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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National Public Radio election coverage
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Article excerpts from National Public Radio:
- (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
- 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 Radioâ€™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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sharice Davids: Gun violence a public health crisis.
Bob Stefanowski: No more gun controls; gun owners have been persecuted.
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.
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.
Harry Reid: What would have happened if Trust Fund were in stock market?
Sharron Angle: Personalize Social Security; not privatize.
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.