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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. PolitiFact: Fact-checking House Speaker John Boehner's numbers on President Obama's actions


    House Republican leaders fanned out across the Sunday shows to defend their attempts to overturn President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration through a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security.

    The group came armed with the same talking point and a very specific claim.

    "The president chose to use an authority that he said 22 separate times that he didn't have the authority to do," Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told Meet the Press' Chuck Todd....

    House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama said 22 times that he couldn’t take executive action on immigration, and that he made “unilateral changes” to Obamacare 38 times.
  2. Deep discounts on everything wedding at Amazon's MYHABIT


    Know someone getting married? Plan on getting married some day — or maybe just attending a wedding soon?

    Amazon's members-only site MYHABIT is putting all things wedding on sale this week.

    There are deep discounts on wedding dresses, bridesmaid's dresses, mother of the bride gowns, bridal jewelry, wedding shoes and even lingerie. They didn't forget the all-important wedding guest either....

    Hey, about to drop $1,000+ on a wedding gown? Check out this sale first.
  3. Fact-checking John Legend's Oscar speech

    Music & Concerts

    And the Oscar for Best Real Talk in an Acceptance Speech goes to . . .

    Actually, that's a tough one. Some of Sunday's Oscar winners issued sincere pleas for wage equality, suicide prevention and calling your parents, not to mention lingering racial injustice 50 years after the civil rights movement.

    Musicians John Legend and Common left the audience with a tear-inducing performance of their Oscar-winning Selma anthem Glory and then a powerful message about setbacks for black Americans in voting rights, police relations and imprisonment....

    John Legend accepts the award for best original song in a feature film Sunday for Glory from Selma.
  4. My Outfit Monday: Reporting in the trenches


    Well, this is embarrassing.

    Just kidding!

    New Deal Diva Lisa and I had the same idea for weathering last week's winter surge: Classic khaki trenches, navy pants and brown boots. 

    Terribly inventive, not really. A work-appropriate blend of classy-casual to beat back bad weather without sacrificing style? Absolutely.

    A good trench is a nice face-lift for any outfit — throw it on, and you the result is instant polish no matter what you're wearing underneath....

    The normally abundant stray cats of the Times Publishing Co. parking lot could not handle our matching trenches and decided to hide.
  5. PunditFact: Why Obama won't label ISIS as 'Islamic extremists' (w/video)


    Something as simple as how to define the enemy in the United States' current fight in the Middle East has become a focal point in recent days.

    Are members of the Islamic State "Islamic" extremists? Or are they, as President Barack Obama calls them, "violent extremists"?

    "I've never been more worried about my country than I am today in terms of radical Islam," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday on ABC's This Week....

    President Barack Obama, shown in the White House on Tuesday, avoids connecting ISIS to Islam, instead calling them “violent extremists.”
  6. Like us, Express also hates Monday (but a sale makes it better)


    Rejoice! Today, the Monday after a long weekend of celebrating the marriage of two great friends in Miami, I have already found a shirt that gets me.

    And it's on sale.

    In fact, this shirt + more shirts + jeans + dresses are all 40 percent off at Express right now. It's the last day of the sale....

    You need to two shirts: Sunday FunDay, and I Hate Mondays.
  7. Lifestyle by samples: When you want La Mer but do not have La Mer money


    So I'm in DC this week for work-related reasons, and it's great to be here and walking around the capital. I'm grateful.

    I will say ...

    There's this thing here called winter weather, and it is tearing up my skin in record time. Dry lips. Dry cheeks. Dry arms.

    Actually, I'm overreacting a little. I am surviving thanks to a little trick I deployed a couple months ago....

    Want to have a laugh *and* allow your face to survive the winter weather? Get yourself one of these super tiny samples of La Mer.
  8. PunditFact: U.S. vaccination rate trails 16 African nations (w/video)


    Sunday show talking heads continued to debate vaccinations of children — specifically, how there should be no debate — as they analyzed political missteps from the past week.

    BBC World News America anchor Katherine "Katty" Kay made a startling comparison to highlight how Americans have been less diligent in making sure their children are properly immunized.

    "There are countries in Africa where they have higher vaccination rates than here in the United States," Kay said on NBC's Meet the Press. "Because when people really need it, and they see the effects that measles can have on their communities, they will make sure that their children vaccinate."...

