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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

Book Reviews

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    Tom Coburn: I favor the death penalty for abortionists.
    Al Sharpton: Abortion is wrong, but let women choose.
    Al Sharpton: His Supreme Court nominees will allow right to choose.
    Al Gore: Two questions: Is abortion acceptable? Who should decide?
Budget & Economy
    Al Green: Entrepreneurs & small businesses are the economy’s backbone.
    Al Gore: Deficit Hawk for balancing 1993 budget, but not ideological.
Civil Rights
    Al Sharpton: Let gays and lesbians adopt.
    Al Sharpton: Supports gay rights-let people choose to sin or not.
    Al Gore: Tipper & Al pushed for voluntary record lyric labeling.
    Al Gore: Bush supporters oppose regulations but like big contracts.
    Al Gore: Commerce wounds nature that can no longer heal itself.
    Anthony Kennedy: International opinion opposes juvenile death penalty.
    Al Sharpton: It’s no coincidence that the wealthy don’t get executed.
    Al Sharpton: Focus on prevention instead of Three Strikes.
    Al Sharpton: Something wrong with mandatory time for drug users.
    Al Gore: Smoked pot recreationally, but kept it separate from work.
    Al Sharpton: Supports school prayer, but don’t impose it.
Energy & Oil
    Dick Cheney: 2000: Energy Task Force studied Iraqi oilfield maps.
    George W. Bush: OpEd: Melded energy policy with Iraq policy.
    Alan Schlesinger: Energy Bill had 3-mile LNG platform in Long Island Sound.
    Alan Schlesinger: Suspend the gas tax during the driving months.
    Alan Schlesinger: 1980s Excess Profits Tax caused skyrocketing oil prices.
    Alan Schlesinger: Declaration of Energy Independence: 2-tiered oil profit tax.
    Joseph Lieberman: 50% Excess Profits Tax on oil companies’ undeserved profit.
    Joseph Lieberman: Set America Free Act: reduce oil from unstable countries.
    Joseph Lieberman: Energy Bill included incentives for conservation.
    Ned Lamont: Cheney Energy Bill lost chance for comprehensive energy plan.
    Ned Lamont: Focus on incentives & conservation to reduce oil dependence.
    Al Gore: Skeptics point to historical warming--but today is hotter.
    Al Gore: Ocean warming causes stronger hurricanes, like Katrina.
    Al Gore: Global warming causes more floods & also more droughts.
    Al Gore: Supported ethanol in 1970s & cellulosic ethanol now.
    Al Gore: Arctic ice is melting & may disrupt global weather patterns.
    Al Gore: Carbon exchange market can cap-and-trade CO2 like we did SO2.
    Al Gore: Consensus on global warming, but newspapers fabricate doubt.
    Al Gore: Current tech can reduce CO2 emissions to 1970 levels.
    Al Gore: Dealing with global warming inconvenient for rich & powerful.
    Al Gore: We solved ozone crisis; can solve CO2 crisis by same methods.
    Al Gore: Pushed for BTU tax on coal & gas, in 1993.
    Al Gore: Pushed emissions trading plan at Kyoto greenhouse summit.
    Al Gore: Humans can impact earth’s ecology; especially the atmosphere.
    Al Gore: To let earth continue warming would be deeply immoral.
    Al Gore: Use market capitalism as ally of environmentalism.
    Al Gore: Proposed tsunami warning system prior to 2004 tsunami.
    Al Gore: Co-sponsored first Superfund bill, on Love Canal.
Families & Children
    Al Gore: Son’s accident taught Gore sensitivity & better parenting.
Foreign Policy
    Al Gore: Bush’s division into good vs. evil is Christian heresy.
    Al Gore: New security agenda based on addressing global problems.
    Al Franken: US intervention in Iran has made it worse.
    Al Gore: Drought from global warming set stage for Darfur genocide.
    Al Sharpton: We deal with China, so let’s deal with Cuba.
Free Trade
    Al Gore: Debate with Perot was instrumental in passing NAFTA.
Government Reform
    Bill Clinton: His 140 signing statements focused on judicial resolution.
    George W. Bush: More signing statements than all other presidents combined.
    Al Gore: Money dominates campaigns because of cost of TV ads.
    Al Gore: Bush pursues policies in advance of the facts.
    Al Gore: Bush chronically abuses “signing statements”.
    Al Gore: Full & robust public financing of all federal elections.
    Al Gore: Gore as reporter uncovered City Hall zoning scandal.
    Al Gore: Supported “PAC participation in the political process”.
    Al Gore: “Reinvention” caused some reform, but nothing fundamental.
    Al Gore: Fundraising from White House? Maybe. Candor & caution? No.
    Al Gore: Buddhist temple fundraiser: overzealous but probably legal.
Gun Control
    Tim Kaine: Limit high-capacity clips to no more than ten bullets.
    Al Gore: Supported gun rights in 1970s, because his constituents did.
Health Care
    Al Franken: Root cause of many problems is no access to healthcare.
    Al Green: Ensure quality health care is accessible to all individuals.
    Al Gore: Could “never vote against” anti-smoking lobby.
Homeland Security
    Donald Rumsfeld: 9/11: First response was to look for Iraq link.
    George W. Bush: Signing statement: We will decide what is torture.
    John McCain: McCain Amendment: Torture ban passed by veto-proof majority.
    Al Gore: Our government condones torture for first time in history.
