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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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Fact-checking on 2024 presidential, gubernatorial, and Senate campaigns

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    from 2024 FactCheck (number of quotes indicated):
  • Andy Wells (1) North Carolina Republican Challenger
  • Clarence Thomas (1) Republican Appointee to Supreme Court
  • Cornel West (1) Green Party/People's Party candidate
  • Donald Trump (14) Republican Presidential incumbent
  • Joe Biden (2) Democratic President; former V.P.; former Senator
  • Mitch McConnell (1) Republican Sr Senator Kentucky
  • Rick Scott (1) Florida Republican Governor
  • Ron DeSantis (1) Florida Republican presidential contender; FL governor
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"Fact-checking" means that an independent news/political organization examines statements made in campaign advertising or in poltiical debates, to see if they are objectively true or not.

The first fact-checking organization was called FactCheck.org (described below) but in recent years many other organizations have joined in. Some that we use are:

Fact-checking has become commonplace in recent years; but originally we used only FactCheck.org. They are often accused of partisanship (as are all fact-checking services, so we attempt to balance them against each other and report only non-partisan facts here). Following is FactCheck.org's self-description; all of the other services are linked from above so you can check out their similar self-descriptions:

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  • [FactCheck.org is] a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

  • The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg in 1994 to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels.

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    Fact-checking in 2024 races:
  • Mediaite, "Trump Insists He's 'Not Going to Have Time for Retribution'--Hours After Telling Supporters 'I AM YOUR RETRIBUTION'," by Ken Meyer, Jan 11th, 2024, (Link) [FactCheck on Trump's 1/10/24 statement on "Retribution"]
  • American Enterprise Institute (AEI), "The State of al Qaeda and ISIS in 2023," by Katherine Zimmerman & Nathan Vincent, September 11, 2023, (Link) [FactCheck on Trump's 1/10/24 statement on beating ISIS]
  • On 2024 N.C. Governor race: Ogletree.com, "Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Religious Accommodation Title VII Case," by Andrew (Drew) P. Burnside, Philip K. Kontul, James M. Paul, Justine L. Abrams, and Zachary V. Zagger, June 29, 2023 (downloaded with AndyWells.org 12/23/23), (Link)
  • The Daily Beast, "Cornel West Owes More Than Half a Million in Unpaid Taxes," by William Bredderman, Aug. 03, 2023, (Link)
  • 2024_Hopefuls: ABA Journal: "'Very, very wise and learned counsel' defense will be key in Trump's election trial, his lawyer says," by Debra Cassens Weiss, August 3, 2023, (Link)
  • CBS News, "What does the Presidential Records Act say, and how does it apply to Trump?," by Stefan Becket & Melissa Quinn, June 13, 2023, (Link)
  • Human Rights Watch (HRW), "Hungary‚Äôs authoritarian leader is no gift to US conservatives," by Lydia Gall, August 4, 2022, (Link) [FactCheck on Trump's 1/10/24 statement on "Viktor Orban"]
  • The Guardian, "'Anchor babies': the 'ludicrous' immigration myth that treats people as pawns," by Alexandra Villarreal, 16 Mar 2020, (Link) [FactCheck on Ron DeSantis' 1/4/24 statement on "14th Amendment" and "Anchors"]
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Civil Rights
    Joe Biden: Dangerous to question LGBT rights and contraceptive rights.
    Clarence Thomas: FactCheck: Overturning Roe doesn't apply to other rights.
Energy & Oil
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Didn't lose "energy independence" under Biden.
Foreign Policy
    Donald Trump: Hungary's Viktor Orban is a great leader; he's very strong.
Free Trade
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: 220,000 American cars sold in Europe, not zero.
Government Reform
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Presidential Records Act irrelevant to Boxes Hoax.
Gun Control
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: NRA did oppose Trump "bump stock" ban .
    Ron DeSantis: Children born here to illegal immigrants aren't "anchors".
    Andy Wells: Don't make religious federal workers work on their Sabbath.
    Joe Biden: We created 15M jobs in 3 years: a record.
Principles & Values
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Incorrectly claims "insurrection was on Nov. 3".
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Never ordered National Guard to Capitol on Jan. 6.
    Donald Trump: The Big Lie was the Election itself.
    Donald Trump: January 6 commemoration political theater, a distraction.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: No advice-of-counsel defense on election denial.
    Donald Trump: Says "No time for retribution"; FactCheck: fundraises on it.
    Donald Trump: Questions Kamala Harris' eligibility for vice-presidency.
Social Security
    Rick Scott: FactCheck: Yes, sunsetting could abolish entitlements .
    Mitch McConnell: FactCheck: Not just "Rick Scott Plan" to sunset entitlements.
Tax Reform
    Cornel West: Advocates taxing the rich; has $500K+ in federal tax liens.
War & Peace
    Donald Trump: I beat ISIS in literally three months; knocked them out.
    Donald Trump: Russia can do what they want to unpaid-up NATO members.

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