In the era of fake news and deeply divided partisan rhetoric it is important to try to differentiate false or hyperbolic news and data from the real thing. Here are a few tools to help you.
How to Spot Fake News – by FactCheck.org
How to Detect Bias in News Media – by Fair.org, a national media watch group founded in 1986
VoteSmart.org – nonpartisan nonprofit that that provides free access to info on over 40,000 candidates and elected officials. This information includes voting records, position statements, and interest group ratings, among other areas.