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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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Media coverage of nationwide political races in The Washington Post, 2010-2019

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    Maya Cummings: Emily's List endorsement.
    Mike Huckabee: End Planned Parenthood funding by tying to debt limit vote.
    Cory Gardner: Make "the pill" available without a prescription.
    Mike McFadden: Make contraceptives available without a prescription.
    Ken Cuccinelli: No new abortion restrictions as governor.
    Newt Gingrich: Don't discard excess embryos from in vitro fertilization.
    Newt Gingrich: Don't discard excess embryos from in vitro fertilization.
    Newt Gingrich: Embryonic stem-cell research desensitizes us to kill babies.
    Newt Gingrich: Embryonic stem-cell research desensitizes us to kill babies.
Budget & Economy
    Elaine Chao: Reckless tax and spend strategy is hazardous for economy.
    Pope Francis: Trickle-down theories are structurally perverse economics.
    Jerry Brown: Ping-pong budgeting makes no sense.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Deficits cut in half, but still higher than 2008.
    Russell Feingold: 41-point plan to help control federal spending.
    Russell Feingold: 41-point plan to help control federal spending.
    Joe Manchin III: Constitutional amendment requiring balanced budget.
    John Raese: Constitutional amendment requiring balanced budget.
Civil Rights
    Corey Stewart: Unfair to condemn only white nationalists.
    Pope Francis: Met at Vatican Embassy with openly gay man and his partner.
    Clarence Thomas: Anti-gay marriage laws not the same as anti-miscegenation.
    Larry Hogan: Respect state law on same-sex marriage (even if not my view).
    Bobby Jindal: Find common ground on gay marriage even when we disagree.
    Joni Ernst: Endorsed by RightNOW Women PAC to escape "war on women".
    Mike McFadden: Gay marriage ok; but I'm personally for traditional marriage.
    Mike Lee: Equality means giving citizens the right to define marriage.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Gender wage gap is $0.19, not $0.23.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Homosexuality is against nature and harmful to society.
    Barbara Buono: Push legislature to legalize gay marriage.
    Chris Christie: No legislating gay marriage; but referendum ok.
    Jeb Bush: Traditional marriage best; but recognize gay couples.
    Marco Rubio: Leave gay marriage to states, but keep DOMA.
    Paul Ryan: Supports DOMA; supports constitutional ban on gay marriage.
    Rand Paul: Make federal benefits equal for gay couples.
    Bob McDonnell: Objects to anti-gay discrimination in principle.
    Tim Kaine: No discrimination against nominating gay judges.
    Tim Kaine: Same-sex couples should have the same legal rights.
    Tim Kaine: 2005: No gay adoption; 2011: gay adoption okay.
    Wendy Long: Firefighters don't deserve to be victims of racial quotas.
    Tom Cotton: AdWatch: Worked as management consultant, not in insurance.
    Tom Corbett: Give up on privatizing state lottery program.
    George Allen: Encourage corporations to repatriate their foreign earnings.
    Neel Kashkari: Corporate rate complexity encourages investment abroad.
    George Allen: Focus on small business and job creation.
    Ron Johnson: I'd be the only manufacturer in the Senate.
    Ron Johnson: I'd be the only manufacturer in the Senate.
    Joe Manchin III: Endorsed by U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
    Rob Portman: More favorable policy: encourage business development.
    Asa Hutchinson: Four executions in 8 days; keep protocol of lethal injection.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Stop-&-frisk unconstitutional but NYPD disagrees.
    Bill Weld: Prosecute police for civil rights violations.
    Gary Johnson: What are some local police doing that others aren't?
    John Kasich: Black Lives Matter means the system doesn't work for them.
    John Kasich: Police must understand challenges of black community.
    Tim Kaine: Opposes death penalty as a Catholic, but upholds VA law.
    Jeb Bush: Death penalty a tough call, but victims' families benefit.
