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 Wants to Neutralize Democrats on Health Care. Republicans Say Let It Go.

As President Trump prepares to kick off his bid for a second term this week, he is anxiously searching for a way to counter Democrats on health care, one of their central issues, even though many of his wary Republican allies would prefer he let it go for now.

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sample of $20 bill with Harriet Tubman's portrait

The Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Was Far Along Before Mnuchin Delayed Work

The change would push completion of the imagery past President Trump’s time in office, even if he wins a second term, stirring speculation that Mr. Trump had intervened to keep his favorite president, Andrew Jackson, a fellow populist, on the front of the note.

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President Trump

As Trump Accuses Iran, He Has One Problem: His Own Credibility

For any president, accusing another country of an act of war presents an enormous challenge to overcome skepticism at home and abroad. But for a president known for falsehoods and crisis-churning bombast, the test of credibility appears far more daunting.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Steadfast Trump Fan, Never Wavered

From a lectern with the presidential seal, she urged Americans to watch a propaganda video from the right-wing activist James O’Keefe — “whether it’s accurate or not” — and fabricated an anecdote about F.B.I. agents calling her to complain about their former director James B. Comey.

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President Trump

Trump's comments about accepting information from foreign governments, explained

He’s saying that Don Jr. did nothing wrong. Mueller told a more complicated story.

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

Fight Over Census Documents Centers on Motive for a Citizenship Question

Federal judges in three lawsuits have concluded that the Trump administration’s rationale for adding the question was contrived.

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