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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 2000-2009 political races in The Boston Globe

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    Kerry Healey: Favors embryonic stem cell research.
    Deval Patrick: Decisions on abortion should be made by women.
    Howard Dean: Favors abortion rights.
    Al Gore: Bush’s “strict constuctionism” is like slavery’s 3/5ths rule.
    John McCain: Prosecute abortion doctors, not women who get them.
    Al Gore: Position on federal funding of abortion has “evolved”.
    Al Gore: Abortion question is for women, not government or president.
    Al Gore: Wrote in 1984 that “abortion is arguably taking a life.”.
    Alan Keyes: Not OK to kill child of 6; not OK to kill child in the womb.
    Steve Forbes: Would require his minor daughter to carry child to term.
    George W. Bush: GOP should keep plank to ban all abortions.
    George W. Bush: States should decide abortion issue; not Roe v. Wade.
    John McCain: Supports fetal tissue research; against over-intensity.
    John McCain: Feds involved because fed money is used for abortions.
    John McCain: Overturn Roe v. Wade, but keep incest & rape exceptions.
    Steve Forbes: Personally opposed; but limit legal restrictions.
Budget & Economy
    Martha Coakley: Economic system spiraling out of control; go after Wall St.
    Stephen Pagliuca: Managing director at Bain Capital; trained as accountant.
    Kerry Healey: Work cooperatively with legislature on economic stimulus.
    Howard Dean: Fiscally to the right of “borrow-and-spend” Bush.
    Shannon O'Brien: Accused of mismanagement of Abandoned Property account.
    Bill Bradley: Don’t raise taxes during economic downturns.
    Donald Trump: Predicts 35% boost to economy from eliminating national debt.
    Mitt Romney: Will cut deficit and help Americans save.
Civil Rights
    Deval Patrick: Supports equal marriage rights for gays.
    Deval Patrick: Former civil rights prosecutor under President Clinton.
    Tom Reilly: Opposed gay marriage but now supports it.
    Kerry Healey: Ban gay marriage, but not in GOP party platform.
    Mitt Romney: Put gay marriage ban into GOP party platform.
    Harriet Miers: Pledged to be ‘inclusive of women and minorities’.
    Harriet Miers: Poor, elderly, and disabled are under-represented.
    Howard Dean: Supported civil unions for same-sex couples.
    Rev. Jesse Jackson: Black disenfranchisement part of Civil Rights movement.
    Joseph Lieberman: Supports affirmative action now; but phase it out by 2010.
    Joseph Lieberman: Affirmative action is “patently unfair”, in 1995.
    Dick Cheney: Voted that US civil rights laws not apply to South Africa.
    Dick Cheney: Stopped military academies from banning gays.
    Alan Keyes: HIV workshop violates parents who think gay is immoral.
    Alan Keyes: Our rights come from God, not from the Constitution.
    John McCain: Career-long history of supporting Indian causes.
    Al Gore: Affirmative action still needed - continue the fight.
    Bill Bradley: Opposed to same-sex marriages, but won’t ban them.
    Al Gore: End racial profiling.
    Bill Bradley: Race relations solution: Talk & be vulnerable.
    Mitt Romney: Sexual orientation should not preclude being a Scout.
    Ralph Nader: Shift power from corporations to consumers.
    Howard Dean: Supports death penalty for terrorism.
    Mitt Romney: Safe streets will be a campaign theme.
    Mitt Romney: Will bring new businesses to urban areas.
    Ralph Nader: Treat hemp like poppy seeds, not like heroin.
    Al Gore: Loosen restrictions on medical marijuana.
    Al Gore: Tougher drug policies; fight drugs in Colombia.
    Bill Bradley: More funds for drug treatment; tackle demand, not supply.
    George W. Bush: Supports military package to Colombia to fight drug supply.
    George W. Bush: Stronger penalties for first time cocaine possession.
    John McCain: Administration is AWOL on the war on drugs.
    George W. Bush: Identifies with former addicts based on former alcoholism.
    Al Gore: Decrease disparities in punishing crack vs. powder cocaine.
    Bill Bradley: Candidate drug use matters; admits pot but no cocaine.
    Chris Gabrieli: Supports charter schools and calls them successful.
    Christy Mihos: Supports charters, but keep the cap for now.
    Deval Patrick: Supports unionized Horace Mann charter over regular charters.
    Deval Patrick: Supports MCAS but would add a science test and other tests.
    Kerry Healey: Strong backer of more charter schools.
    Tom Reilly: Supports charter schools in districts with low test scores.
    Chris Gabrieli: More charter schools and individual merit pay.
