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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)

Book Reviews

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Promises Kept / Promises Broken
Comparison of Biden campaign vs. Biden Administration

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  • Joe Biden (54) Democratic President; former V.P.; former Senator
  • Susan Rice (1) Maine Domestic Policy
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  • Reuters, "Biden to build more US border wall using Trump-era funds," by Mica Rosenberg and Nandita Bose, October 6, 2023, (Link)
  • CNBC, "White House speeds up additions to Trump border wall years after Biden vowed 'not another foot'," by Emma Kinery, Oct 5, 2023, (Link)
  • Politico.com, "Biden angers allies, fails to soothe critics with compromise on Alaska oil," by Ben Lefebvre and Zack Colman, 03/13/2023, (Link)
  • CNN, "Biden to pardon all federal offenses of simple marijuana possession in first major steps toward decriminalization," by Kevin Liptak, October 6, 2022, (Link)
  • CNN, "Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes first Black woman confirmed to Supreme Court," by Maureen Chowdhury, Ji Min Lee, Meg Wagner and Melissa Macaya, April 8, 2022
  • Business Insider, "Biden almost forgot to announce his promise to appoint a Black woman to the Supreme Court during a primary debate," by Brent D. Griffiths, Jan 26, 2022
  • NBC News, "Biden got his infrastructure win, but political rewards are less clear," by Shannon Pettypiece, Nov. 7, 2021
  • White House Fact Sheet: "Biden Administration Takes Steps to Address COVID-⁠19 in Rural America and Build Rural Health Back Better," 8/13/21
  • en.as.com, "How many stimulus checks have been sent since March 2020?", by William Gittins, July 23, 2021
  • Bloomberg.com Politics: "Republican Senators Urge Biden to End Trump-Initiated Trade War," by Laura Davison, July 1, 2021
  • NBC News, "Biden administration announces reversal of Trump-era limits on protections for transgender people in health care," by Rebecca Shabad, May 10, 2021
  • White House press release, "Statement by President Joe Biden on Refugee Admissions," May 03, 2021
  • White House press release, "$15 for Federal Contractors," April 27, 2021
  • NBC News, "Biden calls mass killing of Armenians a 'genocide'," by Shannon Pettypiece, April 24, 2021
  • NPR, "At Climate Summit, Biden Stresses U.S. Commitment and Economic Opportunity," by Scott Detrow, April 22, 2021
  • The National News, "DC statehood: would a Biden victory make it possible?", by Cody Combs, 4/21/20
  • WTOP, "Biden administration officially backs DC statehood," by Colleen Kelleher, April 20, 2021
  • NBC News, "Biden administration will keep cap on refugees at Trump administration levels," By Lauren Egan, Peter Alexander and Kristen Welker, April 16, 2021
  • CNN, "Six key takeaways from Biden's Russia sanctions announcement," by Jeremy Herb, Brian Fung and Marshall Cohen, April 15, 2021
  • NPR, "Biden Administration Moves To Undo Trump Abortion Rules For Title X," April 14, 2021
  • Reuters, "Biden ready to announce U.S. withdrawal, even as peace eludes Afghanistan," by Phil Stewart, Steve Holland, April 14, 2021
  • Politico.com, "Biden White House puts its police oversight commission on ice," by Laura Barron-Lopez, 04/11/2021
  • White House press release, "President Biden to Sign Executive Order Creating the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court," April 09, 2021
  • White House press release, "Biden-Harris Administration Announces Initial Actions to Address the Gun Violence Public Health Epidemic", April 7, 2021
  • Military Times, "Reversing Trump, Pentagon releases new transgender policies," by Lolita C. Baldor, March 31, 2021
  • NBC News, "Biden expected to hit goal of 100 million vaccination shots Friday," by Lauren Egan, March 18, 2021
