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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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National Public Radio election coverage

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    Article excerpts from National Public Radio:
  • NPR, "Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib delivers a response to Biden's State of the Union," by Barbara Sprunt, March 2, 2022
  • (On SCOTUS): All Things Considered, "Arizona Attorney General On Supreme Court Upholding State Voting Restrictions," July 1, 2021
  • On Biden Promises: "At Climate Summit, Biden Stresses U.S. Commitment and Economic Opportunity," by Scott Detrow, April 22, 2021
  • On January 6th, "After Voting To Acquit, McConnell Torches Trump As Responsible For Riot," by Barbara Sprunt, February 13, 2021
  • (On Biden Administration): "Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Signs Military 'Stand Down' Memo to Address Extremism," by Jason Slotkin, February 6, 2021
  • (On Confirmation Hearings), "From Border Wall To Capitol Riot, Homeland Security Nominee Takes Senate Questions," by Brian Naylor, & Barbara Sprunt, January 19, 2021
  • "Touting Her Experience, Susan Rice Makes Her Case for Biden's VP Slot," by Barbara Sprunt, August 4, 2020
  • "President Clinton Was Impeached 21 Years Ago. Some Parallels Run Deep," by Brian Naylor, December 6, 2019
  • NPR Morning Edition, "Nations With Allies Thrive, Nations Without Allies Wither," by Jim Mattis, 9/2/2019
  • National Public Radio on 2022 OK Senate: "'On Fire For God's Work': How Scott Pruitt's Faith Drives His Politics," by Tom Dreisbach & Joe Wertz, May 1, 2018
  • Scott Simon, NPR host, on 2020 presidential hopefuls, 2/10/2018
  • NPR Fact-Check on 2017 Trump Administration promises, 6/2/2017
  • National Public Radio, "Kaine criticizes Syria strategy", 10/31/2015
  • On HB84: NPR, "Alabama's Governor Signs Education Bill Allowing School Choice," by Bill Chappell, March 14, 2013
  • Neal Conan on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation, 7/21/2011
  • Interview with National Public Radio's Mara Liasson, 6/29/2011
  • Scott Neuman on NPR, "Clinton on WikiLeaks", 11/29/2010
  • National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, 8/1/2005
  • Juan Williams interview on National Public Radio, 5/26/2005
  • The Connection with Dick Gordon, National Public Radio, 9/8/2003
  • Interview on WBUR (Boston National Public Radio) 90.9 FM, 5/14/2003
  • National Public Radio Interview, 1/31/2003
  • National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," 9/7/2000
  • National Press Club interview (aired on NPR), 7/23/2000
  • National Public Radio news, WBUR Boston 90.9 FM, 12/2/1999
  • Also see additional National Public Radio excerpts

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Eric Schmitt: Reinstate rule banning abortion referrals with federal funds.
    Joe Biden: Restore federal Title X family planning program.
    Susan Rice: Disagrees with son: she's pro-choice, he's pro-life.
    Matt Dolan: Opposed abortion ban if fetal heartbeat detected.
    Mike DeWine: Enacted abortion ban if fetal heartbeat detected.
    Mike Parson: Signs bill criminalizing abortion after eight weeks.
    Kirsten Gillibrand: Codify Roe v. Wade; repeal Hyde Amendment.
    Kirsten Gillibrand: Would look to remove the Hyde Amendment.
Budget & Economy
    Gary Chambers: Has been an advocate for Biden's Build Back Better plan.
    Danielle Allen: East-west rail clearly important; definitely a high priority.
    Barack Obama: Take China “to the mat” about currency manipulation.
    Ralph Nader: Top priorities: Infrastructure; poverty; preventive health.
Civil Rights
    Maura Healey: We put an equity lens on everything that we do.
    Maura Healey: Was lead counsel challenging Defense of Marriage Act.
    Maura Healey: The first openly gay state attorney general in U.S. history.
    Geoff Diehl: Supports gay GOP candidate criticized by committee member.
    Pete Buttigieg: Douglass Plan: tackle racial inequality with funding & laws.
    Pete Buttigieg: Racial inequality compounds, which is why it is persistent.
    Pete Buttigieg: White America needs to face roots of systemic racism.
    Bernie Sanders: Supports reparations, but targeted to distressed communities.
    Kamala Harris: Reparations raise a public health issue.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Yes, record number of women in Congress.
    Chris Pappas: State of the Union: protest transgender military service ban.
    Kirsten Gillibrand: State of the Union: protest transgender military service ban.
