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When Bernie Sanders claimed Amazon didn't pay federal income taxes in 2017, Snopes wrote a helpful article: In regards to U.S. federal income taxes, the claim that Amazon paid none in 2017 is almost certainly factual. While Amazon’s tax filings are not public, their SEC filing for the year 2017 illustrates that the company used the tax code expertly (and ...


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According to this article (French), there has never been such a law in French codes, but the rumor is persistent over time. It seems that it all come from the censorship of George Orwell's Animal Farm, censored for its first publication in France in 1947; the pig originally named Napoléon was finally renamed Cesar. In 1945, an Englishman, George Orwell, ...


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No, Peterson is wrong on all points Quick background: Jordan Peterson is employed at the University of Toronto, in Ontario. This is important because that determines which laws he operates under in his employment at the university. On to the claim... The claim by Peterson is two-fold. First it mentions Canada, and then "English Common Law", a kind of a ...


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Yes and/or no From US Code Chapter 34: National Emergencies §1622. National emergencies (a) Termination methods Any national emergency declared by the President in accordance with this subchapter shall terminate if— (1) there is enacted into law a joint resolution terminating the emergency; or (2) the President issues a proclamation ...


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The claim is a little disingenuous, because it introduces a false equivalence between the existence of an open investigation without conclusions, and an investigation by authorities that led to a lawsuit that led to the Donald J. Trump Foundation dissolving. After all, anyone can conduct an investigation (below you will see mention of "bounty hunters" ...


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No. The more I read this claim, the more and more messier I realize it is. The Tweet claims several things: There is a law in Alabama about false accusation of rape. That law states that if a person is found not guilty of rape, the accuser is sent to jail. The law was part of the anti-abortion bill passed in Alabama this past spring. Only the first of ...


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Is it true that a presidential declaration of emergency in the US can be overridden by simple majorities of both houses, i.e. the US House of Representatives and the US Senate? In theory, yes. In practice, probably not. In theory, the President could agree with Congress that the emergency is over. In practice, the President would likely object the ...


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No, this is not a law on the books in Pennsylvania. Early in the 20th century, when cars were louder, less regulated in right of way, and comingled with horse drawn carriages, a group of farmers (calling themselves FAAS, Farmers Anti-Automobile Society) assembled to draft proposed legislation that would prevent cars from spooking horses. One of these ...


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Summary: There is no punishment for a woman having an abortion. The maximum punishment for a doctor performing an abortion is the same as the maximum punishment for a rapist. According to the BBC, a woman in Alabama suffers no legal repercussions for seeking, or having, an abortion: A woman who has an abortion would not be held criminally liable however,...


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Yes (and no) Jordan Peterson's main premise is that he should not be forced to use pronouns he sees as ideological - see his interview on The Joe Rogan Experience. In this interview on LBC, he explains that since Bill C-16 would be interpreted in line with the Ontario Human Rights Code (see below) and that clearly states use of "contentious" pronouns he ...


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Yes, this looks like the story Video shows woman shooting at burglars during Gwinnett home invasion: Surveillance video from inside the home shows the Gwinnett County woman rush from her bedroom and then unloads all her bullets on the three men who kicked in her front door. [...] As they exchange fire with drywall debris clouding the dark home, the ...


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No, this didn't happen, but Murray could be forgiven for misremembering an inaccurate story in the New York Times. Murray is referring to the following NYT story: Iran Exonerates Six Who Killed in Islam’s Name -- April 19, 2007 The Iranian Supreme Court has overturned the murder convictions of six members of a prestigious state militia who killed ...


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As far as I can tell all the articles refer back to Fair Trials, a real charity with a focus on access to fair trials around the world. Their original article as far as I can tell is not on their website anymore but can be found at archive.org: https://web.archive.org/web/20160602220644/https://www.fairtrials.org/press/charity-issues-urgent-warning-to-all-...


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Yes. For the purpose of this claim, Peterson is right on "compelled speech". But also no, for the purpose of this claim, Peterson is not right for "new" or "first time". Note that the claim as currently framed does not include actual punishment, whether it would be the direct result, an unintended consequence or aggravating factor in connection with other ...


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Yes and no. APPEAL - To be clear, he cannot appeal his conviction or sentence as he plead guilty and agreed to the sentence. So just rule out an appeal reduction of his sentence. So I guess you are off-base in your logic. "Once you have entered a guilty plea, the judge will convict you based on your own admissions, and you will ordinarily have no ...


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Crime went up until around 1991 and then began sort of a long, slow, steady decline that's continued through pretty much to today. There's no real indication that it went down any faster after the bill was passed. The bill did not raise incarceration, but it also did not reduce crime. Its impact on both was fairly minimal. The crime bill increased the ...


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According to the University of Cologne in Germany, the claim is not false for the time from the Russian Revolution until 1958. It is not entirely clear though if the claim is true for this time. It is fair to say, though, that the claim is false at least from 1958 onwards. The principal is known as "nulla crimen sine lege" (no crime without law). So, as I ...


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Comey testified that the FBI was investigating Flynn, Manafort, Page, and Papadopoulos, however the FBI application for a FISA wiretap was turned down and they were told to narrow the focus. A later attempt was granted. Page is the only American to have had his communications directly targeted with a FISA warrant in 2016 as part of the Russia probe, ...


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It would help to see the text of the interview, or at least a clear statement of the claim. Your phrasing "He claims that would have caused hundreds thousands of deaths (not clear, US or worldwide)." is ambiguous as to what "it" refers to, and you phrased it as a counterfactual (something that didn't happen), but if "it" refers to "The government taking ten ...


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The other good answers are based upon the assumption that the President's authority to declare a national emergency solely derives from law, rather than directly from the constitution. Prior to the existence of the National Emergencies Act (1976), presidents already declared national emergencies. For example 27 May 1941 Roosevelt issued a PROCLAMATION ...


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Thanks to Laurel's answer we can check fact what happened and see if that did happen or not. Home invasions involving three armed assailants seem pretty rare in America, unless it's gang or mob violence. It seems more common for one financially-desperate person to go on a solo robbery, target unlocked homes, and give-up if the homes prove to be occupied. ...


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With the appropriate licence or legal right to hunt them, it's legal to harvest bears; there's nothing saying that the animal has to be awake to do so (see Alaska hunting regulations). I'm not aware of any hunting regulation anywhere, Alaska or otherwise, that says an animal has to be awake before you can kill it legally. There are regulations regarding ...


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No, in the 26 April 1832 Die Zeit, in some kind of discussion of a German constitution that I don't fully understand, the following is put in quotation marks as a pre-existing concept: "Alles ist verboten was nicht erlaubt ist"


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Yes, and people have already been jailed for refusing to do so Whilst other answers focus on the legal interpretation, there are a number of real world cases where this has occurred. Activist refused police demands for password, faces jail "Airport Police Demanded an Activist’s Passwords. He Refused. Now He Faces Prison in the U.K" "The officers asked ...


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I don't have the source of a quote, but original sounds something like the following half-joke: In America everything that is not prohibited, is allowed. In USSR everything that's not allowed, is prohibited. This joke aims to highlight highly integrated political and regulatory system in the Soviet countries. This is also now called "vertical power ...


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Yes, they did. It was confirmed today by Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec. Here is what this CNN article says: The Office of Legal Counsel later said the complaint could be looked at as a possible criminal matter, sending it along to the department's Criminal Division, according to a legal memo released Wednesday. Around the same time, ...


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