  • CNN, "Biden to sign executive orders establishing Gender Policy Council and addressing sexual violence in education," by Jason Hoffman and Paul LeBlanc, March 8, 2021
  • Financial Times, "Joe Biden enlists 'Quad' allies to counter China," by Demetri Sevastopulo & Amy Kazmin, March 7, 2021
  • NBC News, "'Let the people vote': Biden signs executive order to expand voting access," by Allan Smith, March 7, 2021
  • CNN, "Here's what's in the Senate stimulus plan," by Tami Luhby and Katie Lobosco, March 6, 2021
  • Associated Press, "Analysis: Biden retreats from vow to make pariah of Saudis," by Ellen Knickmeyer, March 2, 2021
  • The Hill, "Biden offers support to union organizing efforts," by Justine Coleman, 02/28/21
  • The Conversation e-zine, "Biden's Cabinet of many women shows other world leaders that US takes gender equality seriously," by John Scherpereel, Melinda Adams, & Suraj Jacob, February 22, 2021
  • Albany Times Union, "Jen Psaki wants to change White House press and where administration 'misunderstood'," by Emilie Munson, Feb. 22, 2021
  • White House Executive Order on Rebuilding and Enhancing Programs to Resettle Refugees and Planning for the Impact of Climate Change on Migration, February 04, 2021
  • White House Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons Around the World, February 04, 2021
  • White House Executive Order on the Establishment of Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families, February 02, 2021
  • White House Executive Order on Creating a Comprehensive Regional Framework to Address the Causes of Migration, February 02, 2021
  • White House Executive Order on Strengthening Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, January 28, 2021
  • Time magazine, "Biden is Rescinding the 'Global Gag Rule' on Abortions Abroad. But Undoing Trump's Effects Will Take Time," by Abigail Abrams, January 28, 2021
  • White House Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, January 27, 2021
  • White House Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing, January 20, 2021
  • Newsweek, "Biden Promises 100 Million COVID Vaccine Shots by April 30, Will Cut Federal Red Tape to Do It," by Elizabeth Crisp, 1/15/21
  • CNBC, "Biden wants to increase stimulus checks to $2,000. Here's what we know about those payments," by Lorie Konish, Jan 14, 2021
  • CNBC, "Biden's stimulus proposal would boost these tax credits for families," by Darla Mercado, Jan 14 2021
  • FMLA Insights, "Joe Biden Unveils his Plan for Paid Leave," by Jeff Nowak, January 15, 2021
  • CNBC, "Biden pledges to help fix the child-care crisis in America," by Michelle Fox, Jan 15, 2021
  • Third 2020 Presidential Debate, moderated by Kristen Welker, Oct 22, 2020
  • Politico.com, "After dodging questions about court packing, Biden floats commission to study judicial reforms," by Caitlin Oprysko, 10/22/2020
  • CNN Town Hall 2020 drive-in with Anderson Cooper, Sep 17, 2020
  • CNN S.C. Town Hall amid 2020 primaries, Mar 27, 2020
  • CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate transcript [on oil drilling on federal land], March 15, 2020, (Link)
  • 11th Democratic primary debate (Biden-Sanders one-on-one), Mar 15, 2020
  • 8th Democrat 2020 primary debate, St. Anselm College in NH, Feb 7, 2020
  • CNN LGBT Town Hall 2020, Oct 10, 2019
  • June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami), Jun 27, 2019
  • Joe Biden OpEd in Washington Post (2020 Democratic primary) , Jun 25, 2019
  • Miami Herald OpEd by 2020 presidential hopefuls , Jun 24, 2019
  • CNN, "Joe Biden supports decriminalizing marijuana, stops short of calling for legalization," by Arlette Saenz, May 16, 2019, (Link)
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Joe Biden: Restore federal Title X family planning program.
    Joe Biden: Rescind Mexico City Policy "global gag rule".
Budget & Economy
    Joe Biden: COVID relief: 478 million stimulus check payments.
    Joe Biden: $130 billion in stimulus aid to counties and cities.
Civil Rights
