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Was protester Rosanne Boyland crushed to death during the events of Jan. 6?
While initial reports claimed Boyland had been crushed to death amongst the crowds at the Capitol, the DC medical examiner ultimately ruled her cause of death was an amphetamine overdose.
Do the timeline of events on Jan. 6 prove Trump could not have incited the attack?
This is misleading
The narrative is misleading. It's true that the timeline shows that someone who attended the entirety of the speech at the Ellipse could not have been among the very first people to breach the Capitol grounds. But the attack lasted for hours, meaning...
Were the events at the Capitol on Jan. 6 akin to a 'normal tourist visit'?
This is absolute nonsense. Clyde is referring to one moment after the rioters broke into the Capitol and walked through Statuary Hall. Other footage of January 6, however, shows rioters beating a police officer with a flagpole, as well as using police...
Is it dangerous to vaccinate those who have already been infected with Covid-19?
This is false
This is wrong. The vaccines currently being administered in the US are considered safe and recommended even for individuals who were previously infected with Covid-19.
The CDC recommends individuals be vaccinated regardless of whether they already had...
Sen. Johnson falsely cites VAERS reports to question Covid-19 vaccine safety
Johnson's insinuation that these reported deaths are tied to Covid-19 vaccines is entirely false. VAERS is not an official, vetted report of vaccine-related incidents. Anyone can submit a report and, as the system's website notes, "VAERS is not designed...
Do Republicans support making it easier to vote?
This needs context
We won't weigh in on what Republicans around the country believe in their hearts, but it's worth noting that Republican state legislators in numerous states are trying to pass measures that would reduce voter access in various ways.
Does Biden's climate plan include 'cutting 90% of red meat from our diets by 2030'?
This is false
Biden has not proposed any limit on Americans' red meat consumption. In fact, he has not proposed any limit on Americans' consumption of any food. The false claim about Biden trying to restrict people to four pounds of red meat per year appears to have...
Would DC not 'qualify' as a single congressional district?
It's not true that Washington, DC, does not have enough people to be a congressional district. The Constitution requires that each state have at least one representative in the House no matter what the state's population is. And DC's estimated 2019 population...
Fact check: How a group of right-wingers spread a lie that Black Lives Matter stormed Iowa's Capitol
Unlike the people who stormed the US Capitol on January 6, the Iowa protesters walked lawfully through security -- getting their belongings scanned and their temperatures checked. The Iowa protesters even had a permit to protest in the building. The ...
Have states with red flag laws 'seen a reduction in the number of suicides'?
This needs context
Research on this subject is limited, some of the available research data is mixed, and suicide rates have increased around the US in the 21st century.
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