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Research Rebuts Claims Linking COVID-19 Vaccines to Male Infertility

Research Rebuts Claims Linking COVID-19 Vaccines to Male Infertility

A new study found there was no negative effect on sperm levels in men after receiving the COVID-19 vaccines, undercutting suggestions that the shots affect male fertility. But social media posts have made the baseless claim that vaccinated men "are effectively sterile."

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Presidential Vetoes Rare in Unified Government

Presidential Vetoes Rare in Unified Government

When presidents enjoy a unified government, meaning the same party controls the House, Senate and White House, they rarely veto legislation. But Republican Sen. John Barrasso left the misleading impression that it would be some sort of historic anomaly if President Joe Biden doesn't veto a bill in this session.

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Viral Video Misleadingly Questions Safety of Nasal Swabs

Viral Video Misleadingly Questions Safety of Nasal Swabs

A chemical widely used to sterilize medical devices is also used for nasal swabs in COVID-19 testing. But a viral video misleadingly suggests that the swabs are dangerous -- saying that the chemical causes cancer and can alter DNA. Experts say the chemical's use in this context does not pose a threat to human health.

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Posts Falsely Tie Evangelical Leader to Cannabis Product

Posts Falsely Tie Evangelical Leader to Cannabis Product

A viral Facebook post, which links to a webpage that misrepresents itself as a Fox News report, pushes the false story that evangelical Christian leader Charles Stanley sells CBD, a cannabis product. Stanley’s organization said the story is a "scam."

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FactCheck.org Wins Third Sigma Delta Chi Award

FactCheck.org Wins Third Sigma Delta Chi Award

FactCheck.org has won its second consecutive Sigma Delta Chi Award for fact-checking from the Society of Professional Journalists.

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Evidence Points to Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines for Pregnant People

Evidence Points to Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines for Pregnant People

Clinical trials and medical studies have indicated that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant people. But online posts misrepresent unverified reports submitted to vaccine monitoring systems in the U.S. and Europe to misleadingly suggest "920 women" lost babies because they received COVID-19 vaccines.

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Facebook Post Misleads on Bipartisan Capitol Attack Report and Interview

Facebook Post Misleads on Bipartisan Capitol Attack Report and Interview

On June 8, a bipartisan group of senators released a report on the security and intelligence failures related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The report did not "single out" former President Donald Trump "for inciting ... the riots," as a Facebook post from the advocacy group Occupy Democrats could lead social media users to believe.

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SciCheck on the Radio

SciCheck on the Radio

Managing Editor Lori Robertson discussed several of our recent SciCheck articles on the public radio show "Conversations on Health Care."

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Viral Posts, Pundits Distort Fauci Emails

Viral Posts, Pundits Distort Fauci Emails

Thousands of pages of redacted emails to and from Dr. Anthony Fauci are now publicly available, thanks to journalists' Freedom of Information Act requests. Some of those messages have been distorted in viral posts, particularly about face masks, the origins of the coronavirus and the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine.

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Understanding Pennsylvania’s Proposed Bill on Handling Fetal Remains

Understanding Pennsylvania’s Proposed Bill on Handling Fetal Remains

Q: Did Pennsylvania lawmakers vote to “fine” women who miscarry? 

A: No. But a bill proposes to mandate that health care providers bury or cremate fetal remains, regardless of when or how the pregnancy ends. Experts say such requirements could translate to additional costs for women or their insurers.

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“PA Legislature fines women for Miscarry”
Is this a true statement?

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The Washington Post

Schumer’s false claim that no Democrats supported new voting restrictions

In five of the states the Senate majority leader mentioned, new voting laws have enjoyed bipartisan support.

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Republican governors’ misleading spin on new voting restrictions

At least 14 states have enacted new voting restrictions this year, some of them based on Donald Trump's false election claims.

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Snopes

DOJ: 2 States’ Transgender Restrictions Unconstitutional

The department filed statements of interest in lawsuits that seek to overturn new laws.

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Cruise Giant Carnival Says Customers Affected by Breach

Carnival Corp. said that a data breach might have exposed personal information about customers and employees on Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, and Princess Cruises.

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Fla. Politician Allegedly Threatened to Use Russian Mafia Hitmen Against Opponent

A purported secret call recording was published by Politico.

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Cash Payments Take Center Stage in Newsom’s 1st Recall Ad

As both summer and the scheduling of a recall election date loom, Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to make sure Californians know about the cash payments and prize money he is doling out.

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Is This Hairy Frog Real?

There is such thing as a hairy frog, but this?

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Disneyland Park’s ‘Secret Brick’ on Main Street, U.S.A.

According to TikTok comments, the "secret brick" was repaired with "fresh cement" after it appeared in popular videos.

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Scotch Whisky Makers Welcome Suspension of Costly US Tariffs

Scotch single malt whisky makers breathed a sigh of relief after the United States agreed to suspend tariffs on one of Scotland's main exports.

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Biden Signs Bill Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas — two months after the Confederacy had surrendered. That was also about 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the Southern states.

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RECALL: Nearly 2 Dozen Types of Dry Cat Food Made by Fold Hill Foods

Veterinarians found a possible link between the food and a rare blood deficiency disease.

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Brief, Global Internet Outages Blamed on Software Bug

Akamai, which runs one of the internet's main content-delivery systems, said the outage was not caused by a cyberattack.

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