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No. As vague as the claim is, there does not appear to be any angle to take in which it is true. Looking at the decades: Wages in the United States increased 4.20 percent in November of 2018 over the same month in the previous year. Wage Growth in the United States averaged 6.21 percent from 1960 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 13.78 percent in ...


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The short answer The study in question (Van Hiel et al. 2019) has been published in a reputable peer-reviewed journal. It presents empirical support for the hypothesis that emotional abilities negatively correlate with right-wing attitudes. This answers the question in the title. The question body also asks about the link between cognitive abilities and ...


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Independently, Pew has discovered that a greater percentage of Democrats believe in astrology than Republicans: They include details on their survey methods. They did provide a definition of astrology in the survey: "that the position of the stars and planets can affect people’s lives". This may rule out people confusing astronomy and astrology. To ...


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It's a vague claim because it doesn't specify over what interval (monthly or yearly), real versus nominal, hourly wages or weekly wages. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 11 January 2019 that: Real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 0.5 percent from November to December and Real average weekly earnings increased ...


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"Guilty of betrayal", which at least implies the person so accused being a traitor. YouTube: I know that my Right Honourable friend will appreciate that in deciding to remain in the customs union, the leader of the opposition is guilty of a shameless U-turn and a betrayal of millions of people who voted 'leave'. Wanting to "betray the people" (also "...


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N-TV has a fact check on the issue. Regarding the "so called NGO" and the offer of 450 for demonstrating: Caspary scheint sich mit seinem Vorwurf auf eine Aktion der Digital-NGO Edri zu beziehen, über die die "Bild am Sonntag" heute folgendes schreibt: "Die internationale Bürgerrechtsorganisation Edri spendierte 'Reisestipendien' nach Brüssel und ...


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No additional funds were spent on his capture beyond the spending already budgeted for 'Diplomatic Protection'. The Diplomatic Protection Group is responsible for the guarding of embassies. The money that was spent trying to apprehend Julian Assange from inside the Ecuadorian Embassy (or rather, waiting for him to come out) was covered by the existing ...


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Yes, back in 2015 a figure of around £11 million was estimated by the Metropolitan Police. This figure represents the total amount of resources allocated to monitoring the embassy for the three years between Assange entering the embassy (June 2012) to April 2015. From The Telegraph in June 2015: The embassy, behind Harrods in Knightsbridge, is watched by ...


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According to Politico: Chuck Schumer calls the wall “medieval.” and according to The Hill, Schumer said: Let me just walk my friends in the House through it. Democrats are not budging on the wall. We favor smart, effective border security, not a medieval wall. A Trump shut down will not convince a single Democrat to support bilking the American ...


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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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Are we talking representative polls by reputable pollsters, or "online polls"? Is being in favor of an impeachment inquiry the same as "wanting Trump impeached"? Lots of wriggle room there. How many Americans want the Bidens investigated? CBS News sees 43% "in favor of further investigation", 29% saying "too soon to say". As per the same article, 55% ...


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If we listen a couple of seconds longer, Coulter specifies that it's about the "fusion GPS story", so it's about the Trump-Russia dossier. Cost of the dossier There are a number of claims out there: $168k paid by Fusion GPS to Orbis/Steel, according to Fusion GPS. This is the money - minus Steels salary and operational costs - that theoretically could ...


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No. House Bill 164 or the "Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2019" has been passed by the House and awaits on a vote by the Senate. It covers several areas guaranteeing the freedom of religious expression. The part closest to the claim is Section 3320.03: No school district board of education...shall prohibit a student from engaging in religious ...


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Bearing in mind subsequent changes (including the 2020 phase-out currently in the works), a 2013 press release by Northrop Grumman said: Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI), a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman, delivered its first F-35 Lightning II center fuselage to Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin at a ceremony held at TAI's facilities in ...


