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Did President Obama institute immigration restrictions in 2011 that were similar to Trump's Jan 2017 immigration restrictions? [duplicate]

Following Trump's recent executive order restricting movement from seven selected nations, some proponents of Trump's actions point out that in 2011 President Obama instituted similar restrictions on ...
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How dangerous is thiomersal (thimerosal)?

Some people blame the preservative thiomersal in vaccines for all kinds of illnesses, but mainly for autism. As thiomersal is a mercury compound, there is some plausibility in suspecting it may cause ...
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Does the death penalty in California cost more than $300m per execution?

In the talk show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, John Oliver was arguing against the death penalty and showed the following image claiming that the death penalty cost more than $300m per execution ...
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In the USA, is AIDS most prevalent in the gay male population?

Back in the early 1980s, AIDS was originally named Gay-related Immune Deficiency (GRID). Researchers renamed the disease as they became aware of the spread of the disease in other demographics. For ...
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Is a kill switch being considered to shut down the internet?

One of my friends has been particularly upset about this. I will try to track down a serious citation of someone making this claim but have been unable to do so. I believe there is a commission or ...
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Did two Native Americans shipwreck in Holland in 60 B.C.?

According to the book "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong", by James W. Loewen, or at least the online sources (Cracked.com and some sites that I Googled) ...
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Did an experiment show none of 680 Air Force cadets were of “average” size?

Various workshops given by Nielsen-Norman Group in the User Experience field, mention a specific experiment that involved Air Force cadets. The experiment is meant to illustrate the point that there'...
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Did the US spend 7 trillion in the Middle East?

In response to the recent train accident in Washington State, the current President of the United States, Donal Trump, made a claim in a tweet that the US has spent $7 trillion in the Middle East. Is ...
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Did 9/11 lead to many deaths due to car accidents “dwarfing” the attacks themselves?

Well-renowned security expert Bruce Schneier claims that In the months after 9/11, so many people chose to drive instead of fly that the resulting deaths dwarfed the deaths from the terrorist ...
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Did the Mexican Government publish a manual for how to illegally enter the US?

On donaldjtrump.com, Trump writes For many years, Mexico’s leaders have been taking advantage of the United States by using illegal immigration to export the crime and poverty in their own country (...
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Does the United States throw wheat in the ocean to keep the prices high?

In Iran, there is a wide-spread belief that the USA throws extra wheat it produces into the ocean to keep the prices high. The official website for the Iranian presidential office [Persian] quotes ...
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Is Donald Trump forcing the EPA to take down all climate change information?

According to the Independent article Donald Trump orders Environmental Protection Agency to delete all climate change information from its website The Trump administration is forcing the ...
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Drop in IQ due to immigration?

An alt-right web site, "Red Ice" (apparently belonging to Henrik Palmgren), proposes that there's a nearly worldwide decrease in IQ due to immigration. The Red Ice piece apparently originated from unz....
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Is Idaho forcing pastors to conduct same-sex weddings or face penalties?

According to this article from "ADF" and this in the Washington Post, the city of Coeur d'Alene is requiring the Knapps, an ordained couple, to conduct same sex weddings or face penalties for ...
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What is the use of the questions on the US Visa Waiver form?

Whenever I enter the US, I need to fill out a little green form. The front page asks all sorts of reasonable questions: Name, passport number, date of birth, address I plan to be in the US etc. The ...
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Are there 24 empty houses “available” per homeless person in the USA?

I just saw this meme on Facebook: Since this question answered the ratio question, I would like to know if these houses are "available for" those homeless?
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How often are guns used by private citizens in self defense per year in the United States?

According to Wikipedia the numbers reported range from 65 thousand to 2.5 million. I am very skeptical of the 2.5 million figure and in fact I am even skeptical of the 65 thousand figure. This ...
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Do 31 US states give rapist fathers visitation rights?

I saw an image on Facebook that claimed 31 US states allow the fathers of children conceived by rape to have visitation rights to the children. The image linked to an alternet article that listed it ...
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Will there be a mandatory quarantine in the US under the Stafford act starting on Monday March 16? [closed]

I received from a family member a message saying that someone they know sent them the following text. please be advised, within 48-72 hours the president will evoke the Stafford Act. Just got off ...
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Do American foods contain unsafe levels of glyphosate?

I came across the article Monsanto Is Scrambling To Bury This Breaking Story – Don’t Let This Go Unshared! claiming there was an unsafe level of glyphosate in a number of foods. The key claim seems ...
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Have any Ivanka Trump branded products been made in America?

In this video by The Young Turks, Cenk claims that Ivanka That Ivanka does not make one product in America. Not one. She's never made a single product that she's sold in the United States of ...
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Has the flu already killed 20,000 Americans during 2019-20 flu season?

Fox News has this article titled "Flu has killed 20K Americans including 136 children so far [as of March 2020] in this [2019-20] flu season, CDC says". The CDC said that so far this season, 34 ...
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Did Republicans select a nazi, neo-Confederate, pedophile, and pimp as general election candidates?

Post from Facebook Teabonics Reads In the past year, Republicans have selected a Nazi, a neo-Confederate, a pedophile, and a pimp as general election candidates. [Pictures of presumed GOP ...
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Are fully automatic firearms very hard for civilians to obtain in the USA?

In the wake of another horrific mass shooting incident in the USA which appears to have involved an automatic weapon I was surprised the read the following in the Weekly Standard: Automatic rifles, ...
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Does Apple have more cash reserves than the U.S. government?

