blog writes: Back in October 2014, the US government had placed a federal moratorium on gain-of-function (GOF) research—altering natural pathogens to make them more deadly and ...
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Did the Taliban shoot down a US B-52 Bomber on or around April 10th, 2019? [closed]

Sputnik News is reporting that an American B-52 Bomber was shot down by Taliban militants shortly after taking off from "Shawrab Airbase" in Afghanistan in the early morning hours of April ...
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Was Joseph Mifsud working for Western intelligence agencies?

George Papadopoulos, who was a foreign policy advisor on President Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign, just tweeted this: I just have a responsibility to inform America of the truth. Western ...
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The average age of a highly skilled factory worker in the U.S. is 56 (or so)

In a 2012 NYT piece we read that The average age of a highly skilled factory worker in the U.S. is now 56. “That’s average,” says Hal Sirkin, the lead author of the study. “That means there’s a lot ...
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Did the Vanderbilts from the Gilded Age bathe in saltwater?

Recently, I visited the mansion that the Vanderbilt family (from the Gilded Age, late 1800s) used to live in -- it's commonly referred to as "The Breakers", located in Newport, Rhode Island. Many of ...
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Did Bill Clinton have his office rearranged according to Feng Shui ideas?

According to a contestant of a 2005 Chinese English Speaking Contest: And I guess some of you still remember when the previous American president, Bill Clinton, when he first became president, he ...
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Did the US (ab)use the “deconfliction channel” with Russia to shoot the Syrian Su-22 plane? [closed]

I just read this piece of news: ... the American plane took off from a carrier (George HW Bush), flew over all of Russia's radar and missile sites in western Syria, shot down the Syrian Su-22 in ...
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Is it true that every McDonald's branch had a bunker in case of war? [closed]

About 10-15 years ago, I heard rumors that in 20 century every branch of McDonald in America had a bunker in case of war with USSR. Bunkers are placed in this way so that they can easily be found by ...
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Is there systemic bias in the approval ratings for Donald Trump?

I'm reading the news and came across a story regarding Donald Trump's approval ratings and I'm unclear on who the survey respondents were. I have no basis to see which groups of people were ...
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Were 14 US-Led Coalition Military Advisors captured by Syrian Special Forces in Aleppo?

It caught my eye on Wikipedia's current events portal that US-led coalition military advisors had been captured in a bunker in Aleppo. This story has since disappeared off of Wikipedia, but several (...
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Did the Republican and Democratic parties swap ideologies at one point? [closed]

Assuming data like this is correct: A common explanation is that the ideologies of these two political parties switched at some point in the last 150ish years, and what is the Progressive Democratic ...
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Were 3/5 of the people involved in the Cliven Bundy “Oregon Standoff” government informants? [closed]

I'm reading about how the people involved in the "Oregon Standoff" in early 2016 were all fully acquitted One Reddit comment thread discusses the allegation that the reason for the acquittal was that ...
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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 immigrants —...
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Did Mesoamericans eat Chihuahua dogs?

There are multiple online sources that claim the Chihuahua dog breed was often eaten by the Mesoamerican cultures who lived there before the arrival of the Europeans. For example, this site claims ...
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Has the United States had 7 mass shootings in the past week? [closed]

I keep seeing a claim on social media claiming something to the effect of: [First world country] has had [small number] mass shootings since [18whatever] The US has had 7 since Monday. I'm ...
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Is the “Right to Bear Arms” an Individual Right or a State's Right to Defense? [closed]

"A well regulated Militia" being the first part of the Amendment appears to steer the legislation towards militia/national guard - especially with "being necessary to the security of a free state" ...
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Is America's prosperity the result of slavery? [closed]

It has been claimed (see below for example) that America's relatively high prosperity is the result of slavery, which enabled the development of American capitalism, by using slaves as, well, capital, ...
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Did Hemingway beat drunks with a club at a bar in Key West?

According to some guy on reddit, Hemingway used to beat drunks with a club in a bar in Key West. Supposedly the club is exhibited in that bar and still has blood on it. Did he? And if he did, was ...
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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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Was the USA colonized by criminals?

There are some places on the Internet that claim that The American were (at least at the start) colonized by criminals and unwanted populations: Answerbag.com: North America was first colonized ...
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Did Christine Ford testify both that she drank alcohol and didn't drink alcohol at the party where she was assaulted?

According to Yahoo! and The Independent: Ford testified that: I did not want to tell my parents that I, at age 15, was in a house without any parents present, drinking beer with boys. but ...
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Is Ellen DeGeneres legally married because of Obama?

