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Was the 16th Amendment (income tax) improperly ratified?

Bill Benson released The Law that Never Was in 1985, which "claims that the Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, commonly known as the income tax amendment, was never properly ...
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Were these photos of presidential inauguration crowds taken at the times claimed on the photos?

This image from Vox compares the crowds at Trump's inauguration to the crowds at Obama's 2009 inauguration. These photos have times in the corner, 11:04 for Trump's. Were both these photos taken at ...
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Have prior U.S. Presidents used executive actions to change immigration policy

I only caught 2 seconds of it on the TV news, but I heard President Obama claim that what he was doing with respect to Immigration Policy was not novel and in fact X-number of prior presidents had ...
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Has anyone noteworthy given up their US citizenship to escape taxation?

I've heard it said that a US citizen can escape paying US income taxes by giving up their citizenship and living in a foreign country (presumably, somewhere that has lower taxes or perhaps where a ...
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Will the Republican tax plan cost Donald Trump “a fortune”?

In this video (Donald Trump in St. Charles, MO - Youtube), Donald Trump says the Republican tax plan is going to "cost him a fortune, believe me" (1:30). This is going to cost me a fortune, this ...
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Does Trump spend $10m/month travelling compared to Obama's $1m/month?

The following graphic has been making the rounds in Reddit and other locations: The graphic cites The Washington Post as its source. Essentially, it is a infographic based on two figures: That ...
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Are more people accidentally killed by doctors than accidentally killed by guns and traffic combined?

The actual claim is something like this The top five causes of death in the United States, in order, are tobacco, alcohol, medical malpractice, traffic and firearms. According to JAMA, doctors ...
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Did Lyndon Johnson have an amphibious car?

I came across an info graphic that says that former U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson had an amphibious car and would drive guests into the lake while screaming about the brakes. Is this true?
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Are Fox News viewers more likely to believe misinformation than viewers of other news outlets?

Huffington Post writes: Fox News viewers are much more likely than others to believe false information about American politics, a new study concludes. The study, conducted by the University of ...
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Was there a study finding that being an atheist is viewed on the level of being a rapist in the US?

In the newest episode of Q&A (which was broadcast on Monday, 29 June 2015), a theoretical physicist and cosmologist named Lawrence Krauss from America, made this statement/comment. There's been ...
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Did a cop get fired after stopping police abuse?

From https://twitter.com/PolicePoliceACP/status/546020531665772544 (1754 retweets, 705 favorites) Cop Stops Cop From Choking a Handcuffed Man, She Was Then Beaten/Fired Read more >> http://bit....
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Was this image used in an anti-rape advertising campaign?

I saw an "advertisement" make the rounds on Facebook, which reads: Jake was drunk. Josie was drunk. Jake and Josie hooked up. Josie could NOT consent. The next day Jake was charged with RAPE. ...
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Did Fidel Castro ever say “I will not die until America is destroyed”

A massively popular tweet (50k retweets) by Ryan Holmquist quotes Fidel Castro It reads, Castro: I will not die until America is destroyed Trump: I'm gonna be the president Castro: well ...
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Do full-time working women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns?

The White House claims that: On average, full-time working women earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. Is it the case?
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Have more US veterans taken their own life in the last six years than died in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Is this claim by Jill Stein accurate? I'm assuming that she's referring to US veterans, both for the suicide rate and the combined death rate in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Is every elected US president related to George Washington?

According to a post on Slashdot: Every single elected president - INCLUDING Barack Obama, has a genealogy related to President George Washington. Note I did say Elected President. Gerald ...
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If comparing white populations, does the U.S. have the same murder rate as Belgium?

Ann Coulter recently made the following claim on the FOX News show 'Hannity': On the gun crimes, we keep hearing how low they are in Europe, and oh, they're so low, and they have no guns. If you ...
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Did Senator Biden deny that FBI investigations can add anything to the SCOTUS confirmation process?

On September 27, 2018 at the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, during his opening remarks, Senator Grassley claimed that FBI investigations can add nothing to Senate confirmation hearings and ...
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Do lower income workers tend to vote Republican?

It's election season in the United States and something that you tend to hear from domestic and international pundits is that: Lower income workers tend to vote Republican... which also tends to ...
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Is Mexico one of the “highest crime Nations in the world”?

Recently, an often-shared tweet claimed: With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other. I have a bit of ...
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Do Republican legislatures tend to relax gun laws after mass shootings?

The Economist says the following in an article on recent mass shootings in the USA which discusses the evidence that restrictions on gun ownership reduce deaths: ...a mass shooting leads to a 75% ...
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Is this comparison of wedge tailed eagles and bald eagles accurate?

From https://twitter.com/dannolan/status/665409197685764096 (408 RTs, 495 likes), though another comparison between the two exists in Australian Popular Science [US flag, picture of American Bald ...
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Did 9% of the US population decide our presidential nominees are going to be Clinton and Trump?

I was watching a Last Week Tonight video on the 2016 DNC and saw this YouTube comment with 600 votes: 9% of the us population decided our presidential nominees are going to be Clinton and Trump. ...
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Is the pharmaceutical industry the most profitable business in the United States?

The Russia Today article Pharmageddon: America’s bitter pill claims The pharmaceutical industry remains the most profitable business in the US. More success and financial gain for the companies ...
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Did the US government spend millions of dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly?

According to this site, "Washington is spending $2.6 million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job." Is this true, and, if so, what program are they referencing?
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Were international travellers kept waiting in densely packed queues at US airports due to COVID-19 screenings?

