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Pedophile Advocate, But Not GOP Candidate

Pedophile Advocate, But Not GOP Candidate

Q: Is Nathan Larson — who has expressed support for pedophilia, rape and incest — a Republican candidate for Congress?

A: No. Larson is running for a Virginia congressional seat as an independent.

Gun-toting Grandma Story Is Made Up

Gun-toting Grandma Story Is Made Up

Q: Did a 79-year-old woman with an AK-47 save two police officers?

A: No. That made-up story was written as satire and dates back to 2015.

Bezos Didn’t Endorse Michelle Obama for 2020

Bezos Didn’t Endorse Michelle Obama for 2020

Q: Is Jeff Bezos running full-page “Michelle Obama for President” ads on Amazon?

A: No. Amazon vendors sell items expressing support for numerous possible 2020 presidential candidates, including Obama. 

CNN Not Shutting Down

CNN Not Shutting Down

Q:  Is CNN going to shut down because of poor TV ratings?

A: No. There is no evidence to support that headline from a known purveyor of viral deceptions.

No New Charges for Maxine Waters

No New Charges for Maxine Waters

Q: Has Rep. Maxine Waters recently been “charged on 3 counts”?

A: No. The California Democrat was investigated for ethics violations following a 2008 meeting, but she was found to have broken no rules.

Deadly ‘Pot’ Not Approved by The FDA

Deadly ‘Pot’ Not Approved by The FDA

Q: Did an FDA-approved form of “synthetic marijuana” lead to recent deaths in Illinois?

A: No. The drugs that have killed four people in the last two months are unregulated and illegal.

False Story Ties Clintons to Doctor’s Death

False Story Ties Clintons to Doctor’s Death

Q: Did the late surgeon Dean Lorich expose “Clinton Foundation corruption in Haiti”?

A: No. Lorich co-authored an article criticizing the medical response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, not the Clinton Foundation.