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Books by and about 2016 presidential candidates
Hard Choices,
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
Crippled America ,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)
American Dreams,
by Marco Rubio (2015)
Taking a Stand,
by Rand Paul (2015)
Unintimidated,
by Scott Walker (2013)
A Time for Truth,
by Ted Cruz (2015)
One Nation,
by Ben Carson (2014)
Trump/Pence vs. Clinton/Kaine On the Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Living History ,
by Hillary Rodham Clinton (2003)
Between Hope and History ,
by Bill Clinton (1996)
In Harm’s Way ,
by Dr. Jill Stein (2000)
Democrat vs. Republican vs. Green vs. Libertarian,
Four Party's Presidential Nominees On The Issues (2016)
Books by and about 2012 presidential candidates
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)

Book Reviews

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Congressional confirmation hearings for Supreme Court and Cabinet nominees


 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Neil Gorsuch: Let Hobby Lobby skip contraceptives on religious grounds.
    Sonia Sotomayor: Precedents must be given deference in any situation.
    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.
    John Ashcroft: Opposes Roe v Wade, but accepts it as settled law.
    Elena Kagan: Health exceptions for partial-birth abortion ban.
    Clarence Thomas: Defining abortion position would prejudge abortion cases.
    Clarence Thomas: Personally views back-alley illegal abortions as torture.
    Clarence Thomas: Never discussed Roe v. Wade in law school nor since.
    Clarence Thomas: Privacy is protected; no comment on application to abortion.
    Clarence Thomas: Overruling previous cases is a very serious matter.
Budget & Economy
    Elena Kagan: 14th Amendment's "liberty clause" includes economic liberty.
Civil Rights
    James Mattis: Opposed women serving in infantry; but will allow it.
    James Mattis: Not about who soldiers go to bed with, but how they'll fight.
    Jeff Sessions: 1986: Denied confirmation as federal judge.
    Jeff Sessions: 1986: Called NAACP a "pinko" organization that hates whites.
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Let women sue for gender discrimination without time limits.
    Elena Kagan: Military ban on gays is moral injustice of the first order.
    Sonia Sotomayor: In some situations, race in some form must be considered.
    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.
    Gale Norton: Top priority to improve Native American schools.
    John Ashcroft: As Attorney General, upholds law; no longer an advocate.
    John Ashcroft: No American should suffer based on skin color.
    John Ashcroft: Opposed Ronnie White on qualifications, not on skin color.
    Clarence Thomas: Tension between affirmative help and undermining dignity.
    Clarence Thomas: Reaching out to minorities is OK; but no quotas.
    Clarence Thomas: Supports scholarships & internships for minorities & women.
Corporations
    Neil Gorsuch: Taught law school courses on anti-trust and legal ethics.
    Linda McMahon: SBA should respond quickly in emergencies.
    Neil Gorsuch: Don't apply "dormant commerce clause" to limit state laws.
    Samuel Alito: Bundling goods to large purchasers is not monopolistic.
Crime
    Neil Gorsuch: Police can't knock-and-talk if you post No-Trespassing signs.
    Neil Gorsuch: Police tasers aren't excessive force, even if person killed.
    Neil Gorsuch: Very strict reading of relief criteria for death penalty.
    Jeff Sessions: Increase in violent crime might be start of dangerous trend.
    Elena Kagan: Death penalty is constitutional, but requires due process.
    Sonia Sotomayor: Death penalty is constitutional under certain situations.
    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.
    Clarence Thomas: Balance victim’s rights with defendant’s rights.
    Clarence Thomas: Due process in death penalty cases, but limited restrictions.
    Clarence Thomas: Uniform sentencing guidelines have eliminated much disparity.
Drugs
    Jeff Sessions: Marijuana is not funny and is in fact a very real danger.
    Jeff Sessions: We are in the throes of a heroin epidemic.
    Elena Kagan: Individual suspicion required before administering drug test.
Education
    Betsy DeVos: Nothing is free; someone has to pay for "free tuition".
    Betsy DeVos: No longer believe in one-size-fits-all model of learning.
    Joe Biden: Princeton was last Ivy holdout to admit women & minorities.
    Sam Brownback: Stare decisis would have upheld separate-but-equal.
    Margaret Spellings: No Child Left Behind works.
    Clarence Thomas: God in schools creates values; but wall of separation needed.
Energy & Oil
    Ryan Zinke: Climate is changing; Man is an influence but what can we do?
    Gale Norton: Balance energy needs with environmental protection.
    Gale Norton: Will expedite natural gas exploitation in Alaska.
    Gale Norton: Have open mind on global warming; there’s no consensus.
Environment
    Neil Gorsuch: Mother ran EPA; accused of being soft on polluters.
    Ryan Zinke: Absolutely against transfer or sale of public land to states.
    Ryan Zinke: Smokey the Bear should be viewed as helpful, not as police.
    Ben Carson: Deregulation includes land use & federal housing policy.
    Sonia Sotomayor: Government taking to develop a blighted area was appropriate.
    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.
    Gale Norton: Protecting national parks is a common goal & a priority.
    Gale Norton: Decision makers in D.C. should listen to all voices.
    Gale Norton: Will use all resources of Interior to make best decisions.
    Gale Norton: Norton vows to uphold laws such as Endangered Species Act.
