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


Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Payday Lending Rules Relax on Trump’s Watch, After Lobbying

Payday lenders waged a concentrated lobbying campaign that has culminated in the Trump administration’s loosening regulatory grip and a far friendlier approach by the industry’s nemesis, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Congressman Devin Nunes, R-CA

The 9 biggest questions about the Nunes memo, answered

Vox explains the controversial GOP memo about the FBI and the Trump-Russia investigation.

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Former Deputy F.B.I. director, Andrew G. McCabe

President’s Unparalleled War on a Pillar of Society: Law Enforcement

With a special counsel investigating whether his campaign collaborated with Russia in 2016 and whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice in 2017, the president has engaged in a scorched-earth assault on the pillars of the criminal justice system in a way that no other occupant of the White House has done.

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A billboard in Cairo of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt

As Strongmen Steamroll Their Opponents, U.S. Is Silent

Leaders of countries like Egypt, which had long been sensitive to Washington’s influence, know they run little risk of rebuke from an American president who has largely abandoned the promotion of human rights and democracy in favor of his narrow “America First” agenda.

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Jay Z

President Trump Bragged to Jay-Z About Black Employment. Is He Right?

President Trump bragged about lowering the black unemployment rate in a tweet directed at Jay-Z on Sunday morning. The message was seemingly a response to comments the hip-hop artist and businessman made during an interview with CNN.

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image of people representing jobs

What Happened to All the Jobs Trump Promised?

President Trump has made many claims promising that individual companies such as Amazon, Alibaba and Boeing will hire large – and specific – numbers of American workers, a total of 2.4 million in all.

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