    Deval Patrick: Cap charter schools until funding formulas improved.
    Tom Reilly: More charter schools and individual merit pay.
    Kerry Healey: Raise mandatory age to 18 with incentives to stay in school.
    Kerry Healey: Higher percent of spending in classrooms & teachers.
    Tom Reilly: Supports charter schools and MCAS testing.
    Kerry Healey: No in-state tuition break for illegal immigrants.
    Howard Dean: Supported Act 60’s controversial statewide education fund.
    George W. Bush: TX test score improvements not reflected on national tests.
    Ralph Nader: Abandon standardized testing; focus on teaching civic skills.
    Al Gore: $176B over 10 years for pre-school, special ed, & more.
    Al Gore: Spend resources rebuilding public schools.
    George W. Bush: Focus on responsibility and parents, not on federal spending.
    George W. Bush: $25B over 10 years for reading, Pell Grants, & charters.
    Al Gore: Lieberman experiments with vouchers; Bush destroys with them.
    Al Gore: $5B/year for universal preschool for 3- & 4-year-olds.
    Bill Bradley: $400M per year for community colleges for tech & jobs.
    Bill Bradley: $200 per month stipends to elderly mentors.
    Al Gore: No experimental vouchers.
Energy & Oil
    Dick Cheney: Sued in Supreme Court for keeping energy policy secret.
    Al Gore: Press gives credit to discredited ideas in name of fairness.
    Al Gore: For Kyoto; for national parks; against drilling ANWR.
    George W. Bush: Against Kyoto & national monuments; for drilling ANWR.
    Mitt Romney: Clean environment will be a campaign theme.
    Al Gore: No logging in roadless forests; protect 40M acres.
    George W. Bush: Weaken Clean Air; no comment on Clean Water.
    Al Gore: Texas is the smoggiest state with the smoggiest city in US.
    Al Gore: Continue & do more cleanup of Great Lakes.
    Joseph Lieberman: Texas is last in social programs; but first in pollution.
    Pat Buchanan: Celebrating Earth Day is like worshiping dirt.
    Bill Bradley: 2-year effort in 1990 changed CA water allocations.
Families & Children
    Kerry Healey: Teach abstinence as part of comprehensive sex ed.
    Al Gore: Parental Responsibility Accounts: dads pay kids, not welfare.
    Bill Bradley: $2B per year for “Smart Start” preschool program.
    Bill Bradley: Expand Family Leave laws.
Foreign Policy
    Steve Grossman: Former chair of pro-Israel lobby continues strong support.
    George W. Bush: Puerto Rico: Back statehood if majority votes for it.
    Dick Cheney: Voted to support foreign aid programs.
    Alan Keyes: Panama Canal: Keep US in; keep China Out.
    George W. Bush: Focus on Big Three: Russia, China, & India.
    Gary Bauer: Abolish the IMF.
    John McCain: IMF’s Russia policies bad, but agency is OK.
    Steve Forbes: IMF made Asian crisis worse.
    Steve Forbes: IMF & USAID create economic crises by hiding risk.
    Pat Buchanan: Push US foreign policy toward isolationism.
Free Trade
    Ralph Nader: Renegotiate NAFTA & WTO “as if human beings mattered”.
    Al Gore: Make trade work for working families.
    Bill Bradley: More truck inspectors at Mexican border, within NAFTA.
    Pat Buchanan: Supporting WTO is a march into captivity.
    Steve Forbes: Hopes for WTO as worldwide arbiter & lowering barriers.
    Pat Buchanan: More import tariffs: 10% on Japan; 20% on China.
    Pat Buchanan: Globalists are wrong; dumping destroys towns.
Government Reform
    Jim Ogonowski: Kerry is an out-of-touch insider; Washington is broken.
    Harriet Miers: Calls for more volunteer legal aid work.
    Howard Dean: First Democrat to opt out of campaign finance system.
    Al Gore: Pledges to add not one new federal position.
    Hillary Clinton: Whitewater investigation ends; Hillary questions $52M spent.
    Al Gore: Puerto Rico: Back statehood if majority votes for it.
    Dick Cheney: Accused in 1992 House banking scandal.
    Alan Keyes: Wife Jocelyn’s issues: anti-poverty & anti-abortion.
    Gary Bauer: Wife Carol would promote traditional women’s roles.
    George W. Bush: Wife Laura’s issues would be education & literacy.
    John McCain: Wife Cindy sees First Lady’s role as hostess.
    Steve Forbes: Wife Sabina’s agenda would be children.
Gun Control
    Howard Dean: No more federal gun laws; leave them to states.
    Rudy Giuliani: All gun owners should pass written test.
