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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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Media coverage of MA political races in The Boston Globe

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  • FL-20: Boston Globe, "A Democrat won a US House seat this week with 79 percent of the vote. Her GOP opponent has not conceded," by James Pindell, January 13, 2022
     OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
        Angus King: Favors abortion rights; keep Planned Parenthood funding.
        Sarah Palin: Rejected sympathy for Down’s Syndrome son, as gift from God.
        Sarah Palin: Opposes embryonic stem cell research.
        Kerry Healey: $1B for stem cell research is irresponsible.
        Tom Reilly: Supports abortion rights.
        John Kerry: Kerry staunchly resists restrictions on abortions.
        Mitt Romney: Endorsed legalization of RU-486.
        JoAnn Sprague: Pro-choice.
        Steve Lynch: Pro-life.
        John Paul Stevens: Favors abortion rights.
        Joseph Lieberman: Parental consent with judicial override; Gore agrees.
        Alan Keyes: Withdraws; job done since GOP & V.P. are both pro-life.
        Steve Forbes: Dialogue to persuade instead of impose.
        Orrin Hatch: Appoint conservative judges without litmus tests.
    Budget & Economy
        Wesley Clark: Short-term deficit ok in recession, but not long-term.
        George W. Bush: Claims of Gore’s spending are based on inflated figures.
        George W. Bush: Claim of Gore’s 20,000 new bureaucrats is unlikely.
        George W. Bush: Claim of 1/4 for important projects is overestimate.
        Donald Trump: One-time 14.25% tax on wealth, to erase national debt.
    Civil Rights
        Angus King: Supports gay marriage.
        George W. Bush: Withholding info from Congress OK on national security issue.
        George W. Bush: Equal protection supercedes recruiting women & minorities.
        John Kerry: Questions the ultimate practicality of affirmative action.
        John Kerry: Defense of Marriage Act is fundamentally ugly.
        Rev. Jesse Jackson: Blacks were disproportionately disenfranchised in Florida.
        Anthony Kennedy: Can’t outlaw flag burning.
        John Paul Stevens: Favors affirmative action.
        Stephen Breyer: Disabled people can sue states under federal ADA law.
        Joseph Lieberman: For gay equal employment; against gay marriage.
        Gary Bauer: If not prayer, recite Declaration.
        Pat Buchanan: AIDS is retribution; women can’t compete.
        Bill Bradley: Supports affirmative action.
        Bill Bradley: Racial unity is a defining moral issue.
        Bill Bradley: NY shooting as error; 1992 King verdict denounced.
        Alan Khazei: Opposes death penalty in all cases.
        Martha Coakley: Limit Supreme Court review of state death penalty conviction.
        Martha Coakley: Signed death penalty brief with 15 death penalty states.
        Martha Coakley: Supported death penalty for cop killers, but now opposes it.
        Michael Capuano: Voted for terrorist death penalty as part of larger bill.
        Michael Capuano: Death penalty is out of step with progressive Massachusetts.
        Stephen Pagliuca: Opposes death penalty in all cases.
        Tom Reilly: Supports death penalty, but once opposed it.
        Howard Dean: Even terrorists deserve a fair trial.
        John Kerry: Death penalty for Osama bin Laden.
        Mitt Romney: Favored mandatory sentencing and three strikes.
        John Ashcroft: Opposes any further delays in McVeigh’s execution.
        John Paul Stevens: Favors defendants’ rights.
        Ruth Bader Ginsburg: States have broad powers to limit jury awards.
        Charlie Baker: Don't legalize marijuana: it's unsafe & lowers IQ in kids.
        Marty Walsh: Don't legalize marijuana: it's unsafe & lowers IQ in kids.
        Elizabeth Warren: Opposes the outright legalization of marijuana.
        George W. Bush: Congressional limit on troops in Colombia is “advisory” only.
        Al Gore: Clinton-Gore drug policy: spending up; drug use down.
        George W. Bush: $2.8B more for Drug War, for state treatment & abroad.
        George W. Bush: Clinton-Gore drug policy is inconsistent and has failed.
        George W. Bush: Parents make up for past by warning kids against drugs.
        Sarah Palin: Teach creationism alongside evolution in schools.
        George W. Bush: Signing statement: No independent research on education.
        Mitt Romney: Supported abolishing the federal Department of Education.
        Mitt Romney: Supported means-tested vouchers for public & private schools.
