Staying Informed

Keep track of the news

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

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. From the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Fact Checks: verifies claims on various topics. From Snopes.

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

PolitiFact: independent fact checker for statements by politicians & government leaders. From the Tampa Bay Times.

  • PunditFact: independent fact checker for statements by political commentators & journalists. From the 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. From the Washington Post.

Trump’s Lies. From the New York Times.

Tracking disinformation & propaganda campaigns:

Sort real news from fake “news”

10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts. From Forbes.

False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical “News” Sources.

Here’s How to Outsmart Fake News in Your Facebook Feed. From CNN.

How to Spot Fake NewsThat Chain E-mail Your Friend Sent to You Is (Likely) Bogus. Seriously. From FactCheck.org / The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

Learning To Spot Fake News: Start With A Gut Check. From NPR.

Media Bias Chart. From All Generalizations Are False.

None Shall Make Them Afraid: 5 Virtues of Responsible News Consumption. From Sojourners.

The Media Crisis, Explained & Media Literacy Primer. From Activism for Non-Activists.

Tips to Spot False News. From Facebook.

Domestic & international affairs

Antifa (militant anti-fascist movement):

Common Core standards:

Gun violence:

Healthcare policy:

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”. From the New York Times.

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

Books & films

About women & society:

About race & ethnicity:

About refugees & immigrants:

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. 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:

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

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