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Is the Clinton Foundation currently under investigation?

Marc Lotter, former special assistant to President Trump, just said this to CNN's Erin Burnett in the course of defending President Trump from the fact that the Trump foundation is shutting down after ...
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Was the passport of one of the 9/11 terrorists found, while “nothing else” from the airplane was recovered?

Someone who "believes branches of the U.S government planned 9/11" said that: The passport of one of the terrorists was "found". How is it that this passport survived the crash, while nothing ...
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Did Don Young threaten John Boehner with a 10 inch blade to the throat?

In American Carnage, Tim Alberta's new book, he claims that Don Young (the Republican Congressman from Alaska) threatened John Boehner (then Speaker of the House) with a ten inch blade to the throat ...
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Do death penalty cases cost the state more than life-long imprisonment?

There are some claims on anti-death penalty sites that death penalty (in USA) costs are significantly more then costs of long-time imprisonment. For example : The death penalty is much more ...
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Are Americans ignorant of geography and the world?

The meme of American ignorance in geography and world affairs seems to be pretty common in my experience. But, how much truth is there in it? While I'm inclined to believe that the US population is ...
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Is the US more tolerant of failure than other cultures?

I've come across several sources claiming that the US is more tolerant of trial-and-error than other cultures: (The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb) "American culture encourages the process of ...
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Did the number of U.S. Food & Drug Administration food safety inspections fall from the 1972 to 2006?

Food Inc documentary claims that the number of FDA food safety inspections had fallen from 50,000 in 1972 to 9164 in 2006 and this information is also cited here. However, I cannot find any ...
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Did the FBI plant an informant in the Trump campaign during the Obama administration?

Donald Trump has tweeted allegations of the US's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) planting spies in his 2016 presidential campaign: Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI “SPIED ...
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During the presidential campaign, did Donald Trump say he'd require all Muslims to register in a database? [duplicate]

According to The Hill: "If you force Muslims to register, we will all register as Muslims,” Steinem said during a speech at the Women’s March on Washington, drawing raucous cheers. Trump ...
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In Alabama, if a person is found not guilty of rape, is their accuser assumed to be lying?

jessica a. m. @my2k so the Alabama abortion criminalization bill has an extra tacked onto the end of it wherein, if a woman reports being raped and they find the person she accused not guilty, SHE ...
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Do the majority of Americans take the Noah's ark story from the Bible literally?

From Most Americans take Bible stories literally: An ABC News poll released Sunday found that... ...Sixty percent believe in the story of Noah’s ark and a global flood This claim is often repeated,...
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Is the comeback of measles in the US “largely due to anti-vaxers?”

From CNN: In some recent years, there have been fewer than 100 cases nationwide. But the [measles] virus has made a comeback in other years, including 2019 -- largely due to anti-vaxers, experts ...
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Were the measles outbreaks of this decade caused by people not vaccinating?

There are several movements against vaccinating children in the USA. There were several measles outbreaks in the 2010's. Are they related?
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Did Donald Trump only tell the truth in 22% of his fact-checked statements?

I was reading through post-debate comments made by prominent writers and the such, and came across one who linked the Washington Post (who linked Politifact) in saying that of the statements made by ...
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Was 19 the average age of a combat soldier in Vietnam?

The anti-war song 19 by Paul Hardcastle claims that: In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26... In Vietnam he was 19. Are these figures accurate? I'm more interested in the ...
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Does the Westboro Baptist Church get most of their funding from lawsuits?

The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious for picketing things like funerals and they generate a lot of attention by doing so. A common trend in discussions about the church goes something like: ...
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Is Social Security headed for insolvency?

I can drag up a bunch of different articles either claiming that the US Social Security system is or is not headed for insolvency. The most recent reference to the concept was in a PBS interview with ...
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Does Planned Parenthood impose abortion quotas on its clinics and provide incentives to its workers to meet those quotas?

A recent article in the National Review asserts that Planned Parenthood has long been imposing abortion quotas on its clinics nationwide, incentivizing its workers to convince women to terminate ...
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Did Trump call Belgium a village in Europe?

According to a quote on NDTV from European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Trump said that "Belgium was a village somewhere in Europe". Once Called Belgium A European Village, Donald ...
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Will taxing EU-made cars at 25% invert the US-EU trade deficit? [closed]

Trump claimed at a rally in West Virginia yesterday that taxing European Union cars at 25% would take the 151bn dollars trade deficit (with the EU) and turn it on its head, i.e. into a US surplus of ...
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Do Jews joining the Chicago SlutWalk march have to be anti-Zionist?

Mark Joseph Stern wrote in a Slate article, This Is a Safe Space. No Jews Allowed: Why are some American progressives embracing overt anti-Semitism? ... Are you a Jew in Chicago who’d ...
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Were US crime rates significantly lower in 2011 than in 1992?

While watching this video, it makes the claim at about the 12 minute mark that US crime rates are lower across the board. It then shows a graph that lists various violent crimes with numbers in ...
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Did Obama admit training IS?

In a video, Obama appears to be saying that "We're speeding up training of ISIL forces, including volunteers from Sunni tribes". Is this video genuine or fake?
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Did Elizabeth Warren plagiarize recipes and publish a book called “Pow Wow Chow”?

From the Daily Mall Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is yet again in hot water after new allegations have surfaced that she plagiarized her 'Cherokee' recipes in the book ...
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Why do we not have vehicles that meet or exceed the MPG ratings of vehicles that were available in the 1990s

I'm seeing some conspiracy theories making the rounds which claim that car-manufacturers are intentionally making cars that aren't as fuel efficient as they used to be. They often point to the Geo ...
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In the USA, are there more African American men in prison than in college?

