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Political Science Resources: Websites

Find information about political science and government.

Federal Government

Executive Branch

  • White House
    • Executive Office of the President - The EOP is made up of the president's closest advisors and includes the National Security Staff, the Office of Management and Budget and the Vice President's Office and many other entities.
  • The Cabinet - "The Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments — the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Attorney General."

Judicial Branch

Legislative Branch

Political News Sites

  • Cook Political Report - an "independent, non-partisan newsletter that analyzes" U.S. political campaigns and elections  and American political trends.
  • FiveThirtytEight - an influential news site with coverage of politics, sports, science & health, economics and culture. The site's political polling and election predictions are highly regarded.
  • The Hill - political news and special reports.
  • Morning Consult - "This site's journalism seeks out the stories and news that are shaping industry and government."
  • Politico - aims to provide "tough, fair and fun coverage of politics and government."
    • White House: News, Opinion and Analysis from Politico.
  • PredictIT - not really a news site, but a resource where you can browse political "markets" and make predictions (i.e.place bets) on outcomes. Mostly covers world politics, but also obscure events such as the probability that the year 2019 will be the hottest on record.
  • RealClear Politics - collects political stories and opinion from across the Internet and from all political ideologies.

Political Fact Checker Sites

These sites are the best non-partisan fact checker websites available:

  • Factcheck - this site "aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. It is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania."
  • Open Secrets - this site "tracks money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. It allows you to easily track campaign spending and contributions without laboring through the Federal Election Commission's website."
  • Politifact - from the Tampa Bay Times. "PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics."
  • Washington Post Fact Checker - labeled "the truth behind the rhetoric."