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Katie Sanders, PunditFact Staff Writer

Katie Sanders

Katie Sanders is a staff writer for PunditFact , a website founded by the Tampa Bay Times and Poynter Institute to fact-check talking heads. She previously reported on state politics and government for PolitiFact Florida from the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee bureau and on breaking news for the Times in St. Petersburg. She earned bachelor's degrees in journalism and English from the University of Florida.

Phone: (727) 893-8037; cell: (850) 673-1511


Twitter: @KatieLSanders

Blog: Deal Divas

Website: PunditFact

  1. Kate Spade surprise sale runs through Thursday


    Love Kate Spade, but not the designer prices?

    * raises hand *

    The company is touting a 75 percent off surprise sale that runs through the end of Thursday.

    You'll have to surrender your email to enter

    I'm feeling these leverback drop earrings (down to $25), this bow bracelet that would be cute for stacking (down to $30), and, if I had $90 to spare on frivolity, this lemon bag that screams One Good Reason To Be Happy It's Basically Summer. Wallets that are usually $100-$200 are marked down to $50-$80, too, like this cosmic ombre pouch....

    Normally $278, now $89.
  2. PolitiFact: Fact-checking Ben Carson's life story


    With Ben Carson officially in the ring of Republican presidential contenders, Democratic social media activists are using his famous scraps-to-scalpel narrative against him.

    Carson, 63, was raised in a single-parent, impoverished household in Detroit and went on to become a Yale University-educated neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Carson, in 1987, was the first doctor to separate twins conjoined at the head....

    Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson spoke at Manchester Community College in New Hampshire last Sunday. “I’m not interested in getting rid of the safety net,” he says. “I’m interested in getting rid of dependency.”
  3. Put spring in your step with floral print shoes


    I'm obsessed with super-femme floral heels, and I don't care who knows it.

    And I'm seeing them everywhere.

    It started a few weeks ago, when I bought a pair of strappy floral heels from Aldo — a  rare, seasonal "I've fallen for you, and I can't get up" indulgence. Apparently, I am not too ashamed to tell you that I displayed the heels like the work of art that they are in my house (a la Lisa's lesson) until wearing them to a bridal shower last weekend with a bright red dress from the Dillard's Clearance Center (here are some hot tips for managing the clearance center from a Deal Diva alumna). They were perfect for the event, especially because I was sitting down in them for 90 percent of the time....

    Nina Felita heels, $39.95.
  4. Clintons not as well-off as predecessors


    The statement

    "When we moved into the White House, we had the lowest net worth of any family since Harry Truman."

    Former President Bill Clinton, May 5 in an interview with NBC News

    The ruling

    Truman's journey to public office followed bankruptcy-dodging and a failed haberdashery business in the 1920s. He worked his way up from county judge to a U.S. senator, vice president and president upon Franklin D. Roosevelt's death in 1945. Even when he was earning $10,000 as a senator in 1935 ($171,000 in 2015 dollars), he could not save the family farm his mother owned....

    Former U.S President Bill Clinton speaks during a plenary session at the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East & Africa meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday May 6, 2015. Bill Clinton has largely stayed on the sidelines during the early weeks of his wife's presidential bid, opting to focus on his foundation work instead of visiting early primary states with his wife. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar) XJAL102
  5. What moms really want for Mother's Day


    Is your mom not like other moms? Is she the cool mom? No? Great, neither is mine — in that she is a really excellent mom who does not follow Amy Poehler's example in Mean Girls and is deserving of a restful, rewarding Mother's Day. And I want to give it to her, dang it.

    At Deal Divas, we usually blog about Mother's Day gift ideas, but this year is different — dare I say, better. We have not one but two experienced mothers on staff who have practical advice for what your mom really wants to get out of the annual special day. ...

    Not a cool mom? Fine by us. We love you more.
  6. Gwyneth Paltrow misinformed on food stamps


    The statement

    $29 is what "families on SNAP (food stamps) have to live on for a week."

    Gwyneth Paltrow, actor, April 9 in a tweet

    The ruling

    The health-conscious actor accepted a challenge to live on food stamps for a week and draw attention to the Food Bank for New York City last month.

    Paltrow shared a photo of her grocery haul in a tweet and the Internet quickly balked at her choices....

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 21:  Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the premiere of Lionsgates's "Mortdecai" at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 21, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
  7. A story about Harry Reid that was, in fact, too juicy to be true


    A month ago, before reporters from Las Vegas to Washington knew him by his real name, Larry Pfeifer told a lie.

    He doesn't dispute it.

    He promotes it.

    The 50-year-old Henderson, Nev., man says he crafted a rudimentary hoax about injuries sustained by Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid to show how easily partisan media could jump for a juicy story.