    Tom Price: Against LGBT rights, same-sex marriage.
    Tom Price: Would allow LGBT discrimination under civil rights laws.
    Curt Clawson: Promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.
    Howard Dean: The Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.
    Howard Dean: Referendum votes should not apply to civil rights.
    Ralph Nader: Get rid of gay discrimination fully, not halfway.
    Amy Klobuchar: Update law, but treat tech companies on case by case basis.
    Amy Klobuchar: Put burden of proof on competitiveness on companies.
    Cory Booker: Don't condemn high tech business; regulate them.
    Hillary Clinton: Bush defanged the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Yes, Bush shrunk CPSC; but it shrank before Bush.
    John Edwards: Trade policy caters to interests of big corporate America.
    John Edwards: Corporate interests have taken over democracy.
    Joe Gale: Appalling to criticize insurrection but not other protests.
    Cedric Richmond: Reach out to conservatives & formerly incarcerated people.
    Pete Buttigieg: Supports constitutional ban on death penalty.
    Kamala Harris: Not tough nor soft crime: must be smart on crime.
    Kamala Harris: No on capital punishment, but justice for murderers.
    Cory Booker: Legalize marijuana; restore ex-con voting rights.
    Cory Booker: Ended "three strike penalty"; more reform is needed.
    Ralph Nader: Some executed by death penalty were innocent.
    Maura Healey: Pandemic requires additional support for public schools.
    Eric Schmitt: No evidence of increased threats towards school officials.
    Sonia Chang-Diaz: Young people shouldn't have to carry decades of student debt.
    Kirsten Gillibrand: College tuition in exchange for public service.
    Hunter Hill: Advocate for education accounts including private schools.
    Robert Bentley: Allow tax credits for parents for private schools.
    Barry Moore: Allow tax credits for parents for private schools.
    John Rogers: No tax credits for parents for private schools.
    Vivian Davis Figures: No tax credits for parents for private schools.
    Chris Dodd: Education is the heart of who we are.
Energy & Oil
    Maura Healey: Will harness all the levers in combating the climate crisis.
    Joe Biden: Convened "climate world summit"; cut US emissions in half.
    Joe Biden: FactCheck:US rejoined world in GHG reduction, not vice-versa.
    Charlie Baker: Next-generation roadmap for climate policy.
    Sonia Chang-Diaz: Next-generation roadmap for climate policy.
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check:US became #1 producer of natural gas in 2009.
    Beto O`Rourke: Invest in fighting climate change as JFK did with "moonshot".
    Beto O`Rourke: Climate change a true existential threat.
    Jay Inslee: America ready to be inspired to pursue clean energy.
    Spencer Cox: There's very clear evidence of climate change.
    Donald Trump: Represent Pittsburgh, not Paris: Coal over climate agreement.
    Bob Massie: Transform the state completely by pursuing renewable energy.
    Steve Bullock: Promotes wind and solar power and clean coal for Montana.
    Curt Clawson: Keystone XL pipeline must be completed.
    Harry Reid: BP and oil companies need regulation.
    Barack Obama: Aggressively address accelerating climate change.
    Joe Biden: FactCheck: Oil did not jump $18/bbl due to Iran Resolution.
    Charles Booker: Marginalized communities harmed by pollution must be heard.
    Tom Tiffany: Badge of honor to be attacked by environmentalists.
    Barack Obama: WOTUS 2015: expansive definition of protected waterways.
    Donald Trump: WOTUS 2018: limited definition of protected waterways.
    Chris Dodd: Country-of-origin & ingredient labeling for food imports.
    Hillary Clinton: Better track kids’ products for exposures to toxic materials.
Families & Children
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: State of the Union: protest ignoring sexual assaults.
    Kevin Stitt: Vaccination should be between a parent & their pediatrician.
Foreign Policy
    Elizabeth Warren: Alliances make us stronger & better able to face China.
    Donald Trump: 2012: Get tough on Pakistan; 2016: lavish praise on Pakistan.
    Chris Dodd: Gold medal to Tibetan Dalai Lama sends strong message.
    Hillary Clinton: China respects us if we call them on human rights breaches.
    Hillary Clinton: Deeply involved with Bill Clinton’s foreign policy team.
    Hillary Clinton: Operate from a position of strength, but not confrontation.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Chinese did black out Hillary, but DID invite her.
    Joe Biden: Hold China accountable; it’s capitulation, not competition.
    Mike Gravel: With policy of “beggar thy neighbor,” we all become beggars.
Free Trade
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check:USMCA mostly a cosmetic refreshing of NAFTA.
