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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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2019 State of the Union address to Congress, plus the Democratic response, Feb. 6, 2019

    Pres. Trump's State of the Union address, plus several responses from several Democratic factions.

    This speech was postponed due to the federal government shutdown from Dec. 2018 to Jan. 2019. Congress invites the president to address a joint session of the House and Senate, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would not issue an invitation while the government was shut down.

    Two images have "gone viral" from this speech. The first is Speaker Pelosi's "clap-back" above. President Trump spoke about replacing "revenge, resistance, and retribution" with "cooperation, compromise, and the common good." Speaker Pelosi stood and applauded, as did Vice President Pence and most of the Congress. When Trump turned to look at Pelosi, she "clapped back," continuing clapping but pointing at Trump. Some interpreted that to mean that her applause was sarcastic, but Pelosi denied that. The less cynical interpretation is that Pelosi welcomes Trump's overtures for cooperation and compromise, but by pointing back, asked the same from Trump. The issue intended for compromise, presumably, is the issue that forced the federal shutdown: Trump's demand to build a wall along the southern border. The "cooperation and compromise" would mean "some form of physical barrier and some additional border security that both sides can agree on, without necessarily an actual wall along the entire length of the border."

    The second viral image is shown below: the women in Congress all wore white outfits, initiated by the House Democratic Women's Working Group. Wearing white was a symbol of the women's suffrage movement, which culminated in the 19th Amendment to the United States Consitution in 1920, granting women the right to vote. The coordinated apparel marked a century since the suffrage movement's peak, and also solidarity among Democratic women (including Speaker Pelosi, who wore white). Some male Representatives also wore white, such as Dean Phillips (D,MN) who also wore an "ERA" button on his white lapel; and some Republican women did too, such as Elise Stefanik (R,NY). President Trump's daughter Tiffany also wore white, but would not say publicly if it was in solidarity or just a coincidence.

    Pres. Trump, to his credit, really did lay out some important new policy initiatives in this speech -- his justification for withdrawing from the INF; a new anti-HIV goal; and the finalization of the USMCA, for three examples.

