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Republicans Spin NIH Letter About Coronavirus Gain-of-Function Research

Republicans Spin NIH Letter About Coronavirus Gain-of-Function Research

Republicans say a letter from a National Institutes of Health official is an admission that the agency funded so-called gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses in China, with some falsely linking the work to the pandemic coronavirus. But the research, which the NIH maintains is not gain-of-function, could not have led to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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FEMA Staff and Contracted Medical Workers Are Required to Follow Vaccine Mandate

FEMA Staff and Contracted Medical Workers Are Required to Follow Vaccine Mandate

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is deploying contracted medical workers to understaffed hospitals, where they are required to comply with COVID-19 vaccine mandates. But social media posts falsely claim that "doctors and nurses are being forced to quit over the mandates," while the workers sent by FEMA are "exempt."

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Video: Tucker Carlson Misrepresents Vaccine Safety Reporting Data

Video: Tucker Carlson Misrepresents Vaccine Safety Reporting Data

In this video, FactCheck.org and Univision Noticias teamed up to debunk misleading statements spread by Fox News host Tucker Carlson about the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.

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FactChecking Biden’s Town Hall

FactChecking Biden’s Town Hall

We spotted a few instances in President Joe Biden’s televised town hall when his answers didn't square with the facts.

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Colin Powell’s COVID-19 Death Followed Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment

Colin Powell’s COVID-19 Death Followed Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell died from complications of COVID-19. Although he was fully vaccinated, he was also 84 years old and was a cancer patient who had undergone treatment for multiple myeloma -- factors that put him at higher risk of a serious breakthrough illness. His death does not mean the COVID-19 vaccines don’t work, as many social media posts suggest.

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Trump and Son Whitewash Vaccine Willingness Before Biden

Trump and Son Whitewash Vaccine Willingness Before Biden

Former President Donald Trump and his son Eric have been dishing out revisionist history with claims that vaccine hesitancy soared once Biden assumed office and that "people were getting the vaccine in record numbers" until Biden implemented vaccine mandates.

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Already Had COVID-19? Vaccines Boost Immunity, Not ‘Wipe Out’ Antibodies

Already Had COVID-19? Vaccines Boost Immunity, Not ‘Wipe Out’ Antibodies

Studies show the COVID-19 vaccines boost the antibody levels and improve the immune response of those who previously had COVID-19. The vaccines do not "wipe out" the antibodies developed by a person who had recovered from the disease, as social media posts have falsely claimed for months.

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U.S. Is Sending Aid to Independent Groups in Afghanistan, Not the Taliban

U.S. Is Sending Aid to Independent Groups in Afghanistan, Not the Taliban

The U.S. is providing humanitarian aid through several independent organizations in Afghanistan, but not through the Taliban government. Yet an online article falsely claims that the Biden administration will "send the Taliban millions in US dollars," and repeats a debunked claim about the cost of U.S. military weapons left after the U.S. withdrawal.

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PhRMA Ad Misleads on Medicare Drug Negotiation Legislation

PhRMA Ad Misleads on Medicare Drug Negotiation Legislation

In TV ads, the pharmaceutical industry claims congressional plans to allow the federal government to negotiate drug prices in Medicare would deny beneficiaries' access to medicines their doctors prescribe. Experts say that's unlikely, and an inaccurate portrayal of recent legislation.

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The COVID-19 Recession Officially Ended Before Biden Took Office

The COVID-19 Recession Officially Ended Before Biden Took Office

The recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic officially lasted just two months and ended in April 2020. But Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wrongly credited President Joe Biden for guiding "this economy out of the teeth of a terrifying recession."

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The Washington Post

Glenn Youngkin’s viral ‘child’ ad is missing important context

The Republican gubernatorial candidate is airing an ad that does not disclose the "child" in question was a high school senior and the book in question was a Pulitzer Prize winner.

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Terry McAuliffe keeps inflating coronavirus numbers

The former governor keeps suggesting the daily figures for coronavirus cases and child hospitalizations are much higher than reality.

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Snopes

Nor’Easter Cuts Power to over Half-Million Homes, Businesses

A nor’easter that battered the Atlantic coast with hurricane-force wind gusts left more than a half-million homes and businesses without power and forced the closure of bridges, ferries and schools.

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Sheriff: Movie Set Showed ‘Some Complacency’ with Weapons

Actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer and wounded another person.

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Woman in Thailand High-Rise Cuts Rope Holding Painters

The woman is facing attempted murder and property destruction charges.

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Some Older Devices Will No Longer Support WhatsApp

Users of the popular chat app will need to update their devices by Nov. 1, 2021, to keep using it.

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United States Issues Its 1st Passport with ‘X’ Gender Marker

The United States expects to be able to offer the option more broadly next year.

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’70s Radical David Gilbert Granted Parole in Brink’s Robbery

Gilbert, 76, has been imprisoned since shortly after the infamously botched armored car robbery in which a guard and two police officers were killed.

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Are People Receiving Vaccines With More Ingredients Than FDA Approved?

Allegedly, shots contained more than double the ingredients federal regulators OK'd.

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Not a Trick: No White House Treats for Halloween This Year

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will be in Europe on Halloween and won't be at the White House to help hand out candy and other treats.

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Stacey Abrams Group Donates $1.34M to Wipe out Medical Debts

The Fair Fight Political Action Committee has donated $1.34 million from its political action committee to wipe out debt with a face value of $212 million that is owed by 108,000 people.

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Fauci’s Guinea Pigs? Smear Campaign Rehashes 1980s HIV Clinical Drug Trial

Social media posts falsely claim that in the 1980s Dr. Anthony Fauci "murdered disabled children" in pursuit of an AIDS vaccine.

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