        Jim Jeffords: Individuals With Disabilities Education Act revived.
        Al Gore: Yes, poor parents in failing schools might like vouchers.
        Al Gore: Agrees with unions against vouchers; disagrees on testing.
        Gary Bauer: If not prayer, recite Declaration.
        Elizabeth Dole: Merit pay to retain teachers.
        Elizabeth Dole: More ed. savings accounts; tax credit for ed. charity.
        Elizabeth Dole: Web of rules makes system fail; empower states & districts.
        Elizabeth Dole: Search students’ lockers & backpacks for drugs & guns.
        Al Gore: Education is best anti-poverty, anti-discrimination program.
        Al Gore: $10K “Teacher Corps” bonus; hire & test teachers.
        Al Gore: More choice, more local control, within public schools.
    Energy & Oil
        George W. Bush: Signing statement: No whistleblower law for nuclear agencies.
        George W. Bush: Abandons campaign pledge to reduce CO2 emissions.
        Dick Cheney: Fuel cells from propane are “a tremendous development”.
        Dan Quayle: Fervor on global warming is an attack on capitalism.
        Al Gore: Gore proposes $2B to counter suburban sprawl.
        Al Gore: Control clean air in National Parks.
    Families & Children
        Dick Cheney: Voted against WIC welfare nuttrition programs.
        Gary Bauer: Juvenile violence based on mass media & abortion.
    Foreign Policy
        Colin Powell: State Dept shakeup: More funds; more career officers.
        Dick Cheney: Cuba: replace sanctions with free trade enclave.
        John McCain: $1M political donations by Chinese Army should not be legal.
    Free Trade
        Al Gore: Open markets with safeguards for labor and environment.
        Pat Buchanan: China trade pact is a complete sellout.
    Government Reform
        Barack Obama: Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United.
        Mitt Romney: Balanced budget amendment and line-item veto.
        Anthony Kennedy: Favors states’ rights, usually.
        Antonin Scalia: For states’ rights; limit court role.
        Clarence Thomas: Limited role for courts; narrow Constitional interpretation.
        David Souter: Backs federal powers over states’ rights.
        John Paul Stevens: Against state term limits on candidates for congress.
        John Paul Stevens: Votes with liberal bloc against states’ rights.
        Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Votes with liberal bloc against states’ rights.
        Sandra Day O`Connor: Limit federal courts on state powers.
        Stephen Breyer: Votes with liberal bloc against states’ rights.
        William Rehnquist: States’ rights over federal power.
        John McCain: Veto any pork-barrel bill.
        John McCain: Influence peddling helps the Chinese Army.
        Steve Grossman: Low voter participation is a “national disgrace”.
        Steve Grossman: Use mail-in voting, and vote over several days.
    Gun Control
        Angus King: Supports gun rights.
        Mike Bloomberg: 2006: Created Mayors Against Illegal Guns; now 600 mayors.
        Tom Menino: 2006: Created Mayors Against Illegal Guns; now 600 mayors.
        Elizabeth Warren: Supports gun control.
        Steve Lynch: Voted against assault weapons ban.
        Steve Lynch: Supports some gun rights, some gun control.
        Gary Bauer: Focus on our hearts, not “instruments”.
    Health Care
        Mitt Romney: On choosing providers: "I like being able to fire people".
        John Kerry: Key issue: Does government control reduce cost?
        Wesley Clark: Does not support single-payer healthcare.
        Mitt Romney: Subsidies for health coverage for low-income individuals.
        Mitt Romney: Voluntary purchasing pools.
        George W. Bush: Claims that he supported patient rights in Texas is false.
        Al Gore: Claims of Bush’s choices & benefits are underestimated.
        George W. Bush: Claims of immediate help are only true for poorer families.
        Al Gore: Require insurance coverage of experimental cancer trials.
        George W. Bush: $7.4B for nursing home insurance via tax deductions.
        George W. Bush: Affordable long-term care instead of financial ruin.
        Al Gore: “Outrageous scare tactics” on Medicare’s HIV treatment?
    Homeland Security
        George W. Bush: OK to waive torture ban if terrorist attack prevented.
        George W. Bush: Military lawyers subject to White House legal conclusions.
        George W. Bush: Signing statement: Only president decides which intel to use.
        George W. Bush: Bush’s stated military service record is incorrect.
        George W. Bush: AWOL in Air Guard? Maybe not, but didn’t meet obligations.