    -- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, Feb. 5, 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: Cherish innocent life instead of ripping babies from womb.
    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.
    Stacey Abrams: Roe v. Wade achieved a measure of reproductive justice.
Budget & Economy
    Stacey Abrams: FactCheck: Tax bill might be "rigged" but economy doing well.
    Bernie Sanders: US "hottest economy" only applies to the wealthy.
Civil Rights
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Yes, record number of women in Congress.
    Chris Pappas: State of the Union: protest transgender military service ban.
    Donald Trump: More jobs for women; now we will help women outside US too.
    Kirsten Gillibrand: State of the Union: protest transgender military service ban.
    Stacey Abrams: Call racism what it is: wrong.
    Tulsi Gabbard: Views on LGBT rights evolved; 100% rating from HRC.
    Bernie Sanders: Economy is great, for those who get corporate stock buybacks.
    Bernie Sanders: Majority want tax on wealthy and regulation of Wall Street.
    Stacey Abrams: Republican tax bill rigged the system against working class.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: yes, second chance with criminal justice reform.
    Donald Trump: First Step Act: criminal justice reform & fairer sentencing.
    Donald Trump: Unfair to serve a life sentence for a nonviolent drug crime.
    Kamala Harris: Ex-felons re-enter society, instead of broken justice system.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Wall wouldn't affect drugs coming from Mexico.
    Donald Trump: MS-13 gangs in 20 states smuggle in meth & opioids.
    Stacey Abrams: Invest what is necessary for education from cradle to career.
Energy & Oil
    Pete Buttigieg: Green New Deal is a framework addressing climate & jobs.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: US has been #1 producer of oil & gas since 2013.
    Bernie Sanders: We have 12 years to transform to sustainable energy.
    Donald Trump: Net exporter for the first time in 65 years.
Families & Children
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: State of the Union: protest ignoring sexual assaults.
    Donald Trump: Doubled the child tax credit.
    Donald Trump: Girls smuggled across border into modern-day slavery.
    Stacey Abrams: Family values: faith, service, education & responsibility.
Foreign Policy
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Oil collapse AND socialism cause Venezuela unrest.
    Donald Trump: Recognize new government of Venezuela, not military.
    Xavier Becerra: The world needs the United States strong and ready.
    Tulsi Gabbard: Defends meeting Syria's Assad; supports Trump on North Korea.
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.
    Bernie Sanders: Real problem with trade is jobs shipped overseas.
    Donald Trump: Tariffs on $250B of Chinese goods: Treasury gains billions.
    Donald Trump: USMCA delivers dreams shattered by catastrophe of NAFTA.
    Donald Trump: The Reciprocal Trade Act lets us respond to unfair tariffs.
    Kamala Harris: Consumers hurt by trade wars, while corporations benefit.
Government Reform
    Stacey Abrams: Fair Fight: Bedrock guarantee of right to vote.
    Stacey Abrams: Federal shutdowns are a stunt: furloughs hurt workers.
    Xavier Becerra: Overcome voting barriers by getting out to vote.
Gun Control
    Nancy Pelosi: Gun violence epidemic is the real threat to Americans.
    Xavier Becerra: Protect our families from the violent use of firearms.
Health Care
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Sued to end pre-existing condition protection.
    Donald Trump: Unacceptable for Americans to pay more for exact same drugs.
    Donald Trump: Eliminate HIV/AIDS epidemic within 10 years.
    Kamala Harris: Make healthcare fundamental right, not privilege for wealthy.
    Stacey Abrams: Protect progress of ObamaCare, instead of lawsuits.
    Xavier Becerra: Latinos are the protagonists in protecting ObamaCare.
Homeland Security
    Donald Trump: Withdraw from INF and develop Missile Defense System.
    Xavier Becerra: Remove barriers for veterans seeking medical services.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: border mayors claim towns are secure & safe.
    Jay Inslee: Choose greatness instead of stoking fear among immigrants.
    Kirsten Gillibrand: Reunite families ripped apart at the border.
    Mike Bloomberg: America's greatness begins with immigrants, not with a wall.
    Bernie Sanders: Undocumented immigrants commit fewer crimes than citizens.
    Bernie Sanders: Comprehensive reform instead of an emergency wall.
    Donald Trump: Coyotes out of business on very dangerous southern border.
    Donald Trump: Powerful wall in San Diego stopped nearly all crossings.
    Donald Trump: 3,750 troops to prepare for onslaught of Mexican caravans.
    Donald Trump: ICE guards dangerous southern border against criminal aliens.
    Jeff Merkley: State of the Union: protest child separation at border.
    Kamala Harris: Welcome refugees and immigrants, instead of a border wall.
    Marsha Blackburn: State of the Union: protest undocumented immigrants licenses.
    Stacey Abrams: 21st-century Immigration plan, not walls nor open borders.
    Tim Burchett: State of the Union: protest undocumented immigrants licenses.
    Xavier Becerra: Parents put faith in US system when immigrating from Mexico.
    Xavier Becerra: Experts don't want an extravagant wall along the border.
    Kirsten Gillibrand: Pathway to citizenship gets immigrants connected.
    Bernie Sanders: FactCheck: Unemployment under Trump is lowest in decades.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Unemployment under Trump is lowest in decades.
    Bernie Sanders: Real wages for working class in 2019 are lower than in 1973.
    Donald Trump: 600,000 new manufacturing jobs with rising blue-collar wages.
Principles & Values
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: 46M watched SOTU; 98M watched Super Bowl.
    Lois Frankel: Wear suffragette white as signal at State of the Union.
    Donald Trump: Common good & compromise over revenge & retribution.
    Donald Trump: America's unique destiny is to be the beacon amongst nations.
Tax Reform
    Julian Castro: Raise the top marginal tax rate; negotiate the numbers.
    Jay Inslee: Regulate internet to protect privacy & net neutrality.
    Donald Trump: Artificial Intelligence initiative: invest in the future.
    Bernie Sanders: Fix our nation's infrastructure; don't privatize it.
War & Peace
    Bernie Sanders: Our Saudi allies give US-made weapons to Al Qaeda in Yemen.
    Donald Trump: Afghani settlement: great nations do not fight endless wars.
    Donald Trump: Iran is a terrorist regime, so withdrew from nuclear deal.
    Donald Trump: My good relationship with North Korea has prevented war.

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