There are stories like this floating in the internet. Apple is now more liquid than the United States government, the Financial Post reports. As the government struggles to resolve the debt ...
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Is it illegal in the U.S. for legal professionals to answer legal questions on public Internet forums?

A SE moderator said: [I]n the US, at least, legal professionals are not permitted to answer questions on a site like this. It seems odd that a law would prohibit someone who has passed a Bar exam ...
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Is this a genuine 1965 literacy test?

According to the Michigan-based Ferris State University's Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, this is an excerpt of the text of the 1965 Alabama Literacy Test: If it were proposed to join ...
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Do homeschooled kids perform better academically?

"The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests." Brian D. Ray, Ph.D. source I tried finding a primary source for ...
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Did Trump's inauguration draw the largest ever audience to a US inauguration?

Referring to Donald Trump's inauguration, the White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, claimed This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period. Both in person and around the ...
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Were the Japanese suing for peace prior to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

In the United States, it is a widely-held belief that an invasion of the Japanese main islands would have been necessary were it not for the use of atomic bombs (putting aside the question of whether ...
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Could McDonald's pay a $10.10 minimum wage with an increase of only 4¢ per meal?

This caught my eye and seems like powerful statement, if true. WARREN: During my Senate campaign, I ate a number 11 at McDonald’s many, many times a week. I know the price on that. $7.19. According ...
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Did the NYPD use an ambulance to trick protesters into cooperating?

I saw this tumblr post (with over 50,000 notes, so it's notable), which says: Tonight the NYPD tricked protesters into helping them by driving empty ambulances through the crowd. We thought they ...
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Are there “1,071 Proven Cases of Voter Fraud”?

The Heritage Foundation, an American Conservative think tank, has recently published a report listing over a thousand individuals who committed voter fraud: The United States has a long and ...
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Does US governmental advocacy of drinking milk harm African-Americans?

According to a California State University article Milk new symbol of hate?: ... The federal endorsement of milk in American diets contributes to the problem by uncritically pushing people to ...
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Did US prohibit the export of the mere description of a cryptographic algorithm?

A Wikipedia page says that in the US regulations were introduced as part of munitions controls which required licenses to export cryptographic methods (and even their description) What concrete ...
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Did journalist Amber Lyon claim that the US Government paid CNN to control content?

One of my conspiracy theorist friends on Facebook recently linked an article claiming that Amber Lyon was fired from CNN for blowing the whistle on the Obama administration paying CNN to not air ...
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Does increased gun ownership in the US correlate with a reduction in violent crime rates?

This is somewhat of the converse of the question Is Gun Control Effective: A quote of famous musician and gun advocate Ted Nugent has been making the rounds on the Internet again lately: Where you ...
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Will 36,000 people die per year due to the repeal of the ACA?

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders recently tweeted: As Republicans try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they should be reminded every day that 36,000 people will die yearly as a result. (emphasis mine)...
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Do 15,000+ prostitutes travel to the Super Bowl each year in the USA?

There have been several reports that a large number of prostitutes visit the host city of the Super Bowl each year: Prostitutes Plan to Profit Big From Super Bowl Week in South Florida Local ...
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Is the US the only country where anyone can declare their own candidacy for president?

A statement by Robert Reich on Facebook makes the following claim: America is the only democracy in the world where anyone can declare himself or herself a candidate for the presidency. Which makes ...
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Did millions sign up for association health plans after President Trump's executive order?

President Trump just said this in an interview with the New York Times: Now here’s the good news. We’ve created associations, millions of people are joining associations. Millions. That were ...
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Did Snowden reveal that ISIS is a USA-Israel tactic?

This reports claims regarding ISIS which evolved since 2003 assuming erstwhile names like ISI,ISIS and now IS: The former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, has revealed ...
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Does 20% of the population pay 80% of Federal income tax in the US?

I have heard this used in arguments (and even used it myself several times): that 20% of the US population pays 80% of the taxes. But I am starting to wonder if that is statistically accurate. Also, ...
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Have over 1 million people in the US been tested for the coronavirus as of March 30th?

President Donald Trump touted a new coronavirus test that produces results in minutes as opposed to days and announced Monday that more than 1 million Americans have been tested for the disease. ...
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Was the wild west less violent than the current west?

Matt Ridley's latest book has a chapter on the evolution of government, in which he starts by making the startling statement: The truth is that the wild west was without much government, but it was ...
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In California, is water from the north diverted into the Pacific Ocean?

Possibly addressing the Californian wildfires, president Donald Trump claims that in California "water coming from the north" is "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean". Governor Jerry Brown must ...
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Are Americans ignorant about the geography of the world?

Jenny Jinx tweeted (244 retweets, 31 favorites) Seriously, the Czech Republic released a statement to correct stupid Americans. I am so ashamed. Good grief. http://bit.ly/11mROu5 The linked ...
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Have more U.S. senators been arrested for sexual misconduct in bathrooms than trans women?

I just saw this in my Facebook feed, and now I'm curious if it's actually true. Do they actually keep records of this? It seems improbable, just because there are so many more trans women than ...
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Is the total cost of treating the uninsured in emergency rooms more expensive than government-subsidized urgent care would be in the US?

One of the claims I have frequently heard in support of some sort of government intervention in providing health insurance above and beyond Medicare and Medicaid in the US, is that it will reduce the ...
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Did a plane hit the Pentagon on September 11, 2001?

Is it possible that a plane hit the side of the pentagon, but did not even scuff up the grass? There are some claims of other anomalies that don't quite match the idea of a plane hitting there; like ...

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