From 'I am a legally married woman because of him': Ellen DeGeneres farewells Obama "I want to personally thank him for changing my life," DeGeneres said. "I am a legally married woman because of ...
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Is this YouTube segment from the group known as “Anonymous”?

Is this YouTube segment, dated Dec 13, 2016 and titled "Anonymous to Trump", really a product of the group known as "Anonymous", or is it a spoof? The segment gives a litany of the ways that Russia ...
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Do FBI crime statistics suggest no-one died in the Sandy Hook massacre?

Alex Jones claimed that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax. As evidence, Infowars.com presents the following FBI chart: The Sandy Hook school shooting occurred at this location at this time. Does ...
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Was George Floyd a Masonic Sacrifice or even a Mason?

I am not sure what is the chicken, and what is the egg, but between public gossip and Larry Johnson tweets, there seems to be a movement claiming George Floyd was a Masonic Sacrifice. Notable person ...
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Did The US founding fathers consider only property owning males over 21 could vote?

I saw this comment from a video: Just maybe our founding fathers had the right idea when they said only property owing males over 21 could vote. Then I checked the List of amendments to the ...
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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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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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Were there 19,000 rapes in the US military in 2011?

Donald Trump claimed in a tweet posted by him in 2012 that Rape is a huge problem in the U.S. military. Over 19,000 rapes last year. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/215817662998126593 But ...
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Did Washington Post report US diplomats claiming that Russian agents break in their home and shat on their carpets?

I've found today an translated article in Russian language, claiming to originally be from Washington Post. It goes about some guy receiving reports/notes from US diplomats he knows that Russian ...
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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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Why does the IRS want you to declare income from illegal activites? [closed]

According to a paper by the IRS you should declare illegal income from dealing drugs or stolen property. What's the motivation behind this? And are there examples of people who reported such ...
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Did Apollo Moon landing program cost less than lipstick used by American women during same 11 years?

On a recent Dan Carlin's "Common Sense" podcast, James Burke claimed that Apollo program to land the man on the Moon cost less than what American women spent on lipstick in the same period of time. ...
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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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Were the Secretary of State divestiture rules applied inequitably to Rex Tillerson vs John Kerry?

Rex Tillerson image caption: I'm Rex Tillerson. I own $240 million worth of ExxonMobil stock. Everyone is demanding that I divest my stake in this company in order to serve as Secretary of ...
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Was every Republican President since 1923 a Member of the Bohemian Grove?

Wikipedia : The membership list has included every Republican and some Democratic U.S. presidents since 1923, many cabinet officials, directors and CEOs of large corporations including major financial ...
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Was the quantity of Fentanyl imported in 2018 enough to kill every American?

ABC reporter Meridith McGraw, who covers the White House, recently tweeted: Inbox: For a payment of $20.20, the Trump campaign says they will send a “faux brick” to Pelosi and Schumer’s offices “with ...
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Has Trump Pence Administration attempted to block rules restricting leaks of methane?

Refusefascism.org says: [Trump Pence Administration has] Attempted to block rules restricting leaks of methane, an even more harmful greenhouse gas than CO2, from landfills and from oil and gas ...
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Does Ron Paul get less media coverage than other similarly prominent candidates?

In this clip from The Daily Show show, John Stewart puts forward the argument that Ron Paul is being ignored by the media, showcasing some convincing clips to that effect. Are the clips referenced in ...
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Was the yellow fever virus a past standardized biological weapon in the US Army?

Dany Shoham writes in a 2012 paper [full text, paywalled]: The yellow fever virus – a past standardized BW in the US Army, then carried by infected Aedes mosquitoes as vectors – was thus genetically ...
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Is this document describing pedophile logos an authentic FBI document?

This WFTV report references an FBI document: A symbol purportedly called the "GirlLover logo" found on FBI documents from 2007 looks similar to the symbol O’Kelly found on the toy she bought. ...
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Was the Jenkins Continuous Build Integration server named after Tom Jenkins, Thomas Jefferson's slave master?

I heard this rumor today and I was wondering if there is any truth to it. I guess there are two parts to it: Did Thomas Jefferson have a slave master named Tom/Thom/Thomas Jenkins? Was the Jenkins CI ...
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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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Has the federal reserve issued 16 trillion dollars in bailouts?

I've seen this all over the internet, but it never got picked up by larger news websites. There is an article on business insider but I'm rather unsure about the reliability of that site. Basically ...

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