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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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2020 State of the Union address to Congress, plus the Democratic responses, Feb. 4, 2020

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  • Donald Trump (22) Republican Presidential incumbent
  • Gretchen Whitmer (3) Michigan Democratic Governor
  • Jay Ashcroft (1) Missouri Republican Challenger
  • Rush Limbaugh (1)
  • Tim Scott (1) South Carolina Republican presidential challenger; SC Senator
  • Veronica Escobar (5) Democrat U.S. Rep Texas-16
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Pres. Trump's State of the Union address, plus several responses from several Democratic factions.

The image above has "gone viral" from this speech:

  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi ripped up her official copy of the speech while the audience was filing out.
  • A motion to censure Rep. Pelosi for that action was filed in the U.S. House of Representatives (her action is not a crime, but can warrant censuure, if the House so votes).
  • Many investigators carefully watched footage recorded during the speech, and found her pages "pre-ripped" (i.e. she planned the event for the end of the speech)
  • When President Trump handed Pelosi the official copy at the beginning of the speech, he snubbed her handshake when she accepted it.
In addition to the "viral image" aspects, there were a series of staged events incorporated into the speech (inviting guests to personify the president's points has long been a staple of SOTU speeches; staging actual events during the speech is new):
  • Rush Limbaugh received a Presidential Medal of Freedom during the speech.
  • A member of the military was rejoined with his wife, who did not expect his return that evening.
  • A young student was granted an Opportunity Scholarship after being denied entrance to a charter school in Pensylvania.
  • Juan Guaidó, the "shadow president" of Venezuela was introduced to America (Guaidó is recognized as the president by the U.S. but his opponent Nicolás Madurom controls the government).
There were also numerous policy points in the speech, and in the numerous responses, which we excerpt below. But the images and events are what this speech will be remembered for!

-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, Feb. 5, 2020

  • Trump White House Archives, "WTAS: Support for President Donald J. Trump's State of the Union Address," February 5, 2020, (Link)
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Donald Trump: Ban the late-term abortion of babies.
Budget & Economy
    Gretchen Whitmer: If economy doesn't work for working people, it doesn't work.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Kid with a shovel did more for infrastructure than GOP.
    Donald Trump: Opportunity Scholarships for 1M trapped in failing schools.
    Donald Trump: Constitutional right to pray in public schools.
Energy & Oil
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check:US became #1 producer of natural gas in 2009.
    Donald Trump: Join the United Nations' "One Trillion Trees initiative".
Families & Children
    Donald Trump: Paid family leave for federal employees.
Foreign Policy
    Donald Trump: Restore democracy in Cuba & Venezuela.
    Donald Trump: We rebuilt military; America stronger than ever.
    Veronica Escobar: Puerto Rico still rebuilding after 2017 Hurricane Maria.
Free Trade
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check: Union support for USMCA was mixed.
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check:USMCA mostly a cosmetic refreshing of NAFTA.
    Donald Trump: We said "that's enough" to China & signed new trade deal.
Gun Control
    Veronica Escobar: Hate speech stokes gun violence and mass shootings.
Health Care
    Donald Trump: Socialist healthcare would take away from 180M patients.
    Donald Trump: Eradicate AIDS epidemic by the end of this decade.
    Donald Trump: Executive order requiring healthcare price transparency.
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check: 4,311 drugs had price hike; 619 were lowered.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Dems plan to expand health care, GOP wants to take it away.
Homeland Security
    Donald Trump: $400B more from NATO members for military expenses.
    Veronica Escobar: In America, diversity makes us stronger.
    Donald Trump: Unemployment at record low, including women & disabled.
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check: Job creation has increased, but at lower rate.
    Veronica Escobar: Raise the federal minimum wage.
Principles & Values
    Rush Limbaugh: Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom after cancer diagnosis.
    Jay Ashcroft: The story of America: family, faith, freedom.
    Donald Trump: New roads, bridges & tunnels, plus high-speed rural internet.
War & Peace
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check: Trump has sent more troops to MidEast.
Welfare & Poverty
    Donald Trump: 7M people off welfare and food stamps.
    Donald Trump: Opportunity Zones in 9,000 neglected neighborhoods.
    Tim Scott: Opportunity Zones in 9,000 neglected neighborhoods.

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