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)
(click a book cover for a review or other books by or about the presidency from Amazon.com)
Fact-checking on 2020 Presidential, Gubernatorial, and Senatorial campaigns
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from 2020 FactCheck (number of quotes indicated):
- Barack Obama (1) Democratic President (elected 2008)
- Bernie Sanders (3) Democratic Presidential candidate
- Cato Institute (1)
- Dan Crenshaw (1) Republican U.S. Rep Texas- 2
- Donald Trump (23) Republican Presidential incumbent
- Elizabeth Warren (2) Massachusetts Senator
- Joe Biden (16) Democratic V.P.
- Kamala Harris (2) California Democratic nominee for Vice President; California Senator
- Kate Brown (1) Oregon Democratic Governor
- Kristi Noem (1) South Dakota Republican
- Larry Kudlow (2) Connecticut Council of Economic Advisers
- Martha McSally (1) Republican appointee for Arizona U.S. Senator Arizona
- Mike Bloomberg (2) New York Mayor of NYC
- Mike Pence (1) Indiana Republican Vice President
- Pete Buttigieg (1) Indiana Democratic candidate for President; Mayor of South Bend, IN
- Richard Ojeda (1) Democratic Senate Challenger West Virginia
- Tom Steyer (1) Possible Democratic candidate for President from California
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Fact-checking has become commonplace in recent years; but originally we used only FactCheck.org.
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- From debates and public speeches
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[FactCheck.org is] a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.
The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg in 1994 to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels.
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-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, April 2019
Fact-checking in 2020 races:
- Associated Press, "False claims flood Trump-Biden debate," by Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen, Sept. 30, 2020
- NBC News, "Proud Boys celebrate after Trump's debate callout," by Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny, Sept. 30, 2020
- Aljazeera News, "Biden’s ‘inshallah’ during US debate dubbed ‘historic’ on Twitter", 30 Sep 2020
- NBC News, "First 2020 presidential debate: Fact-checking Biden and Trump," by Jane C. Timm, Adam Edelman, Ben Kamisar and Carrie Dann, Sept. 29, 2020
- The Oregonian, "Trump claims in debate 'Portland Sheriff' gave him endorsement; Reese quickly responds: I 'will never support him'," by K. Rambo, Sep 29, 2020
- CNN Fact check: "Trump makes more than 20 false or misleading claims in accepting presidential nomination," by Daniel Dale, Maggie Fox, Andrew Kaczynski, Caroline Kelly, Katie Lobosco, Tami Luhby, Holmes Lybrand, Paul P. Murphy, Alex Rogers, Tara Subramaniam and Maegan Vazquez, August 28, 2020
- NBC News, "Fact check: Night 3 of the Republican National Convention," by Jane C. Timm, Adam Edelman and Sahil Kapur, Aug. 26, 2020
- NBC News "Fact-checking Night 2 of the Republican National Convention," by Jane C. Timm and Adam Edelman, Aug. 25, 2020
- Associated Press, "Trump hype on drug costs, hydroxychloroquine," by Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward, August 3, 2020
- OnTheIssues FactCheck on Fox News Sunday interview of Donald Trump, July 19, 2020
- CNN K-File, "From AIDS to Covid-19: Trump's decades of spreading dangerous misinformation about disease outbreaks," by Andrew Kaczynski, Nathan McDermott and Em Steck, May 30, 2020
- RealClearPolitics, "Limbaugh: I Hope Some Governor Grows So Fed Up With This Shutdown And Reopens Their State," by Ian Schwartz, April 15, 2020
- FactCheck.org on 8th Democrat 2020 primary debate Feb 8, 2020
- PolitiFact Fact-Check on 2020 State of the Union address Feb 5, 2020
- NPR Fact-Check on 2020 State of the Union address Feb 4, 2020
- PolitiFact.com FactCheck on 2020 Democratic primary Oct 30, 2019
- CNN K-File FactCheck on 2020 presidential hopefuls Sep 4, 2019
- Snopes.com Fact-Check on 2020 presidential hopefuls Jan 28, 2019
- The Hill e-zine, "Trump thanks Obama for leaving so many judicial vacancies," by Morgan Gstalter, 03/29/18
- NBC News, "Joe Biden's Son Hunter Kicked Out of Navy for Cocaine," by Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube, Oct. 16, 2014
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Joe Biden: Fact-Check: opposes Hyde Amendment, after decades of support.