    Mike Lee: Keep violent predators behind bars, not nonviolent offenders.
    Bill Weld: Tighten opioid prescription rules to keep them off streets.
    Gary Johnson: Mass shootings result from War on Drugs "shoot first" notion.
    Gary Johnson: Harm reduction strategies for heroin but no legalization.
    Elizabeth Warren: Legalizing marijuana will reduce opioid deaths.
    Donald Trump: Yes to medical marijuana; otherwise, decide state by state.
    Colin Bonini: Decriminalizing marijuana sends young people wrong message.
    Jack Markell: Decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
    Jeff Merkley: Positives of pot legalization outweigh the negatives.
    Jerry Brown: How many people can get stoned and still have a great state?
    Martin O`Malley: Baltimore recovered from open-air drug markets.
    Marco Rubio: Private lenders get percentage of student's income.
    Kay Hagan: Repeatedly stressed support for public schools.
    George Allen: Froze college tuition while governor.
Energy & Oil
    Bill Weld: Carbon capture & sequestration technology for global warming.
    Bill Weld: Carbon trading credits but no carbon tax.
    Pope Francis: Calls for aggressive climate change action.
    Jeb Bush: Why is State Department in permit business for XL pipeline?
    Terry McAuliffe: Co-founded GreenTech electric car company, in Mississippi.
    Dave Freudenthal: Nation's first state excise tax on wind energy production.
    Donald Trump: Eminent domain is a very useful tool for job creation.
    Jerry Brown: $25B for water-shortage farmland.
    Creigh Deeds: Bring high-speed rail & bus rapid transit to Virginia.
Families & Children
    Mike Lee: End hidden double-tax imposed on working parents.
Foreign Policy
    Asa Hutchinson: Eradicate North Korean leadership, but no assassinations.
    George W. Bush: PEPFAR has saved 12M lives in Africa; let's keep it up.
    Bill Weld: Focus on nuclear proliferation & the Sunni-Shia schism.
    Pope Francis: Open Cuba; end American embargo.
Free Trade
    Jennifer Wexton: Open markets help business, not tariffs.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Yes, called TPP "gold standard," unambiguously.
    Mike Pence: Supports TPP and trade agreements with Pacific Rim and China.
    Ted Cruz: End the Export-Import Bank.
    Brad Ellsworth: NAFTA has cost Indiana jobs.
    Daniel Coats: Trade barriers would hurt Indiana.
    Lee Fisher: More stringent policy: discourage companies moving overseas.
Government Reform
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Removed more regulations than other presidents.
    Tom Vilsack: Money is the only reason he left presidential race.
    George Allen: Judges shouldn't invent law or impose their political views.
    John Raese: Federal earmarks create career politicians.
Gun Control
    Larry Hogan: Ban bump stocks and other rapid-trigger devices.
    Larry Hogan: Increase age of unsupervised access from 16 to 18.
    Gary Johnson: Banning assault weapons just criminalizes the owners.
    Ted Strickland: 2010: Pro-gun & NRA endorsed; 2016: end gun epidemic.
    Ted Cruz: Obama is coming for our guns.
    Lincoln Chafee: Common-ground, commonsense safety legislation.
    Ed Gillespie: Fight UN gun ban treaty, & fight bans on guns or ammunition.
    Mark Warner: Restrict but don't ban high-capacity magazines.
    Steve Stockman: The best gun lubricant around is Liberal Tears.
    Steve Stockman: 1993: Opposed federal raid on the Branch Davidian compound.
    Mike Espy: Appeared in advertisement in support of NRA.
Health Care
    Alec Ross: Favors public option over single payer.
    Bill Weld: Likes health savings accounts & more competition.
    Gary Johnson: Let states experiment with Medicare & Medicaid rules.
    Gary Johnson: Run Medicare and Medicaid via states and municipalities.
    Gary Johnson: Free market reduces prices with places like "Stitches R Us".
