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Does the average American unwittingly commit three felonies a day?

Harvey Silverglate has written a book, Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent, in which he claims, according to the Amazon blurb: The average professional in this country wakes up ...
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Is Barack Obama a natural born US citizen?

In this Politico Article dated 8/5/10 the results of a poll taken on President Obama are discussed: The poll of 1,018 adults shows 27 percent of Americans believe the president was “probably” ...
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Is the four minute nuclear weapon response time classified information?

In the the final Trump-Clinton presidential debate, Hillary Clinton said: But here's the deal. The bottom line on nuclear weapons is that when the president gives the order, it must be followed. ...
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Does an Executive Order keep JFK murder evidence unavailable until 2039, 2038 or 2017?

Back in 1968, Jim Garrison (New Orleans District Attorney) was interviewed by Johnny Carson about the JFK assassination. During this interview, Jim Garrison mentioned an Executive Order that keeps JFK ...
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Did Obama apologize for the USA using nuclear weapons on Japan?

In the context of Barack Obama's 2016 visit to Japan, this image was made. Obama apologizes to Japan for this [Nuclear mushroom cloud] which was retaliation for this... [Pearl harbor ...
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Did Donald Trump express support for the Iraq war?

Donald Trump claimed in the presidential debates (September 26th 2016) that he had always been against the Iraq war. Most others claim he supported it. Is there documentary evidence of him expressing ...
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Did Hillary Clinton propose to punish flag burners in 2005?

Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) on his popular blog stated this in a post about confirmation bias: Case in point, just yesterday Trump suggested that perhaps flag burners should be punished. That’...
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Do rich companies pay little/no corporate income taxes in the United States?

It's a fairly common "fact" that if you make enough money, that you can hire lawyers who can hide all of your money, so that you end up paying little to no tax. Is this true?
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There isn't "a single case - not one - in which it is clear that a person was executed for a crime he did not commit.”

While reading about recent evidence that casts strong doubt on whether Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas in 2004, was actually guilty I ran across the following statement in the ...
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Did the Trump family change its name from Drumpf to Trump?

According to some media (e.g., International Business Times, Washington Times), the grandfather of Donald Trump, Frederick Trump, was originally called Friedrich Drumpf but changed his name after ...
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Does Germany produce more waste than the US?

According to the German Environment Agency, Germany produced 411 million tons of waste in 2016. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US produced about 260 million US tons (236 ...
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Did a Tesla car collide with a Russian robot?

This story made the rounds in the news: a Tesla car "killed" an autonomous robot in Las Vegas in January 2019. There is some controversy about whether the incident was a real accident or a ...
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Does the United States have more tax preparers than police and firefighters combined?

According to The Economist (May 13th, 2017, print edition, webpage), America has more tax preparers—over 1m, according to a project at George Washington University—than it has police and ...
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Were students “forced to recite 'Allah is the only God'” in Tennessee public schools?

This report claims: STUDENTS FORCED TO RECITE 'ALLAH IS THE ONLY GOD' ... Now, parents of public-school students in Tennessee are protesting assignments that include writing a declaration ...
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Did the CIA sell drugs in the US?

According to Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Gary Webb in his controversial article series The Dark Alliance For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of ...
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Is there a high chance of being raped in US prisons?

If there is anything one takes away about US prisons from television and movies, it is that there is a really high chance of you getting raped in the shower or in some other dark place. Now, I don't ...
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Was Paul Manafort exonerated for the crimes he’s now charged with?

Andrew Napolitano just said this on Fox News regarding the trial of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort: Here’s Manafort’s defense: I was investigated for all this by the government 8 years ago ...
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In the US, are three women killed each day by their male partners?

In 2013, CNN made this claim: Each day - Three or more women are murdered by their boyfriends or husbands on average, according to the American Psychology Association. Indeed, the linked APA ...
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Do [US] states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths?

In his statements on the Umpqua Community College shootings (video), President Obama said We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths. I'm interested to know ...
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Are 10% of food stamps put towards soda?

I just came across a video that was also shared on Facebook, that claims that a recent US Department of Agriculture study found that 10% of food stamp purchases go to soda, or $8.5 billion annually. ...
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Is there a “red shift” in U.S. elections — a significant shift to republican votes between polls and voting? Does this imply fraud?

This questions on Politics SE introduced me to the concept of the red shift. In short, the claim of a red shift boils down to a statistically significant difference between outcome of final exit polls ...
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Do atheists commit far fewer crimes?

According to a post by latimes.com, "How secular family values stack up": Atheists were almost absent from our prison population as of the late 1990s, comprising less than half of 1% of those ...
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Has every U.S. presidential election been won by the campaign with the most money?

According to Russell Brand: Every election in American history has been won by the party with the most money to campaign. Let's assume that he means every presidential election. Has every ...
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Was the Obama administration responsible for the decision to move the UK embassy and the sale of the old location?

President Donald Trump claims that moving the US embassy in the United Kingdom to a different location was a bad decision and a "bad deal". He puts the blame on the Obama administration. Reason I ...
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Are over 20 of the US Navy SEALs who killed Bin Laden now dead?

This is making the rounds on social networks: DID YOU KNOW Over 20 Navy SEALs who (allegedly) "killed" Osama Bin Laden are now dead. Is there any truth to this (today as in 8 May 2015)
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Is it prohibited to marry more than one woman in US?

