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


Supreme Court justices

Confirming Kavanaugh: A Triumph for Conservatives, but a Blow to the Court’s Image

For President Trump and Senate Republicans, confirming Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice was a hard-won political victory. For the conservative legal movement, it is a signal triumph. But public confidence in the court has suffered.

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anti-abortion protesters

Susan Collins Gambles With the Future of Roe v. Wade

In a long speech on the Senate floor Friday afternoon, Senator Susan Collins said she believes that Brett Kavanaugh would not vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and subsequent cases that have reaffirmed it, if such an opportunity were to come before him on the Supreme Court.

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Donald Trump

Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a New York Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s.

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Sen. Susan Collins

Susan Collins, one of the most important swing votes on Kavanaugh’s nomination, explained

Maine Sen. Susan Collins could be a crucial swing vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Collins is deliberate, she’s reserved, and she never tips her hand. She makes her own choices.

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migrant children at a Texas facility

Migrant Children Moved Under Cover of Darkness to a Texas Tent City

In shelters from Kansas to New York, hundreds of migrant children have been roused in the middle of the night in recent weeks and loaded onto buses with backpacks and snacks for a cross-country journey to their new home: a barren tent city on a sprawling patch of desert in West Texas.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham

Kavanaugh Borrows From Trump’s Playbook on White Male Anger

For many conservatives, especially white men who share Mr. Trump’s contempt for the left and his use of divisive remarks, the clash over Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation has become a rallying cry against a liberal order that, they argue, is hostile to their individual rights, political power and social status.

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