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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
by Cory Booker (2016)
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)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
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)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Books by and about the 2016 presidential election
What Happened ,
by Hillary Clinton (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Hard Choices,
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
Becoming ,
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

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Fact-checking on 2016 presidential, gubernatorial, and Senate campaigns

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    from 2016 FactCheck (number of quotes indicated):
  • Barack Obama (1) Democratic President (elected 2008)
  • Ben Carson (1) HUD Secretary
  • Bernie Sanders (3) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Chris Christie (2) New Jersey N.J. Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Clay Higgins (1) Republican U.S. Rep Louisiana-3
  • David Jolly (2) Republican Senate Challenger Florida
  • Donald Trump (23) Republican Presidential candidate
  • George Pataki (1) New York Republican presidential candidate
  • Hillary Clinton (8) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Jeb Bush (1) Florida Former FL Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Marco Rubio (2) FL Senator; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Mike Pence (3) Indiana Republican nominee for Vice President
  • Nikki Haley (1) South Carolina UN Ambassador
  • Rick Santorum (1) Republican Presidential candidate
  • Roy Blunt (1) Republican Jr Senator Missouri
  • Ted Cruz (3) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
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 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Chris Christie: FactCheck: Donor to Planned Parenthood in '94, but denies it.
Budget & Economy
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Paid income taxes for 3 years out of 5 in 1970s.
Civil Rights
    Clay Higgins: FactCheck: Biblical marriage includes polygamy and chattel.
    Bernie Sanders: Regrets vote to deregulate swaps and derivatives.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Stop-&-frisk unconstitutional but NYPD disagrees.
    Ben Carson: Marijuana is a starter drug; keep barriers to hedonism.
    George Pataki: Let's see what happens in Colorado with legalization.
    Rick Santorum: Marijuana is a controlled substance for a reason.
Energy & Oil
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: US not yet quite energy-independent.
    David Jolly: I support offshore drilling, but not off Florida's coasts.
    Donald Trump: Won't go to circuses that cut elephants due to animal rights.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: No, Hillary didn't grant eminent domain to China.
Foreign Policy
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: No, Iran is not a trading partner of North Korea.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Yes, nuke deal sent planeloads of cash to Iran.
    Chris Christie: World has fewer democracies than before Obama.
Free Trade
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Yes, has opposed trade deals since Reagan.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: NAFTA reduced U.S. jobs by 1%, not 30% or 50%.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: yes, Ford plant in Mexico, but no U.S. job cuts.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: No, VATs are not tariffs against US exports.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Yes, called TPP "gold standard," unambiguously.
    Ted Cruz: I always opposed TPP, but I supported TPA.
Gun Control
    Bernie Sanders: FactCheck: No, never supported by National Rifle Association.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: 33,000 gun deaths includes suicides & accidents.
Health Care
    Donald Trump: Let vets see private doctors or VA: that's not privatization.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: 7M new Medicaid includes woodwork & normal churn.
Homeland Security
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: US spends more than NATO, but only 22% on NATO.
    Roy Blunt: FactCheck: Did not disclose student deferment from Vietnam.
    Marco Rubio: FactCheck: Yes, Air Force is now smallest in its history.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Yes, voted for a partial wall on Mexican border.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Yes, would increase Syrian refugees by 550%.
    Nikki Haley: FactCheck: US does have history of religion-based exclusion.
    Marco Rubio: FactCheck: No MarcoPhones, and no executive DREAMers either.
    Jeb Bush: FactCheck: Yes, immigrants are more fertile.
    Mike Pence: Indiana's unemployment rate was cut in half since 2013.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Yes, experts say Hillar'y plan will gain 10M jobs.
Principles & Values
    Donald Trump: A businessman, not a lifelong politician.
    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.
Social Security
    David Jolly: FactCheck: Discuss private accounts & other options too.
Tax Reform
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Hillary's plan raises taxes only for top 5%.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Cutting carried interest gains $18B in revenue.
    Donald Trump: OpEd: Can't release tax returns while under audit? Nixon did.
    Donald Trump: OpEd AdWatch: Trump more liberal on taxes than Democrats.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Proposed 14% tax on wealthy in 2000, but not now.
    Donald Trump: No net increase in taxes, but increases on wealthy.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: 24% of our bridges are in trouble, not 59%.
War & Peace
    Mike Pence: FactCheck: Pence says pressure Assad; Trump focuses on ISIS.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Would shoot Iranian warships too near US warships.
    Donald Trump: I opposed Iraq War in 2004; it destabilized entire Mideast.
    Donald Trump: 2011: Knock out Ghadafi; 2016: Libya war was a mistake.
    Mike Pence: Hillary Clinton left Americans in harm's way in Benghazi.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Supported Iraq invasion in 2002; opposed in 2003.
    Bernie Sanders: Qatar is wealthy; needs to get skin in game against ISIS.

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