        Dick Cheney: Swift retaliation for USS Cole terrorist attack.
        Dick Cheney: US military is best in world, but trend is wrong direction.
        Al Gore: $1.2 billion in new education money for veterans.
        Bill Weld: More H-1B visas; keep more foreign grads & entrepreneurs.
        Bill Weld: Current system is "de facto legalization" for 11 million.
        Kerry Healey: Called for deportation in’05; now says can’t deport them all.
        Kerry Healey: A nation of immigrants, but also a nation of laws.
        Kerry Healey: Illegal immigrants are breaking law and have no entitlements.
        Dianne Feinstein: $127M for INS to reduce immigrant visa backlog.
        George W. Bush: $500M to cut INS application time to 6 months.
        Mitt Romney: Tax incentives for employee training.
        George W. Bush: Flex-time & family-oriented work rules via tax code.
    Local Issues
        Robert Reich: Use gas tax to pay for Big Dig, not toll increases.
    Principles & Values
        Donald Trump: Mocks opponent as "Pocahontas" at Native American event.
        Katherine Clark: Kitchen Table Tour: informal Q&A at voters' homes.
        Katherine Clark: Elected to School Committee, State House, then State Senate.
        Alan Khazei: Citizen-led, citizen-energized, & citizen-financed campaign.
        Sarah Palin: Miss Congeniality in statewide beauty pageant in 1984.
        Sarah Palin: Star high school athlete in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
        Sarah Palin: Gained political prominence as a whistleblower.
        Ed O`Reilly: Formally announced at the Democratic State Convention.
        Christy Mihos: Ran for State Senate on South Shore in early 1990s.
        Christy Mihos: Supported Romney to create viable two-party system.
        John Kerry: Clear separation of church and state.
        Howard Dean: Appeals $76 late fee on property tax; known as a tightwad.
        Arnold Schwarzenegger: Needs no money; so will represent ordinary citizens.
        Bill Simon: Exits race to avoid splitting GOP vote.
        Bill Simon: Exits California recall race to avoid splitting GOP vote.
        Cruz Bustamante: Dems strategy: No on recall, yes on Bustamante.
        Cruz Bustamante: Campaign strategy: No on recall, yes on Bustamante.
        JoAnn Sprague: Socially liberal yet fiscally conservative.
        Harry Browne: Little difference between Dems & Reps; hopes to be spoiler.
        Gary Bauer: Something is wrong, despite good economy.
    Social Security
        Al Gore: Open questions: future surplus & future discipline.
        George W. Bush: Open questions: transition costs & bad investors bailouts.
        Rick Santorum: Raise retirement age? Maybe. Private investment? Yes.
        Rick Santorum: Social Security needs reform sooner rather than later.
        Ron Klink: Social Security bridges the generations; keep it as is.
    Tax Reform
        Sarah Palin: Elected mayor based on tax cut promise.
        Deval Patrick: Allow cities to raise local meals tax-trust local officials.
        Tom Reilly: Disallow cities to raise local meals taxes-no more burden.
        Robert Reich: Avoid raising taxes, but a pledge is irresponsible.
        Al Gore: Claim that every family is eligible for tax cut is unlikely.
        Al Gore: Claim that Bush benefits “top 1%” only true with estate tax.
        Al Gore: $792B tax cut is a “risky tax scheme”.
        Al Gore: Tighten privacy protections over medical information.
        Steve Grossman: Supports Internet voting, to encourage youth participation.
    War & Peace
        Ed O`Reilly: Kerry was wrong to vote to authorize Iraq war.
        George W. Bush: President, not Congress, decides on Iraq investigations.
        John Kerry: Kerry saves life under fire, awarded Bronze Star.
        John Kerry: Anti-Vietnam but not left-wing anti-war.
        John Kerry: Supported 1998 missile attacks against Afghanistan & Sudan.
        John Kerry: Afghanistan incursion justified and not the same as Vietnam.
        Wesley Clark: Committed to survival and preservation of Israel.
        Shannon O'Brien: $3 million to assess threat against water supplies.
        Pat Buchanan: Doesn’t matter to US whose flag flies over Jerusalem.
        Dick Cheney: US too soft on Iraq.
        Dick Cheney: Iran: against sanctions; makes oil deals there.
        Bill Bradley: Against intervention.
    Welfare & Poverty
        Mitt Romney: Faith-based programs to provide social services.
        Ralph Nader: Charity work is good; but politics addresses root causes.

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