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Fact-check: Has the US increased imports of Russian oil?

Sort of - this claim is based on the figures published weekly by the Energy Information Administration. For the week of 03/25/22, the US imported 100,000 barrels per day, up from 70,000 barrels per ...
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Are the "security concerns" for the State of the Union legitimate?

While there could be other motivations involved, my answer will focus on the security-related reasons in postponing the State of the Union. Other motivations not publicly stated are speculative. In ...
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Is the House of Representatives not allowed to initiate any bills dealing with foreign policy (outside of commerce and budget matters)?

The Homeland Security Act of 2002 was also formally initiated by the House. I suspect the author of that unsourced answer was interpreting the advice and consent clause regarding the Senate (but not ...
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Did Israelis build bunkers and tunnels under al-Shifa hospital, and if so why?

According to Hebrew wikipedia, on the "Shifa Hospital" page, Israel constructed a concrete underground basement in the al-Shifa hospitol (Google translation): In the 1980s, Israel renovated ...
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Israeli disposition to a two-state solution

Israel, as a democratic country, allows every citizen to have and express their own views. So any question like this, actually asks for a variety of answers. The 2 most common views in Israel are ...
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Israeli disposition to a two-state solution

A good starting point to answer this is the Two State Index by the Geneva Initiative. It shows a low probability to a two state solution and the reasons for it, but you will not find the one state ...
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Did the Taliban give any hint they were letting the US 'keep' the Bagram Airfield (under some conditions)?

Oh, it's the usual "genius" at work here. Just the same way he'd "solve Ukraine in 24 hours.easy". The full text of the Doha Accords regulating US withdrawal is easy to read, 4 ...
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Did Israelis build bunkers and tunnels under al-Shifa hospital, and if so why?

I don't have any information about this specific hospital, but since 1951, it's been part of Israeli law that "all homes, residential buildings and industrial buildings in Israel are required to ...
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Israeli disposition to a two-state solution

Dr. Mearsheimer [claims] that [the Israelis are not favorable towards] the two-state solution ... and insist on a one-state "Greater Israel" that would be an apartheid state, because ...
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When did the Philippines promise to tow away the Sierra Madre?

No such promise has been made publicly, and China has not been specific about who made the promise or when. House member France Castro has alleged that the promise may have been made privately by ...
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Does the PVV want to stop all support for Ukraine?

The PVV party program (published in September 2023) mentions Ukraine four times. In the section on defense (on pages 36-37) it says: Terwijl onze Krijgsmacht niet eens meer in staat is om het eigen ...
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Is there clear public evidence for Netanyahu's assertion that Hamas is stealing the food aid at gunpoint, enough to affect the civilians in Gaza?

The latest that I have encountered is this video, posted on Ynetnews a few days ago: Watch: Palestinian gunmen open fire on Gazan civilians before humanitarian aid arrives IDF states Palestinian ...
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Is there clear public evidence for Netanyahu's assertion that Hamas is stealing the food aid at gunpoint, enough to affect the civilians in Gaza?

There does not appear to be evidence to support this claim. While it is true that looting of aid has been observed, incidents have not involved guns and have not been linked to Hamas. Take for ...
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Is the House of Representatives not allowed to initiate any bills dealing with foreign policy (outside of commerce and budget matters)?

The US constitution gives the House the "power of the purse", i.e. originating bills to do with how money is raised and spent. This is also an angle on foreign policy. Especially with modern ...
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Did Sarkozy scupper his own peace plan in re Georgia (2008)?

I might be wrong, but what is meant here by "peace plan" is really the ceasefire agreement that Nicholas Sarkozy, then the president of France, negotiated between Russia and Georgia. The ...
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Did California in 1967 prohibit open carry to discriminate against blacks, unlike Michigan that still allows it in 2020?

Although the comparison of these two images is striking, it is also somewhat arbitrary. Let us look at the overall situation of open carry laws in the United States. The Wikipedia on this topic ...
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Would two million families lose their SNAP benefits under H.R.1947 (FARRM)? Why?

Yes. According to the Center for Budget and Polity Priorities (a "progressive" American think tank that analyzes the impact of federal and state government budget policies), this bill ...
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Is there any truth to Russia's claim at the United Nations that there have been food embargos against the Donbass by Ukraine?

Searches for an embargo of the separatist republics doesn't yield much except a very recent one by the U.S., of all countries, except that one explicitly allows the export of food and other ...
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Putin orders troops to eastern Ukraine?

Putin's own words are that he approved "special military operations" in Ukraine: TASS 24 FEB, 07:55 Putin declares beginning of military operation in Ukraine Russia has begun a military ...
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Connection Between American Energy Policy and Russian Foreign Policy

This claim is debated. Politics is a complex system, with no repeatable control experiments. Russia is selling gas to Western Europe. They have done so since the Cold War days, and so far they have ...
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Is there clear public evidence for Netanyahu's assertion that Hamas is stealing the food aid at gunpoint, enough to affect the civilians in Gaza?

The general statement has been made since October, including from reputable sources. However, a few weeks ago (mid-February 2024) a US special envoy came to the conclusion that there is "no ...
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