    Gale Norton: Clinton designations of national monuments to be reviewed.
    Gale Norton: Will balance conservationists’ and off-roaders’ needs.
    Gale Norton: Never advocated “right to pollute”.
    Gale Norton: Proud of working to protect California condor.
Families & Children
    Mick Mulvaney: $15,000 in unpaid nanny taxes from triplets in 2000.
Foreign Policy
    James Mattis: Putin is trying to break the North Atlantic alliance.
    James Mattis: Supports NATO alliance principle of collective defense.
    Mike Pompeo: Investigate Russian interference with U.S. election.
    Rex Tillerson: Join with NATO allies alarmed at Russian resurgence.
    Tom Coburn: Justices citing foreign law is bad behavior.
    Samuel Alito: Don’t look to foreign law for civil rights interpretation.
    Clarence Thomas: Supported stock divestiture from South Africa.
Government Reform
    Neil Gorsuch: Strict originalist: interpret Constitution as Founders meant.
    Ryan Zinke: Work with states and rebuild national parks.
    Mike Pompeo: Russian hacking impact 2016 election & not the first time.
    Neil Gorsuch: Administrative law: end the Chevron deference.
    Jeff Sessions: 1986: Voting Rights Act of 1965 is "intrusive legislation".
    Jeff Sessions: The South has changed; no longer any need to monitor voting.
    Elena Kagan: I believed in opposing Citizens United, but we lost.
    Sonia Sotomayor: The president can veto laws but not make them.
    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.
    Clarence Thomas: Judges should not impose their will, but just interpret law.
Gun Control
    Betsy DeVos: Let local schools decide about guns in school.
    Donald Trump: End gun-free zones in schools & military bases.
    Neil Gorsuch: Knowingly possessing a gun illegally isn't a felony.
    Jeff Sessions: As US attorney, led nation in gun prosecutions every year.
    Elena Kagan: 2nd Amendment confers individual right, not broad principle.
    Jeff Sessions: 2nd Amendment is a specific provision, not a broad principle.
    Patrick Leahy: Heller case established a fundamental individual right.
    Sonia Sotomayor: The Second Amendment gives an individual right to bear arms.
    Sonia Sotomayor: Many factors influence Congress's powers on gun control.
Health Care
    Tom Price: Give every American access to affordable health coverage.
    Tom Price: No right to Medicaid under state block grants.
    Neil Gorsuch: Let Christian nursing home opt out of ObamaCare.
    Ben Carson: There's a strong connection between health and housing.
    Neil Gorsuch: Wrote book on Assisted Suicide, and opposes it.
    Samuel Alito: Ok to refuse medical treatment; but assisted suicide not ok.
Homeland Security
    Mick Mulvaney: Raise the top line defense number.
    James Mattis: Bring business reforms to the Department of Defense.
    James Mattis: Don't revisit old issues; let women in combat roles.
    Mike Pompeo: No torture, including coercive methods like waterboarding.
    Elena Kagan: Al Qaeda suspects should be held under indefinite detention.
    Elena Kagan: Oppose Solomon Amendment: let colleges bar ROTC recruiting.
    Elena Kagan: 2009: Ok to detain enemy combatants in wartime without trial.
    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.
    Elena Kagan: Apply rule of law to Guant namo detainees.
    Donald Rumsfeld: Deploy missile defense at home and for allies abroad.
    Donald Rumsfeld: Involve Russia in negotiations about SDI & nukes.
Immigration
    Herbert Kohl: Alito sided against immigrants 88% of the time.
    Samuel Alito: Voted against immigrants because Congress set law that way.
Jobs
    Elena Kagan: Let Congress fix problems like Ledbetter Act, not judges.
    Jeff Sessions: Courts shouldn't overrule Congress on job discrimination.
    Sonia Sotomayor: The Supreme Court's Ricci decision set a new standard.
Principles & Values
    Neil Gorsuch: Ok to display donated Ten Commandments in public park.
    James Mattis: Dislikes nickname Mad Dog Mattis.
    Jeff Sessions: Total fidelity to the laws and the Constitution.
    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.
    Gale Norton: Proud of being conservative and a conservationist.
    Gale Norton: Promises to enforce nation’s environmental laws.
    Gale Norton: Consult with affected people before making decisions.
Social Security
    Samuel Alito: Disability benefits apply if job category dissapears.
Technology
    Mike Pompeo: Re-establish collection of all metadata; make it searchable.
    James Mattis: Cyber domain presents new challenge to maintain US advantage.
    Arlen Specter: Supreme Court proceedings should be televised.
    Samuel Alito: Voted to televise 3rd Circuit court.
War & Peace
    James Mattis: Iran is single most enduring threat to stability and peace.
    Mike Pompeo: I opposed Iran deal; I'll gather clear-eyed info about it.
    James Mattis: ISIS has metastasized & remains a resilient movement.
    James Mattis: Iran is the leading state sponsor of terror.
    James Mattis: Supports the Iran nuclear agreement.
    Rex Tillerson: Opposed US sanctions against Russia over Crimea annexation.
    Rex Tillerson: Destroy the Islamic State; be wary of China's behavior.
    Samuel Alito: President does not have a blank check in time of war.
Welfare & Poverty
    Ben Carson: Housing integration is ok, but why must residents solve it?
    Ben Carson: Ideal is every person in a home; but we don't have the funds.
    Jeff Sessions: Basic tradition is opportunity to work hard & keep fruits.
    Jeff Sessions: Eminent domain for private development is Court over-reach.
    Samuel Alito: Eminent domain affects emotions, not just money.
    Clarence Thomas: Public housing entitlements are good programs.


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