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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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Were 48% of American billionaires Jewish in 2014?

Dr. Gerhard Falk, a Jewish American professor of sociology: 48% of American billionaires are Jewish. It is therefore not unreasonable to project that nearly half of the most successful American ...
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Did Chipotle give away free burritos on Feb 8, 2016?

From Chipotle's web-site, I can see they were giving away free burritos. This was apparently due to them being closed for staff meetings on February 8th. Is it a real offer?
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Has the US given more aid to the average Israeli citizen than the average American citizen?

From an article entitled, "U.S. Aid to Israel: What U.S. Taxpayer Should Know", by the Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs, Since 1949 the U.S. has given Israel a total of $83.205 billion. ...
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Is New York City Council considering making public urination legal?

The Political Insider claims According to the article: The left-wingers who run New York City are about to make it 100% legal to urinate in public. Why? Because many blacks and minorities ...
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Can a US veteran who died after their discharge from the service be buried in full military honors?

warning, minor spoilers for the HBO series True Blood... In the 9th episode at the 6th season of True Blood, Life Matters, one of the characters is buried. Can the family of a deceased US veteran ...
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Is there any evidence that laptops in airplanes might be used for terrorist attack?

For some airports in the Middle East passengers are not allowed to bring electronic devices bigger than smartphones into the cabins. According to some news pages (e.g. this article) this ban should be ...
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Does the GRU-43/B “Massive Ordnance Air Blast” weapon cost $US16 million?

I read in the past for the existence of the so called "Mother Of All Bombs" and for some reason I still thought it was a fuel-air or thermobaric bomb. However after the first operational use (here) I ...
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Are John Podesta, a number of pizzerias, and DNC members involved in a child-sex ring? [closed]

Wikipedia explains that: Pizzagate is a debunked conspiracy theory started by an alt-right Twitter account and spread by 4chan users and /r/The_Donald forum on Reddit, which alleged that John ...
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Did CNN claim Richard Spencer likened Jews to soulless golems?

Daily Caller: CNN made a false claim Monday afternoon and various journalists ran wild with it. It all started with a segment on CNN’s The Lead which quoted prominent white nationalist ...
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Is this picture of a man in Colorado Springs nearly being blown away, genuine, or a hoax?

This photo was shared on my Facebook page. The post was from FOX21 News Facebook News Feed (January 9 2017, 5:20pm): Colorado Springs off Cimarron and I-25, this city worker is doing his best not to ...
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Did 50% Americans believe “the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews” in 1964?

Joel Stein wrote an article on Los Angeles Times in which he claims: I have never been so upset by a poll in my life. Only 22% of Americans now believe "the movie and television industries are ...
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Have local/state common law courts been replaced with federal martial/maritime courts in the US?

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: Common ...
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Does illegal immigration in the usa strain social services?

A New York Post opinion piece reported on a survey regarding Republican thoughts and feelings on illegal immigration: Respondents were asked: “What do you think is the biggest challenge illegal ...
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Have unions destroyed the US automobile industry? [closed]

Elon Musk claims that unions have destroyed the US automobile industry: http://labor411.org/411-blog/2056-elon-musk-blasts-labor-unions-they-destroyed-once-great-us-auto-industry But he is not alone,...
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Are New Yorkers lining up in front of gun shops?

Clio Zammatteo is an Italian-American blogger who lives in New York. She recently posted a video (in Italian, as reported by la Repubblica) saying she had left New York because she was scared that ...
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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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Do Super PACs have to report their donors?

According to the Center for Competitive Politics: One major misconception about Super PACs is the incorrect belief that they do not disclose their donors. In fact, all Super PACs are required by ...
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Does the US military use an Xbox 360 controller to control one of their EOD robots?

According to this 2016 gameranx video: The US military actually uses an Xbox 360 controller for EOD robots - which are essentially robots that pick up bombs, or deliver bombs. (EOD stands for ...
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November 4th Antifa Apocalypse? [closed]

Today Fox News ran the headline: Antifa apocalypse? Anarchist group's plan to overthrow Trump 'regime' starts Saturday The rest of the article seems to describe a series of peaceful protests in ...
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Was the investigation of the DNC Email Hack performed by anti-Russian activists?

In his The Savage Nation radio broadcast on February 16, 2017, radio talk show host Michael Savage made four claims to discredit the story that “the Russians” hacked the DNC during this past election. ...
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Are working class individuals 70-80 percent less likely to be accepted as patients by therapists if they are black?

