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Nancy Pelosi Arrested by Secret Service for Coup Attempt?

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CLAIM Rep. Nancy Pelosi was arrested by the Secret Service for plotting a coup to overthrow the president. False RATING False ORIGIN On 10 March 2017, TheLastLineOfDefense.org posted an article stating that Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California), the U.S. House Minority Leader, had been arrested by the Secret Service for plotting a coup against President Trump: BREAKING: […]




Bill Gates Admits Vaccinations Are Designed So Governments Can Depopulate the World?

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CLAIM Bill Gates has openly admitted that vaccinations are designed so that governments can depopulate the world. False RATING False ORIGIN On 21 January 2016, dubious news and conspiracy theory site YourNewsWire.com published a story with the headline “Bill Gates Admits ‘Vaccines Are Best Way To Depopulate’”. The article opens with a damning claim: Bill Gates […]




Do Scott Pruitt’s Statements on CO2 and Global Warming Misrepresent Scientific Consensus?

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During a 9 March 2017 appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Box”, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt was asked by host Joe Kernen if he believes that it has been proven that “CO2 is the primary control knob for climate.” Pruitt’s response suggested that he questions the role the greenhouse gas has on modulating climate: I think […]




Is Dairy Queen Holding a Free Cone Day on 20 March 2017?

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CLAIM Dairy Queen is hosting ‘Free Cone Day’ on 20 March 2017. See Example(s) EXAMPLES I’ve seen on social media that Dairy Queen will be giving away free ice cream cones on March 20th. Typical of viral posts, there’s a link that says “click for details,” but I didn’t in case it’s some sort of spam. […]




Radioactive Canadian Salmon Tied to Fukushima Disaster?

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CLAIM The first “radioactive salmon” attributed to the Fukushima nuclear disaster have been found in British Columbia, Canada, posing a risk to human health. Mixture RATING Mixture WHAT’S TRUE A single salmon found in the Osoyoos Lake in British Columbia in 2015 (first reported in November 2016) had low but detectable levels of the radioactive […]




Did Ben Carson Liken Slavery to Immigration?

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On 6 March 2017, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was the target of disdain for a statement interpreted by critics as likening the abduction and forced transport of African slaves to America with immigrants arriving on the shores of the U.S.: The controversial comment was made during Carson’s first address to employees since being confirmed as […]




Dave & Busters Reviewing Dress Code After American Legion Riders Controversy

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The American Legion Riders are an offshoot of the American Legion veterans’ organization, conceived in Michigan in 1993 by a pair of longtime riders who wanted to form a motorcycle enthusiasts association within the organization: American Legion Riders chapters are well known for their charitable work, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for […]




Trump Accuses Obama of Tapping His Trump Tower Phones Before the Election

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In a series of tweets posted in the early morning hours of 4 March 2017, President Donald Trump accused former president Barack Obama of having “wire tapped” phones at his Trump Tower headquarters in October 2016, just weeks before that year’s presidential election. President Trump likened this alleged activity to “McCarthyism” and “Nixon/Watergate”: Terrible! Just […]




Oklahoma Lawmaker Allegedly Issues ‘Quiz’ to Muslim Constituents

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The executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations is accusing a state lawmaker of refusing to meet with Muslim constituents unless they answered a questionnaire described as anti-Muslim. Adam Soltani published a video on 2 March 2017 displaying the document, which he said was handed out by Republican Rep. John […]




Attorney General Jeff Sessions Will Recuse Himself from Russian Election Hacking Probe

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions will recuse himself from investigations into accusations that Russians interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to help President Donald Trump win the White House, proclaiming in a 2 March 2017 statement that: During the course of the confirmation proceedings on my nomination to be Attorney General, I advised the Senate […]




Did Target’s Stock ‘Crash’ Due to Its Transgender Bathroom Policy?

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CLAIM Target’s stock crashed because of its transgender bathroom policy. false RATING false ORIGIN On 28 February 2017, Breitbart.com reported that big box retailer Target’s stock had “crashed,” losing a combined total of $15 billion in investor wealth, because of the chain’s announcement in 2016 that it would allow transgender customers and employees to use bathrooms corresponding […]




One of the Organizers of ‘A Day Without a Woman’ Strike Was Convicted of a Terrorist Bombing

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Rasmea Yousef Odeh, a 69-year-old Palestinian-American activist and one of the organizers of “A Day Without a Woman,” a worldwide strike planned for International Women’s Day on 8 March 2017, was convicted some 47 years ago of participating in a deadly terrorist bombing, multiple news reports and court documents confirm.  Two Hebrew University students were killed in the 1969 blast, which […]




SpaceX Announces Plans to Send Two Private Citizens Around Moon in 2018

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On 27 February 2017, SpaceX announced that it had “been approached” by two private citizens about a trip around the moon: We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon […]




Was George Soros Arrested for ‘Hate Crimes Against America’?

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CLAIM George Soros was arrested and charged with hate crimes against America. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In February 2017, the spoof web site The Last Line of Defense published a fake news article reporting that billionaire financier has been arrested and charged with hate crimes against America: SPREAD THIS AROUND, PATRIOTS! THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS […]




Will Geometric Group Theory Be the Solution to the United States’ Gerrymandering Problem?

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On 22 February 2017, The Chronicle of Higher Education published an interview with Tufts University math professor Moon Duchin, who recently announced an initiative to train a “new generation of expert witnesses” about the mathematical principles that could be used to limit the congressional redistricting strategy known as gerrymandering in as fair a manner as […]