    Tom Cotton: AdWatch: No, Cotton won't end Medicare guarantee.
    Mike Lee: ObamaCare gives far too much power to government.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Opposes ObamaCare and opposes delaying its implementation.
    Terry McAuliffe: Supports ObamaCare's expanding the state's Medicaid program.
    George Allen: I want to be the deciding vote to repeal ObamaCare.
    Tim Kaine: Inaction was not a solution for healthcare.
    Richard Carmona: Indignity of being poor patient in hospital sensitizes me.
    Jeff Flake: ObamaCare is a heavy anchor to drag around.
    Rick Berg: Advocates repeal of Obama's healthcare because too costly.
    Joe Manchin III: Opposes requiring individuals or businesses to buy insurance.
    Joe Manchin III: Prohibit denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.
    John Raese: ObamaCare is worst bill to ever come out of Congress.
    John Raese: ObamaCare is pure, unadulterated socialism.
Homeland Security
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Pay for 65% of Medicare with defense waste (FactCheck: 20%).
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: US spends more than NATO, but only 22% on NATO.
    Bill Weld: Take on ISIS with FBI task forces, like we took on the Mafia.
    Bill Weld: Pardon Snowden; no one was harmed by what he released.
    Bill Weld: Phase down our nuclear stockpile.
    Gary Johnson: No-fly lists subject to error; use airport security instead.
    Gary Johnson: Turn NSA satellites away from United States.
    Gary Johnson: Pardon Snowden; no one was harmed by what he released.
    Gary Johnson: Cut 20% of military bases in US and abroad.
    Pope Francis: Vatican recognizes Palestinian statehood.
    Tim Kaine: Repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell": let gays serve in military.
    Pope Francis: End inhuman conditions when Mexican migrants come to U.S.
    Elizabeth Warren: Supports President Obama's immigration reform.
    Travis Childers: Signed anti-amnesty pledge: don't reward lawbreakers.
    Al Franken: Apologize for stripping citizenship for marrying foreigners.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Path to citizenship ok as part of compromise.
    Terry McAuliffe: Support the DREAM Act for legalizing minors.
    Gabriel Gomez: Make the Senate "Gang of Eight" a "Gang of Nine".
    Tim Kaine: Make it easier for foreign students to get green cards.
    Neel Kashkari: Expand visa programs for highly skilled workers.
    Jeff Flake: Secure the border; then comprehensive reform.
    Jeff Flake: SB1070 was imprudent & unconstitutional, but let it stand.
    Richard Carmona: Vitriolic 'deport everybody' message loses Hispanics.
    Richard Carmona: I was given an opportunity to succeed; so should others.
    John Sanchez: Combat employment of illegals, after caught doing so.
    Daniel Coats: Voted for amnesty 26 years ago; against a dozen times since.
    Gary Johnson: Why not $75? We can't afford minimum wage.
    Cory Booker: $1,000 tax credit for job-training apprenticeships.
    Tim Scott: $1,000 tax credit for job-training apprenticeships.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Yes, 8M new jobs, but net 1.2M lost in recession.
    Cathy McMorris-Rodgers: FactCheck: Workforce participation decline due to Baby Boom.
    John Raese: My forte is creating jobs.
Principles & Values
    Thom Tillis: A self-made man who grew up in a trailer park.
    Sean Haugh: YouTube-based campaign as Libertarian party nominee.
    David Alameel: Defeated LaRouche Democrat in primary.
    Bobby Jindal: Parents accepted my conversion; but they are actively Hindu.
    Terri Lynn Land: AdWatch: Grew up in a trailer park, then managed motels.
    Bob McDonnell: Indicted on corruption charges days after leaving office.
    Colleen Hanabusa: OpEd: Too old to build seniority to steer pork to Hawaii.
    Richard Carmona: Seeks to earn the respect of disenfranchised populations.
    Joe Miller: "I was beyond stupid" to rig poll with colleagues' computers.
