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Are there 96 million workers in the US who want a job and can't get one?
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Short Answer No, this is not accurate. While there are about 96 million people not in the labor force, this includes retirees who say they do not want a job, stay at home moms and dads who say they ...

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Did NASA director Charles Bolden claim that an alien invasion will happen soon?
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No. The original source of this claim is a satirical news site. This claim is from an article in World News Daily Report, which carries the following disclaimer in the footer: World News Daily ...

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How accurate are these nine charts of the economy under the Obama Administration?
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Note that the date ranges of the graphs seem to be cherry-picked, possibly in order to create the appearance of a trend, hide a continuing trend, or make trends seem much more dramatic than they ...

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Does WordPress power 27% of the Internet?
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This number comes from W3Techs - World Wide Web Technology Surveys. According to that survey, as of December 2016, WordPress is used by 27.2% of all the websites that they monitor. (Source.) However,...

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Did a raid by a SWAT team from Joe Arpaio's office end with a house on fire and deputies laughing as a dog burned in it?
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Parts of the story are corroborated in this account (Grado, Gary. "Charges urged in raid in which house burned." East Valley Tribune. Oct 15 2004), which is based on a statement from the sheriff's ...

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Did a thief think he could conceal his identity from security cameras by putting lemon juice on his face?
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The source of this story (as cited by Kruger and Dunning) is: Fuoco, M. A. (1996, March 21). Trial and error: They had larceny in their hearts, but little in their heads. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, p....

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Did Hillary Clinton propose to punish flag burners in 2005?
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The proposed law co-sponsored by Clinton in 2005 prohibits flag burning under specific circumstances. It does not attempt to make flag burning illegal in general (i.e. outside of those specific ...

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Can this dress change colour dynamically?
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According to a post on the designer's Facebook page (and as reported by finder.com.au), it's fake: Hey guys! So our 'colour changing dress' has garnered a LOT of attention and questions, so here's ...

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Are 10% of food stamps put towards soda?
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TL;DR: Some parts of the claim are true, some are false. The first version of a New York Times story on this report contained an error, which seems to have spread (although the NYT story has been ...

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Did Dominion Voting Systems machines miscount millions of Trump votes?
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TL;DR: this claim is based on updates in the real-time election night data reported by news outlets, not the official vote counts reported by states and counties. There are discrepancies in the news ...

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Did Michelle Obama create a policy at the University of Chicago Medical Center that was called "close to 'patient dumping'"?
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TL;DR: The plan that was condemned by the ACEP and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) was announced in February 2009, a month after Michelle Obama's resignation, and after she had been ...

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Will 36,000 people die per year due to the repeal of the ACA?
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My TL;DR summary is: there is too much uncertainty at this stage to know what the specific effect of an ACA repeal would be. The rest of this answer explains in more detail that: On the effect of ...

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Are These Legitimate Tossed-Away Votes For President Trump Found At An Oklahoma Wedding?
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According to the Oklahoma State Election Board (via Twitter): This video is from pct 469 / subpct 457 in Tulsa County. These are clearly "spoiled ballots" where the voter mistakenly marked ...

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Did the Obama administration halt processing of Iraqi refugees back in 2011?
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No. While the 2013 ABC report cites unnamed officials as the source, several named Obama officials have since spoken out to challenge this report. Furthermore, data on Iraqi refugees entering the U.S....

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Has fracking caused hundreds of earthquakes in Oklahoma?
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There is induced seismicity in Oklahoma. There were 623 earthquakes above magnitude 3.0 in 2016. Some of these have been much stronger than 3.0, including a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in September 2016. ...

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Has there been a dramatic expansion of the U.S. federal workforce in recent years?
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As DavePhD pointed out, the executive memorandum only applied to the executive branch. The Office of Management and Budget reports historical data since 1981 for "Total Executive Branch Civilian Full-...

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Did President Obama institute immigration restrictions in 2011 that were similar to Trump's Jan 2017 immigration restrictions?
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I have written an answer to the duplicate challenging the facts as asserted in the question. The rest of the answer addresses a difference between the 2017 executive order and a hypothetical 6-month ...

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Are white people who believe Obama is Muslim largely Trump sympathisers?
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Philip Klinkner, writing for Vox, cites the 2016 American National Election Study (ANES) pilot survey as the source of this number. But, the stated purpose of the study is to test questions for ...

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Did Trump win every income bracket over $48,000, but lost all below?
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Via the Washington Post: Exit polls showed Clinton (represented in the below table as left/blue) leading among those in the < $50k income bracket. For higher income brackets, the difference (if ...

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Is Barack Obama's Birth Certificate a Forgery of Johanna Ah'nee's birth certificate?
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While I obviously cannot prove or disprove myself that the PDF on WhiteHouse.gov is a forgery, I will raise the following points, which you may find helpful in judging the credibility of the claim: ...

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Are 550 people still losing their jobs at "Trump's" Carrier plant?
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In addition to statements by representatives of the union cited in the New York Times and other media sources, statements made by United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes in an interview also confirm that ...

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Is there no evidence that pre-publication peer review improves papers or detects errors or fraud?
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While many agree that the current peer review system is not as effective as people would like it to be, it is not true that there is "no evidence that pre-publication peer review improved papers or ...

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Does "Plan B" (Levonorgestrel) prevent implantation of fertilized eggs?
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I looked into the references from the other answers (and some more references), here is what I learned. The TL;DR version: Levonorgestrel is not effective at preventing pregnancy in women who have ...

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Is "Calling your congressmen" in the US effective?
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According to this blog post by University of Maryland political scientist Kristina Miler: I found that contact from constituents matters, but it matters in a more pervasive and specific way than ...

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Is the statistic "8% of People Achieve Their New Year's Resolutions" based on facts?
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TL; DR summary: no. Someone at Statistics Brain copied data from an unreliable source, introduced an error while copying it, and misattributed it to a reliable source. Now articles all over the ...

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Do informed, alert communities increase national safety?
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In Israel, where there is a high level of alertness to threats and civilians are taught to act immediately if they see anything suspicious, there are multiple incidents of civilians identifying a ...

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Does the Jones Act double import prices in Puerto Rico?
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TL;DR: McCain did not invent that number (it does come from an economic analysis). But, it's complicated. In 2015, the Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico commissioned a report (archived ...

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Did increase in minimum wage cause a decrease in crime in NYC?
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The original source of the quote is Corman, H. and Mocan, N., 2005. Carrots, sticks, and broken windows. Journal of Law and Economics, 48(1), pp.235-266. URL - requires subscription or potentially ...

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Do AVS/Psychowalkman/Mind Machine devices work?
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I read the papers that Mohammad Sakib Arifin cited in this answer but I came to a different conclusion, so I thought I would write another answer. I found that the "research" on this subject is ...

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