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POS 2041: American Federal Government: Weblinks

This library guide is intended to support POS 2041: American Federal Government.

Selected Websites


Check the Facts

"PolitiFact is an independent fact-checking journalism website aimed at bringing you the truth in politics. PolitiFact's reporters and editors fact-check statements from the White House, Congress, candidates, advocacy groups and more, rating claims for accuracy on our Truth-O-Meter. Every fact-check includes analysis of the claim, an explanation of our reasoning and a list of links to all our sources."
"We are 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."

Vote Smart
Vote Smart is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that provides factual information on candidates, including bios, voting records, positions, ratings, speeches, and funding.

Politico is a journalism organization focusing on political news. The organization aggregates results from various polls and allow users to filter poll results by state, office, category/issue, date, and source.

New York Times
Fact-checking by the New York Times.

The Washington Post's Fact Checker
Fact-checking by the Washington Post.

The Internet Archive's Political TV Ad Archive
"New, free website archives political TV ads in 2016 primaries married with fact-checking and reporting from award-winning journalism partners." The site includes "downloadable data on how often it has aired, where, and when in 20 TV markets throughout eight key primary states. In addition, the site links to fact-checking and follow-the-money journalism."

"’s SciCheck feature focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy."