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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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Which Anonymous Sources Are Worth Paying Attention To?

An earlier installment in this FiveThirtyEight guide to unnamed sources laid out some general tips for making sense of these kinds of stories. This second part gets more specific, to help you to essentially decode these stories. The goal is help you know which stories you should rely on based on the different kinds of sourcing used. This author divides anonymous sources into six general types and give the pros and cons of each, in terms of reliability.

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Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services

Obamacare’s Future Now Depends on an Unhappy White House

The congressional effort to overhaul the health care system appears to be in shambles. But the current health care system lives on. And decisions the Trump administration makes about how to manage it could have big effects on who has coverage next year, and what it costs them.

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When To Trust A Story That Uses Unnamed Sources

Here’s a guide to unnamed sources in government/politics/Washington stories — who they are, how reporters use them, and how to tell if you should trust what they say.

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Walter Shaub, Jr., former director of the Office of Government Ethics

Outgoing Ethics Chief: U.S. Is ‘Close to a Laughingstock’

Actions by President Trump and his administration have created a historic ethics crisis, the departing head of the Office of Government Ethics said. He called for major changes in federal law to expand the power and reach of the oversight office and combat the threat.

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Sunayana (“Nani”) Dumala preserves reminders of her husband in their home in Olathe, Kansas.

A murder shatters the dreams of immigrant tech workers

“He’s back, and he has a gun!” Adam Purinton strode toward the patio of Austins Bar & Grill, a black and white cloth tied around his head and military-style medals pinned haphazardly to his white shirt. He burst into the patio’s flimsy side door shouting, “Get out of my country!” and fired his handgun at two Indian men seated at a high table, according to eyewitnesses and police records. Customers screamed over the din of the TVs and dove for the ground. At least three bullets hit the man facing the door, Srinivas Kuchi­bhotla. Another bullet plunged into the leg of his friend, Alok Madasani, who crawled for the door before collapsing on the concrete.

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Donald Trump, Jr., and his father

Donald Trump Jr.'s full emails annotated

Donald Trump Jr. posted his full exchange with a publicist for a Russian pop musician to Twitter on Tuesday, and the emails confirm previous reports that Trump Jr. was offered compromising information about Hillary Clinton specifically from the Russian government. The emails also say flatly that the Kremlin was working to help elect his father — claims which Trump Jr., his father and the White House would deny for months afterward. The Washington Post has published the emails with notes about their content.

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