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Are these figures about sexual harassment by Trump, O'Reilly, Ailes and Obama correct?

@LegitMillennial claims in a tweet that went viral: I found a graphic I think Fox News might've missed. The image reads: Number of times each have been accused of sexual assault/...
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Has the internet caused significant job losses since 2008?

"Layoffs too often became permanent, not part of the business cycle. And these changes didn't just affect blue collar workers. If you were a bank teller or a phone operator or a travel agent, you saw ...
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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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Was there a picture of Freud above a urinal at Washington University?

From New Yorker's "Why Freud Survies": Psychoanalysis was also taking a hit within the medical community. Studies suggesting that psychoanalysis had a low cure rate had been around for a while. But ...
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Does the the US Department of the State regularly send out Passport Surveys to random people?

I recently received a letter in my mail claiming to be from the "United States Department of the State", asking me to fill out a surveyregarding passport services. Full text of the email below (Sorry ...
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Will 1 out 4 women be a victim of domestic violence?

In their newest video the "FCKH8" company claim that: 1 out of 4 women will be the victim of domestic violence Is this indeed the case for women in the US?
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Will Lori Robinson command the largest ever theater of operation for a non-pilot?

The Washington Times claims of Lt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson that The White House has picked the first female general to head the Air Force in the Pacific, which will make her the first non-pilot to ...
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are defaced coins considered legal tender? [closed]

I work at a gas station and a man brought in a coin that was so defaced that you could no longer see a picture on either side but because of it size you could tell what it was but is this type of ...
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Are there any historical records that say Christian colonizers viewed the American Indians as Amalekites?

The Guardian says: The story of Saul and the Amalekites is a case in point. It's not a pretty story, and it is often used by people who don't intend to do pretty things. In the book of 1 Samuel ...
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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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Did 20-30 roving Somalian immigrants threaten to rape a Lake Calhoun, MN resident?

KTSP reported in July 2016: According to a Minneapolis police report, between 20 and 30 young men showed up in front of a woman's house about 9:30 in the morning and "the comments turned to threats....
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Did a Russian Judge meet with Supreme Court Justice Souter?

Context During a Q&A Session at a Case Western Reserve University event, Judge John E Jones III gave an anecdote about Justice David H Souter giving a tour of the Supreme Court to a Russian Judge....
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Did Republicans cut the budget of NIH and CDC in years leading up to Ebola?

The Agenda Project is a US liberal advocacy group, founded by author and strategist, Erica Payne. Payne claims that thousands of deaths overseas due to Ebola, were due to Republican policies towards ...
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Do financial institutions have a legal obligation to reopen a closed account if money is sent to that account? [closed]

This is a follow-up to a question I asked on Money.se: The credit union cited the Automated Clearing House regulations as the reason they reopened my closed account when a third party tried to send ...
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Is McDonald's exempt from the HHS Contraception Mandate?

The President of Eden Foods, a natural and organic food distributor, recently wrote: The exemptions under the Act are illogical, inconsistent, and contributing factors to our lawsuit. For instance, ...
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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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Are Americans besieged by high-crime immigrant communities? [closed]

President Trump's senior policy advisor Stephen Miller just said this in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper: The people that you don't connect with and understand, the people whose manufacturing ...
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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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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, July 19, ...
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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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Is Brian Kemp, Georgia’s Secretary of State, openly suppressing the right to vote? [closed]

I just got an email from vote.org saying the following: Georgia’s Secretary of State [Brian Kemp] put 53,000 brand new voter registration forms “on hold” based on a controversial exact-matching ...
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Do conspiracy theories have an overwhelming tendency to be linked with the USA? [closed]

How many conspiracy theories are related to less globally-influential countries? If it's substantially fewer, could it be because they are not going to attract an audience? It's as if the theorists ...
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Is it true that Hurricane Florence saved lives? [closed]

Someone posted a shower thought on Reddit and it got me wondering: https://www.reddit.com/r/Showerthoughts/comments/9ggbpc/with_17_deaths_in_a_population_of_more_than_525/ I did a bit of research ...
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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 60% of US anti-vaxxers identify as politically liberal? [duplicate]

