Staying Informed

Keep track of the news

The Flip Side: daily news summaries, with excerpts from left-leaning and right-leaning news sources side-by-side. (The Flip Side)

Just The Facts & Quick News: fact-based summaries of key issues, at an elementary reading level (Action Together New Jersey)

Letters from an American: newsletter about the history behind current U.S. politics (Heather Cox Richardson)

Pod Save America: progressive podcast about U.S. politics (Crooked)

What The Fuck Just Happened Today?: daily summary of major events with links to relevant news articles (Matt Kiser)

Verify & fact check non-profit & non-partisan political fact checker (Annenberg Public Policy Center)

Fact Checks: verifies claims on various topics (Snopes)

OpenSecrets: investigates “money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy” (Center for Responsive Politics)

PolitiFact: independent fact checker for statements by politicians & government leaders (Tampa Bay Times)

  • PunditFact: independent fact checker for statements by political commentators & journalists (Tampa Bay Times)

Real Donald Context: Web browser extensions for Google Chrome & Mozilla Firefox + social media accounts (Facebook & Twitter) to fact check Donald Trump’s tweets (Washington Post)

Trump’s Lies (New York Times)

Trump-O-Meter: Tracking Trump’s Campaign Promises (Politifact)

Tracking disinformation & propaganda campaigns:

Sort real news from fake “news”

10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts (Forbes)

False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical “News” Sources (Melissa Zimdars)

Here’s How to Outsmart Fake News in Your Facebook Feed (CNN)

How to Spot Fake News & Video: Spotting Fake News (Annenberg Public Policy Center)

How to Spot Fake News (IFLA)

Learning To Spot Fake News: Start With A Gut Check (NPR)

Media Bias Chart (All Generalizations Are False)

None Shall Make Them Afraid: 5 Virtues of Responsible News Consumption (Sojourners)

Spotting Fake News Stories (Missouri AFL-CIO)

The Media Crisis, Explained & Media Literacy Primer (Activism for Non-Activists)

That Chain E-mail Your Friend Sent to You Is (Likely) Bogus. Seriously. (Annenberg Public Policy Center)

Tips to Spot False News (Facebook)

Domestic & international affairs

Antifa (militant anti-fascist movement):

Common Core standards:

Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic:

Deceptive content:


Executive actions:

Generational conflict:

Gun violence:

Healthcare policy:


Police brutality:

Russian interference:

Standardized testing:

A Timely Guide to the North Korea Crisis: “an overview of The New York Times’s coverage of the events as they have unfolded so far” (New York Times)

Searching for Syria: “exploring the world’s top questions about the Syrian refugee crisis” (UN Refugee Agency)

Books & films

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About literature:

About race & ethnicity:

About refugees & immigrants:

About reproductive health:

About women & society:

That celebrate diversity & inclusivity:

That support activism & social justice:

Relevant readings

25 Books in Our Resistance Library: fiction & non-fiction books exploring activism, social issues, faith, and politics (Sojourners)

American Democracy Under Threat?: A Syllabus: readings about various areas that may be negatively affected by the Trump administration (Columbia University)

HOPE not Hate investigations & special reports:

Trump Syllabus 2.0: “An introduction to the currents of American culture that led to ‘Trumpism'” (Public Books)

Planning for a Trump Administration When You're Not A Straight Rich White Dude