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A nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.
PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is a Pulitzer Prize winning project, run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida.
Reference source for political and other news stories, urban legends, rumors, and misinformation.
Verify Webpage History
Web archive that captures websites over time and can be used to verify content history and edits.
About Background Information Resources
Background information can provide:
- A broad overview of the subject
- Definitions of the topic
- Introduction to key issues
- Names of people who are authorities in the subject field
- Major dates and events
- Bibliographies that lead to additional resources
Spend a little time reading up on a topic, and you'll be better able to spot misleading information.
Summary Reports on Current Issues
Offers reports on key issues in the U.S.Congress from 1923 to the present. Includes a searchable archive by keyword, date, or subject, written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Maintains controversial contemporary topic summaries and overviews of current issues that include aspects of the issues along with pro and con arguments and opinions. Some additional content may be freely available during the Covid-19 Pandemic.