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check: Union support for USMCA was mixed.
    Elizabeth Warren: We need to do trading deals differently & help workers.
    Elizabeth Warren: We need allies to stand up to China on trade issues.
    Jeff Bell: Act on bilateral agreements with Colombia and South Korea.
    Joe Biden: Toughest choice: rationalizing competition & trade policy.
Government Reform
    Amy Coney Barrett: AZ mail-in restrictions don't violate Voting Rights Act.
    Brett Kavanaugh: AZ mail-in restrictions don't violate Voting Rights Act.
    Clarence Thomas: AZ mail-in restrictions don't violate Voting Rights Act.
    Democratic Party: AZ mail-in restrictions violate Voting Rights Act.
    Elena Kagan: AZ mail-in restrictions violate Voting Rights Act.
    John Roberts: AZ mail-in restrictions don't violate Voting Rights Act.
    Mark Brnovich: AZ mail-in restrictions don't violate Voting Rights Act.
    Neil Gorsuch: AZ mail-in restrictions don't violate Voting Rights Act.
    Samuel Alito: AZ mail-in restrictions don't violate Voting Rights Act.
    Sonia Sotomayor: AZ mail-in restrictions violate Voting Rights Act.
    Stephen Breyer: AZ mail-in restrictions violate Voting Rights Act.
    Danielle Allen: Democracy is about working, deciding, acting together.
    Joe Biden: Biden administration officially backs statehood for DC.
    Ted Budd: Falsely claimed bill would allow minors to vote.
    Mitch McConnell: Trump practically, morally responsible for riots.
    Pete Buttigieg: Amendments among "most elegant features" of Constitution.
    Jay Inslee: Filibuster is preventing climate change legislation.
    Tom Steyer: Looking for old fashioned values, character and transparency.
    Jack Reed: Nuclear option: Allow confirmation of Obama's appointees.
    Sharron Angle: In state legislature, sole No vote called "41 to Angle".
    Howard Dean: Kerry stands up against PAC and lobbyist money.
    Howard Dean: Need instant runoff voting to avoid threats like Nader.
    Howard Dean: Voting “none of the above” avoids real world choices.
    Ralph Nader: The two parties are proxies for corporate government.
    Ralph Nader: Taking away votes from Democrats gains leverage.
    Ralph Nader: Advocate to allow people to vote “no confidence”.
    Ralph Nader: Justices need sense of justice & sense of history.
Gun Control
    Sharice Davids: Gun violence a public health crisis.
    Bob Stefanowski: No more gun controls; gun owners have been persecuted.
Health Care
    Danielle Allen: COVID: Mandatory vaccinations for elderly, prison workers.
    Nan Whaley: Build infrastructure to distribute millions of vaccines.
    Donald Trump: Executive order requiring healthcare price transparency.
    Bernie Sanders: Medicare-for-all: no more private insurance plans.
    Cory Booker: Reduce Medicare eligibility to 55 from current age of 65.
    David Shulkin: The VA is just as good or better than private health care.
    Curt Clawson: Lift the economic shackles of ObamaCare.
    Harry Reid: ObamaCare improved healthcare and also improved economy.
    Sharron Angle: We're a country of choice; don't force people into insurance.
    Howard Dean: Medicare was put in place without a single Republican vote.
Homeland Security
    Lloyd Austin: Democracy demands competent civilian control of military.
    Kirsten Gillibrand: Public service for young people would change country's heart.
    Barack Obama: Restore habeas corpus to reach Muslims abroad.
    Howard Dean: Switch funding from Star Wars to human intelligence.
    Maura Healey: Fought Muslim travel ban & family separation at border.
    Joe Biden: Promised 125,000 refugees; but accepted fewer than Trump.
    Alejandro Mayorkas: Border is varied; monolithic answer like wall isn't needed.
    Beto O`Rourke: Treat asylum seekers with respect; repair home countries.
    Julian Castro: Don't separate kids and families; don't jail asylum seekers.
    Julian Castro: Current "merit" system says only certain people have merit.
    Kamala Harris: Due process & right to counsel, for asylum seekers.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: border mayors claim towns are secure & safe.
    Larry Hogan: Reject Trump policy of separating families at the border.
    Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Withdraw troops from Mexican border: there's no emergency.
    Susana Martinez: Deploy National Guard troops on Mexican border.
    Jeff Merkley: State of the Union: protest child separation at border.
    Marsha Blackburn: State of the Union: protest undocumented immigrants licenses.
