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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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Snopes.com fact-checking and poltiical debunking

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  • Arnold Mooney (1) Republican 2020 Senate Challenger Alabama
  • Barack Obama (1) Democratic President (elected 2008)
  • Barry Moore (1) Republican U.S. Rep Alabama-2
  • Bill Hightower (1) Republican U.S. Rep Alabama-1
  • Donald Trump (5) Republican Presidential incumbent
  • Elizabeth Warren (1) Massachusetts Senator
  • Hillary Clinton (1) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • John Rogers (1) Democratic 2020 Senate Challenger Alabama
  • Kamala Harris (1) California Democratic nominee for Vice President; California Senator
  • Robert Bentley (1) Alabama Republican Governor
  • Vivian Davis Figures (1) Democratic Senate Challenger (2008); State Senator Alabama
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  • (On Trump Administration): "Here's How Scientists Know the Coronavirus Wasn't Made in a Lab," 13 July 2020
  • "Did President Trump Refer to the Coronavirus as a 'Hoax'?", by Bethania Palma, 2 MARCH 2020
  • (On State of the Union): Donald Trump on SOTU vs Super Bowl; Fact-Check on 2019 State of the Union address Feb 6, 2019
  • Kamala Harris on Constitutional eligibility; Fact-Check on 2020 presidential hopefuls Jan 28, 2019
  • Elizabeth Warren on abortions vs. tonsillectomies: FactCheck on 2020 Presidential Hopefuls Jan 30, 2019
  • "Did Donald Trump Say Republicans Are the 'Dumbest Group of Voters'?", by Kim LaCapria, 16 October 2015
  • On AL-HB45: "Does This Video Prove Planned Parenthood Sells Fetal Tissue Illegally?," by Dan Evon, Published 14 July 2015
  • Hillary Clinton on eminent domain for China: FactCheck on 2016 presidential hopefuls Mar 8, 2009
  • Barack Obama on standing with Muslims: AdWatch of 2008 campaign emails: analysis by snopes.com Aug 22, 2008
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Elizabeth Warren: Legal abortions are safer than tonsillectomies.
    Robert Bentley: Prohibit use of fetal tissue from unborn infants.
    Bill Hightower: Prohibit use of fetal tissue from unborn infants.
    Vivian Davis Figures: Prohibit use of fetal tissue from unborn infants.
    Arnold Mooney: Prohibit use of fetal tissue from unborn infants.
    Barry Moore: Prohibit use of fetal tissue from unborn infants.
    John Rogers: No additional laws restricting use of fetal tissue.
    Donald Trump: 1998: I hate abortion yet I'm totally for choice.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: No, Hillary didn't grant eminent domain to China.
Gun Control
    Donald Trump: 1998: Against gun laws; only bad guys would have guns.
Health Care
    Donald Trump: 1998: For universal coverage; have to take care of people.
Principles & Values
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: 46M watched SOTU; 98M watched Super Bowl.
    Kamala Harris: FactCheck: Constitutionally eligible to run for presidency.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Did not say “I will stand with the Muslims”.
Tax Reform
    Donald Trump: 1998: I'd like to see major tax cuts, 800 billion or more.

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