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Political Internet Resources

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The following sites are the more popular sites that you will use to find the information you need for your reporting. It is not meant to be a comprehensive listing, but rather a "hot list" of sites to use for your typical research needs. For additional Web sites visit our Delicious Bookmarks page.



Part of the Open Government Directive, this site provides data sets from various branches of the U.S. government covering a number of topics. These data sets include:2007 Veterans Employability Research Survey; Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA);   FDIC Failed Bank List, and many more.



FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The site monitors 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.


Open Congress

This site allows you to not only track bills in Congress, but also makes it possible to draw connections between campaign contributions, the specific content of bills, and important votes by Members of Congress.



This site provides up to date political news.



PolitiFact is a project of the St. Petersburg Times designed to help find the truth in politics. Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times examine statements by members of Congress, the president, cabinet secretaries, lobbyists, people who testify before Congress and anyone else who speaks up in Washington. Their statements are researched and then rated by the accuracy on their Truth-O-Meter: True, Mostly True, Half True, Barely True and False. The most ridiculous falsehoods get the lowest rating, Pants on Fire.



THOMAS was launched in January of 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. Use THOMAS to find bills and resolutions; public laws by number; House roll call votes; Senate roll call votes; browse legislation by sponsor; search the Congressional Record and more.


United States House of Representatives

The official site of the U.S. House of Representatives. Provides links to a number of legislative resources including what is currently on the House floor, U.S. Code, find a bill, amendment or debate, find House vote information. Additionally, you can find committee information and bio information for the Representatives.


United States Senate

If you want to find Senate data straight from the source, use the official Senate site. You can track bills, search Thomas, track votes and find biograpical information on members of the U.S. Senate.


The White House

Use the official White House site (which is a blog) to find the President's speeches and remarks; nominations and appointments; Presidential actions; press briefings; information on the administration; information on important issues, etc. You can also request Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure reports for White House officials on this site.


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