De Anza CivicsWatch

Our country is sharply divided over issues of civil rights, the environment, economic policy and the direction we're heading. The president derides what he calls "fake news," but he frequently makes statements that are demonstrably untrue. In times like these, it's more important than ever to understand how democracy operates and how our government makes decisions that affect our lives.

These webpages will provide tools – including real news – for building that understanding

  • Fact Watch fact-checking the statements made by politicians

  • News & Issues reports from credible news outlets

  • Civics 101 foundational documents and an interactive quiz

  • Get Involved resources for engagement on campus and in the community

Latest Articles

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

Ryan Zinke spent his first year in office selling off our public lands

Since he was sworn in to lead the $12 billion agency in charge of federal lands and natural resources, Zinke has made unprecedented changes that could leave a lasting mark on America’s wilderness and its environment.

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man holding drug container

The Price They Pay

Here are some stories of Americans living daily with the reality of high-cost medications. And there are millions of others just like them.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0.

The delay is just one symptom of the largely passive response to the Russian interference by President Trump, who has made little if any public effort to rally the nation to confront Moscow and defend democratic institutions.

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blurred faces

Here Come the Fake Videos, Too

A community of hobbyists has begun experimenting with more powerful tools for making computer-generated videos, including FakeApp — a program that was built by an anonymous developer using open-source software written by Google.

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President Trump with Congressional leaders

Live From the West Wing, Trump Pulls Back the Curtain

The meetings have produced little in the way of concrete movement on major policy issues, and some Republican officials complain privately that they have only undercut the potential for such progress, because they show a president devoid of clear views.

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Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner’s many, many scandals, explained

The 37-year-old presidential son-in-law has not been officially accused of anything. But amid numerous controversies, here is a guide from VOX to the many woes of the senior White House adviser.

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