Civics 101
Very concise rundown of the basic functions of American government at the federal and state levels to prepare immigrants to pass the citizenship test. More here.

Economics 101
Ultra-brief treatment of a few basic macro-economic concepts all citizens should know and understand. More here.
The official site. All things Congress! Current legislation, legislative process, Congressional Record, glossary of legislative terms, U.S. founding documents.

Elected Officials and Governmental Agencies

Contact Your Elected Officials
Contact info for federal, state, and local governmental officials. To make a difference: store phone numbers, call often.

Congress Members and Legislative Activity
Find members' web sites, offices, and contact info, plus full information on their legislation in the
Senate and House.

U.S. Senate and House Representatives
Official U.S. House and Senate pages. Info, biographies, legislative history, contact information for each U.S. senator and congressional rep.

Federal Departments and Agencies
A-Z index of departments and agencies of the U.S. federal government including websites, contact info, and more.

State and Local Governments
Find contact information for state and local governmental officials, departments, agencies, services, and more.

Capitol Switchboard
U.S. Senate page provides the essential phone number with which to contact your U.S. Senators and House reps about your concerns: 202-224-3121.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Media licenses are public trusts. Theoretically, the FCC works to ensure mass media functions in the best interest of the pubic. Make your voice heard!

News and Commentary

Huffington Post
Far-left news aggregation site.

Left-leaning news and opinion site.

Centrist major media outlet.

Centrist news aggregation site.

The Hill
Centrist news and opinion site.

National Review
Right-leaning news and opinion site.

Far-right news aggregation site.

Jonathan Turley
Libertarian commentator.

Real Clear Politics
Mixed news aggregation site.

Fact Checkers

By Tampa Bay Times, winner of the Pulitzer. Ratings, graphs, explanations make assessing veracity of statements by public figures easy. Best: Pants on Fire.

Anonymous online posting ushered in trolling and questionable/spurious "alternative facts." Snopes was first to debunk urban legends and fake news.
Award-winning project of the Annenberg Public Policy center at UOP. Winner of four Webbies. Time called "one of the 25 sites we can't live without."

Washington Post Fact Checker Blog
"Pinocchio-themed" fact checking effort by pioneering fact checker and WaPo journalist Glenn Kessler.


Nate Silver's former statistical analysis site, now by CBS. Data-driven articles on politics, science, health, economics, culture, and sports.

RCP: Polls
The oft-cited polls section of Real Clear Politics. Use drop-down menu under "Polls" in upper-left corner under the banner.

Political betting markets take polling one step farther. Money talks, bloviating walks. Gives new meaning to the phrase "Money in Politics."


Dedicated to protecting our constitutional rights, the American Civil Liberties Union was formed in 1920 and made famous during the 1925 Scopes Trial.

Common Cause
Non-partisan governmental reform/accountability, equal opportunity, public interest watchdog organization founded by Republican John Gardner in 1970.

Public Citizen
Consumer rights group formed by Ralph Nader in 1971. "Lobbyists for the People" work to counter the unfair political advantage of big $$ corporations.


Save The Internet
Democracy can't exist without a free press. Today, the Fourth Estate is digital and more accessible to ordinary voices than ever. But will the internet remain free and neutral?

Action on Climate Change
Greatest moral challenge of the 21st century. Will we think only of short-term benefits? Or also of future generations, and life as a whole?

$$ in Politics
The powerfully corrupting influence of money in American politics is widespread and well documented. It doesn't need to be this way. Money is power – not speech!

Amnesty International
Are all souls equal? Do certain human rights accrue to all simply because of our humanity? In a word, yes. Ignorance of these rights is an affront to humankind.

World Citizenship

Democracy Index
National ranks indicating levels of democracy in countries around the world. In 2022 the was 36th (top "Deficient Democracy"). Economist index