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The Ohio House passed Bill 164 which says: No school district board of education, governing authority of a community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, governing body of a STEM school established under Chapter 3326. of the Revised Code, or board of trustees of a college-preparatory boarding school established under ...


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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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Here are the relevant paragraphs from the intro to the paywalled paper justifying the first line of the abstract: Over the years however, it has been acknowledged that right-wing authoritarianism is only one indicator of right-wing attitudes and that such attitudes can be arranged according to two broad dimensions (see, Duckitt & Sibley, 2009; ...


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The letter is from the Heart and Lung Clinic of Spectrum Health, a healthcare provider based out of Grand Rapids Michigan. It is not from either an insurance provider or a Medicaid group. In other words Spectrum is in the business of providing healthcare (and getting paid for it). It is not deciding who gets - or does not get - money to cover their ...


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The rules vary by state. The majority of states require employers to grant paid time off for workers to vote unless there is a substantial period outside of their normal working hours that they could vote. Vote411.org has a summary of every state's rules. BusinessInsider has a similar summary, claiming that 30 out of 50 states require employers to allow ...


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Politifact.com fact-checked Trumps SotU speech and came to the conclusion that wages do indeed rise in the United States: One common measurement of wages is median usual weekly real earnings for full-time wage and salary workers 16 years and older, an inflation-adjusted figure. During Trump’s presidency, this figure has risen from $351 to $355, an ...


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Both men say that Young held a knife at Boehner's throat, but Young says it was covered. For starters, Tim Alberta wrote the same thing in an article for Politico in 2017, citing Boehner: [Boehner's] heckling once provoked Don Young, an Alaskan himself, to pin Boehner against a wall inside the House chamber and hold a 10-inch knife to his throat. Boehner ...


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The F-35 made by Lockheed Martin is a joint venture by multiple countries; among others, USA, Canada, Italy and Turkey. Turkey was part of the deal and they helped funding the development of the jet. They were expelled from the program after the deal to buy the Russian S-400 missile defense system. Ellen Lord, Pentangon acquisition chief, commenting on the ...


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According to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) One of the most complex structural sections of the aircraft, "F-35A Center Fuselage" is produced by TAI as a second source. Second source means "a company that is licensed to manufacture and sell components originally designed by another company (the first source)"


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In this article by the well-respected Associated Press, we read of a concert that Justice Ginsburg attended Monday night (Feb 4, 2019), her first public appearance since surgery in New York on December 21, 2018. The justice sat in the back of the darkened auditorium at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The National Constitution Center, which ...


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EDIT: after listening to the podcast linked by OP, Mr. Shapiro never says the words claimed by OP, and never says that the subpoenas are illegitimate. It is possible that he linked to the wrong podcast, or it was a comment on the video itself. I've made edits to my answer to reflect this information. Congress has the power to issue subpoenas and has ...


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No. The NYT has a good breakdown of why this claim is inaccurate. Epstein is quoted as saying that the numbers Trump gives are incorrect. The white paper that is the source of the claim Trump is referring to was released in 2017, and in fact states that 2.6 million is the potential number of votes that could be influenced IF Google had actively manipulated ...


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No, they will not. They will receive a 2.6% pay raise as has been reported in several locations, such as the Washington Post, and by the US Department of Defense. Such pay raises are in bills passed by Congress and then either signed by the President or passed over his veto by a sufficient Congressional super majority, like all other U.S. appropriations ...


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Wikipedia has a list of American federal politicians convicted of crimes. This list is broken down first by administration, and then by branch of government. For the executive branch this list has: Trump (1): Michael Flynn Obama (1): David Petraeus G. W. Bush (9): J. Michael Farren Scott Bloch Felipe Sixto Robert E. Coughlin David ...


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The whistleblower's attorneys have denied he or she worked with or for Biden Via ABC News: In a statement, the whistleblower's lawyers say the person has never worked for any political candidate, campaign or party and "spent their entire government career in apolitical, civil servant positions in the Executive Branch." As a career civil servant, it'...


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