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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)
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)

Book Reviews

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(click a book cover for a review or other books by or about the presidency from Amazon.com)

Fact-check analysis of 2015 Gubernatorial races and early Senate/Presidential primaries


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    from Fact-checking of 2015 races (number of quotes indicated):
  • Barack Obama (3) Democratic President (elected 2008)
  • Ben Carson (1) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Bobby Jindal (1) Louisiana Republican Presidential candidate
  • Carly Fiorina (2) Republican Presidential Challenger
  • Chris Christie (1) New Jersey N.J. Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Donald Trump (2) Republican Presidential candidate
  • George Pataki (1) New York Republican presidential candidate
  • Hillary Clinton (3) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • John Kasich (1) Ohio Republican presidential candidate
  • Marco Rubio (1) FL Senator; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Martin O`Malley (1) Maryland Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Rick Santorum (2) Republican Presidential candidate
  • Ted Cruz (3) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

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"Fact-checking" means that an independent news/political organization examines statements made in campaign advertising or in poltiical debates, to see if they are objectively true or not.

The first fact-checking organization was called FactCheck.org (described below) but in recent years many other organizations have joined in. Some that we use are:

Fact-checking has become commonplace in recent years; but originally we used only FactCheck.org. They are often accused of partisanship (as are all fact-checking services, so we attempt to balance them against each other and report only non-partisan facts here). Following is FactCheck.org's self-description; all of the other services are linked from above so you can check out their similar self-descriptions:

  • FactCheck.org analyses the veracity of statements made during political races.
      [OnTheIssues.org excerpts only two types of analyses]:
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  • Following is the self-description of how FactCheck.org works:

  • [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, Aug. 2014
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Corporations
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Yes, hedge-fund billionaires run ads against her.
    John Kasich: FactCheck: Managing Director at Lehman, but not Board member.
Energy & Oil
    Chris Christie: FactCheck: Yes, New Jersey is a solar powerhouse.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: US Is biggest oil & gas producer, but privately.
Families & Children
    Rick Santorum: FactCheck: Yes, ISIS declared fatwa to kill disabled kids.
Free Trade
    Rick Santorum: FactCheck: Several other candidates support EXIM Bank too.
Government Reform
    Ben Carson: Regulations cost small businesses $34,000 per employee.
Gun Control
    Martin O`Malley: FactCheck: Yes, ISIL made videos on buying assault weapons.
Health Care
    Carly Fiorina: FactCheck: No evidence of 470,000 failures from ObamaCare.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Yes, 10 million newly insured last year.
Homeland Security
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: No, ISIL doesn't cite Trump in recruitment videos.
Immigration
    Ted Cruz: FactCheck: Yes, Bill Clinton deported 12M illegal aliens.
Jobs
    Donald Trump: FactCheck: Yes, Trump wanted a casino, and Jeb opposed it.
    Donald Trump: 2013: Failed to persuade Florida legislators on large casino.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Yes, unemployment down; but many stopped looking.
Principles & Values
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: No evidence Hillary's email server was hacked.
    Marco Rubio: FactCheck: Senate attendance comparable to other candidates.
Social Security
    Carly Fiorina: No Constitutional role for federally set up retirement plans.
Tax Reform
    Bobby Jindal: FactCheck: JFK lowered top income tax rate from 91% to 65%.
Technology
    George Pataki: FactCheck: No evidence Hillary's email server was hacked.
War & Peace
    Ted Cruz: FactCheck: No, ISIS and Iran haven't declared war on America.
Welfare & Poverty
    Ted Cruz: FactCheck: Yes, 3.7M women became impoverished since 2008.


The above quotations are from Fact-check analysis of 2015 Gubernatorial races and early Senate/Presidential primaries.

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