Truth
Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies. —Friedrich Nietzsche  
  

Even if you are
a minority of one,
the truth
is the truth.
–Mahatma Gandhi

It is easier to believe a lie
that one has heard a thousand times
than to believe a fact
that no one has heard before.

–Unknown

The truth is incontrovertible.
Malice may attack it,
ignorance may deride it,
but in the end,
there it is.
–Winston Churchill

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
–Winston Churchill

There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.
–Maya Angelou

It is one thing to show a man
that he is in error,
and another to put him in
possession of the truth.
–John Locke

A lie told often enough
becomes the truth.
–Lenin

It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.
–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Facts are many, but the truth is one.
–Rabindranath Tagore

The truth is more important
than the facts.”
Frank Lloyd Wright

The facts
fairly and honestly presented;
truth will take care of itself.

William Allen White,
American journalist, 1868-1944


Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.
Jawaharlal Nehru quotes

Scientists often have a naive faith that if only they could discover enough facts about a problem,
these facts would somehow
arrange themselves in a compelling and true solution.

Theodosius Dobzhansky

Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coattails.
Clarence Darrow

They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth.
Plato

Time discovers truth.
–Seneca

The truth is what is,
 not what should be.
What should be
is a dirty lie.
–L. Bruce

Live truth instead of professing it.
Elbert Hubbard



Fact Checking, Hoaxes, Urban Legends,
Media Truth, Myths, and Tools
 
Neutral  Conservative  Liberal      

Fact Checking

 

PolitiFact - Tampa Bay Times;
     truth-o-meter 
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Politifact Mobile
PundiFact
FactCheck.org - Washington Post  
FlackCheck.org (political literacy)

Conservative Fact Checkers

Newsbusters
Conservative Fact Check
See also Media

Progressive Fact Checkers

Media Matters
, Political Correction
PR Watch; MJ on Romney
Truth Team (Obama's site) 
EnergyFactCheck.org 
See also Media

Mobile Apps
Ad Hawk - Listens & identifies (Sunlight Foundation)
Super PACApp - iTunes
Slate Magazine
Google Play - politics 
iTunes - politics
(no suggestions)

Chain E-mail: Suggested Response

Snopes *
UrbanLegends - About.com
TruthOrFiction

Hoax-Slayer
BreaktheChain
Hoaxbusters
Mythbusters (Discovery Channel)
Purportal
The Skeptic’s Dictionary
Bogus Founding Fathers Quotes
    Bogus Anti-Gun Quotes

Health and Science

The Cochrane Collaboration
Quackwatch | 7 Signs
NASA on Moon Landing 
Creationism - Science Blogs

Logic

Common Fallacies 
Logical Fallacies Flash Cards

*
Snopes has been attacked as liberal;
comments by other sites:
FactCheck, UrbanLegends, UL2, TruthOrFiction, RenewAmerica

 

Misc. Politics 

Govtrack - Bills, votes
OnTheIssues - Everyone on every issue
CapitolWords

Health Ins. Reform Reality Check
Healthcare.gov

zFacts
CIA Fact Book 
American Fact Finder (Census)
Military Spending by Country;
    CIA FB

EconData.net (regional)

National Priorities (NPP)
    "Bringing the Federal Budget Home"

Media 

Pew Research - Center for People & the Press
Pew Research - Journalism Project
Media Research Center
FAIR - Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
Accuracy in Media 
Media Matters
PR Watch - Center for Media & Democracy
     Alec Exposed 
ProPublica - MuckReads, etc.
FreePress - Media ownership section
Media Ownership Chart
ICIJ (Intl. Consortium of Investigative Journalists)
The Journalist's Toolbox 

Fact Checking Fox

Pew Research
Crooks and Liars
PolitiFact - St. Pburg Times
NewsHounds
Salon - Inside the Fox News lie machine
News Corpse
Media Matters - liberal; Search
Alternet - liberal

Why Fact-Checkers Find More GOP Lies (The Wire)

Fact Checking MSNBC

Pew Research (Comment)
Politico

Why don't conservatives fact check MSNBC?

Political Myths

18 Crazy Right-Wing Myths About Obama, Debunked

5 Myths Liberals Have Created About Themselves - Townhall

Obama Conspiracy Theories - The Debunker’s Guide

Myths to Ditch - National Review

Crazy right-wing myths about Obama 2.0 - Salon

Obamacare Myths - Factcheck.org

Debunking 4 Obamacare myths: Both sides get it wrong - CNN

Top 16 myths about the health care law - Politifacts


Money and Politics 

LegiStorm - Salaries, etc.
OpenSecrets.org - Money's influence
Players Guide - Money from groups
CampaignMoney.com 
FollowTheMoney - States
FundRace - Huffington Post

Federal Election Commission
Project Vote Smart - State money
CFI Research
CQMoneyline
Public Campaign
Public Citizen
Moneyed Politicians
Center for Competitive Politics
Democracy Now! video

The Campaign Legal Center

Misc. 

Audio and Podcasts

Polisource - Many Audio and video links
     Dozens of links to
 
Political Scene - New Yorker 
CBS News - Eye on politics 
CNN - Audio and video
NPR - Politics
Learn Out Loud - Political philosophy
Learn Out Loud - Contemporary issues
Learn Out Loud - Government
Learn Out Loud - Global politics
Learn Out Loud - Political figures
NY Times - mp3 for Political Points
Learn Out Loud - Liberal library
Learn Out Loud - Conservative library




 


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Government

Statistical sites below
USA.gov
Contacts - Elected

Executive Branch
    Library of Congress List and Links
    White House
        Presidents by State

Legislative Branch
    Library of Congress List and Links
    Senate
    House
    New Members Directory - 2011

Judicial Branch
    Library of Congress List and Links

GPO - Congressional Bills, Code of Regulations,
  
 Congressional Record, Federal Register,
  
 US Style Manual, and other documents

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Data and Statistics
BEA (Bureau of Economic Analysis)
Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Government Statistical Sites
Census Bureau
Congressional Budget Office
Data.gov
Department of Labor
Department of the Treasury
Economicmagic
ESA (Economics and Statistics Admin.)

Eurostats 
FRED (Federal Reserve Econ Data)
FedStats
FreeLunch
IMF Data and Stats
Internal Revenue Service
NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research)
OECD Stats 
Office of Management and Budget
Recovery.gov
Small Business Administration
Treasury Direct
White House - Bush Archives

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Parties

Democrats
    DCCC, DSCC, DGA
    House Democrats
    Senate Dem. Policy Comm.

Republicans
    NRCC, NRSC, RNGC

Greens
Libertarians
Blue Dog Coalition (Dems)
Constitution Party

All other parties are small.
U.S. Parties, 1788–1840 - diagram
U.S. Parties, 1820–1860 - diagram
U.S. Parties, 1820–1860 - diagram
U.S. Parties, 1896–1929 - diagram
U.S. Parties, 1896–1929 - diagram

States

Filing Requirements (for Political Orgs; IRS)
 

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527 PACs
Political Action Committees

Wikipedia 527 PACs (W)
Open Secrets (OS)
SourceWatch (SW)
 

 


Polling Organizations

Gallup -   
Harris Poll
NORC (National Opinion Research Center)
Pew Research Center
Rasmussen Reports  
Zogby International