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


Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel

President Trump Is Rapidly Reshaping the Judiciary. Here’s How.

Republicans are systematically filling appellate seats they held open during President Barack Obama’s final two years in office with a particularly conservative group of judges with life tenure. Democrats — who in late 2013 abolished the ability of 41 lawmakers to block such nominees with a filibuster, then quickly lost control of the Senate — have scant power to stop them.

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Homicides by firearm chart

The Texas shooting shows why “a good guy with a gun” isn’t enough

The Texas shooting exposes what this narrative gets wrong — more than 40 people were shot before another armed person intervened. The reality is that there is a lot of evidence that “a good guy with a gun” can’t stop mass shootings and other gun violence in the US. Here are three key reasons why.

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Smoke rose from trees burned in a wildfire

U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate Change, Contradicting Top Trump Officials

Directly contradicting much of the Trump administration’s position on climate change, 13 federal agencies unveiled an exhaustive scientific report that says humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has created the warmest period in the history of civilization.

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President Donald Trump, flanked by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, left, and Rep. Kevin Brady, the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, speaks about tax reform legislation

Despite Trump Campaign Promise, Billionaires’ Tax Loophole Survives Again

From early in the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump swore he’d do away with the so-called carried-interest loophole, the notorious tax break that allows highly compensated private-equity managers, real estate investors and venture capitalists to be taxed at a much lower rate than other professionals.

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Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, at the Capitol in June.

Alternative Narrative Emerges in Conservative Media as Russia Inquiry Widens

While a special prosecutor was announcing charges against three advisers to Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign, an alternative narrative was not hard to find in the conservative news media. Be it Fox News, talk radio or a growing number of Trump-friendly websites, the focus was on what they see as the scandal and wrongdoing of President Trump’s political opponents.

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly

John Kelly’s Bizarre Mythology of the Civil War

President Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, stated in an interview Confederate General Robert E. Lee was an “honorable man who gave up his country to fight for his state.” He went on to argue that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War.”

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