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As for the challenged claim, that is a qualified yes (Michelle's staff was larger than Melania's, but not by that much, and there were reasons for it). The Hill writes in an article dated October 2017: Melania Trump has a smaller group of aides compared to her predecessor, Michelle Obama, according to the news outlet's analysis of White House personnel ...


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The full report (downloaded from link in question) talks about methodology on page 8. They compare various assets and debts of different ethnic groups and use these values to calculate net worth for the groups. These values were determined by surveying different communities. For the NASCC project in general, about 70,000 personalized advanced letters were ...


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According to Truth Or Fiction As for the liquid in the bottle, it is most likely a disinfecting solution such as Betadine (povidone-iodine, which can appear deep orange or red) or a treatment to hasten clotting pulled from what appears to be a belt trauma kit, hurriedly applied to an officer’s wounded arm while both men were standing behind a car door in ...


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The last three numbers seem to be based on the same data as this Common Dreams article: $870 for Corporate Tax Subsidies We've heard a lot about tax avoidance and tax breaks for the super-rich. With regard to corporations alone, the Tax Foundation has concluded that their "special tax provisions" cost taxpayers over $100 billion per year, or $...


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This claim dates back to July 2018, and is based on a report from 1 July 2017, less than a month after Melania became the First Lady. Snopes fact-checked it and explains that it is misleading: Does Melania Trump have a smaller staff than Michelle Obama? Yes, but the disparity is smaller than alleged. They explain that, comparing like-to-like, Melania ...


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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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Two years later, in November 2017, there were numerous media reports of another man "arrested for manspreading". https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Arrest-Subway-Manspreader-Punches-Woman-in-Face-458512763.html https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/11/18/police-brooklyn-man-arrested-in-manspreading-assault-on-the-subway/ https://abc7ny.com/man-arrested-...


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It might not be possible to answer this question. The 1/3 value might be accurate, but it isn't, and can't be, precise. Psychology Today says: Among youth who identify as sexual minorities, the likelihood of death by suicide has been estimated to be two to seven times greater than the likelihood of death by suicide among heterosexual youth (Haas et al., ...


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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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Politifact rated the claim "False" on 19 August 2019. Politifact examined the claim, reaching out to both the author of the paper and other researchers. From Robert Epstein himself - We reached out to Epstein to ask if he took issue with how Trump characterized his findings. "I sure do," said Epstein, who supported Clinton in 2016. "I have never ...


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This answer was written before the question underwent some drastic changes, and the title changed to essentially ask whether Russians were among those terrorists who were eliminated in the Battle of Khasham. Originally, the OP was confused about 2019 vs. 2018, and this was the problem this answer addressed. The battle in question has occurred on 7 February ...


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I wasn't going to answer, but since a lot of the discussion has been about the statistical aspects and I have some background in that, maybe I can add something here. TLDR: The study doesn't give enough detail to fully assess the methods, but what I can see is consistent with what I'd expect from a decent survey. (That is: I'm not saying it's right, but I ...


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According to ‘Manspreading’ tickets down 12 percent As of Sunday [28 May 2015], [New York, NY] cops had issued 1,430 violations to people who broke the MTA’s rules by occupying more than one seat and interfering with other passengers’ comfort. There were 1,625 summonses given out over the same period last year, authorities said. Section 1050.7(j) ...


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The answer is somewhat trivial, but YES. The way one government typically "finances" other governments in modern world is by one countries' government (usually via its finance ministry) purchasing sovereign debt issued by the second country. As per US Department of Treasury, China increased its holdings of US Treasuries by a large amount, consistently, ...


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The existing answer covers the details of the associated study so I won't rehash that all here; the question already covers the main result as well and is mostly asking about methodology. Sample size and significance In the comments there is a long discussion about sample size. As discussed in those comments, the sample size is not particularly large, but ...


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