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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New Zealand shooter’s manifesto shows how white nationalist rhetoric spreads

The same language featured in the alleged gunman’s manifesto is seen in white nationalist writings and outlets around the world.

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Democrats Pledged to Lower Health Costs. They Just Haven’t Figured Out How.

As House Democrats sit down to draft their vision of governance in the coming weeks, lawmakers find themselves badly divided on the issue that delivered their majority.

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President Trump

Trump Renews Attacks on John McCain, Months After Senator’s Death

In a series of Twitter posts, Mr. Trump renewed his criticism of Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who died in August from complications from a virulent form of brain cancer.

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Legalizing Marijuana, With a Focus on Social Justice, Unites 2020 Democrats

For many Democrats, legalization has become a litmus test for candidates’ commitment to equal treatment for all races in policing and criminal justice as well as fighting economic inequality.

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After Mosque Massacre, New Zealand Has Its Gun-Debate Moment

While Washington struggles to take action even as such shootings become more routine, New Zealand’s government is immediately diving into a detailed discussion of further legislative checks on guns.

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Robert Mueller

Six Tips for Preparing for the Mueller Report

A lot of people are asking: “When is the Mueller report coming — and what will it say?” Here are six things to keep in mind.

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