There are several claims online that international travelers returning from Europe were kept waiting in densely packed queues at JKF and O'Hare airports, due to COVID-19 screenings, on the weekend of ...
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Is sexual assualt considered a pre-existing condition in the new US Health Care plan?

I've seen multiple news sites and tweets claiming that the new United States health care plan lists some really odd 'conditions' as valid pre-existing conditions (reasons for an insurer to deny ...
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Did Allied forces use chemical weapons in Okinawa during World War II?

A Japanese friend of mine claimed that Allied forces used poisonous gas during the Battle of Okinawa. I asked for a link to such a claim, and got a link to this section of the Japanese language ...
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Did the United States annual free tax credits paid to illegal immigrants quadruple to 4.2 billion in 2011?

In Donald Trump's Immigration Policy for the 2016 US Presidential Election campaign, he claims: The costs for the United States have been extraordinary: U.S. taxpayers have been asked to pick up ...
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Did the Trump administration issue a blackout to the EPA?

According to this article Sean Spicer, White House Spokesperson says: “They haven’t been directed by us to do anything” According to this AP report: The Trump administration has instituted a ...
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Were lawn jockey statues used to indicate stops on the Underground Railroad?

Ran into the following meme on Facebook, accompanied by a picture of one of the lawn jockey statues. They credit it to http://www.ugrrf.org/ (although I can't find that text on their site): A lot ...
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Do most black scientists come from non elite-universities?

According to Vice News, Supreme Court Justice Scalia repeated a claim from one of the briefs: "Most of the black scientists in this country do not come from the most advanced schools," Scalia said, ...
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Were Native Americans given blankets intentionally contaminated with smallpox?

I saw a video posted on Facebook where Wendell Pierce accused white men of intentionally infecting natives with smallpox by giving them infected blankets. A cursory read of this paper published by ...
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Does a customer have the legal right to receive change in whatever denomination they want if the cashier can cover it?

I am a cashier at a gas station in California and I recently had a customer put me in this situation. They prepaid for $50 in gas with a fifty dollar bill and filled their car. They had $19 in ...
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Was Iran Air Flight 655 shot down by mistake?

Iran Air Flight 655 is allegedly a case of "mistaken identity". Is it possible for AEGIS with most advanced radar system ever put on a ship, not to be able tell a difference between an F-14 and ...
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Was the US nuclear missle launch code set to 00000000 for 15 years of the cold war?

Drudge Report had a headline on 12-1-2013 that claimed that the PAL security protocol was illegally bypassed from 1962 through 1977 by setting the launch code to 00000000 on all minutemen missiles. ...
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Did Hillary Clinton admit in her memoirs to creating ISIS?

The Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Khamenei claimed in a speech posted on his official website that: Some Americans have confessed in their own memoirs [including Hillary Clinton's memoirs] ...
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How often do law enforcement authorities commandeer civilian transportation?

You've seen the movies: the cop-action-hero's car blows up and he is forced to bust out his gun and his badge and commandeer a civilian's vehicle for transportation. How often does this actually ...
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Are annual female rape and male “made to penetrate” rates similar in the US?

In the 2010 Summary Report of the CDC's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, there are two figures that are surprisingly similar: In Table 2.1, they claim the 12-month weighted rate ...
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Is $77/week the weekly budget for a minimum wage worker?

This is based on this question on Politics.SE. There's currently a "Live the Wage Challenge" which a former governor and several congresspeople are publicly doing (abcnews, politico). The challenge ...
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Is 90% of media in the USA controlled by six companies?

(source: wordpress.com) Are the claims made in this graphic accurate? the source cited was a book (The Media Monopoly by Ben H. Bagdikian), but I have no convenient way of obtaining it legally at ...
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Have the NSA spying programs stopped any terrorist attacks? [closed]

The government claims that these security programs are necessary for our safety, and have cited over 50 examples wherein terrorist plots were discovered and stopped due to this surveillance. However, ...
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Is the U.S. Tea Party astroturf or a genuine grassroots movement?

According to The Wikipedia article on the United States Tea Party movement (emphasis mine), TeaParty.org defines the Tea Party as "a grassroots movement that calls awareness to any issue which ...
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Did Mueller indict a Russian company that didn't exist?

Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza just tweeted this: Is Mueller this dumb? Or does he think the press is too dumb to notice he indicted a Russian company that doesn’t even exist? This is a ...
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Did the Obama Administration only complain about Russian hacking after the election?

On December 15th, 2016 Donald Trump tweeted: "If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?" Did the ...
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Does the US Federal Government want to cut down and burn trees on a property to protect an extinct frog?

Edward Poitevent made a claim on the Tucker Carlson show that the government wants to take his land in Louisiana without paying, cut down all trees and burn it in the name of protecting an extinct ...
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Was the date for the 9/11 attack chosen to be the same as the emergency number in the U.S. (911)?

Many sites on the internet cite this coincidence as ether a prof to a conspiracy by the gov. or a message that the terrorists wanted to pass to the American People. Here are just some exmples from ...
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Do small businesses create the majority of the jobs in America?

Do small businesses create the majority of the jobs in the United States? I guess it would depend on one's definition of small business, but stipulating that the definition is the one used by ...
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Has income tax been found unconstitutional by a court?

Someone told me that there are people who claim that the income tax, and by extension the IRS, is unconstitutional, and that some have won in court using this argument. Is this true? An example of a ...
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Did Japanese people misspell “We pray for MacArthur's election”?

The Internet is full of references to the same story: It was probably in 1946, when Gen. Douglas MacArthur was temporarily put in charge of running Japan, which was in tough shape after ...

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