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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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Fact-checking on 2020 Presidential, Gubernatorial, and Senatorial campaigns


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    from 2020 FactCheck (number of quotes indicated):
  • Bernie Sanders (3) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Cato Institute (1)
  • Donald Trump (7) Republican Presidential incumbent
  • Elizabeth Warren (2) Massachusetts Senator
  • Joe Biden (8) Democratic V.P.
  • Kamala Harris (2) California Democratic candidate for President; California Senator
  • Pete Buttigieg (1) Indiana Democratic candidate for President; Mayor of South Bend, IN
  • Richard Ojeda (1) Democratic Senate Challenger West Virginia
  • Tom Steyer (1) Possible Democratic candidate for President from California
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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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-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, April 2019
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Joe Biden: Fact-Check: opposes Hyde Amendment, after decades of support.
    Kamala Harris: Repeal Hyde Amendment; unacceptable that Biden voted for it.
    Elizabeth Warren: Legal abortions are safer than tonsillectomies.
Crime
    Joe Biden: 1994: Billions for state prisons but fewer billions than GOP.
Energy & Oil
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check:US became #1 producer of natural gas in 2009.
Free Trade
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check:USMCA mostly a cosmetic refreshing of NAFTA.
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check: Union support for USMCA was mixed.
Government Reform
    Joe Biden: 30 years ago, I proposed campaign finance reform.
    Cato Institute: FactCheck: Whistleblower rules never require 1st-hand report.
Gun Control
    Bernie Sanders: 2005: Allow suing gun manufacturers for negligence.
    Richard Ojeda: Deaths and injuries every month from senseless gun violence.
Health Care
    Bernie Sanders: FactCheck: US pays twice OECD average, but not every country.
    Pete Buttigieg: 2018: Medicare-for-All; 2020: only for those who want it.
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check: 4,311 drugs had price hike; 619 were lowered.
    Donald Trump: Executive order requiring healthcare price transparency.
Homeland Security
    Bernie Sanders: FactCheck: $1.8 trillion on all military, not just weapons.
Jobs
    Joe Biden: I supported $15 minimum wage in NYC years ago.
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check: Job creation has increased, but at lower rate.
Principles & Values
    Joe Biden: FactCheck:Yes, entered & left Congress as one of the poorest.
    Kamala Harris: FactCheck: Constitutionally eligible to run for presidency.
Social Security
    Joe Biden: Restructure tax code while protecting Social Security.
Tax Reform
    Elizabeth Warren: FactCheck: "2% wealth tax" is 6% on wealthiest billionaires.
War & Peace
    Joe Biden: FactCheck: removed troops from Iraq, but they went back.
    Tom Steyer: Obama got Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions.
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check: Trump has sent more troops to MidEast.
    Joe Biden: FactCheck:No, didn't oppose Iraq War right after war started.


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