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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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The claim grossly misrepresents the details of the law TL;DR $50,000 is the maximum amount someone could be liable for due to egregious and repeated discrimination on account of gender identity, and the situation described in the claim is extremely unlikely to qualify. First things first: this answer is predicated on the assumption that a "No" result on ...


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The IRS has a section of their website, The Truth About Frivolous Tax Arguments dedicated to explaining the flaws of popular incorrect arguments of why taxes don't have to be paid. Specifically, it says: The requirement to pay taxes is not voluntary. Section 1 of the Internal Revenue Code clearly imposes a tax on the taxable income of individuals, ...


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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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No it is not true. The Sixteenth Amendment was adopted in 1913, so taxes not apportioned to states are constitutional. US Code 26 Subtitle A is the relevant law. The quoted text seems to allude to a number of arguments that income tax does not need to be paid. The IRS has a page refuting frivolous tax arguments, and anyone contemplating trying to claim that ...


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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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According to The Iniquity of Leasing Convict Labor Engineering Magazine September 1891, pages 749-757: The convict lease system exists in all the Southern States, with the exception of Maryland and Delaware. ... composed almost wholly of the freedmen fresh from slavery and the tremendous and, to them, wonderful results of the greatest civil war in ...


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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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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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The word "many" here, being part of the OP's question title, is important, and the relative numbers as reported by DavePHD in his answer already addresses this part of the question. As to the whole statement, I would argue that, with "many" being understood as a relative word, the ACLU's statement is "a fair assessment of the historical records." The core ...


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Let me take a different tack on this. The statement as presented, There is no law which requires the average American worker (in the private sector) to pay a direct unapportioned tax on their labor and compensation, or services. is exactly (in a larger sense) correct, but this larger sense does not help the speaker. The 16th amendment specifically ...


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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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According to Justice Department guidelines federal and state courts that receive federal financial assistance only have to "take reasonable steps" to accommodate lingual needs: The Supreme Court has affirmed that the Title VI prohibition against national origin discrimination includes discrimination against [limited English proficient] individuals on the ...


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Yes. There is the potential to incur quite hefty fines, penalties or even imprisonment – but that depends on several circumstances, like intent etc. These laws were enacted because of the symbolim attached to the bird. As can be read on the Wikipedia page, the bald eagle was considered endangered as a species, primarily by DDT and then shootings. On ...


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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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I don't have overall numbers, but I do have at least one good example: Desde la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública municipal emergió José Daniel Rivera García, (a) “Zafiro”, sicario de “Los Zetas”, quien se mantuvo asignado en la Zona Hotelera como encargado de los operativos y patrullajes policíacos. Ahora se sabe su doble función porque él es uno de los 9 ...


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There was more involved according to the US Department of Justice. “As alleged in the indictment, the defendants engaged in an elaborate multi-year scheme to defraud the investing public of millions of dollars through deceit and manipulative stock trading, and then worked to launder the fraudulent proceeds through off-shore bank accounts and the art ...


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It's never really going to be possible to completely prove or disprove this as the supposed date is around 800 years ago but I would say with reasonable certainty this is a myth. Lady Godiva was a real person and was talked about in literature from the time for her charitable nature and large donations to the church. Contemporary Accounts of her life note ...


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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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In the bold portion above, the ACLU claims that "convict leasing" was done immediately after the civil war, was used to target and enslave black Americans, and was prevalent. Is this a fair assessment of the historical records? First off, I'm not sure how to quantify "prevalent." Did it happen? Yes. Here are some details for two states, Mississippi and ...


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From the Wikipedia article on this film, The film has been criticized for its promotion of conspiracy theories, its copious factual errors, and its repeated misrepresentations of the individuals and views it purports to criticize. More to the point, further on the same Wikipedia article notes One of the listed stars of the film, Irwin Schiff, was ...


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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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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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