Keep track of the news
Pod Save America: progressive podcast about U.S. national politics.
What The Fuck Just Happened Today?: daily summary of major events with links to relevant news articles.
Verify & fact check
FactCheck.org: non-profit & non-partisan political fact checker. By the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
Fact Checks: verifies claims on various topics. By Snopes.
OpenSecrets: investigates “money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy”. By the Center for Responsive Politics.
PolitiFact: independent fact checker for statements by politicians & government leaders. By the Tampa Bay Times.
- PunditFact: independent fact checker for statements by political commentators & journalists. By the Tampa Bay Times.
Trump’s Lies. By the New York Times.
Tracking disinformation & propaganda campaigns:
Sort real news from fake “news”
How to Spot Fake News & That Chain E-mail Your Friend Sent to You Is (Likely) Bogus. Seriously. By FactCheck.org, a project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center.
Media Bias Chart. By All Generalizations Are False.
Tips to Spot False News. By Facebook.
Domestic & international affairs
Affordable Care Act (ACA)–Obamacare:
- Understanding Obamacare: POLITICO’s Guide to the Affordable Care Act (from September 2013).
- A Quick Guide to Rising Obamacare Rates (from October 2016).
Antifa (militant anti-fascist movement):
- Antifa: A Look at the Anti-Fascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets: Part 1 · Part 2.
- Trump Asks, ‘What About the Alt-Left?’ Here’s an Answer.
Common Core standards:
- Everything you need to know about the Common Core (from September 2014)
- The Common Core, explained (from May 2015).
- A Guide to Mass Shootings in America. By Mother Jones.
- Have your representatives in Congress received money from the NRA?. By the Washington Post.
- How the gun lobby responds to mass shootings. By the Washington Post.
- How to buy a gun in 15 countries. By the New York Times.
- School Shootings in America since 2013. By Everytown for Gun Safety.
- See How Much Money a Congressperson Has Taken From the NRA With This Chrome Extension. By Lifehacker.
- Thoughts and Prayers and N.R.A. Funding. By the New York Times.
- A running list of Trumpland’s often-shifting stories on their Russia ties. By Vox.
- All of Trump’s Ties to Russia, in 7 Charts. By Politico Magazine.
- Depth of Russian Politician’s Cultivation of NRA Ties Revealed. By NPR.
- Here’s what we know so far about Team Trump’s ties to Russian interests. By the Washington Post.
- How Paul Manafort’s arrest fits into Robert Muller’s Russia investigation, explained. By Vox.
- Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador. By the Washington Post.
- Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation. By the New York Times.
- What Trump Was Saying About Russia at Key Moments in the Manafort Saga. By Slate.
- Pearson’s history of testing problems — a list. By the Washington Post.
- Standardized Testing. By Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
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”.
Searching for Syria: “exploring the world’s top questions about the Syrian refugee crisis”. By the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
Books & films
About women & society:
- 12 Feminist Kids’ Books for Dismantling the Patriarchy
- 19 Children’s Books That Help Kids Understand Feminism
- 23 Feminist Books Every Child Should Read
- What are the best feminism books for children?
About race & ethnicity:
- 26 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism & Resistance
- 29 Classic Movies to Watch In Honor of Black History Month
- Books with Good Representation for Black Kids
- Children’s Books That Tackle Race and Ethnicity
That celebrate diversity & inclusivity:
- 7 Books That Teach Kids About Diversity
- 10 Children’s Books that Celebrate Diversity
- 12 books that teach kids the importance of being inclusive
- 15 Great Childrens Books That Celebrate Diversity
That support activism & social justice:
- 20 Empowering Children’s Books That Celebrate Diversity and Social Justice
- 30 Young Adult Books for Activists-in-Training
- A Children’s Book List for Anti-Racist Activism
- Book List for the New Future
- Summer Reading For Your Woke Kid
25 Books in Our Resistance Library: fiction & non-fiction books exploring activism, social issues, faith, and politics. By Sojourners.
American Democracy Under Threat?: A Syllabus: readings about various areas that may be negatively affected by the Trump administration. By the Columbia University learn-in team.
HOPE not Hate investigations & special reports:
- A Nation Divided: A HOPE not Hate US Election special.
- 2017 State of Hate: A HOPE not Hate special report into extremism in Britain and Europe today.
Trump Syllabus 2.0: “An introduction to the currents of American culture that led to ‘Trumpism'”. By Public Books.