The increase in funding for the IRS is not going create an army of agents that will come after you

The Inflation Reduction Act includes $79 billion for the IRS. Many political figures are reacting incredulously to this long-sought budget increase. The Fox News host Brian Kilmeade has warned his viewers that “Joe Biden’s new army” of armed IRS agents could “hunt down and kill middle-class taxpayers that don’t pay enough”.

Rising temperatures may cause a rise in carbon dioxide, but this does not refute human-caused climate change

The rise in temperature before a rise in carbon dioxide has led some to conclude that carbon dioxide simply cannot be responsible for current global warming. We find this claim to be misleading because it fails to tell the whole story. Increasing CO2 levels can be the cause AND effect of further warming.

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is not being taught in K-12 schools, but that didn’t stop Virginia Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin from vowing to ban it

“There is a significant effort to frame CRT as a Red Herring in the political race leading up to the 2022 election season. In order to protect the public interest of schooling and the credibility of the teaching profession, it’s really important for people to actually research the issues and learn from multiple, trust-worthy, and verified sources (not just social media or their immediate friend groups),” says Prof Rebecca Jacobsen of Michigan State University.

Bolsonaro claims about his environmental protection record at the U.N. General Assembly meeting stretch the truth

President Bolsonaro of Brazil was the first head of state to address this year’s UN General Assembly in New York. At one point of his speech, Bolsonaro spoke about the progress Brazil is making in terms of environmental conservation, particularly the Amazon rain forest. In his comments on the environment, we find his claim to be misleading.

Bolsonaro claims about his environmental protection record at the U.N. General Assembly meeting stretches the truth

President Bolsonaro of Brazil was the first head of state to address this year’s UN General Assembly in New York. At one point of his speech, Bolsonaro spoke about the progress Brazil is making in terms of environmental conservation, particularly the Amazon rain forest. In his comments on the environment, we find his claim to be misleading.

Claim that the first COVID-19 vaccine that was approved by the FDA is somehow different than than the “Pfizer vaccine” currently available is misleading

In the podcast and video show “War Room” hosted by Steve Bannon, Dr. Robert Malone claimed that the “mainstream media is lying” and suggested that the vaccine that was approved by the FDA is somehow different than the “Pfizer vaccine” currently available under emergency use authorization.

Debunking the claim that vaccines cause new COVID-19 variants

In an interview in the French documentary “Hold-Up,” Luc Montagnier, a French virologist and recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), claimed that Covid-19 vaccines are creating new variants in various parts of the world. He believes that the ongoing vaccinations across the world is an ”enormous mistake.” ”The history books will show that because it is the vaccination that is creating the variants.” Multiple French social media posts that have been shared by thousands have also claimed that COVID-19 vaccines are causing variants of the virus to emerge. We find these claims to be false. There is no evidence the vaccines are creating more variants.

Are businesses violating HIPAA if they ask their patrons if they’ve been vaccinated? No.

As business rework their mask requirements such as lifting face mask requirements for customers who are vaccinated against COVID-19, questions about medical privacy are back in the spotlight. The question of whether it’s okay to ask a maskless patron if they’ve been vaccinated has come into focus. Vaccine opponents, including members of the U.S. Congress, are once again claiming that the HIPAA federal privacy law protects individuals from being asked about their vaccination status. We find this claim to be false.

There is no evidence that vaccines could cause harm to people who have recovered from COVID-19

An article published by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s anti-vaccination organization and widely shared on social media questions the need of vaccinating those who’ve already recovered from COVID-19. The article says there’s a “potential risk of harm, including death” in getting the vaccines. We report this claim as false. There is no evidence that vaccinating people who had previously had COVID is resulting in an increased risk of adverse events.