It's a wide belief between Islamists in my country that in the West, men are not allowed to marry more than one woman even if all parties (both women and the man) accept it, As Islamists view it, ...
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Did Obama say the USA is “no longer a Christian Nation”?

In 2007, did Barrack Obama declare that the USA "was no longer a Christian Nation"? This was in an email asking Christians to band together against Obama.
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You have the right to one phone call when arrested - A Hollywood myth?

(Image Source) According to Cracked.com the "one phone call" rule is a Hollywood invention. They base this on the information this attorney gives: The one phone call is another one of the urban ...
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Does the U.S. President have a red phone?

From a 2010 news article: Obama noted that Medvedev had opened a Twitter account while visiting the company's headquarters in California. "I have one, as well, so we may be able to ...
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Does the owner of the Washington Post have a deal with the CIA worth 600 million dollars?

Jimmy Dore says in this video, Their owner has a 600 million dollar deal with the CIA. Six hundred million dollars, how much is that Jimmy? That's three times what the Washington Post is fucking ...
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Was the original version of the Statue of Liberty of a Black slave?

A few people I know on social media are passing this image around this week. The claim is the original Statue of Liberty was a black women, given to celebrate the end of the Civil War, and the ...
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Did 96% of Hillary Clinton's 2015 charitable donations go to the Clinton Family Foundation?

The Daily Caller reports: Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill deducted $1,042,000 in charitable contributions last year — $1 million of which went to their own family non-profit, the Clinton ...
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Has ESPN removed broadcaster Robert Lee from a game, citing the name of a confederate general?

From Fox News ESPN pulls Asian-American announcer from Virginia football game because he has a Confederate general's name In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Va., ESPN decided to pull ...
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Are obese patients in the US commonly sent to zoos for CT scans?

Nothing like the Daily Mail for raising an eyebrow: The bizarre requests to use CT scanners, normally intended for four-legged animals, at the UK’s leading veterinary college in north London were ...
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Did Donald Trump say that muslims should be visibly marked?

Donald Trump has been reported in the news and over the internet for suggesting that Muslims should wear some visible id or badge of some sort. Raw Story headlined with: Trump crosses the Nazi ...
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Did NASA director Charles Bolden claim that an alien invasion will happen soon?

Russian news site "Federal News Agency" (FAN) today published "Директор NASA заявил, что до вторжения инопланетян осталось несколько месяцев": Директора NASA Чарльза Болдена отправили в отпуск по ...
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Only the US, Liberia and Myanmar are “not metric”?

What’s the actual base of the oft-repeated claim that besides the US only Liberia and Myanmar had not officially/fully/completely/… adopted the metric system? For which definition of “not metric” is ...
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Can a US President's declaration of emergency be overridden by simple majorities of both chambers of Congress?

Jennifer Rubin writes in the Washington Post that: [the US President's] declaration of an emergency can be overridden by a simple majority of both houses Is it true that a presidential declaration ...
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Are there more women in government in Afghanistan than America? [duplicate]

I'm skeptical of this claim: And did he even say that?
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Was a massive case of voter fraud uncovered in Florida?

Dennis Michel Lynch's website has a report that election officials for the Broward County Supervisor of Elections (SOE) in Florida were seen fraudulently filling in absentee votes. An affidavit of ...
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Are atheists barred from holding public office in Texas?

I saw the following claim in B3ta newsletter #574 (possibly NSFW), under "US Postal Service hates Atheists". Awful, but then Atheists are not allowed to hold public office in six US states, ...
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Was JFK's 1960 election win due to fraud?

I found via politics.SE that MRC-owned site Newsbusters claims that: In a discussion of modern electoral fraud, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Monday offered a journalistic admission: She conceded that ...
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Did Bernie Sanders never “earn a steady paycheck” before 40?

There is a meme going around the conservative news sites and aggregators that 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders didn't "earn a steady paycheck" before the age of 40. See, for instance: The ...
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Did the DNC claim in court that it has no obligation to have a fair and impartial primary?

Some supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders have brought a class action case against the Democratic National Committee. They allege that the DNC unfairly favored Hillary Clinton during the Democratic ...
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Do 26% of Americans believe the sun revolves around the Earth?

According to a 2014 NPR poll 26% of Americans believe the sun revolves around the Earth. The survey of 2,200 people in the United States was conducted by the NSF in 2012 and released on Friday at ...
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Are white and non-white police officers equally likely to kill black suspects?

Well, that's the conclusion of a 2018 US study, as reported in the press: "White officers do not kill black suspects at a higher rate compared with nonwhite officers," concludes a research team led ...
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Was there no tax before 1913 in the United States?

This image claims that "Up until 1913 Americans kept all of their earnings". Up until 1913 Americans kept all of their earnings Despite this, America still had schools, roads, colleges, vast ...
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Did Donald Trump get America's GDP growth to 4.2%?

In a recent tweet, Donald Trump wrote: “President Trump would need a magic wand to get to 4% GDP,” stated President Obama. I guess I have a magic wand, 4.2%, and we will do MUCH better than this! ...
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Were many former American slaves put back into virtual slavery after the civil war?

The ACLU has been a critic of the 13th amendment to the US constitution for some time, claiming that the clause that reads that slavery shall not exist "except as a punishment for crime whereof the ...
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Is it against the law to mispronounce Arkansas?

There are many sources that claim that it is illegal to pronounce Arkansas incorrectly and you can be fined for doing so. My favorite law is one designed to get Northerners into trouble. That's ...