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6 Important Truths About COVID-19 Vaccines

6 Important Truths About COVID-19 Vaccines

This article about COVID-19 vaccine misinformation is republished here with permission from . This content is shared here because the topic may interest Snopes readers; it does not, however, represent the work of Snopes fact-checkers or editors.One of the biggest barriers standing in the way of ending the pandemic isn’t medical or logistical. It’s the misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines.Demand for vaccine currently exceeds supply, but there are many who are either unsure whether they should take the vaccine or staunchly against it. This is often because they have heard incorrect...

Feb 18
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Conspiracy Theories May Seem Irrational – But They Fulfill a Basic Human Need

Conspiracy Theories May Seem Irrational – But They Fulfill a Basic Human Need

This article is republished here with permission from . This content is shared here because the topic may interest Snopes readers; it does not, however, represent the work of Snopes fact-checkers or editors.There has been a proliferation of about COVID-19 that either reject the existence of the virus altogether or question the official account of its origins, its mode of transmission, its effects and its remedies. Many of these theories are highly implausible and harmful and it has become commonplace to describe them as irrational – .But it is not plausible to describe them as signs of...

Dec 9
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Voting by Mail Is Convenient, But Not Always Secret

Voting by Mail Is Convenient, But Not Always Secret

This article is republished here with permission from . This content is shared here because the topic may interest Snopes readers; it does not, however, represent the work of Snopes fact-checkers or editors.Voting by mail in 2020 could be a real life-saver for American democracy, allowing tens of millions of people to participate in the election while limiting the spread of the pandemic. It’s , , and doesn’t provide either political party with any . But mail-in voting carries its own risk to the integrity of the election.The problem is that when people cast their ballots to be mailed in,...

August 24, 2020
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Congress Could Select the President in a Disputed Election

Congress Could Select the President in a Disputed Election

This article is republished here with permission from . This content is shared here because the topic may interest Snopes readers; it does not, however, represent the work of Snopes fact-checkers or editors.President Donald Trump’s campaign is challenging . But the Founding Fathers meant for Congress – not the courts – to be the backup plan if the Electoral College result was disputed or did not produce a winner.Generally, the framers sought to avoid congressional involvement in presidential elections. As I’ve taught , they wanted an independent executive who could resist ill-considered...

Nov 5
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Who Really Defeated the Islamic State – Obama or Trump?

Who Really Defeated the Islamic State – Obama or Trump?

This article is republished here with permission from . This content is shared here because the topic may interest Snopes readers; it does not, however, represent the work of Snopes fact-checkers or editors.One common claim by President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has been that his administration beat IS, or what’s formally known as the Islamic State terrorist group.It came up most recently in the vice presidential debate, when Mike Pence boasted, “. … You know when President Trump came into office, ISIS had captured an area of the Middle East the size of Pennsylvania. President...

Oct 15
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A Brief History of Presidents Disclosing – or Trying to Hide – Health Problems

A Brief History of Presidents Disclosing – or Trying to Hide – Health Problems

This article is republished here with permission from . This content is shared here because the topic may interest Snopes readers; it does not, however, represent the work of Snopes fact-checkers or editors.President Donald Trump went directly to the public and announced via Twitter early on Oct. 2 that “. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”The president’s straightforward announcement was unlike many presidents in the past. My research has focused on how politicians dodge questions. I have co-authored an entry in the with...

Oct 2
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6 Ways Mail-In Ballots Are Protected from Fraud

6 Ways Mail-In Ballots Are Protected from Fraud

This article is republished here with permission from . This content is shared here because the topic may interest Snopes readers; it does not, however, represent the work of Snopes fact-checkers or editors.Voter fraud is , whether people vote in person or by mail. That much is clear from .One of us is a , and the other is a former elections commissioner who . We can explain why voter fraud is so rare – especially for mail-in ballots, which have drawn both the .The goal, of course, is to make sure that ballots received by mail are legitimate – that they are cast by registered voters, not by...

September 17, 2020
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Faked Videos Shore Up False Beliefs About Biden’s Mental Health

Faked Videos Shore Up False Beliefs About Biden’s Mental Health

This article is republished here with permission from . This content is shared here because the topic may interest Snopes readers; it does not, however, represent the work of Snopes fact-checkers or editors.From to and even , candidate health has become a common theme across recent U.S. presidential campaigns.The issue is poised to take on this fall. No matter who wins, the U.S. is set to inaugurate its .The Trump campaign and its surrogates have seized on Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s age and have been painting him as mentally unfit for the presidency. Videos of Biden falling asleep...

September 17, 2020
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