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

Sarah Sanders

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s Battering Ram

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, says that she never set out to be “the face of anything.” Most of her thirty-one predecessors came from careers in journalism or communications, but Sanders’s background is in Republican campaign management and strategy.

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wind turbine

Consumers Will Increasingly Feel Pain From Trump’s Trade War. Here’s Why.

For American consumers, prices have already risen on some products that the administration targeted for tariffs this year — most notably, washing machines, which were subjected to steep tariffs in January.

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Mark Zuckerberg

Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy?

The most famous entrepreneur of his generation is facing a public reckoning with the power of Big Tech.

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Brett Kavanaugh

The sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, explained

The stakes for both sides are incredibly high. Liberals are already wary of the Supreme Court after Republicans held Antonin Scalia’s seat open for more than a year. Meanwhile, Republicans view appointing Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy as key to a long-held goal: chipping away at or outright overturning the right to abortion outlined in Roe v. Wade.

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The Overlooked Weak Link in Election Security

While attention has focused on the potential to penetrate voting machines, a ProPublica survey found that more than one-third of counties overseeing toss-up congressional elections have email systems that could be vulnerable to hacking.

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President Trump

Trump administration draws fire for ‘misleading’ report linking terrorism, immigration

Eighteen former counterterrorism officials are urging the departments of Justice and Homeland Security to retract or correct a report that implies a link between terrorism and immigration, calling its findings “misleading” and counterproductive.

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