I read in a book that "as the next millennium begins, there are more young black men in prison than in college." Jury Nullification by Clay S Conrad (Kindle edition, Dec 2013 loc: 343). (First ...
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Did a counter-protester at Charlottesville use a spray and lighter after being threatened with a gun and attacked with a flag?

According to Independent Mr Long said: At first it was peaceful protest. Until someone pointed a gun at my head. Then the same person pointed it at my foot and shot the ground. ... Another ...
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Is atheism the fastest growing “religion” in the history of the United States?

First of all, yes, atheism isn't a religion. Taking from the Wikipedia link, atheism is defined as Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist. Penn Jillette ...
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Is this chart of executive branch criminal prosecutions accurate?

I am curious about the accuracy of the numbers quoted. In particular, are the Republican numbers inflated or Democratic numbers deflated? The original source says: The chart below only includes ...
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Has ISIS and Al Qaeda sent out a message telling their terrorists to only attack white people?

Rush Limbaugh stated on the Rush Limbaugh show that ISIS and Al Qaeda sent out a memo to their people saying to not attack minorities, only white people. Their reasoning? If they kill minorities, ...
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Does Planned Parenthood sell the organs of late-term fetuses?

A story has shown up on my news feed claiming "breaking news" that Planned Parenthood harvests organs from late-term abortions. link to blog This is probably the most gut-wrenching story I have ...
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Does getting married prevent violence against women and children?

The American newspaper the Washington Post's PostEverything Op-Ed One way to end violence against women? Married dads. (previously titled "One way to end violence against women? Stop taking lovers and ...
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Did Neomi Rao defend dwarf-tossing?

A recent article about Neomi Rao's nomination to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals claims that Rao has a record of defending dwarf-tossing. Conservatives are discouraging ...
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Did Antifa distribute this pamphlet?

This is the pamphlet I'm talking about: The evil white race must be destroyed! The white racist and their Heeb masters must be purged from the face of the earth! The children of the white ...
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Have Democrats attacked Trump's proposed wall as “medieval”?

In this video President Trump says "They say a wall is medieval, well so is a wheel". The official transcript says: Democrats have refused to listen to the border agents, and they say this is a ...
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Do you have to wait 24 hours before you can report a missing person?

From BuffaloNews.com - Niagara County procedures in place for missing seniors: The sheriff said the department doesn’t wait the usual 24 hours in a missing-persons case when the person being ...
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Did a US court rule that the MMR vaccine causes autism?

The question of whether MMR vaccines cause autism has been addressed already on Skeptics.SE, and then again when new documents came to light. This question is not about rehashing those facts, but is ...
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Did Jews own most of the plantations that deployed slaves in the United States?

In his 1983 book "Jews and Judaism in the United States", Rabbi Marc Raphael said: "in all the American colonies, whether French (Martinique), British, or Dutch, Jewish merchants frequently dominated.”...
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List comparing countries attacked by Iran and the USA accurate?

Is the following infographic's comparison of Iran and the USA accurate? I'm not skeptical of the claim that the USA has attacked a lot of countries, but I am skeptical of the claim that, based on the ...
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In California, does it cost more to send someone to prison than to send them to Stanford?

According to Bernie Sanders' Facebook page: Is this statement true?
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Is this graph of “mass shootings” backed up by reliable data?

There's this graph on the internets: But I was unable to find any sources of the data. Most of the sites that present the graph seem to be politically oriented. Is this backed by any hard data?
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Does the US rank worse than other developed countries in infant mortality mostly because of differences in the definition of “infant mortality”?

Wasn't sure how to phrase that title, but in a comment on this article, someone stated that The US ranks 30th in child birth mortality; 30th, not 5th or even 7th, 30th, behind most of Europe, ...
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Have only 5% of U.S. inmates received a trial?

According to this article, 95% of inmates in the U.S. have never received a trial, choosing a plea bargain to avoid potentially punitive sentencing if found guilty. The reality is that almost no ...
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Are secular/atheist adults less vengeful, nationalistic, militaristic, authoritarian and more tolerant?

From: How secular family values stack up Many psychological studies show that secular grownups tend to be less vengeful, less nationalistic, less militaristic, less authoritarian and more tolerant, ...
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Does healthcare.gov contain 500 million lines of code?

I just saw an infographic comparing the size of various programs in lines of code, the largest one of those being the healthcare.gov site at 500 million lines of code. The source they used seems to be ...
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Is college worth the cost for most Americans?

A recent Pew survey found: A majority of Americans (57%) say the higher education system in the United States fails to provide students with good value for the money they and their families spend. ...
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Did Ed Trice force the rescoring of a national standardized math test?

"What's the largest number you can represent with 3 digits? Nope. It's not 999." is the title of a LinkedIn blog post by Ed Trice of Lightning Cloud Computing. Since its publication on 16 March 2016 ...
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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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Did an American kindergarten teach children the alphabet using corporate logos?

On Reddit, Facebook and elsewhere, a picture went mildly viral claiming that in the USA, a kindergarten is using corporate logos to teach the alphabet: The posts or their comments do not include any ...
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Are white people more likely to commit mass murder in the United States?

There have been several claims in the media that white men are more likely to commit mass murders. I've seen rather strong evidence that the vast majority of these crimes are committed by men, so I ...

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