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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. 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.
  2. 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!)....

    These Kelly & Katie heels are a go-to, and they are really excited to read this gorgeous edition of Bay magazine.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?...

    John Oliver interviews Edward Snowden on Last Week Tonight on Sunday. While Snowden’s explanation of how transmission routes could allow wholly domestic emails to end up in the NSA’s database is possible, experts say it’s not highly likely.
  6. Stock up on cheap shorts at Old Navy today


    Old Navy is making a strong play for my summer wardrobe business today with a 40 percent off shorts sale.

    I usually shop for shorts at Loft or Banana Republic, which make shorts for women with "slowing metabolisms" in mind, as Deal Diva Stephanie once said, with 3.5-5-inch inseams. They come in pretty, bright colors. There's usually a mid-summer sale by which I can snag a few pair for $12 or $20 at Loft....

    These light shorts are $12 today.
  7. Two pro soccer players at opposite ends of the monetary turf (w/video)



    The Brazilian soccer star known as Kaká stares down at the ball, seconds from the biggest kick in the newest chapter of his storied career. Wealthy and well-known, his place in the sport is well established, his number on the backs of fans around the world. // Kaká doesn't need this goal. But his new team does. Orlando City is losing its first game in Major League Soccer 1-0 with less than a minute on the clock. // A wall of defenders waits 10 yards in front of him. The goalie squats low, hands stretched wide. // For every reason, Kaká is the guy you want with the ball in this moment. But he would not be here without help from a teammate, a breezy 24-year-old named Kevin Molino....

    Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite — the soccer star better known as Kak? —  joins expansion Orlando City as Major League Soccer’s best-paid player.
  8. PolitiFact Florida: Does Florida have a Religious Freedom Restoration Act like Indiana's?

    State Roundup

    Likely presidential candidates have reacted to Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act as Gov. Mike Pence has had to defend the law against those who say it discriminates against gays and lesbians.

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sided with Pence in a radio interview on Monday.

    "I think Gov. Pence has done the right thing," Bush said in an interview with Hugh Hewitt "Florida has a law like this. Bill Clinton signed a law like this at the federal level. This is simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express their beliefs, to be able to be people of conscience. I just think once the facts are established, people aren't going to see this as discriminatory at all."...

    Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida speaks at a luncheon at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in Chicago on Feb. 18. (Andrew Nelles/The New York Times)
  9. What fashion buy do you most regret?


    At Deal Divas, we aim to temper our serious shopping habits with savvy steals. But that doesn't mean we never cave.

    Buried in our closets are dark, untouched impulse purchases, ill-fitting and useless and roiling us with regret.

    What gives us comfort is knowing we are not alone. We've all thrown away our money at something dumb that seemed brilliant at the time, right?

    I started thinking about this a few weeks ago when a heap of New Yorkers divulged the biggest waste of money in their wardrobes to Refinery29. Because they live in Carrie Bradshaw's Big Apple, there were tales of Christian Louboutin kitten heels snagged at a warehouse sale that have never seen the city lights, of $100 cowboy boots that were never on trend....

    These Bucco Capensis heels were a dumb idea. Too high for anything practical.
  10. PunditFact: Indiana governor says Obama once voted for 'very same' religious freedom bill (w/video)


    At least five times Sunday, ABC This Week host George Stephanopoulos asked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence a variant on a simple question about Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act: "If a florist in Indiana refuses to serve a gay couple at their wedding, is that legal now in Indiana?"

    And at least five times, Pence would not answer.

    Instead, the first-term Republican governor defended Indiana's new and controversial law as providing a legal framework if government infringes on someone's freedom of religion. He also noted that the very same law has been supported by Democrats in other places, including President Barack Obama....

    Gov. Mike Pence says the law isn’t about sexual orientation.
  11. Sleepwear so cozy and cute you won't want to leave the house


    Like most of my recent style obsessions, this one starts with Mindy Lahiri.

    Mindy Kaling's character on "The Mindy Project" (season finale tonight!) is always wearing the cutest pajamas. Exhibits A and B: the green owl print pajamas from the Christmas episode, and the Bedhead Eiffel Tower set in "No More Mr. Noishe Guy."...

    These BedHead Eiffel Tower PJs were once $109, according to The Mindy Project Style blog.
  12. PunditFact: Netanyahu changed course on two-state solution


    Did Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flip-flop on the creation of a Palestinian state as part of a peace deal in the Middle East to help secure re-election?

    That's at least the suggestion floating around in the days after Netanyahu's Likud Party won enough seats to retain coalition control of Israel's government.

    "On the final day of his re-election campaign, Benjamin Netanyahu said that as long as he serves as prime minister of Israel, there will not be an independent Palestinian nation," read the top line of a Washington Post news report....

    FILE - In this July 17, 2013 file photo, Liz Cheney speaks during a campaign appearance in Casper, Wyo. Published reports citing anonymous GOP insiders say Liz Cheney, the daughter of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, plans to quit the Republican Wyoming Senate primary and abandon her effort to unseat incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi. Cheney moved her family from Virginia to Wyoming to run for the seat. Her effort to replace Enzi, a Senate veteran, angered and upset many Republicans and her campaign has faced a number of problems. (AP Photo/Matt Young, File) NY112
  13. Get lucky with St. Patrick's Day sales


    Happy St. Patrick's Day, y'all. I bring glad tidings of good sales, but before we get into that I have questions about what you're wearing.

    Did you go all-out emerald today, glistening greenly as the vast Irish countryside? Or are you taking a more subtle approach to the holiday, a nod to a pot of gold here, a little off-color green there? Maybe you just forgot and you're spending the day dodging inappropriate pinching gestures from work colleagues....

    How do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the office? Do you go all out or tie in green more lowkey? Plus, SALES!
  14. PunditFact: Did media ignore a Bush email controversy?


    Is the media unfairly targeting Hillary Clinton?

    That was a suggestion, at least, from Fox News pundit Juan Williams on Sunday. Williams compared the media reaction to Clinton's use of private email in recent days to that of members of President George W. Bush's administration almost eight years ago.

    For those who don't remember, some Bush staffers including top adviser Karl Rove were criticized for using Republican National Committee email accounts to perform government work....

  15. Watch: Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller revive Zoolander at Paris Fashion Week


    Blue Steel is back!

    Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, better known as premium supermodels Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald from 2001's Zoolander, surprised everyone at Paris Fashion Week when they closed the Valentino show Tuesday in custom-made pieces from the designer.

    They. Served. And kind of broke the Internet. Their appearance also confirmed rumors that a long-awaited sequel is coming. Zoolander 2 opens in U.S. theaters Feb. 12, 2016....

    I had to screenshot this gaze for myself. How else will I ever learn?