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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)

Book Reviews

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Ad-Watch: Candidate television advertisement texts, and analysis

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FactCheck.org analyses the veracity of statements made during political races. OnTheIssues.org summarizes two sets of analyses:
1. From debates and public speeches
2. From TV & radio advertisements

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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.

    The APPC accepts NO funding from business corporations, labor unions, political parties, lobbying organizations or individuals. It is funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation.

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    George W. Bush: Kerry’s abortion stance shows the wrong priorities.
    John Edwards: Ad: compassion, truth, and hope over fear-mongering.
    John Hickenlooper: AdWatch: I'm no politician; I make beer & build restaurants.
    Amy Klobuchar: I helped avoid closing 28 profitable MN car dealerships.
    Howard Dean: AdWatch: “Hold corporations accountable”-but gave incentives.
    John Kerry: Opposes death penalty except for post 9-11 terrorists.
Energy & Oil
    Mike Pence: AdWatch 1990: "Thanks, America, for buying so much Arab Oil".
    John McCain: AdWatch: Obama is the “Dr. No” of energy security.
    John McCain: AdWatch: Realistic climate plan that clashes with GOP.
Government Reform
    Barack Obama: AdWatch: I opt out of broken public campaign finance system.
Gun Control
    Brian Kemp: Respect the 2nd Amendment if you want to date my daughter.
Health Care
    Dick Gephardt: AdWatch: Criticizes Dean for 11-year-old outdated stances.
    John Kerry: 2.7M manufacturing jobs lost under Bush.
    Dick Gephardt: AdWatch: claims Bush did worst on jobs-but Reagan did worse.
Principles & Values
    John Kerry: Urban Legend: Kerry did not disparage Reagan at funeral.
    Ralph Nader: Ad: Nader helped by Republican donors.
    George W. Bush: Ad: Kerry missed votes in the Senate by campaigning.
    Joseph Lieberman: AdWatch: Fighting extremes of both parties.
Tax Reform
    Claire McCaskill: Ad-Watch: Supports middle-class tax cuts, not all tax cuts.
    George W. Bush: Ad: The largest tax relief in history.
    John Edwards: AdWatch: claims millionaires pay more than cops-not really.
    Kevin de Leon: Preserve net neutrality in California, if Feds won't.
War & Peace
    John Kerry: Swift Boat Vets attack Kerry’s medals.
    Howard Dean: AdWatch: “My opponents voted for war”-negative but true.
    Howard Dean: AdWatch: blames Gephardt for $87B-but Dean’s view evolved.
Welfare & Poverty
    Barack Obama: AdWatch: Fought for workers from college thru Senate.

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