    Al Gore: Mass eavesdropping threatens integrity of Bill of Rights.
    Alan Schlesinger: Iran has 6 enriched nuclear warheads; no negotiating.
    Joseph Lieberman: North Korea must know that we are prepared to use force.
    Joseph Lieberman: Iran: Sponsored resolution calling for regime change.
    Ned Lamont: North Korea: Negotiation is not appeasement.
    Ned Lamont: Iran: Cannot negotiate while we’re calling for regime change.
    Al Gore: Real danger to WTC is not terrorism, but rising sea levels.
    Al Franken: Terror alerts are politicized; purpose is to scare people.
    Al Franken: 9/11 Commission says Bush failed to prevent 9/11.
    Al Franken: War on Terror failing: number of terrorist attacks has risen.
    Al Gore: Pre-9/11 warnings were as strong as Millennium threats.
    Colin Powell: Pottery Barn Rule about Iraq: you break it, you own it.
    Colin Powell: 2004: Stopped reporting number of terrorist attacks.
    Condoleezza Rice: Speech scheduled for 9/11/01 focused on missile defense.
    Dick Cheney: 2004: Wrong choice for president & we'll get hit again.
    George W. Bush: A president must not shift in the wind.
    George W. Bush: OpEd: Clinton told Bush that biggest threat was al Qaeda.
    Harry S Truman: 1941: War profiteering is treason.
    Henry Waxman: 2004: discovered $108M Halliburton overcharges in Kuwait.
    Rush Limbaugh: Nobody got physically injured in Abu Ghraib scandal.
    Tom Ridge: OpEd: Ignored FOIA request from AP until he left office.
    Al Sharpton: Military increases have nothing to do with terrorism.
    Al Gore: Even as student at anti-war Harvard, Gore intended to serve.
    Al Gore: Concluded Vietnam was a mistake, but had valid purpose.
    Al Gore: Called for replacing MIRVed MX with single-warhead Midgetman.
    Al Gore: Against SDI & more carriers; for Grenada & nuclear freeze.
    Al Gore: Quicker than Clinton to favor force; but avoided it in Haiti.
    Al Sharpton: Immigration system is archaic & biased against Latinos.
Principles & Values
    Al Gore: Son’s serious accident spurred interest in environment.
    Heritage Foundation: 1980: Conservatism converted from intellectual to active.
    John Kerry: OpEd: Swift Boat mess caused by media reporting accusations.
    Al Gore: Offer to Bush: Hand count, then meet to show unity.
    Al Gore: Al & Tipper as model for “Love Story”?
    Al Gore: Born-again Baptist; serves God & obeys God’s will.
    Al Gore: Congressional campaign style: hard work & cautiousness.
    Al Gore: In Congress, called himself a “raging moderate”.
    Al Gore: “One of our greatest Pres.” but “disappointed” by Clinton.
Social Security
    Al Franken: Social Security was the greatest achievement of the New Deal.
    Al Franken: Raise the cap on income subject to the payroll tax.
    Cato Institute: Changed term "privatization" to "choice" in 2002.
    Dwight Eisenhower: 1954: anyone attempting to abolish Social Security is stupid.
    George W. Bush: Overhaul Social Security because it's unfair to black people.
    Heritage Foundation: Minorities realize dismal return from Social Security.
Tax Reform
    Al Franken: Gift of living in America comes with responsibilities.
    Al Gore: TV converts well-informed citizenry to well-amused audience.
    Al Gore: Defend Internet freedom as ferociously as freedom of press.
    Al Gore: Tech makes us a force of nature; obligation to use wisely.
    Al Gore: Internet restores press integrity lost by 1-way TV dominance.
    Al Franken: Mainstream media reports accusations as if they were news.
    Al Gore: Assisted heavily with invention of Internet in 1989.
    Al Gore: Supported V-Chip; pushed TV execs for rating system.
War & Peace
    Eric Shinseki: 2003: Undercut for disagreeing with White House on Iraq.
    George W. Bush: 9/11: Persisted in seeking Iraq link to terrorist attacks.
    Al Gore: Bush engaged in mass deception of the US public about Iraq.
    Al Franken: We build barriers in Iraq, but should rebuild infrastructure.
    Al Franken: Muslims hate our policies; they don't hate our freedom.
    Colin Powell: 1991: Leave Saddam enough power to threaten Iran.
    Dick Cheney: 2001: Success in Iraq would be a blow to 9/11 terrorists.
    Donald Rumsfeld: 1983: friendly talks with Saddam during his war with Iran.
    George Bush Sr.: Sold Saddam precursors for chemical weapons before Kuwait.
    George W. Bush: 2002: Keep the peace by authorizing use of force in Iraq.
    Ronald Reagan: 1983: sold Saddam precursors for chemical weapons.
    Rudy Giuliani: OpEd: Gave false impression that Iraq was involved in 9/11.
    Condoleezza Rice: Goal is steady progress toward Israel-Palestine peace.
    Condoleezza Rice: War on Terror is not a war against Islam.
    Condoleezza Rice: Monitor Iraq & take action if Saddam threatens US interests.
    Condoleezza Rice: Syria must decide: either for terrorism or against it.
    Condoleezza Rice: Blocking bin Laden’s propaganda tapes is not censorship.
    Al Gore: Supported early action in Bosnia; no “Vietnam syndrome”.
    Al Gore: Committed to the survival & security of Israel.
    Al Gore: Supported Gulf War; costs of war less than alternative.
Welfare & Poverty
    Al Franken: The economy--and its effect on poverty--are moral issues.

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