    Alan Keyes: Teach high school students to use guns.
    Bill Bradley: Stand up to the NRA.
Health Care
    Chris Gabrieli: Raise employer uninsured healthcare assessment above $295.
    Deval Patrick: Supports employer uninsured healthcare assessment, plus more.
    Tom Reilly: Opposes $295/yr employer fee for uninsured employees.
    Howard Dean: Patient Bill of Rights is hot air: get people insured.
    Howard Dean: Full access first, then tackle reform afterwards.
    Steve Grossman: Advocates bulk purchasing of medication to reduce prices.
    Steve Grossman: Commit to public school teaching in exchange for scholarship.
    Al Gore: Cap senior prescription costs at $4,000 per year.
    Al Gore: $253B for Medicare prescriptions & subsidized premiums.
    George W. Bush: Cap senior prescription costs at $6,000 per year.
    George W. Bush: $158B for Medicare prescriptions & subsidized premiums.
    Bill Bradley: “Outrageous scare tactics” on Medicare’s HIV treatment.
    Bill Bradley: Refuses to rule out tax hike for health plan.
    Al Gore: No neat & simple approach - must go step-by-step.
    Al Gore: $110B for Medicare prescriptions & teaching hospitals.
    Bill Bradley: $650B over 10 yrs for children’s mandatory health insurance.
    Al Gore: Incrementally fix lack of health care access.
    Al Gore: Aims to insure 15 million uninsured.
Homeland Security
    Jim Ogonowski: His brother, an airline pilot, killed on Sept. 11, 2001.
    Ralph Nader: Deter wars by being attuned abroad.
    John McCain: Rogue State Rollback: actively support resistance fighters.
    John McCain: Terminate C-130, B-2, and Seawolf; use funds to modernize.
    John McCain: Politicians keep unneeded bases open for political purposes.
    Al Gore: Test Ban Treaty is the tide of history; ratify it.
    Al Gore: 20-year history of supporting comprehensive arms control.
    Bill Bradley: Let gays serve openly in military.
    Kerry Healey: A nation of immigrants, but also a nation of laws.
    Jim Ogonowski: Vows to fight illegal immigration.
    Niki Tsongas: Supports undocumented immigrants earning citizenship.
    Pat Buchanan: Most pressing foreign policy crisis: illegal immigration.
    Stephen Pagliuca: 10% unemployment is totally unacceptable.
    Robert Reich: Prodded Clinton on minimum wage & corporate welfare.
    Ralph Nader: Repeal Taft-Hartley; strengthen unions.
    Al Gore: Save the family farm.
    Al Gore: Add $1 to minimum wage; add earned-income credits.
Local Issues
    Jill Stein: New voices heard with Clean Elections law.
    Shannon O'Brien: O’Brien’s Withdrawal from Clean Election hurts its viability.
    Shannon O'Brien: Asks opponents to voluntarily follow Clean Election rules.
    Shannon O'Brien: Angry about non-disclosure of Big Dig cost increases.
Principles & Values
    Alan Khazei: Would take a "big citizenship" approach to Washington.
    Martha Coakley: Considers herself a liberal, but look at the record.
    Michael Capuano: Proud to say I'm a liberal.
    John Kerry: Last nominee to get 2nd chance was Adlai Stevenson in 1956.
    Kerry Healey: Focus on giving voters a meaningful choice.
    Deval Patrick: Patrick wins first test at caucuses, by 2-1 margin.
    Tom Reilly: Running mate withdraws due to troubled personal finances.
    Tom Reilly: Appeals to centrist voters and blue-collar workers.
    Christy Mihos: “Game on”, but maybe as Republican or maybe independent.
    Tom Reilly: Conte case: Reilly wanted to spare family, not cover up.
    Tom Reilly: Conte case: Reilly wanted to spare family, not cover up.
    Deval Patrick: Galvin withdraws; it’s head-to-head against Tom Reilly.
    Deval Patrick: Galvin withdraws; it’s head-to-head against Tom Reilly.
    Tom Reilly: Galvin withdraws; it’s head-to-head against Deval Patrick.
    Tom Reilly: Galvin withdraws; it’s head-to-head against Deval Patrick.
    Tom Reilly: Built $4M warchest from those doing business with AG office.
    Tom Reilly: Built $4M warchest from those doing business with AG office.
    Howard Dean: Distrusts political extremism & ideologues.
    Howard Dean: Turned to medicine and politics after family tragedy.
    Steve Grossman: All deserve equal opportunity to benefit from hard work.
    Shannon O'Brien: Spouse resigns as lobbyist, to avoid conflict of interest.
