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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)
United,
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)
Becoming,
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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Biden Cabinet members actions and issues


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    Articles by/on Biden Cabinet members (with Department prefixed):
  • DOI: West Central Tribune, "Deb Haaland has family tie to New London," by Linda Vanderwerf, Mar. 19, 2021
  • DOT CBS News, "Buttigieg touts 'once in a century opportunity' to improve infrastructure," by Musadiq Bidar, March 18, 2021
  • DOI: KTAR News 92.3 FM, "Sec. Deb Haaland to speak during Navajo Nation virtual prayer event," by Kevin Stone, March 17, 2021
  • Military.com, "These Recruits Were Promised Citizenship in Exchange for Military Service," by Richard Sisk, 13 Mar 2021
  • CannabisVoter.info, "Ohio Cannabis News :Voter guide," 3/19/21
  • DOD: CNN, "Austin focuses inward in first days as Pentagon chief," by Oren Liebermann, February 5, 2021
  • DOD: UPI, "Defense Secretary Austin announces Global Force Posture Review," by Ed Adamczyk, Feb. 5, 2021
  • Treasury: Yahoo.com, "Yellen warns of 'tough months' ahead, urges congress to act," by Martin Crutsinger, February 4, 2021
  • Treasury: Reuters, "Yellen seeks to 'understand deeply' GameStop frenzy as market regulators meet," by David Lawder, February 4, 2021
  • Public Liaison: Jewish Insider, "Biden administration previews plans for protecting religious institutions," by Marc Rod, February 3, 2021
  • State: Interview: "Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC," February 1, 2021
  • Treasury: International Tax Review, "This week in tax: Janet Yellen raises hope for digital tax agreement," by Anjana Haines, January 29, 2021
  • Treasury: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, "It's official: Bay Ridge's Janet Yellen confirmed as treasury secretary," January 28, 2021
  • Treasury: Brown University press release, "Brown alumna Janet Yellen first woman to serve as treasury secretary," January 28, 2021
  • State: Fox News, "Antony Blinken: What to know about Biden's secretary of state pick," by Marisa Schultz, January 22, 2021
  • Treasury: TheConversation.com blog, "Janet Yellen confirmed as first female US Treasury secretary--here's what she can do about climate change," January 19, 2021
  • Treasury: Reuters news service , "'Act big' now to save economy, worry about debt later, Yellen says in Treasury testimony," by David Lawder & Andrea Shalal, January 19, 2021
  • Treasury: Politico e-zine, "Why Yellen's Wall Street windfall is getting a pass," by Victoria Guida, 01/10/2021
  • DOT: The New American, "Biden Picks Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary," by R. Cort Kirkwood, December 16, 2020
  • DOT: Breitbart blog, "Pete Buttigieg Vows to Fight Racial, Economic, Environmental Injustice," by Charlie Spiering, 16 Dec 2020
  • Climate: Sierra Club press release, "How John Kerry Can Repair the US Role in the Global Climate Effort," by Molly Glick, Dec 16, 2020
  • DOT: The New American, "Biden Picks Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary," by R. Cort Kirkwood, December 16, 2020
  • HHS: The Los Angeles Times, "The attacks on Becerra as Biden's HHS nominee are amazingly dishonest," by Michael Hiltzik, Dec. 15, 2020
  • DOE: Breitbart blog, "Biden's DOE Pick Jennifer Granholm Spent Years Pushing Russia Conspiracy Theories," by Haris Alic, 15 Dec 2020
  • HUD: The New Republic, "HUD Deserves Better Than Marcia Fudge," by Morgan Baskin, December 14, 2020
  • HHS: Reuters news service, "California urges court to compel Amazon to comply with coronavirus probe," 12/14/2020
  • HUD: The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, "Years of work fighting for Northeast Ohio earn Marcia Fudge a seat at Biden's Cabinet table," by Sabrina Eaton, Dec 13, 2020
  • Climate: South China Morning Post, "Incoming US climate envoy John Kerry to face China as the world's biggest polluter," by Owen Churchill and Jane Cai, 12 Dec, 2020
  • USDA: U.S. News & World Report, "Tom Vilsack Faces New Challenges as He Returns to Old Job," by Mary Clare Jalonick and Thomas Beaumont, Dec. 12, 2020
