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

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Players Cody Riley, LiAngelo Ball and Jalen Hill at a news conference in Los Angeles.

Trump Says He Helped Free U.C.L.A. Players in China. Critics Ask, What About Activists?

Experts say the players for the U.C.L.A. team, who were accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China, probably would have been released even if Mr. Trump had not raised the case with President Xi Jinping during a visit this month to Beijing.

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FBI says hate crimes, especially against Muslims, went up in 2016

As has long been true, hate crimes based on race were by far the biggest category, with more than half of reported hate crime incidents motivated by race, ethnicity, or ancestry. Among those, nearly half were anti-black crimes, and nearly 10 percent were anti-Latino. About one in five were anti-white, although white people were still much less likely, when accounting for total population, to suffer a hate crime than minority groups.

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The Republican War on College

To pay for a permanent tax cut on corporations, the GOP tax bills would raise taxes on colleges and college students, which is part of a broader Republican war on higher education in the U.S. This is a big deal, because in the last half-century, the most important long-term driver of wage growth has arguably been college.

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Roy Moore

For Roy Moore, a Long History of Combat and Controversy

In his response to claims by several women that he accosted or abused them when they were teenagers, the GOP Senate candidate has shown the same defiance that he exhibited when he was twice removed from his post as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, first for dismissing a federal court order to remove a 5,280-pound granite monument of the Ten Commandments he had installed in the state judicial building, and later for flouting the United States Supreme Court’s decision affirming gay marriage.

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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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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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