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


The astonishing effects of the shutdown, in 8 charts

The National Parks Service, the Transportation Security Administration, and the IRS are just a few of the government agencies that have been affected by the impasse, which is expected to cause serious economic fallout as well.

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President Trump at the Rio Grande, near McAllen, Tex.

Trump Confronts the Prospect of a ‘Nonstop Political War’ for Survival

If the record government shutdown standoff between Mr. Trump and Congress has seemed ugly, it may eventually seem tame in light of what is to come. The border wall fight is just the preliminary skirmish in this new era of divided government. The real battle has yet to begin.

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Trump Claims There Is a Crisis at the Border. What’s the Reality?

Here are some of Mr. Trump’s most common assertions of a crisis, and the reality of what we know about immigrants and the border.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the American University in Cairo

Trump and Pompeo Embrace Autocrats and Disparage Opponents at Home

In two remarkable statements on one day last week, Mr. Trump and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, explicitly favored foreign autocrats over elected American leaders.

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protesters with signs

If The Wall Is A National Emergency, Then What About Climate Change?

President Donald Trump’s threat to use emergency powers to fund a border wall would open the door to a future Democratic president using the same authority to declare a national emergency on climate change, members of Congress in both parties say.

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Power transmission towers along the Indiana-Illinois border

Scientists Call for Drastic Drop in Emissions. U.S. Appears to Have Gone the Other Way.

The 3.4 percent jump for 2018 would be second-largest surge in greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. since Bill Clinton was president.

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