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


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How Russia Hacked America—And Why It Will Happen Again

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russian hackers attacked the U.S. on two fronts: the psychological and the technical. This video from the Atlantic explains how and why it won't be the last time.

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Inside the President's Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

As he ends his first year in office, Mr. Trump is redefining what it means to be president. He sees the highest office in the land much as he did the night of his stunning victory over Hillary Clinton — as a prize he must fight to protect every waking moment, and Twitter is his Excalibur.

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What is the "Russia Story"?

Confused by all the news about Russia and the 2016 presidential election? The New York Times has this handy guide.

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Under Trump, E.P.A. Has Slowed Actions Against Polluters, and Put Limits on Enforcement Officers

An analysis of enforcement data by The New York Times shows that the administration has adopted a more lenient approach than the previous two administrations — Democratic and Republican — toward polluters.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, and his wife, Louise Linton, hold up a sheet of new $1 bills.

The richest 1 percent now owns more of the country’s wealth than at any time in the past 50 years

Today, the top 1 percent of households own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent combined. That gap, between the ultrawealthy and everyone else, has only become wider in the past several decades.

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President Tweets Inflammatory Anti-Muslim Videos

No modern American president has promoted inflammatory content of this sort from an extremist organization. Mr. Trump’s two most recent predecessors, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, both made a point of avoiding public messages that were likely to be seen as anti-Muslim and could exacerbate racial and religious animosities.

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