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Books by and about 2016 presidential candidates
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)
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)

Book Reviews

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2016 CNN Town Hall Democratic presidential primary debate

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    from 2016 CNN Democratic Town Hall (number of quotes indicated):
  • Bernie Sanders (4) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Hillary Clinton (1) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Martin O`Malley (1) Maryland Democratic Presidential candidate
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

    The "Town Hall" took place on Jan. 25 in Iowa, in the lead-up to the Iowa caucus on Feb. 1, 2016. "Town Hall" format meant one-on-one questions to one candidate at a time -- the lack of back-and-forth between candidates made all the questions feel like "softballs."

    The mainstream media reported on the popular vote percentages at the Iowa caucuses, but that isn't the purpose of the caucuses -- their purpose is to elect delegates to the national nominating conventions. We report on the delegate counts resulting from the Iowa caucuses below, because no other results matter.

    When you hear TV pundits say the Democratic caucuses in Iowa were a "virtual tie," (because the popular vote was 49.8% to 49.6%), you should shout at your TV that they are wrong -- the delegate count was 29 for Hillary Clinton and 21 for Bernie Sanders, because Democratic county delegate allocations tend to amplify small leads when tallying up into actual people who will serve as delegates to the convention.

    The mainstream media usually doesn't bother with actual figures: they simply spout half-truths and expect us to believe them. Knowledgable voters don't believe the mainstream media. The Washington Post wins this week's prize for laziest mainstream media analysis; in their article "analyzing" the Iowa caucus results, they spouted: "For Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the virtual tie likely means an even split of the 44 delegates." That statement is false; the split was 29-21, not even at all. That would be obvious to anyone looking at the allocation system (which evidently does not include the Washington Post).

    When you hear those same TV pundits pontificate about how Ted Cruz beat Donald Trump handily, you can again shout at your TV about how wrong they are -- Cruz gained exactly one delegate on Trump (8 to 7), and Rubio also got 7 -- now THAT'S a "virtual tie". (Republicans use a proportional delegate allocation system so there's no "amplification").

    We summarize in our Iowa caucus results the delegate counts including superdelegates. All counts are estimates and you may spot differences depending on what news source you observe -- that's because the actual Iowa representatives won't be selected until their county conventions and statewide convention are held later in 2016. We rank according to the total delegate count: due to the Iowa caucuses, Marco Rubio (not Ted Cruz) took the lead from Jeb Bush (not Donald Trump).

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Martin O`Malley: First state in the south to repeal death penalty.
Health Care
    Bernie Sanders: Medicare for All: insure 29M people beyond ObamaCare.
    Bernie Sanders: Single payer: Increased taxes offset by insurance cuts.
Principles & Values
    Bernie Sanders: High school athlete: basketball and long-distance runner.
    Bernie Sanders: Father immigrated to Brooklyn at 17, penniless & no English.
War & Peace
    Hillary Clinton: Iranian nukes would have destabilized whole region.

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