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Q&A on At-Home Rapid Tests

Q&A on At-Home Rapid Tests

The demand for at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests -- sparked by the fast-spreading omicron variant in December -- has continued in 2022. With that demand have come questions about the tests' efficacy, how to use them and where to get them. We answer those queries and more.

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Social Media Posts Continue to Misidentify Justice Sotomayor in Dinner Photo

Social Media Posts Continue to Misidentify Justice Sotomayor in Dinner Photo

Politico misidentified Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a photo of a Jan. 7 dinner of Democrats – the same day she participated remotely in oral arguments. Politico corrected the error on Jan. 8. But social media posts continued to wrongly claim Sotomayor attended the dinner and appears in the photo. The woman pictured is Sen. Chuck Schumer's wife.

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Fauci’s Financial Disclosure Forms Are Publicly Available

Fauci’s Financial Disclosure Forms Are Publicly Available

In a hot-mic moment, Dr. Anthony Fauci called Sen. Roger Marshall a "moron" after the Kansas Republican asked Fauci to publicly release "a financial disclosure form." Marshall appeared unaware that federal law already requires Fauci to submit annual financial disclosure reports, which are public.

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Jan. 6 Conspiracy Theory Centers on Baseless Claim About Ray Epps

Jan. 6 Conspiracy Theory Centers on Baseless Claim About Ray Epps

James Ray Epps was at the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. But there is no evidence that he was an FBI plant assigned to instigate the riot, as a conspiracy theory -- embraced by at least two members of Congress -- claims. There is evidence, however, that Epps once held a leadership role in the Oath Keepers, some of whose members have been charged in the attack.

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FactChecking the Justices’ COVID-19 Claims

FactChecking the Justices’ COVID-19 Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Jan. 7 challenging the Biden administration’s attempts to expand COVID-19 vaccinations. Here we present the facts on some COVID-19 claims made by the justices.

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Jim Jordan’s Beef with Jan. 6 Committee

Jim Jordan’s Beef with Jan. 6 Committee

In a recent interview on Fox News, Rep. Jim Jordan rattled off several grievances he has with Democrats -- including with the Democratic-controlled committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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Death of Betty White Leads to Swirl of Falsehoods on Social Media

Death of Betty White Leads to Swirl of Falsehoods on Social Media

TV actress Betty White passed away at age 99 on Dec. 31. Following her passing, various falsehoods appeared on social media about White, including claims that she died after getting a COVID-19 booster shot and that she was the sister of former first lady Barbara Bush. White died of natural causes, according to her agent, and she had no siblings.

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FactChecking Claims About the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot

FactChecking Claims About the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot

The Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol was the culmination of months of false claims about election fraud. On that day -- and afterward -- we debunked false, misleading and unfounded claims related to the events that day.

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Our Most Popular Articles in 2021

Our Most Popular Articles in 2021

On the last day of the year, we look back at the most popular articles that we posted to our website in 2021.

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Early Data on Omicron

Early Data on Omicron

As many Americans and others around the globe prepare for holiday travel and get-togethers, the omicron variant continues to be a concern. While the available data on transmission, vaccine effectiveness and severity of disease are still preliminary, here's what we've learned so far.

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Was This the Original Mount Rushmore Design Before Funding Ran Out?

Initial designs showed the four presidents in their suits.

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Did Burt Reynolds Dump Horse Manure from a Helicopter on National Enquirer’s Christmas Tree?

The actor said he was sick of the crap coverage.

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Can Losing Fingerprints Be a Side Effect of Chemotherapy?

"Hand-foot syndrome" has an inconvenient and adverse effect on some patients.

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Yes, Jonathan the Tortoise Is the Oldest Known Land Animal

He is living the high life as a tourist attraction in Saint Helena.

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Volcano Erupts near Tonga in Pacific, West Coast Under Tsunami Advisory

There were no immediate reports of injuries or on the extent of the damage.

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Snopesing 101: How Snopes Fact Checks Racial Propaganda

And how you, the reader, can do the same ...

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Was Alabama the 1st US State To Declare Christmas an Official Holiday?

"One of the original fake news stories," said a former archivist of historical records.

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CDC Encourages More Americans to Consider N95 Masks

Those kinds of masks are considered better at filtering the air.

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No, the Case of Paul Karason Wasn’t ‘Disinformation’ To Scare People Away from Using Colloidal Silver

The substance has been promoted as an alternative health remedy, but there's no evidence it works. There is, however, ample evidence that it can turn you blue.

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Did an Elephant Jump out of a Suspension Rail Car?

No word if the elephant had to pay extra for trunk space.

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