Paul Draper
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Has the Trump administration revoked these listed LGBT protections?
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Jan - mostly true Feb - true Mar - somewhat true Apr - mostly false Jul - true Jan, removed all content on LGBT civil rights from whitehouse.gov website: mostly true This is rather misleading as ...

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Has the US COVID-19 lockdown resulted in more years of life lost than COVID-19 itself?
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Probably yes The authors did a great job of citing sources and, except for underestimating COVID-19 years lost, the math largely checks out. The obvious caveat is these figures are extrapolations; ...

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Does the President of the United States have the ability to deploy nuclear weapons at will?
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Essentially, yes. The decision is technically solely up to the President. Of course, he does not personally perform the launch; there are other people in the chain of command following his orders. The ...

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Did Ohio pass a law granting students the right to give scientifically wrong answers consistent with their religious beliefs?
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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 ...

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Did Bernie Sanders never "earn a steady paycheck" before 40?
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Probably true There is leeway in what "steady paycheck" means, but the common interpretation would be a consistent (1 yr+) full-time employment or profitable business, that is sufficient on ...

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Has Trump, as of January 2020, used military force less than any other president since Jimmy Carter?
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20 votes

Yes by some measure; no by others Operations Wikipedia maintains a list of U.S. military operations. Obviously not all "operations" are of equal size, but initiating fewer military actions is a ...

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Is there more police brutality in cities controlled by the Democratic party?
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Yes It's not a very technical or precise claim, but its essence is factually sound. Using the common measure for "police brutality" as police killings,* a large majority of the cities with ...

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Did 80% of middle class families' tax burden decrease in 2018 because of Trump's tax cuts?
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Yes Tax Policy Center reports across all income levels: About 65 percent of households paid less in individual income taxes in 2018 as a result of the TCJA. About 6 percent paid more. The rest paid ...

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Did Secretary Clinton suggest killing Julian Assange with a drone strike?
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Probably not The claim has never been independently made outside of True Pundit, and it cited anonymous State Department sources. Clinton claims not remembering saying that. I don't recall any ...

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Is every elected US president related to George Washington?
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Probably correct, but not certainly not surprising If it is indeed extraordinary I am skeptical of the source. The source is reliable and the event is not extraordinary. Like many other sites ...

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Are environmentalists largely responsible for Californian forest fires?
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Mostly true First, your title somewhat overstates Reason's claim in the article "Bad Policies Fuel Fires", which is that "[politicians] and environmentalists increased the risk of big ...

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Does illegal immigration change the U.S. electorate as claimed by Larry Elder?
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True, and not just in the ways that you think Does illegal immigration really change the electorate? What is the time between an illegal immigrant enters the country and their gaining the right to ...

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Did George W. Bush spend 32% of his presidency vacationing, versus Barack Obama's 5.2%?
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Mostly correct There is no date on when the claim was for or when it was made, so it is impossible to know if the Obama percentage is correct at whatever time its author made them. But based on the ...

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Have there been no long lines or price hikes for gas in the eastern US?
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No Comments about the article made me revisit this. The text in the tweet (at least about long lines) did appear in the original New York Times article on May 10. Since the pipeline shutdown, there ...

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Did Bill Barr attempt to visit Ghislaine Maxwell the day she was arrested?
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No Other instances of claims There are some additional tweets, though both after yours: Barr visited Maxwell in jail this morning. https://twitter.com/AdamECohen/status/1278885217323941888 [deleted] ...

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Do more Americans want the Bidens investigated than Trump impeached?
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Possibily The nature of this claim is very temporal; so I've limited it to polls in near proximity to Oct 7. CBS News, published Sep 29 Monmouth, published Oct 1 IBD/TIPP, published Oct 4 USA Today/...

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Is it, in some parts of the U.S., easier to get a rifle than to register to vote?
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Yes and no It depends. For example, non-citizens can buy guns, but they cannot vote. A non-citizen would say owning a gun is easier than voting. On the other hand, convicted felons can often vote, but ...

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Was it traditional for MPs to fully recline on a House of Commons bench?
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Probably false Certainly the benches do permit a greater degree of slouching (for example, note the MP to Rees-Mogg's left), though I certainly don't recall seeing anyone sit fully reclined like that. ...

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Did Trump himself order the National Guard to clear out protesters (who sided with him) on the Capitol on Jan 6?
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Unknown First, to clear up some misinformation, The Vice President cannot activate the National Guard. To repeat, THE VICE PRESIDENT CANNOT ACTIVATE THE NATIONAL GUARD. Any source stating otherwise is ...

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