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 Fans the Flames of a Racial Fire

President Trump woke up on Sunday morning, gazed out at the nation he leads, saw the dry kindling of race relations and decided to throw a match on it. It was not the first time, nor is it likely to be the last. He has a pretty large carton of matches and a ready supply of kerosene.

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President Trump

Two Years Into Trump’s Presidency, Obama Remains a Top Target for Criticism

The litany of criticisms, often false or distorted, are familiar, but Mr. Trump has turned increasingly to Mr. Obama in recent days as a political foil.

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Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris

Trump Consultant Is Trolling Democrats With Biden Site That Isn’t Biden’s

For much of the last three months, the most popular Joseph R. Biden Jr. website has been a slick little piece of disinformation that is designed to look like the former vice president’s official campaign page, yet is most definitely not pro-Biden.

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fruit-seller in Los Angeles

When It Comes to the Census, the Damage Among Immigrants Is Already Done

The Supreme Court stopped the Census Bureau, at least for now, from asking residents whether they are American citizens. But many experts say the damage has already been done.

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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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