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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Fire and Fury,
by Michael Wolff (2018)
Trump Revealed,
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
The Truths We Hold,
by Kamala Harris (2019)
Smart on Crime,
by Kamala Harris (2010)
Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
by Cory Booker (2016)
Conscience of a Conservative,
by Jeff Flake (2017)
Two Paths,
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
Every Other Monday,
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
Courage is Contagious,
by John Kasich (1998)
Shortest Way Home,
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

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Fact-checking on 2018 gubernatorial and Senate campaigns

EXPLANATORY NOTE by OnTheIssues.org:

"Fact-checking" means that an independent news/political organization examines statements made in campaign advertising or in poltiical debates, to see if they are objectively true or not.

The first fact-checking organization was called FactCheck.org (described below) but in recent years many other organizations have joined in. Some that we use are:

Fact-checking has become commonplace in recent years; but originally we used only FactCheck.org. They are often accused of partisanship (as are all fact-checking services, so we attempt to balance them against each other and report only non-partisan facts here). Following is FactCheck.org's self-description; all of the other services are linked from above so you can check out their similar self-descriptions:

  • FactCheck.org analyses the veracity of statements made during political races.
      [OnTheIssues.org excerpts only two types of analyses]:
    1. From debates and public speeches
    2. From TV & radio advertisements
    3. [OnTheIssues.org excerpts do not include poll-based claims; partisan claims; nor "atatck" claims unless they include policy issues].
  • Following is the self-description of how FactCheck.org works:

  • [FactCheck.org is] a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

  • The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg in 1994 to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels.

  • The APPC accepts NO funding from business corporations, labor unions, political parties, lobbying organizations or individuals. It is funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation.

-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, Oct. 2018
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    John Kasich: Cut $1.3M in funding for discredited Planned Parenthood.
Budget & Economy
    Larry Kudlow: FactCheck: No, deficit is increasing with Trump tax cuts.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Economy turned around before Trump took office.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: No, steel & auto investments aren't skyrocketing.
Families & Children
    John Kasich: Re-prioritize family planning funds away from abortion.
Foreign Policy
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Yes, Senate approved US Embassy in Jerusalem.
Free Trade
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: No, tariffs won't "make America rich again".
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: China has 25% car tariff, but only 10% on parts.
Government Reform
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Removed more regulations than other presidents.
Gun Control
    Jon Tester: AdWatch: Check if gun buyers are on terrorist watch-list.
    Matt Rosendale: Don't check if gun buyers are on terrorist watch-list.
Health Care
    Sean Casten: Fact-Check: Corrected drug claim about NIH funding.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Opposed ObamaCare's pre-existing condition law.
    Lizzie Pannill Fletcher: Supports public option, not Medicare for All.
    Kathy Manning: Don't chip away at ObamaCare's protections.
Homeland Security
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Pay for 65% of Medicare with defense waste (FactCheck: 20%).
    Larry Hogan: Reject Trump policy of separating families at the border.
    Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Withdraw troops from Mexican border: there's no emergency.
    Susana Martinez: Deploy National Guard troops on Mexican border.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: No, Obama didn't separate families at the border.
    Kirstjen Nielsen: FactCheck: Falsely claims no policy of family separation.
    Donald Trump: Fact-check: End chain migration? It can't actually happen.
    Bruce Rauner: State won't help or impede immigration enforcement.
    Donald Trump: Fact-check: African-American unemployment lowest in history.
Principles & Values
    Democratic Party: Congressional Dems 80% Christian; plus Jews, Hindus, Muslims.
    Republican Party: Congressional GOP: 99.3% Christian; 0.7% Jewish.
Tax Reform
    Josh Hawley: Ad-Watch: tax plan gives 25%, not 83%, to richest 1%.
    Richard Cordray: Does not back tax bill; not enough benefit to middle class.
    Guy Reschenthaler: Voted yes to cut taxes for top 1%.

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