    Tim Burchett: State of the Union: protest undocumented immigrants licenses.
    Michelle Nunn: Un-American travel ban hurts refugees & US standing in world.
    Barack Obama: Illegals shouldn’t work; but should have path to citizenship.
    Barack Obama: Don’t deputize Americans to turn in illegal immigrants.
    Barack Obama: OK to provide government services in Spanish.
    Chris Dodd: Hold employers accountable for knowingly hiring illegals.
    Dennis Kucinich: No vigilantism & no sending illegals home willy-nilly.
    Dennis Kucinich: Encourage the American people to reach out; learn languages.
    Hillary Clinton: English unifies us; teach ESL but support other languages.
    Joe Biden: H1-B visas only for jobs Americans can’t do.
    Joe Biden: FactCheck: 67% of illegal aliens speak Spanish; not 40%.
    John Edwards: Loss of middle-class jobs drives down wages, not immigrants.
    John Edwards: No short-term solution; need comprehensive reform.
    John Edwards: H1-B visas only for jobs Americans can’t do.
    Mike Gravel: We’re making a mountain out of a mole hill on immigration.
    Geoff Diehl: COVID: State should have furloughed non-essential employees.
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check: Job creation has increased, but at lower rate.
    Donald Trump: Fact-check: African-American unemployment lowest in history.
    Tom Steyer: Closed tax loophole on out of state business, creating jobs.
    Sharron Angle: No, I don't think the unemployed are spoiled.
    John Edwards: Trade policy should look out for manufacturing jobs.
Principles & Values
    Maura Healey: A proud progressive but not interested in labels.
    Maura Healey: Briefly played pro basketball, went on to law school.
    Geoff Diehl: 2020 election not stolen, supports investigation of riot.
    Lloyd Austin: Orders stand-down to address extremism within armed forces.
    Susan Rice: Against divisiveness; Americans sink or swim together.
    Jerry Nadler: 1998: We're lowering the standard of impeachment.
    Lindsey Graham: 1998: High crimes don't even have to be a crime.
    John Hickenlooper: Socialist policies will not appeal to Americans.
    Don Blankenship: I'm Trumpier than Trump, despite Trump opposition.
    Harry Reid: Son of a miner; mother took in wash from brothels.
    Sharron Angle: I live in middle-class Reno; Reid lives in DC's Ritz-Carlton.
    Dennis Kucinich: I’ve been right all along on Iraq, Iran, & healthcare.
    Howard Dean: Taking votes away from Kerry doesn’t change the Party.
    Ralph Nader: Don’t know right-wing groups helping in my campaign.
    Ralph Nader: Polls can be wrong; we’re building beyond this election.
Social Security
    Harry Reid: What would have happened if Trust Fund were in stock market?
    Sharron Angle: Personalize Social Security; not privatize.
Tax Reform
    Danielle Allen: Better targeted investment than two-month sales tax holiday.
    Elizabeth Warren: Businesses should recognize how US helped them succeed.
    Dino Rossi: Repealing Bush tax cut is biggest tax increase in US history.
    Patty Murray: Bush tax cut for top 2% costs us $2 trillion.
    Elizabeth Warren: Amazon benefitted greatly, but put only a little back.
    Amy Klobuchar: Tax tech giants when they sell access to personal data.
    Andrew Yang: Tax tech giants to share in gains from growth.
    Elizabeth Warren: Amazon is a monopolist; limit their monopoly profits.
    Hillary Clinton: WikiLeaks tears at fabric of government.
War & Peace
    Donald Trump: Fact-Check: Trump has sent more troops to MidEast.
    Susan Rice: Small U.S. military presence in Syria fought ISIS threat.
    Barack Obama: OpEd: Withdrew from Iraq for political reasons.
    James Mattis: U.S. should keep a small force in Iraq.
    James Mattis: U.S. should keep a small force in Syria.
    James Mattis: U.S. should keep a small force in Afghanistan.
    Joe Biden: U.S. forces out of Iraq, by whatever path led there fastest.
    Beto O`Rourke: Deal with conflicts diplomatically or fight wars for years.
    Harry Reid: OpEd: saying Iraq war was lost emboldened our enemies.
    Ralph Nader: Responsible six-month withdrawal from Iraq occupation.
    Joseph Lieberman: Iran: Enforce non-proliferation on Russia & others.
Welfare & Poverty
    Bernie Sanders: Sanders supports economic help for blacks, not reparations.
    Howard Dean: Children and schools suffer under Bush policies.

The above quotations are from National Public Radio election coverage.

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