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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. 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....

    Kevin Molino shakes a fan’s hand after a 1-1 tie with fellow expansion team New York City in Orlando City’s  MLS debut. “I always knew I wanted to be a professional football player,” he says.
  2. 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."...

    Courtesy of Datz
For April Fool's Day, Datz in Tampa will be transformed into a Chinese restaurant.
  3. 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....

    Ever try on something a little big in the fitting room and think, "Well, it's a really great deal, I'll just get it altered." It happened to Kameel with this jumpsuit at The Shop sale. And it will probably happen to you. Now the jumpsuit is a floor decoration.
  4. 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....

    Thousands of opponents of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday.
  5. 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."...

    My Mindy-inspired PJ collection, thanks to sales at Banana Republic, J Crew and Cerulean Blu.
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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....

  9. 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....

    Look at Hansel go. Are those the comfiest looking pajamas you've ever seen?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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....

    Common, foreground left, and John Legend, foreground right, perform at the Oscars on Sunday night. Legend told the crowd that “we live in the most incarcerated country in the world.”
  13. 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.
  14. 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.”
  15. 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.