This article claims that a study researching the effect prejudice/racism has on psychiatric treatment found that working class individuals were 70-80% less likely to be accepted as patients by a ...
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Did Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, back pro-Trump group?

A lot of news media are writing about Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, to have backed Nimble America, a pro-Trump group. He would have acknowledged this on Reddit under a pseudonym rather than his ...
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Do international laws require the detention and extradition of suspects?

Barack Obama has said following: My continued expectation is that Russia or other countries that have talked about potentially providing Mr Snowden asylum recognise that they are a part of an ...
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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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Did a rabbit bite Justice David Souter?

In a panel discussion titled HLS in the World | A Conversation with Six Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court [partially transcribed at Harvard At 200: Justices Look Back On Their Law School Days — And ...
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The candidate with the bigger campain budget is allways elected [duplicate]

Hearing a french conference, the speaker told us that it's easy to understand american presidential elections, because the candidate with the highest campain budget allways is choosen. But I can't ...
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Did Elijah Muhammad admit having extramarital affairs with young Nation of Islam secretaries?

The wikipedia entry about Malcolm X says: Sexual misbehavior by Elijah Muhammad Rumors were circulating that Muhammad was conducting extramarital affairs with young Nation secretaries—​​which would ...
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Do states give local governments the power to ban opposing political groups?

This odd claim is presented in a comment thread at the blog Dispatches from the Culture Wars in comment #6 on the linked post. It refers to a city council banning a community group. Seems to me this ...
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Could North Korea sink the USS Carl Vinson? [closed]

North Korean state media said on Sunday the country's forces were "combat-ready to sink" the Carl Vinson. Is North Korea capable of sinking an aircraft carrier with a torpedo? They probably sank a ...
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Are the papers shown by Trump in the 1/11 press conference a genuine sample?

In Donald Trump's press conference on 2016-01-11, he and his lawyer pointed to thousands of sheets of paper in manila folders and identified them as only a portion of the documents he is signing to ...
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Did former president Woodrow Wilson extensively rely on Napoleon Hill's work during the World War?

In the best-selling book Think And Grow Rich, author Napoleon Hill claims that: This secret was extensively used by President Woodrow Wilson, during the World War. It was passed on to every soldier ...
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Is Chinese government using Huawei to spy on the USA and the West? [closed]

A while ago Trump said that the Chinese government uses Chinese tech giant Huawei's telecom network and equipment to spy on the USA and the West. Secretary of state Pompeo also said that Chinse made ...
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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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Is the US constitution based on the religious principles? [closed]

This site makes the claim: https://donotlink.it/N72k Indeed, our second president and co-author of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams, issued a fervent warning to future generations that “...
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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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Did Antifa Exist as a Group in the USA Between 2000 and 2017? [closed]

The first major use of the word "Antifa" in modern times (that I can find) is something on Breitbart from 4/21/2017, claiming that the mayor of Berkeley was a member of an anti-fascist group 'By Any ...
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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 Gina Haspel wanted in Europe? [closed]

In a tweet from Randy Kennedy, then shared on Facebook by Girl du Jour (and then others) it is claimed that President Trump's pick to head the CIA - Gina Haspel - is wanted in Europe for "war crimes". ...
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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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Has net neutrality always been the way the Internet has worked? [closed]

Today FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced a plan that would "repeal the heavy-handed Internet regulations imposed by the Obama Administration and to return to the light-touch framework under which the ...
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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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Is this chart detailing incidences of homocide by race accurate? [duplicate]

I saw this image on social media: It shows a various values at on an unknown scale for incidences of black on white homocide (9.83), white on black homocide (0.77), white on white homocide (10.22) ...
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Did CNN broadcast this “fake news” in 1990? [duplicate]

I came across this footage on youtube. It shows CNN anchor Charles Jaco broadcasting what seems to be a fake news story about the 1990 gulf war, using a stage, fake palms, fake sounds, etc. This ...
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Did the US Army use children to check for IEDs? [closed]

According to Cracked, an ex-intelligence officer claims that US soldiers would throw candy into the streets to have kids check for IEDs. I'm unable to find any evidence for this claim. I could be ...
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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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Did no citizen of countries banned by Trump's executive order kill any american since 1975? [duplicate]

This has been circulating on facebook and twitter: One of the pages that shared it has 4 million subscribers which alone makes it notable. Are both of the numbers correct? Both murders and those ...