  • HUD: The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, "What Rep. Marcia Fudge hopes to accomplish," by Sabrina Eaton, Dec 10, 2020
  • Climate: NBC News, "John Kerry aims to strengthen Paris climate accord when Biden administration takes power," by Amanda Golden and Geoff Bennett, Dec. 9, 2020
  • USDA: DailyKos blog, "Bridging The Urban-Rural Divide," December 09, 2020
  • HHS: Jacobin Magazine, "Who Will Xavier Becerra Serve as Joe Biden's HHS Secretary?," by David Sirota & Andrew Perez, 12.7.20
  • HHS: Politico.com blog, "Trump's health nemesis gets a new starring role: Reversing Trump's policies," by Alice Miranda Ollstein, 12/7/2020
  • Climate: The Hill e-zine, "John Kerry reveals Biden's devotion to radical 'Great Reset' movement," by Justin Haskins, 12/03/20
  • Climate: InsideClimateNews.org, "Kerry Will Be No Stranger to International Climate Negotiations," by Phil McKenna, November 25, 2020
  • Climate: Associated Press, "Biden names climate statesman John Kerry as climate envoy," by Ellen Knickmeyer, November 23, 2020
  • Pres.: Human Events magazine, "'Beltway Biden' Moves the Skeletons in His Closet to the White House," by Rick Marschall, November 20, 2020
  • Climate: Jacobin Magazine, "Joe Biden Just Appointed His Climate Movement Liaison. It's a Fossil-Fuel Industry Ally," by David Sirota, Julia Rock, & Andrew Perez, 11.17.20
  • DPC: DailyKos blog, "A special election awaits Louisiana Democrats after congressman resigns to join Biden administration," by Jeff Singer, November 17, 2020
  • DPC: DailyKos blog, "Rice speculates on potential impact of withholding security briefings from Biden transition team," November 13, 2020
  • NASA: Tampa Bay Ledger, "To former Sen. Bill Nelson, politics and public service remain 'a noble calling'," by Thomas R. Oldt, Sept 4, 2020
  • NASA: Orlando Sentinel, "Wear a mask. It's the least you can do," by Bill Nelson, Aug 02, 2020
  • HHS: Buzzfeed blog, "Rep. Xavier Becerra Nominated To Be California's Attorney General," by Lissandra Villa & Sarah Mimms, December 1, 2016
  • Climate: Boston Globe, "John Kerry takes the climate change fight to Wall Street," by Shirley Leung, September 20, 2020
  • Climate: Buzzfeed blog, "Kerry: U.S. Committed To Increasing Refugee Intake," by David Mack, September 9, 2015
  • HUD: Buzzfeed blog, "Police In Ferguson Doing "More Harm Than Good," by Kate Nocera, August 14, 2014
  • DOE: U.S. News & World Report, "Public Service Is the Antidote for Voter Anger," by Jennifer Granholm, Oct. 28, 2010
  • Legistorm.com blog, "Congresswoman Fudge on Syria: No Military Action in Syria Without First Obtaining Consent Of Congress," Aug. 30, 2013

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Gina Raimondo: Supports law allowing for late term abortions.
    Pete Buttigieg: Offered anti-abortion clinic help away from abortion clinic.
Budget & Economy
    Janet Yellen: Does not seek a weaker U.S. currency; let markets determine.
    Tom Vilsack: Increased farm subsidies leading to overproduction.
    Marcia Fudge: COVID: protect homeowners, renters, small landlords.
Civil Rights
    Deb Haaland: Everyone deserves to love without discrimination.
    Deb Haaland: I have this wonderful lesbian daughter who I adore.
    Deb Haaland: Was Vice Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus.
    Cedric Richmond: Expand religious institutions' protection from hate crimes.
    Tom Vilsack: Claimed diversity of farmers was accounting change by USDA.
    Tom Vilsack: Failed to protect slaughterhouse works, help black farmers.
    Tom Vilsack: Apologized for firing black woman over doctored video.
    Tom Vilsack: Foreclosed on black farmers six times more than whites.
    Tom Vilsack: Pushed for minority voting rights on Farm Service committees.
    Pete Buttigieg: Fight racial, economic injustice with transportation policy.
    Pete Buttigieg: OpEd: Appointed to Cabinet solely because he's gay.
    Xavier Becerra: Protect transgender students and adults.
    Marcia Fudge: Ban discrimination against African American hairstyles.
    Tom Vilsack: Root out inequities and systemic racism in systems we govern.
    Xavier Becerra: For marriage equality; against Defense of Marriage Act.
    Xavier Becerra: Racial divisions exploited by our adversaries.
    Marty Walsh: Declares racism a public health crisis.
