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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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Fact-checking on 2019 Presidential and Gubernatorial campaigns

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    from 2019 FactCheck (number of quotes indicated):
  • Andrew Cuomo (2) New York Democratic Governor
  • Bernie Sanders (2) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Donald Trump (13) Republican Presidential incumbent
  • Joe Biden (1) Democratic V.P.
  • Kamala Harris (3) California Democratic candidate for President; California Senator
  • Ralph Northam (1) Virginia Democratic Governor
  • Republican Party (1)
  • Sean Casten (1) Democrat U.S. Rep Illinois- 6
  • Stacey Abrams (1) Georgia Democratic nominee for Georgia Governor
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

EXPLANATORY NOTE by OnTheIssues.org:

"Fact-checking" means that an independent news/political organization examines statements made in campaign advertising or in poltiical debates, to see if they are objectively true or not.

The first fact-checking organization was called FactCheck.org (described below) but in recent years many other organizations have joined in. Some that we use are:

Fact-checking has become commonplace in recent years; but originally we used only FactCheck.org. They are often accused of partisanship (as are all fact-checking services, so we attempt to balance them against each other and report only non-partisan facts here). Following is FactCheck.org's self-description; all of the other services are linked from above so you can check out their similar self-descriptions:

  • FactCheck.org analyses the veracity of statements made during political races.
      [OnTheIssues.org excerpts only two types of analyses]:
    1. From debates and public speeches
    2. From TV & radio advertisements
    3. [OnTheIssues.org excerpts do not include poll-based claims; partisan claims; nor "atatck" claims unless they include policy issues].
  • Following is the self-description of how FactCheck.org works:

  • [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.

-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, Oct. 2019
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Andrew Cuomo: FactCheck: Late abortions only for non-viable fetus.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Late abortions only for non-viable fetus.
    Andrew Cuomo: Protect right to abortion if Roe is overturned.
    Donald Trump: Completed conversion from 1999 pro-choice to 2019 pro-life.
    Ralph Northam: FactCheck: No, would not execute babies after birth.
    Republican Party: OpEd: Democrats now openly support the murder of newborns.
Budget & Economy
    Stacey Abrams: FactCheck: Tax bill might be "rigged" but economy doing well.
Civil Rights
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Yes, record number of women in Congress.
    Joe Biden: FactCheck: Claims he supported busing; record says otherwise.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: yes, second chance with criminal justice reform.
    Kamala Harris: FactCheck: Denied DNA evidence in 1980s; backtracked in 2018.
    Kamala Harris: I chose the unpopular thing to NOT seek the death penalty.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Wall wouldn't affect drugs coming from Mexico.
    Kamala Harris: FactCheck: Did not desegregate LA and SF school districts.
Energy & Oil
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: US has been #1 producer of oil & gas since 2013.
Foreign Policy
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Oil collapse AND socialism cause Venezuela unrest.
Free Trade
    Bernie Sanders: FactCheck: NAFTA displaced 851,700; but net loss 15,000/year.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: NAFTA displaced 851,700; but net loss 15,000/year.
Health Care
    Sean Casten: Fact-Check: Corrected drug claim about NIH funding.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Sued to end pre-existing condition protection.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: border mayors claim towns are secure & safe.
    Bernie Sanders: FactCheck: Unemployment under Trump is lowest in decades.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Unemployment under Trump is lowest in decades.
Principles & Values
    Donald Trump: Mueller Report documents 77 lies by Trump campaign.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: 46M watched SOTU; 98M watched Super Bowl.

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