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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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2016 State of the Union address to Congress, plus the opposition party responses: Jan. 14, 2016

President Obama delivered his last State of the Union address; three opposing parties delivered responses:

  1. Gov. Nikki Haley (R, SC) delivered the official Republican Party rebuttal to the President.
  2. Dr. Jill Stein (G, MA), the likely Green Party nominee, provided a critique from the left.
  3. Gov. Gary Johnson (L, NM), the likely Libertarian Party nominee, provided a critique from the right.

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Barack Obama: Broad economic change causes economic insecurity for workers.
    Gary Johnson: National debt, approaching $20 trillion, is bankrupting us.
Civil Rights
    Gary Johnson: It's racism to judge others by their birth, like Trump does.
    Barack Obama: Discrimination ultimately makes US less safe.
    Barack Obama: Private sector is lifeblood of economy but needs limits.
    Barack Obama: Business should be more community oriented.
    Barack Obama: Food stamps didn't cause financial crisis; Wall Street did.
    Jill Stein: 80 billionaires own as much as the lower 50% of world.
    Gary Johnson: States are finally seeing the failure of the War on Drugs.
    Barack Obama: Universal Pre-K and computer science classes on horizon.
    Barack Obama: Prioritize free community college and reducing student debt.
    Jill Stein: Cancel college debt: it's now $35,000 per student.
    Jill Stein: Make public college education free.
    Jill Stein: Repeal incentives for privatization/charters in NCLB.
Energy & Oil
    Barack Obama: Clean energy for climate change & creating new business.
    Barack Obama: Make technology work for us on climate change.
    Barack Obama: 7 years of investment in solar & wind nationwide.
    Jill Stein: "All of the above" policy puts fossil fuels above all.
    Jill Stein: Climate change causes record storms, floods, and drought.
    Margaret Flowers: World will reach the limits of its carbon budget in 2018.
Foreign Policy
    Cory Booker: Trump would denigrate relationships with Muslim countries.
    Barack Obama: World order in flux but US still dominates.
    Barack Obama: US should learn lessons from Iraq and Vietnam.
    Barack Obama: The Cold War is over; lift 50-year embargo on Cuba.
    Margaret Flowers: End U.S. global hegemony and become cooperative partner.
Free Trade
    Gary Johnson: I'm a real skeptic on trade agreements, but I would sign TPP.
    Barack Obama: TPP facilitates US control over Asian market.
    Barack Obama: TPP cuts 18,000 taxes on products made in America.
    Jill Stein: Oppose bipartisan job-killing corporate trade agreements.
    Jill Stein: Fight global trade deals' "investor-state" court system.
Government Reform
    Barack Obama: Governing cannot work without compromise.
    Barack Obama: We've got to make it easier to vote, not harder.
Gun Control
    Tom Vilsack: Start conversation with a respect for the 2nd Amendment.
Health Care
    Barack Obama: 18 millions people have gained health insurance.
    Barack Obama: Prioritize finding a cure for cancer.
    Barack Obama: Lead eradication of malaria and HIV, like we did with Ebola.
    Gary Johnson: ObamaCare's promise of lower cost simply isn't happening.
    Joe Biden: Increased funding for NIH to highest level in a decade.
Homeland Security
    Barack Obama: Self-defeating to overstate ISIS threat.
    Barack Obama: We spend more on military than next 8 nations combined.
    Barack Obama: Talk of economic decline & military weakness is just hot air.
    Gary Johnson: Spying on U.S. citizens dismantles the 4th Amendment.
    Margaret Flowers: Empire Economy: projects the Pentagon rejects get funded.
    Pope Francis: Imitating tyrant's violence means we take their place.
    Jill Stein: FactCheck: 2.5M deportations counts removals, not returns.
    Nikki Haley: FactCheck: US does have history of religion-based exclusion.
    Jill Stein: We're deporting more immigrants than ever, 2.5M under Obama.
    Jill Stein: Deportation of vulnerable refugees is morally abhorrent.
    Nikki Haley: Immigrants have come for generations to live the dream.
    Nikki Haley: Don't follow the siren call of anti-immigration anger.
    Nikki Haley: Protect our borders, our sovereignty, and our citizens.
    Barack Obama: US economy is strong: 900,000 new jobs in the past 6 years.
    Barack Obama: Need retraining programs for workers who lose jobs.
    Barack Obama: We've cut unemployment in half during my term.
Principles & Values
    Barack Obama: America is defined by innovative spirit: it's in our DNA.
    Jill Stein: We are in state of crisis--for economy, ecology & democracy.
    Barack Obama: Must continue to make technology accessible.
    Barack Obama: We protected an open internet & got more Americans online.
    Barack Obama: Put Americans to work on 21st-century transportation system.
    Jill Stein: Green New Deal for efficient public transportation.
War & Peace
    Gary Johnson: We are no safer after years of failed nation-building abroad.
Welfare & Poverty
    Barack Obama: Expand tax cuts for childless low income workers.
    Jill Stein: Millions thrown off food stamps because they can't find work.

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