    Marty Walsh: Thanked Art Commission for removing Emancipation statue.
    Marty Walsh: Sat out parade that barred gay veterans group.
Corporations
    Janet Yellen: Investigate retail trading; ensure investors are protected.
    Janet Yellen: Worried about insufficient oversight of investment firms.
    Janet Yellen: Risks of hedge funds' debt very real and serious.
    Tom Vilsack: Problem with corporate concentration at Dairy Export Council.
    Tom Vilsack: Urban centers push anti-monopoly measures, not rural places.
    Tom Vilsack: Sees multinational corporate agribusiness as partners.
    Xavier Becerra: Brought successful antitrust suit against hospital chain.
    Tom Vilsack: Tried to increase competition, restrict abusive contracts.
    Tom Vilsack: For plan to partially privatize slaughterhouse inspections.
    Marcia Fudge: Co-sponsored Dodd-Frank exemption for some corporate trades.
Crime
    Merrick Garland: OpEd: deferential to police; lack of accountability.
    Xavier Becerra: Committed to combatting sexual violence.
    Xavier Becerra: Eliminate bias in policing, reduce unnecessary force.
    Merrick Garland: Tends to defer to law enforcement, wartime executive power.
    Marcia Fudge: Violent Ferguson police like response to foreign uprisings.
Drugs
    Marcia Fudge: End Federal cannabis prohibition, allow states to legalize.
Education
    Merrick Garland: Middle school reinforced my sense of community.
Energy & Oil
    Janet Yellen: Can't solve climate crisis without effective carbon pricing.
    Deb Haaland: Will work to undo fossil fuel development on public lands.
    Deb Haaland: Campaigned on climate change, backs Green New Deal.
    Jennifer Granholm: Picked for DOE as advocate for clean energy development.
    Deb Haaland: Anti-fracking, supports Green New Deal.
    John Kerry: Avoid Senate votes on voluntary emissions reductions.
    John Kerry: Net carbon neutral by 2050; must lay out path to get there.
    John Kerry: Secured agreement to phase down use of super-pollutant HFC.
    John Kerry: First on National Security Council to work on climate change.
    Cedric Richmond: Staunch ally of state's oil, gas, chemical industries.
    Cedric Richmond: Supported fracking, 76% Conservation Voters lifetime rating.
    John Kerry: Advised fund setting global price for carbon emissions.
    Marty Walsh: Vice chair of Climate-Smart Low-Carbon Cities Summit.
Environment
    Tom Vilsack: OpEd: Rule changes harmed processing workers and animals.
    Xavier Becerra: Oppose efforts to roll back environmental protections.
    Deb Haaland: 30 by 30 goal: conserving 30% of lands and oceans by 2030.
    Bill Nelson: From space you can see how we're messing up Earth.
Families & Children
    Janet Yellen: Will work every day toward rebuilding American dream.
    Antony Blinken: Having young children at home inspires him at State Dept.
Foreign Policy
    Lloyd Austin: China most significant challenge going forward.
    Antony Blinken: Deeply disturbed by crackdown on protestors in Russia.
    Antony Blinken: Challenge of China is complicated; we need strong alliances.
    Jennifer Granholm: Long critical of Trump's Russia connections.
    Susan Rice: As Rhodes Scholar, urged divesting from South Africa.
    John Kerry: Co-founded US-China Climate Change Working Group.
Government Reform
    Lloyd Austin: Dismissed members of advisory boards; ordered review.
    Merrick Garland: The rule of law is the foundation of our democracy.
    Pete Buttigieg: As mayor: ask how USDOT worked rather than make demands.
    Deb Haaland: DOI in 1851 threatened extermination; I'm proof he failed.
    Tom Vilsack: OpEd: has friendly history with agricultural polluters.
    Marcia Fudge: Filed complaint against colleagues sleeping in their offices.
    Deb Haaland: Introduced Simplifying Outdoor Access to Recreation Act.
    Deb Haaland: Reconciliation in Place Names Act to remove offensive names.
    Deb Haaland: Climate Stewardship Act, plant 15 billion trees by 2050.
    John Kerry: Won't overstep climate role with State Department.
    Xavier Becerra: Made structural changes at California Dept. of Justice.
    Susan Rice: Provided in-depth information during Trump transition.
Health Care
    Xavier Becerra: Healthcare is a right, will fight for access to all services.
    Marcia Fudge: ACA addressed a major need in our nation.
    Marcia Fudge: Strong supporter of the Medicare program.