Kamala Harris: Repeal Hyde Amendment; unacceptable that Biden voted for it.
Elizabeth Warren: Legal abortions are safer than tonsillectomies.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: Proud Boys standing by to deal with Antifa.
Joe Biden: This is Trump's America: Proud Boys over Antifa.
Kate Brown: Racism and hate are not forms of patriotism.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: LBJ civil rights laws dwarf any Trump action.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: No, not endorsed by Portland's Sheriff.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: Yes, Trump aide said rioting & chaos helps Trump.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: Hillary used term "super predators," not Biden.
Joe Biden: FactCheck: Endorsed by 175 law enforcement officials.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: Order on statues merely enforces existing law.
Kristi Noem: FactCheck: No, BLM protests are mostly peaceful.
Joe Biden: 1994: Billions for state prisons but fewer billions than GOP.
Joe Biden: FactCheck: Attended U.Delaware, not Delaware State HBCU.
Energy & Oil|
Donald Trump: Fact-Check:US became #1 producer of natural gas in 2009.
Joe Biden: FactCheck: Yes, US has tried "Buy American" for 100 years.
Donald Trump: Fact-Check:USMCA mostly a cosmetic refreshing of NAFTA.
Donald Trump: Fact-Check: Union support for USMCA was mixed.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Senate GOP blocked over 100 open judgeships.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: 128 judgeships open because Senate GOP forced it.
Joe Biden: 30 years ago, I proposed campaign finance reform.
Cato Institute: FactCheck: Whistleblower rules never require 1st-hand report.
Bernie Sanders: 2005: Allow suing gun manufacturers for negligence.
Richard Ojeda: Deaths and injuries every month from senseless gun violence.
Martha McSally: Require covering pre-existing conditions, but no funding.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: No massive prices cuts for prescription drugs.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: experts changed on use of masks as facts emerged.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: No, America has tested less than Europe combined.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: Coronavirus testing has missed 90% of cases.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: Undercut protection for preexisting conditions.
Mike Bloomberg: 2011: We're going to cut back Medicaid and Medicare.
Bernie Sanders: FactCheck: US pays twice OECD average, but not every country.
Pete Buttigieg: 2018: Medicare-for-All; 2020: only for those who want it.
Donald Trump: Fact-Check: 4,311 drugs had price hike; 619 were lowered.
Donald Trump: Executive order requiring healthcare price transparency.
Joe Biden: FactCheck: Yes, Hunter Biden was kicked out of military.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: Obama signed Veterans Choice, not Trump.
Mike Pence: Fact Check: Takes credit for Veterans Choice passed in 2014.
Bernie Sanders: FactCheck: $1.8 trillion on all military, not just weapons.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: Only 5 out 300 miles of wall are in new places.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: 9 million jobs offset by 22.2 million job loss.
Larry Kudlow: Fact check: unemployment fell to lowest rate of 3.5%.
Joe Biden: I supported $15 minimum wage in NYC years ago.
Donald Trump: Fact-Check: Job creation has increased, but at lower rate.
Principles & Values|
Joe Biden: FactCheck: No, only 50% of recent presidents were Ivy league.
Joe Biden: FactCheck:Yes, entered & left Congress as one of the poorest.
Kamala Harris: FactCheck: Constitutionally eligible to run for presidency.
Mike Bloomberg: 2009: Called Social Security a "Ponzi scheme".
Joe Biden: Restructure tax code while protecting Social Security.
Donald Trump: Fact Check: Claims falsely that Biden would raise all taxes.
Joe Biden: Return top rate to 39.6% from 37%; cap itemized deductions.
Joe Biden: FactCheck: tax hike on top 1%, not on all American families.
Elizabeth Warren: FactCheck: "2% wealth tax" is 6% on wealthiest billionaires.
War & Peace|
Dan Crenshaw: Fact Check: Claims ISIS defeated; Pentagon says otherwise.
Joe Biden: FactCheck: removed troops from Iraq, but they went back.
Tom Steyer: Obama got Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions.
Donald Trump: Fact-Check: Trump has sent more troops to MidEast.
Joe Biden: FactCheck:No, didn't oppose Iraq War right after war started.
The above quotations are from Fact-checking on 2020 Presidential, Gubernatorial, and Senatorial campaigns.