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Did a White House Intern Make the ‘White Power’ Hand Gesture?

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CLAIM An intern made a white supremacist hand gesture in a photograph with President Trump. UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN On 28 December 2017, British tabloid the Daily Mail reported that a White House intern had flashed a “white power” sign with his hand while taking an official photograph alongside United States President Donald Trump: A former […]




Is President Trump’s Nuclear Button Bigger Than Kim Jong-un’s?

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President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un both greeted the New Year in 2018 by issuing complementary statements ratcheting up their nuclear brinkmanship. In a speech on 1 January, Kim cited his country’s recent weapons tests as proof that North Korea possesses a reliable and “irreversible” nuclear deterrent: The United States can never […]




Lawyer Lisa Bloom Paid Women to Accuse President Trump of Sexual Assault?

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On 15 December 2017, TheHill.com — a web site devoted to Capitol Hill news and commentary — posted a story reporting that prominent Los Angeles-based women’s rights attorney Lisa Bloom had offered money to women considering going public with stories accusing United States President Donald Trump of sexual harassment or assault: California lawyer Lisa Bloom’s efforts included […]




Did Bono Say ‘Donald Trump Is Destroying America, We Must Stop Him’?

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CLAIM During a ‘Rolling Stone’ interview, U2 singer Bono proclaimed that “Donald Trump is destroying America, [and] we must stop him.” FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 27 December 2017, Rolling Stone magazine published an interview with singer Bono, in which the U2 frontman discussed “the state of his band, the state of the world and […]




Ten Things Science Did Not Say in 2017

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A “Peer-Reviewed” Study Did Not Find That “All Recent Global Warming” Was Fabricated by Climatologists The primary thesis of nearly all of Breitbart News climate coverage in 2017 was that a new blog post has documented “proof” that all of global warming is a fraud. In a July 2017 article, that site used a non-peer-reviewed […]




California Man Arrested After Fatal ‘Swatting’ Shooting

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police in Los Angeles have arrested a man they suspect made a hoax emergency call that resulted in a SWAT police officer fatally shooting a man at the door of his own home in Kansas, law enforcement officials said Saturday. Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston on Friday characterized the […]




‘Swatting’ Gaming Prank Led to Police Shooting Unarmed Kansas Man

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police and the FBI are investigating whether an argument over an online game prompted a hoax call that led to a house where an officer shot and killed a Kansas man who apparently wasn’t involved in the dispute. Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston on Friday blamed a “prankster” who […]




Is Oral Sex Still Illegal in 18 States?

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CLAIM Eighteen U.S. states still have laws banning oral sex. MOSTLY FALSE RATING MOSTLY FALSE ORIGIN In late 2017, a picture appeared and quickly spread on social media, listing states where oral sex is purportedly still illegal and punishable in some cases by prison time: The graphic is accurate in that states exist that still have […]




Trump, Obama and the War on Christmas

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“Merry Christmas” may seem an unlikely political rallying cry, but Donald Trump employed it to great effect before and after his victory in the 2016 presidential election. Supporters cheered every time he railed against “the forces of political correctness” and said “We’re bringing back ‘Merry Christmas.’” Despite making the idea his own, Trump was hardly […]




Woman Stunned to Find Electric Bill Listed as $284 Billion

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ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman says she went online to check her electric bill and was stunned at the amount — more than $284 billion. The Erie Times-News reports that Mary Horomanski said her eyes “just about popped out” of her head when she saw the amount. She suspected that her family had […]




Erica Garner Hospitalized After Asthma Attack

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NEW YORK (AP) — The oldest daughter of a New York City man killed by a police chokehold has been hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a heart attack. Family members tell the Daily News that 27-year-old Erica Garner went into cardiac arrest Saturday night. The woman’s father, Eric Garner, died after a white police officer put […]




Erica Garner Hospitalized After Asthma Attack

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NEW YORK (AP) — The oldest daughter of a New York City man killed by a police chokehold has been hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a heart attack. Family members tell the Daily News that 27-year-old Erica Garner went into cardiac arrest Saturday night. The woman’s father, Eric Garner, died after a white police officer put […]




Is a Washington Youth Sports League Playing Soccer Without the Ball?

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CLAIM A Washington State youth sports league is now playing soccer without the ball in order to minimize the negative effects of competition. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In September 2013, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) “This Is That” radio program aired a segment on an Ontario youth soccer league that was eschewing the use of […]




Did Alabama Election Officials Find Thousands of Dead People Who Voted for Doug Jones?

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CLAIM Election officials in Alabama discovered thousands of ballots for Doug Jones that were seemingly cast by dead voters. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In a hotly-contested December 2017 special election for an open U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, Doug Jones edged out Republican candidate Roy Moore by the slim margin of about 21,000 votes in […]




Did the FBI Identify a ‘Muslim Terrorist’ Who Derailed an Amtrak Train?

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CLAIM A ‘Muslim terrorist’ deliberately caused the crash of an Amtrak train in Washington by sabotaging the tracks. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 18 December 2017, an Amtrak train on its way from Seattle to Portland derailed and crashed in DuPont, Washington, killing three people and leaving scores of others injured. According to the National […]