    Robert Reich: Calling Democrats “dead” meant to stimulate debate.
    Robert Reich: Pro-economic growth progressive.
    Jane Swift: First sitting governor to give birth.
    George Bush Sr.: It’s an emotional roller-coaster; Gore’s a sore loser.
    Pat Buchanan: Yes, a “Christian nation,” not “Judeo-Christian” principles.
    Ralph Nader: Experience to run government comes from suing most agencies.
    George W. Bush: Favorites: PB&J, tacos, Winston Churchill, kissing Laura.
    Dick Cheney: One of the most conservative voting records in Congress.
    Steve Forbes: Withdraws, saying “money well spent”.
    Bill Bradley: No nickel-and-diming, no nibbling around the edges.
    Bill Bradley: Don’t settle for anything but big solutions.
    Bill Bradley: Theme of campaign is racial unity.
    Bob Smith: Most reliable Republican in Senate, despite resigning GOP.
    Bob Smith: Smith quit because GOP was hostile to his activist causes.
    Bill Bradley: Stick to ideals & stay above the fray of a “broken” system.
    Bill Bradley: Factory town upbringing permeates campaign imagery.
Social Security
    Shannon O'Brien: Swift’s pension plan would cost an extra $8 billion.
    Ralph Nader: Social Security is solid; pending bankruptcy is nonsense.
    Al Gore: No privatization; no increase in retirement age.
    Gary Bauer: Cut Soc.Sec. taxes AND benefits by 20%.
Tax Reform
    Jim Ogonowski: Make Bush tax cuts permanent.
    Christy Mihos: Set aside 40% of state revenue for local aid.
    Deval Patrick: Restore local aid so towns can cut property taxes.
    Deval Patrick: Supports local meals tax and local-option taxes.
    Kerry Healey: More local aid, to keep property taxes low.
    Kerry Healey: Opposes local meals tax and local-option taxes.
    Tom Reilly: Lift lottery fund cap to increase local aid.
    Howard Dean: Bush tax cuts were hooey; don’t trust GOP with our money.
    Steve Grossman: Fund health care with greater cigarette tax.
    Steve Grossman: Supports income tax rollback.
    Ralph Nader: Put meat in the process of progressive taxation.
    Bill Bradley: Allied with Reagan to pass 1986 tax overhaul.
    John McCain: Big money interests fear closing loopholes.
    George W. Bush: Keep charitable deduction as incentive for giving.
    John McCain: Remove charitable deduction; it only benefits rich.
    Bill Bradley: Honesty compels avoiding ‘no new taxes’ pledge.
    Donald Trump: One-time 14.25% tax on wealth, to erase national debt.
    Donald Trump: Tax assets over $10 million, paid over 10 years.
    Gary Bauer: 20% cut in Soc.Sec. tax; raise business tax to compensate.
    Gary Bauer: Taxes today are higher than in WWII, Middle Ages, or Bible.
    Gary Bauer: Deduct charity & mortgage; cut capital gains & estate taxes.
    Christy Mihos: Sell naming rights to Big Dig bridge.
War & Peace
    Niki Tsongas: War costs $15 million an hour; time to change course.
    John Kerry: Regrets nothing more that his 2002 vote for Iraq War.
    John Kerry: Kerry’s C.O. says Kerry deserved his Silver Star?
    John Kerry: Man Kerry rescued says Kerry deserved his Bronze Star.
    Ralph Nader: Wage peace and anticipate conflicts abroad.
    George W. Bush: No deadline for removing troops from Kosovo.
    Pat Buchanan: Endorses Arafat as Palestine Pres., despite “repulsiveness”.
    Pat Buchanan: Kuwait: Predicted a “Korea-style bloodbath”.
    Bill Bradley: Should have foreseen & prevented Yugoslav actions.
Welfare & Poverty
    Kerry Healey: Faith-based organizations ok for providing social services.
    Ralph Nader: Domestic Marshall Plan to abolish poverty.
    Dick Cheney: Bush’s call for charity not heeded by Cheney’s 2% donations.
    Dick Cheney: Voted against WIC welfare nutrition programs.
    Bill Bradley: Opposed 1996 Welfare Reform; now “wait & see” how it’s used.
    George W. Bush: Remove tax “tollbooths” for poor single moms.
    George W. Bush: “No-strings” vouchers for religious groups to do charity.
    Bill Bradley: Economy, not laws, changed welfare stats.
    Pat Buchanan: Corporations are “amoral behemoths”.
    Bill Bradley: Fundamental changes in welfare law needed.

The above quotations are from Media coverage of 2000-2009 political races in The Boston Globe.

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