    And jump they did.

    "I had a mission," Pfeifer said. "I am sick of reading bull----. I am sick of lies. I am sick of people's lives being destroyed."...

    Larry Pfeifer concocted a story to show how lies get airtime easily.
  8. The best #FLHouseMovieTitles tweets


    The House's sine die see-ya seemed pulled from the script of a Hollywood drama, giving Capitol observers plenty to tweet about as relations between the chambers continued to ice over.

    And so, #FLHouseMovieTitles was born. Here's a roundup of some of our favorites, though they're all pretty good....

  9. Watch: John Oliver takes on dark side of cheap clothes


    Let's start Monday with a little real talk from comedian journalist John Oliver. He devoted his most recent episode of HBO's Last Week Tonight to criticizing cheap-o clothing brands (many of which we blog about here at Deal Divas for obvious deal-related reasons) for the often-ignored human toll that goes into producing cheap-o clothes.

    This week marks two years since a factory building collapse in Bangladesh killed more than 1,100 people, and some of the garments produced in the shoddy building were for brands familiar to the USA. So-called fast fashion is produced almost entirely overseas now, Oliver said, so much so that companies should rename themselves to reflect the origins of their clothing....

    John Oliver focused his HBO show on the fashion industry's issues with cheap labor Sunday.
  10. PunditFact: Fact-checking claims about 'Clinton Cash'


    Did foreign interests curry favor with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by paying huge speaking fees to her husband?

    That's the question raised in the forthcoming book Clinton Cash by author and political consultant Peter Schweizer. On the Sunday shows, Schweizer said that while his research uncovered no proof of a quid pro quo between foreign interests and the 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner, the evidence does suggest a troubling trend....

    Hillary Clinton has faced heat over the forthcoming book Clinton Cash.
  11. Dress for Success excess inventory sale this weekend


    This sale is a big deal: It benefits a good cause, and with a little ninja-sifting, it also guarantees big deals.

    I'm talking about Dress for Success Tampa Bay's excess inventory sale, a Deal Divas favorite offering $10 suits, $5 clothes, shoes and purses, and $2 jewelry, belts and scarves. A designer section promises Michael Kors, Ferragamo, Prada, Coach, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, etc., for $30 or less....

     Katie McGill, (cq) executive director of West Tampa's Dress for Success, collects clothing and purse donations Thursday afternoon at the non-profit's local storefront. Local businesswoman Kim Washington (cq), left, and friends recently started gathering donations for the program, which helps women in need prepare for job interviews.
  12. My Outfit Monday: Black, white and spring mint all over


    The last time I wore this Anthro dress, purchased on sale without regrets like always, I was attending a holiday party with friends. I posed in front of a Christmas tree wearing lace-up booties, tights and statement earrings, cradling a bottle dressed as a reindeer (thanks, Mom!)....

    Reinventing a fun winter outfit for work in spring: It's possible, things are happening every day.
  13. Saddest of the sad: Piperlime is going offline


    It's really real now: Piperlime is going offline.

    After April 30, you won't be able to make or return any purchases from the Gap-run site.

    I'm sad. Piperlime was my go-to online shopping destination for a couple years after graduation (never the expensive stuff, duh). It's a more whimsical companion to the straight-edge stylings of Banana Republic, another store I used to love but don't visit much anymore (unless it's pajamas)....

    Hurry and get this cute outfit from Piperlime before time runs out.
  14. PunditFact: Fact-checking GOP's latest attacks on Hillary Clinton


    With Hillary Rodham Clinton making her presidential run official, Republicans from Mitt Romney to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul jumped at the chance Sunday to revisit Clinton's biggest controversies from her tenure as secretary of state.

    We fact-checked claims from both Republicans.

    We'll take Romney first. On Fox News Sunday, Romney said Clinton deleted emails that were subject to review by Congress....

    Mitt Romney, left, and Sen. Rand Paul didn't waste any time Sunday in questioning Hillary Clinton's background after she formally became a candidate for president.
  15. PunditFact: Fact-checking John Oliver's interview with Edward Snowden about NSA surveillance


    Most Americans have a fuzzy understanding of what the National Security Agency can and cannot see with its surveillance programs, much less what a former NSA contractor named Edward Snowden tried to do about it.

    That's the finding, anyway, of informal street interviews by John Oliver's crew at Last Week Tonight on HBO.

    Oliver devoted his April 5 show to the NSA spying story. It included an exclusive interview with Snowden, who is living in Russia after the State Department canceled his passport. And it included the topic of this fact-check: Can emails sent between two people living in the United States unwittingly end up on the computer screen of some NSA analyst?...

    Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden was interviewed on HBO’s Last Week Tonight.