I found this claim among a survey of anti-vaxxers reported on qz 60% of anti-vaxxers describe their political leaning as liberal: Much of the other profile characterics reported there aren't ...
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Has the American Congress blocked the CDC from studying why guns are so attractive? [duplicate]

I live in Australia. One of the country's most revered radio stations hosts one of the country's most revered scientists in a fun QnA session known as the 'Science Hour'. Listeners phone in with their ...
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“White people” crime? [duplicate]

In US popular culture, it's often asserted that white people are more prone to commit certain types of crime that are "crazy", such as serial murder, child abduction, mass shooting, etc. This is ...
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Are private doctor's consultation fees higher in India than the USA? [closed]

WION TV did a survey regarding the upcoming Modi-Trump meet. SPUD Cost is higher in US when compare to India. From school to college; US people spent more than India. but when it comes to ...
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Can USA's president launch nukes whenever/wherever? [duplicate]

Many people complaining the current (or former) president of USA mention the fact that "he has the ability to launch nukes wherever and whenever he wants", "he has all the launch codes of the nukes", ...
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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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Did Rohnert Park officials justify a police officer pulling a gun because he was being filmed? [closed]

According to one of the comments on this YouTube video of an interaction between a police officer and resident, an investigation concluded that the police officer did nothing wrong. Is that true?
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Do minimum wage laws disproportionally negatively affect African Americans and Hispanics? [duplicate]

I was listening to a podcast, and they said that an increase in minimum wage would disproportionally negatively affect African Americans and Hispanics in the US. The reason being is that when the ...
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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 George Bush take over a year of leave as President? [duplicate]

This image from Facebook claims that "George Bush had America on autopilot for more than a year", followed by a number of presidential vacation days for various American presidents, with the Democrat ...
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Is it true that no indigenous people exercise sovereignty over any part of the Americas? [closed]

I was reading about the Brazilian state of Amazonas when I came across this sentence: "Today, indigenous people do not exercise sovereignty over any part of the New World" - Source: http://en....
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Are U.S. Torture Techniques Tied to MKULTRA Experiments? [closed]

There is an unprecedented amount of information available regarding the "enhanced interrogation techniques" being used to train military personnel on the prisoners of Guantanamo Bay, such as this ...
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Are lax gun laws responsible for the high rate of handgun violence in the United States? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What real evidence is there for the effects of gun control? In the wake of today's horrible tragedy in Connecticut, many say US handgun laws are to blame: If laws ...
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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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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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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 Special Virus-Cancer Program (SVCP) exist?

Rense.com has a 2005 essay describing an AIDS conspiracy theory. In particular, it describes the "Special Virus-Cancer Program": The Virus Cancer Program had it roots in 1964 when Congress provided ...
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Did CDC cover up studies that show a link between Autism and vaccines containing mercury? [duplicate]

Nation of Islam (a black nationalist group) has highlighted the following claim in their official website: Dr. William Thompson, a CDC whistleblower, has charged the agency with dumping studies ...
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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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Is the US debt between 15 and 20 trillion dollars?

www.treasurydirect.gov puts the debt at around $17.3 trillion (this will change, so I'm not putting an exact amount). A related quote from Wikipedia On December 12, 2013, debt held by the public ...
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Have 82 officers been charged for on-duty shootings since 2005?

Multiple news sources ranging from 2 years ago to now, such as CNN, NBC, New York Magazine, PBS, Salon, Vox, and NPR mention that between 2005 and May 2017, around 80 police officers have been charged ...
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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 President Carter state that the United States had developed “an invisible plane”?

The book The Presidents and UFOs: A Secret History from FDR to Obama says: Prior to the 1980 election Carter had stated in a news conference that the U.S. had developed “an invisible plane” which ...
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How many Americans support background checks for person-to-person gun purchases?

I was just watching Bill Maher on HBO and he was commenting on the US Senate bill on gun control that failed recently. He was saying that 90% of Americans "support background checks." I highly doubt ...
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Did Hussam Ayloush tweet that the [US] people want to bring down the [Trump] regime?

Hussam Ayloush is the long-time head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations's LA Office. Daniel Pipes is an America commentator and historian who is the president of the Middle East Forum. ...