    Joe Biden: Appoint Cabinet who look like the country they serve.
    Joe Biden: No police reform commission despite campaign promise.
    Joe Biden: Social & economic support services to deter violent behavior.
    Susan Rice: Supports George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
    Joe Biden: Pardon people in federal jail for smoking marijuana.
    Joe Biden: $200B in emergency COVID funding for K-12 schools.
Energy & Oil
    Joe Biden: Convened "climate world summit"; cut US emissions in half.
    Joe Biden: FactCheck:US rejoined world in GHG reduction, not vice-versa.
    Joe Biden: Appoint Special Envoy for Climate; recognize climate crisis.
    Joe Biden: No drilling on 16M acres in Alaska; but other drilling OK.
Families & Children
    Joe Biden: Fund "red flag" laws for family members at extreme risk.
    Joe Biden: Guarantee education free from gender-based violence.
    Joe Biden: No mandatory paid family and sick leave in COVID relief.
    Joe Biden: Expand the child tax credit to $3,000 for each child.
    Joe Biden: $39B to child care providers for COVID relief & stimulus.
Foreign Policy
    Joe Biden: Recognized 1915 Turkish genocide of millions of Armenians.
    Joe Biden: Sanctions on Russia for interference in 2020 election.
    Joe Biden: No punishment for Saudis killing Jamal Khashoggi.
    Joe Biden: Promote LGBTQI+ rights worldwide via State Department.
    Joe Biden: Regional Asian alliance with Japan, India and Australia.
Government Reform
    Joe Biden: Biden administration officially backs statehood for DC.
    Joe Biden: Commission of experts to decide on expanding Supreme Court.
    Joe Biden: Make it easier for overseas and federal employees to vote.
    Joe Biden: Daily press briefings for White House, State Dept., and DOD.
Gun Control
    Joe Biden: No bill repealing liability protection for gun manufacturers.
    Joe Biden: Treat gun violence as a public health epidemic.
    Joe Biden: Regulate "ghost guns" and 3D-printed gun parts.
Health Care
    Joe Biden: No transgendered discrimination by healthcare providers.
    Joe Biden: Made 100M vaccination goal, but not 70% goal.
    Joe Biden: Mandate COVID masks in all federal buildings.
    Joe Biden: Re-open ACA enrollment; restore ObamaCare to pre-Trump level.
    Joe Biden: Cap insurance at 8.5% of income instead of 10%.
    Joe Biden: $119 billion to build public confidence in vaccines.
    Joe Biden: $8.5 billion for rural hospitals, for telehealth & COVID.
Homeland Security
    Joe Biden: Kept promise to allow transgendered to serve in military.
    Joe Biden: Refugee cap up from 15,000 to 62,500, but promised 125,000.
    Joe Biden: Promised 125,000 refugees; but accepted fewer than Trump.
    Joe Biden: Revoke Trump's ban on refugees seeking asylum.
    Joe Biden: Task Force on Reunification of Families at Mexican border.
    Joe Biden: Focus on causes of migration within Northern Triangle.
    Alejandro Mayorkas: We'd like to stop border wall, but Congress required it.
    Joe Biden: Promised "not another foot of wall"; but added Southern wall.
    Joe Biden: Federal jobs: let's not just praise them, let's pay them.
    Joe Biden: Support union organizing at Amazon and elsewhere.
    Joe Biden: Extended unemployment benefits for COVID, to contractors too.
    Joe Biden: Largest investment ever to restore crumbling infrastructure.
War & Peace
    Joe Biden: Criticized Trump on Russian bounties; then did nothing.
    Joe Biden: Final withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021.
Welfare & Poverty
    Joe Biden: Gave up on $15 minimum wage in Congressional bills.
    Joe Biden: $880M for SNAP food stamps; let's increase to $3B.
    Joe Biden: $20 billion for moratorium on evictions and foreclosures.
    Joe Biden: Expand the earned income tax credit.

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Comparison of Biden campaign vs. Biden Administration.

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