Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates|
| Crippled America,|
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
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)
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)
Books by and about the 2016 presidential election|
| What Happened ,|
by Hillary Clinton (2017)
| Higher Loyalty ,|
by James Comey (2018)
| Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,|
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
| Hard Choices,|
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
| Becoming ,|
by Michelle Obama (2018)
| Outsider in the White House,|
by Bernie Sanders (2015)
(click a book cover for a review or other books by or about the presidency from Amazon.com)
Samuel Alito, Senate confirmation hearings for his Supreme Court nomination, January 2006 (plus commentary)
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
John Roberts: Roe v. Wade is more than settled as precedent.
Jon Kyl: Nominees should not reveal pre-determined positions on Roe.
Lindsey Graham: Ginsburg would get rejected today for outspokenness on Roe.
Richard Durbin: Troubled that Alito 1985 memo shows closed mind on abortion.
Richard Durbin: Doesn’t condemn converts to pro-choice, since he did.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Government should fund abortion and childbirth equally.
Samuel Alito: Stare decisis is first step; then an open mind on abortion.
Samuel Alito: Was against Roe in 1985, but a lot has happened since then.
Samuel Alito: Roe v Wade is important precedent but not settled law.
Jeff Sessions: Banning the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional.
Mike DeWine: Disturbed by “free speech zones” in public arena.
Sam Brownback: Robustly religious public square better than naked square.
Samuel Alito: Overturning separate-but-equal OK despite 60-year precedent.
Samuel Alito: Treat religious speech equally with secular speech.
Samuel Alito: Racial profiling violates the 4th Amendment.
Samuel Alito: I joined CAP to defend ROTC, not to keep out minorities.
Ted Kennedy: Alito joined CAP when CAP’s racism was in the news.
Samuel Alito: Privacy is a question of interpretation of the Constitution.
Samuel Alito: The Constitution protects a right to privacy.
Samuel Alito: The President has to comply with statutes that are passed.
Samuel Alito: Bundling goods to large purchasers is not monopolistic.
Russell Feingold: Death penalty defendants often don’t get adequate counsel.
Russell Feingold: Alito votes more pro-death penalty than most GOP judges.
Samuel Alito: Overruled by Supreme Court on death penalty adequate counsel.
Samuel Alito: Congress limits judicial review of death penalty cases.
Joe Biden: Princeton was last Ivy holdout to admit women & minorities.
Sam Brownback: Stare decisis would have upheld separate-but-equal.
Dianne Feinstein: Citizens need standing to sue under Clean Water Act.
Samuel Alito: Citizens can only sue under CWA if they suffered injury.
Samuel Alito: Ruling on standing is not ruling against the environment.
Tom Coburn: Justices citing foreign law is bad behavior.
Samuel Alito: Don’t look to foreign law for civil rights interpretation.
Jeff Sessions: Supreme Court exceeds its authority and needs reining in.
Samuel Alito: Over-reaching by Court undermines respect for law.
Samuel Alito: No one is above the law and no one is beneath the law.
Samuel Alito: Supports one-person-one-vote within a deviation of 10%.
Samuel Alito: Supports stare decisis--following prior precedents.
Samuel Alito: Executive power issues are not often resolved by the court.
Samuel Alito: Constitution is a living thing, with unchanging principles.
Arlen Specter: Nominees only answer as many questions as they have to.
Patrick Leahy: Justices should effectively check government overreaching.
Richard Durbin: Justices should not restrict our rights and freedoms.
Samuel Alito: Ok to refuse medical treatment; but assisted suicide not ok.
Patrick Leahy: Bush thinks anti-torture statue doesn’t apply to him.
Samuel Alito: President can be challenged for not following Congress’ laws.
Samuel Alito: Government needs to justify domestic spying.
Ted Kennedy: All-powerful executive branch is genuinely troubling.
Herbert Kohl: Alito sided against immigrants 88% of the time.
Samuel Alito: Voted against immigrants because Congress set law that way.
Principles & Values|
Arlen Specter: Senate speaks to entire Supreme Court during hearings.
Charles Schumer: Alito responds, but doesn’t really answer questions.
Samuel Alito: Pledge of recusal does not last for 12 years.
Samuel Alito: Constitution doesn’t change but the factual situations do.
Samuel Alito: All the courts should be insulated from public opinion.
Charles Schumer: Nominees must prove they’re not extreme.
John Cornyn: Justices should respect law, not impose political agendas.
Samuel Alito: 1960s Princeton: “privileged people behaving irresponsibly”.
Samuel Alito: Good judges can change their minds during a case.
Samuel Alito: Attorneys want results; judges want only the rule of law.
Samuel Alito: Pledges to administer justice without respect to persons.
Samuel Alito: Disability benefits apply if job category dissapears.
Arlen Specter: Supreme Court proceedings should be televised.
Samuel Alito: Voted to televise 3rd Circuit court.
War & Peace|
Samuel Alito: President does not have a blank check in time of war.
Welfare & Poverty|
Jeff Sessions: Eminent domain for private development is Court over-reach.
Samuel Alito: Eminent domain affects emotions, not just money.
The above quotations are from Samuel Alito, Senate confirmation hearings for his Supreme Court nomination, January 2006 (plus commentary).