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Books by and about 2016 presidential candidates
Hard Choices,
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
Crippled America ,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)
American Dreams,
by Marco Rubio (2015)
Taking a Stand,
by Rand Paul (2015)
Unintimidated,
by Scott Walker (2013)
A Time for Truth,
by Ted Cruz (2015)
One Nation,
by Ben Carson (2014)
Trump/Pence vs. Clinton/Kaine On the Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Living History ,
by Hillary Rodham Clinton (2003)
Between Hope and History ,
by Bill Clinton (1996)
In Harmís Way ,
by Dr. Jill Stein (2000)
Democrat vs. Republican vs. Green vs. Libertarian,
Four Party's Presidential Nominees On The Issues (2016)
Books by and about 2012 presidential candidates
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (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)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)

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Presidential Primary Fact Checking by OnTheIssues.org


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Numerous OnTheIssues viewers have complained that the "FactCheckers" are as biased as the candidates.

We address the bias of the fact-checkers by including fact-checking from several sources. In 2011, we use FactCheck.org and PolitiFact.com. And we also have started our own internal fact-checking.

OnTheIssues.org's fact-checking focuses on subtle lies. Politicians are very good at telling half-truths which deflect attention from the real issue -- we attempt here to point out those types of lies. And we cover not-so-subtle lies that the other fact-checkers miss.

We remind voters to keep in mind the old adage:
Q: "How can you tell when a politician is lying?"
A: "His lips are moving."

We add to that adage that the mainstream news media are just as bad -- they line up to listen to the lies, and then report them to the public as truth.
Q: "How can you tell when news reports are lying?"
A: "When they just repeat what politicians say."

An honest press would instead investigate every statement made by politicians, rather than breathlessly repeating the lies as if they were true. The mainstream media has abandoned that essential role. We attempt to remedy that on this website.

-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, August 2011
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Chris Christie: FactCheck: Donor to Planned Parenthood in '94, but denies it.
Civil Rights
    John F. Kennedy: FactCheck: 1960 election 70%-30% for JFK among black voters.
    Lyndon Johnson: FactCheck: Civil Rights Act led to 90% black vote for Dems.
Corporations
    Bernie Sanders: Regrets vote to deregulate swaps and derivatives.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Yes, hedge-fund billionaires run ads against her.
Education
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: More than figurehead at Trump U.
Energy & Oil
    James Inhofe: FactCheck: Bush made change to "climate change," not Obama.
Environment
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Yes, hybrid family vehicles are available in US.
Families & Children
    Rick Santorum: FactCheck: Yes, ISIS declared fatwa to kill disabled kids.
Foreign Policy
    Chris Christie: World has fewer democracies than before Obama.
    Sarah Palin: FactCheck: Never said, "I can see Russia from my house".
    Rick Perry: FactCheck: Pakistan is our ally, according to Bush generals.
    Eric Cantor: FactCheck: Jihadists resent US occupation, not our beliefs.
Free Trade
    Ted Cruz: I always opposed TPP, but I supported TPA.
    Rick Santorum: FactCheck: Several other candidates support EXIM Bank too.
Government Reform
    Ed Markey: Authored laws on Telecomm, insider trading, and Alzheimers.
Gun Control
    Bernie Sanders: FactCheck: No, never supported by National Rifle Association.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: 33,000 gun deaths includes suicides & accidents.
    Martin O`Malley: FactCheck: Yes, ISIL made videos on buying assault weapons.
Health Care
    Paul Ryan: FactCheck: No, Medicare cost doesn't exceed national defense.
Homeland Security
    Marco Rubio: FactCheck: Yes, Air Force is now smallest in its history.
    Barack Obama: We spend more on military than next 8 nations combined.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: No, ISIL doesn't cite Trump in recruitment videos.
    Rand Paul: FactCheck: Yes, military spending as much as next 10 nations.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: 7 official reports on Benghazi over 3-year period.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Dozens of U.S. diplomats killed during Bush terms.
    Jeb Bush: FactCheck: No, Benghazi wasn't 1st deadly assault since 1979.
    Kevin McCarthy: Questions remain unanswered about Benghazi.
    Herman Cain: FactCheck: No, Israel leader never mentioned our way of life.
Immigration
    Jill Stein: FactCheck: 2.5M deportations counts removals, not returns.
    Nikki Haley: FactCheck: US does have history of religion-based exclusion.
    Ted Cruz: FactCheck: Yes, Bill Clinton deported 12M illegal aliens.
Jobs
    Barack Obama: We've cut unemployment in half during my term.
    Ron Paul: FactCheck: Feds paid for 8M WWII vets to attend college.
Principles & Values
    Donald Trump: I have a daughter and son-in-law who are Jewish.
    Ted Cruz: FactCheck: Yes, Cruz speaks Spanish & understands Univision.
    Ted Cruz: FactCheck: McCain was born in US territory, not Panama.
    Gabriel Gomez: FactCheck: Markey authored successful bills over 22 years.
    Paul Ryan: FactCheck: "Progressivists" is intentionally insulting term.
Social Security
    Lyndon Johnson: FactCheck: Moved Trust Fund to "on-budget," not spendable.
Tax Reform
    Bobby Jindal: FactCheck: JFK lowered top income tax rate from 91% to 65%.
    John F. Kennedy: FactCheck: JFK lowered top income tax rate from 91% to 65%.
    Paul Ryan: FactCheck: JFK cut rates by 20%, but from twice today's rate.
    Rush Limbaugh: FactCheck: JFK lowered top income tax rate from 91% to 65%.
    Herman Cain: FactCheck: No, middle-earners pay more than 20% of taxes.
War & Peace
    Bernie Sanders: Qatar is wealthy; needs to get skin in game against ISIS.
    Ted Cruz: FactCheck: No, ISIS and Iran haven't declared war on America.
    Ben Carson: FactCheck: Yes, Congress declared war after 9/11, sort of.
    Pat Buchanan: FactCheck: Nukes do not protect a country from attack.
    Richard Nixon: FactCheck: No, Vietnam War ended in 1975, not 1973.


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