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) talks to the media before speaking with the Heritage Foundation at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas, Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Cruz discussed the push to remove funding for federal health care law. (Michael Ainsworth/Dallas Morning News/MCT)
  9. No plans for Valentine's Day? Painted bodies on parade at ARTpool


    February and local fashion are getting hot and heavy.

    Last week, Keyonna told us about a trio of neat events coming our way (Recap: "All Access Neiman's" on Feb. 11 at Westshore Mall, the Boozy Trunk Show on Feb. 28, and a casting call for the Eye on Fashion wardrobe stylist competition on Feb. 21)....

    Here's the memo from ARTpool.
  10. Big sale on boots at Zulily


    This morning we're thanking our stars that we live in Florida and not the northeast, which is buckling down for a mighty blizzard. (Bliz-zard [noun]: a severe snowstorm that goes on for a long time.)

    Here in the Deal Divas department, the winter weather got us thinking about boots. We all need them at some point or another. If now is that time for you, we may have a helpful tip on a sale....

    Ring the alarm! Cheap boots.
  11. PunditFact: Were Barack Obama's State of the Union veto threats the most ever?


    President Barack Obama issued several not-so-thinly veiled veto threats to the new Republican-led Congress in his 2015 State of the Union this week.

    To CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, it sounded like the most ever.

    "I don't know about you," Blitzer told co-anchor Jake Tapper during the post-SOTU haze, "I don't remember a State of the Union address where I heard a president issue so many veto threats to the Republican majority, to the opposite party in the United States Congress."...

    President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday on Capitol Hill. [AP photo]
  12. Ashe Couture opening Central Avenue store Friday


    Just this week, one of my great uncles who has lived here for most of his 90-plus years assured me St. Petersburg is an "old person's town." 

    Here's just one reason why I respectfully disagree: the continued reinvigoration of Central Avenue storefronts with cool new boutiques for the younger set.

    Throwing its grand opening this Friday is Ashe Couture Boutique, 953 Central Ave. ...

    Screenshot of Ashe Couture's Instagram feed.
  13. PunditFact: Frankly, Matt Lauer, your Golden Globe facts are off

    The Feed

    Red carpet interviews are substance-free safe zones for fact-checkers, a rare chance to turn on the TV and turn off our ears for misleading claims.

    That's what we thought, anyway, going into the Golden Globes. We tuned in Sunday for the pre-show with a beverage in one hand and our phone in the other for snarky tweeting.

    Then Today host Matt Lauer had to go and kill our vibe with an apparently researched question for Kevin Spacey, who stars as the conniving Frank Underwood on Netflix's House of Cards....

    This undated image released by NBC shows Matt Lauer, co-host of the "Today" show in London. Lauer has no regrets asking General Motors CEO Mary Barra about balancing work and motherhood, saying he sees it as an issue that affects all working parents regardless of their gender. The host of NBC's "Today" show, 56, said Friday, June 27, 2014, he'd welcome the same question if it were put to him. He struck a raw nerve in Thursday's live interview with a question criticized as sexist. (AP Photo.NBC, Anthony Harvey) NYET501
  14. Steals at LOFT, The Shop's sidewalk sale in St. Pete


    It's easy to scroll past Ann Taylor LOFT promotion emails, but one this morning caught my eye. 

    Lots of beautiful winter clothing is marked down "up to" 75 percent. I include sarcastic quotations because the things I like are only up to 60 percent off. Yes, only. I collected my favorites for the slideshow. We'll need cute, cozy sweaters one day again, right?

    Locally, The Shop on 3440 Fourth St. N in St. Petesrburg is throwing its (annual?) sidewalk sale. Today there were cute boutique-style dresses, skirts and tops at a price of either $5-$20. There are $5 earrings and bling necklaces, too....

    This wavy belt is a cute update to the usual waist belt. $14.
  15. My Outfit Monday: Rainy days are for the birds


    Today I built my outfit around a new favorite find: a vintage golden feather belt.

    I'm pretty sure a similar one is lurking inside your mom's closet. You should steal it!

    I bought it before the holidays at the St. Pete indie market on the 600 block of Central Avenue. The market, by the way, is really fun. I also bought my other favorite thing there, a sweatshirt that says Mindy Is My Spirit Animal. (If you have to ask "Who's Mindy?" you haven't tuned in for a while, have you?)...