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


President Trump

Trump Again Falsely Blames Democrats for His Separation Tactic

Mr. Trump has steadfastly tried to deflect blame for the separation of children from their parents, consistently dissembling about why it is occurring.

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President Trump

The President Has a Few Things He’d Like to Get Off His Chest

As he often does, Mr. Trump misstated or distorted a variety of facts, large and small, over the course of the television appearance and subsequent conversation with reporters.

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immigrant mother and child

Separated at the Border From Their Parents: In Six Weeks, 1,995 Children

President Trump sought to shift blame for the widely criticized practice that has become the signature policy of his aggressive immigration agenda.

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immigrant children

Immigrant Children Who Are Forcibly Separated From Their Parents Face Long-Term Trauma

“This is an extremely high price for these children to pay who have done nothing wrong,” said a child health expert.

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President Trump

New York Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation After 2-Year Investigation

The suit accuses the president's charity and the Trump family of sweeping violations of campaign finance laws, self-dealing and illegal coordination with the presidential campaign.

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President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

For Trump, Power and Values Matter Less Than Dollars and Cents

In the president's transactional approach to foreign policy, considerations of financial profit or cost — often measured in ways that economists deem simplistic — can outweigh virtually any other consideration.

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