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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
United,
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)
Becoming,
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)
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, 2019


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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
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Donald Trump: Ban the late-term abortion of babies.
Education
    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.
Environment
    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.
Free Trade
    Donald Trump: We said "that's enough" to China & signed new trade deal.
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check:USMCA mostly a cosmetic refreshing of NAFTA.
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check: Union support for USMCA was mixed.
Health Care
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check: 4,311 drugs had price hike; 619 were lowered.
    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.
Homeland Security
    Donald Trump: $400B more from NATO members for military expenses.
Jobs
    Donald Trump: Unemployment at record low, including women & disabled.
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check: Job creation has increased, but at lower rate.
Principles & Values
    Rush Limbaugh: Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom after cancer diagnosis.
Technology
    Donald Trump: New roads, bridges & tunnels, plus high-speed rural internet.
War & Peace
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check: Trump has sent more troops to MidEast.


The above quotations are from 2020 State of the Union address to Congress, plus the Democratic responses, Feb. 4, 2019.

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