    Xavier Becerra: 2016: rescind patents for government funded medicine.
    Gina Raimondo: COVID: civil liability immunity for hospitals, nursing homes.
    Gina Raimondo: Privatized & cut budgets for Medicaid.
    Bill Nelson: COVID: wearing a mask must not be a partisan issue.
    Bill Nelson: Medicaid expansion is difference between life or death.
Homeland Security
    Deb Haaland: Calls herself a "military brat," parents both veterans.
    Pete Buttigieg: Immigrants who enlisted deserve sure path to citizenship.
    Lloyd Austin: Can't defend America if enemies are within our own ranks.
    Lloyd Austin: Orders Global Posture Review of US military around the world.
Immigration
    Xavier Becerra: Support DACA, oppose Muslim ban and family separation.
    Marty Walsh: Opposed Trump order on defunding sanctuary cities.
    John Kerry: Committed to increasing number of refugees that we take.
    Marcia Fudge: Increasing high tech visas could hurt blacks seeking jobs.
Jobs
    Marty Walsh: Has a pro-worker vision, support of the AFL-CIO.
    Marcia Fudge: Collective bargaining rights a top priority.
    Xavier Becerra: Sued Amazon to comply with COVID subpoenas at warehouses.
Principles & Values
    Deb Haaland: Scheduled to speak at Navajo Nation virtual day of prayer.
    Janet Yellen: Got permission from ethics lawyers before acting.
    Antony Blinken: Determined to keep politics out of the State Department.
    Janet Yellen: Attended high school named for America's first Treasurer.
    Antony Blinken: Stepfather survived Holocaust; rescued by Americans.
    Merrick Garland: Parents taught him hard work, community service.
    Tom Vilsack: USDA nomination endorsed by American Farm Bureau.
    Deb Haaland: Practices the "Seven Generation rule" for future decisions.
    Tom Vilsack: Willing to embrace new ideas, initiatives, reforms.
    Deb Haaland: Growing up in my mother's Pueblo household made me fierce.
    Marcia Fudge: Stop limiting black cabinet members to HUD or Labor.
    Marcia Fudge: Skipped Trump's inauguration in protest.
    Marcia Fudge: Co-founded a Congressional Rock and Roll Caucus.
    Deb Haaland: As Pueblo woman feels connected to the earth.
    Marcia Fudge: A Cabinet position is not a consolation prize.
    John Kerry: OpEd: Supports "Great Reset" for social & economic issues.
    Joe Biden: OpEd: Biden no moderate: highly liberal record.
    Mike Pompeo: Denies that Trump undercuts US support for free elections.
    Susan Rice: Pitcher at Morehouse College & Congressional Baseball Game.
    Bill Nelson: You serve the public; you don't serve yourself.
    Merrick Garland: Sold his comics books to help pay for Harvard Law tuition.
    Merrick Garland: An "insider's insider" in understanding Dept. of Justice.
    Marty Walsh: Put an end to Boston's bid for summer Olympics.
    Xavier Becerra: We know true value of diversity; will fight for our beliefs.
    Antony Blinken: Talked about refugees to Grover on "Sesame Street".
    Jennifer Granholm: Antidote to negativity and pain: service to others.
Social Security
    Gina Raimondo: Reformed state pension program, raised retirement age.
    Pete Buttigieg: Would establish $90/day benefit for long-term care.
Tax Reform
    Janet Yellen: Efficient taxation of multinational companies a priority.
    Janet Yellen: Corporations & wealthy need to pay their fair share.
    Pete Buttigieg: Move from fuel taxes to mileage fees to fund roads.
    Tom Vilsack: One sliver of society isn't going to pay for the rest of us.
Technology
    Jennifer Granholm: Advocates for manufacturing, domestic R&D efforts.
    Pete Buttigieg: Chaired Automation Task Force of Conference of Mayors.
    Deb Haaland: Hailed $165 million for rural broadband in New Mexico.
    Deb Haaland: Would park near wi-fi hot spot to do homework with daughter.
    Pete Buttigieg: Transportation part of solution to greenhouse gas emissions.
War & Peace
    Marcia Fudge: Require Congressional consent for military action in Syria.
Welfare & Poverty
    Marcia Fudge: Fought cuts to food stamp program.
    Marcia Fudge: Public housing should be a stopping point, not a lifetime.
    Marcia Fudge: Introduced a Poverty Bill of Rights.
    Marcia Fudge: We have to deal with lack of low, moderate income housing.


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