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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 Harmís 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)

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2019 State of the Union address to Congress, plus the Republican Democratic Feb. 28, 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)
Abortion
    Andrew Cuomo: FactCheck: Late abortions only for non-viable fetus.
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Late abortions only for non-viable fetus.
    Donald Trump: Cherish innocent life instead of ripping babies from womb.
    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.
    Donald Trump: More jobs for women; now we will help women outside US too.
    Stacey Abrams: Call racism what it is: wrong.
Corporations
    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.
Crime
    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.
Drugs
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Wall wouldn't affect drugs coming from Mexico.
    Donald Trump: MS-13 gangs in 20 states smuggle in meth & opioids.
Education
    Stacey Abrams: Invest what is necessary for education from cradle to career.
Energy & Oil
    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
    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.
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.
Immigration
    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.
    Kamala Harris: Welcome refugees and immigrants, instead of a border wall.
    Stacey Abrams: 21st-century Immigration plan, not walls nor open borders.
    Xavier Becerra: Parents put faith in US system when immigrating from Mexico.
    Xavier Becerra: Experts don't want an extravagant wall along the border.
Jobs
    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.
Technology
    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.


The above quotations are from 2019 State of the Union address to Congress, plus the Republican Democratic Feb. 28, 2019.

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