    Joe Manchin III: My forte is creating jobs; I'll bring spirit of capitalism.
    Joe Manchin III: To Raese: Mr. Obama's name will not be on the ballot!
    Scott Brown: $1.3 million in 24 hours via Internet "Money Bomb" appeal.
Social Security
    Gary Johnson: Change eligibility rules for Medicare; and age for Soc.Sec.
    Bruce Braley: Privatizing Social Security turns it over to Wall Street.
    George Allen: Raise retirement age & end benefits to wealthy.
    Tim Kaine: Lift the payroll tax cap.
    Neel Kashkari: Index for inflation; increase retirement age; means-testing.
    Rick Berg: Against privatizing Social Security.
    Andrew Cuomo: Expose obscure formulas that cause automatic increases.
    Brad Ellsworth: Don't raise the retirement age; put people to work instead.
    Daniel Coats: Save Social Security from itself; increase age & more.
    Lee Fisher: No benefit cuts; don't raise retirement age.
    Rob Portman: Bush's proposal was sound, but I'm not for privatization.
    Neel Kashkari: We must cut entitlements, to avoid national insolvency.
Tax Reform
    Ben Jealous: Tax the top 1% earners by 1% to pay for free college.
    Ed Gillespie: Use 40% of projected revenue growth for tax relief.
    Frank Wagner: More taxes to pay for chronic lack of transportation funding.
    Ed Gillespie: Believes in conservative ideas of lower taxes.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Cut taxes by $1.4 billion a year.
    Joe Manchin III: Don't mess with or increase taxes during a time of turmoil.
    John Raese: Make tax cuts permanent, even for earners over $250K.
    Bob McDonnell: Use general funds for transportation bill, not new taxes.
    Creigh Deeds: Dedicated funding for transportation, including new taxes.
    Charles Schumer: $30B for NYC-NJ Gateway rail tunnel.
    Chris Christie: $30B for NYC-NJ Gateway rail tunnel.
    Donald Trump: No to $30B for NYC-NJ Gateway rail tunnel.
    Elaine Chao: NY-NJ Tunnel means less funding for other projects.
    Rodney Frelinghuysen: $30B for NYC-NJ Gateway rail tunnel.
    Ted Budd: Don't make 48 other states pay $30B for NY-NJ Tunnel.
    George Allen: No online sales tax for out-of-state websites.
    Tim Kaine: Force online retailers to collect sales taxes.
    Richard Carmona: Criticized Bush for placing politics ahead of science.
    Joe Manchin III: States depend on federal government for key infrastructure.
    Creigh Deeds: Commission to craft a comprehensive transportation package.
War & Peace
    Gary Johnson: Leave Afghanistan now or Taliban comes back when we do leave.
    Gary Johnson: North Korea has no conventional threat; China deal on ICBMs.
    Pope Francis: Supports the Iran nuclear deal.
    Rand Paul: Maintain ambiguous policy on containing nuclear Iran.
    Scott Brown: Terrorists are not gone from Afghanistan.
    Ed Gillespie: As Bush spokesperson, defended Iraqi surge & al Qaeda link.
Welfare & Poverty
    Pope Francis: Politicians should be disturbed by the lives of the poor.
    Jerry Brown: 1977: Visited tenement & prison to see 1st-hand.
    Neel Kashkari: With $40 & no job, economy hasn't improved since 2011.
    Paul LePage: Give people in need a hand up; don't give unneeded hand-outs.
    David Alameel: I don't see upward mobility for the middle class.
    Thom Tillis: No government assistance for those who can help themselves.
    Mike Lee: Poverty comes from cronyist privilege at the top.
    Steve Stockman: 1990s: Homeless in Fort Worth's Water Gardens park.
    Richard Carmona: Experienced poverty and homelessness as child in Harlem.

The above quotations are from Media coverage of nationwide political races in The Washington Post, 2010-2019.

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