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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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Trump Cabinet members actions and issues


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    Articles by/on Trump Cabinet members (with Department prefixed):
  • DOJ: ProPublica on H.R.4052, "Inside Trump and Barr's Last-Minute Killing Spree," by Isaac Arnsdorf Dec. 23, 2020
  • State: The New American, "Pompeo Says MIT Refused to Host Him to Avoid Offending Chinese Benefactors," by Luis Miguel, December 11, 2020
  • State: Associated Press, "Denying Biden's victory, Pompeo heads to Europe, Mideast," by Matthew Lee, November 13, 2020
  • Current Affairs magazine, "The New Sinophobia and the Japanese American Incarceration," by Nathaniel Sumimoto, 31 October 2020
  • State: CNBC, "WHO slams 'unacceptable' remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo," by Will Feuer & Amanda Macias, Jul 23, 2020
  • HUD: New York Post, "Joe Biden's disastrous plans for America's suburbs," by Betsy McCaughey, July 21, 2020
  • ED: N. Y. Times, "Inclusion of Transgender Student Athletes Violates Title IX, Trump Administration Says," by Michael Levenson and Neil Vigdor, May 29, 2020
  • State: The Economist newsmagazine, "Mike Pompeo's politicisation of foreign policy is so damaging," May 16th 2020
  • State: The Atlantic magazine, "The Rest of the World Is Laughing at Trump," by Anne Applebaum, May 3, 2020
  • State: Aljazeera on S.Res.234 "Annexation of occupied West Bank ultimately up to Israel", 22 Apr 2020
  • Economics: Fox News "Sunday Morning Futures": interview of Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow, March 29, 2020
  • Economics: ABC 'This Week': interview of White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, 3-29-20
  • HUD: ABC 'This Week' Transcript: interview of Dr. Ben Carson, 3-8-20
  • State: CNN, "How Pompeo convinced Trump to kill Soleimani and fulfilled a decade-long goal," by Nicole Gaouette and Jamie Gangel, January 9, 2020
  • DOD: NPR Morning Edition, "Nations With Allies Thrive, Nations Without Allies Wither," by Jim Mattis, 9/2/2019
  • State: Idaho Statesman, "Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong; China furious," Associated Press, Nov. 27, 2019
  • DOE: PoliticalWire.com, "Rick Perry Says Trump Is the 'Chosen One'," by Taegan Goddard, November 25, 2019
  • State: Bloomberg News, "Exxon's Former CEO Says Climate Change 'With Us Forever More'," by Erik Larson, 10/31/2019
  • DOD: NPR Morning Edition, "Jim Mattis: 'Nations Without Allies Wither'," September 2, 2019
  • ICE: USA Today, "Immigration official Ken Cuccinelli: Statue of Liberty poem refers to immigrants from Europe," by Rebecca Morin, Aug. 13, 2019
  • Economics: Fox News Sunday, interview of Larry Kudlow, Aug 18, 2019
  • USCIS: CBS Face the Nation, "ICE is ready to deport 1 million undocumented immigrants," by Camilo Montoya-Galvez, July 7, 2019
  • Economics: CNN K-file, "Kudlow once said Trump's proposed trade policies 'will pose incalculable damage'," by E.Steck & A.Kaczynski, 6/6/19
  • DOL: Fox News, "US needs to stand up to China on trade war, will win if it does," by Julia Musto, May 20, 2019
  • NASA: Business Insider, "India's satellite destruction created space junk," by Sinead Baker, 4/2/19
  • State: Middle East Monitor, "US will recognise Israel's sovereignty over Golan heights," March 21, 2019
  • DOD: NBC News, "New Pentagon transgender rule sets limits for troops," March 13, 2019
  • State: Tyler (TX) Morning Telegraph, "US withdrawing from INF treaty with Russia," by Deb Riechmann, Robert Burns and Matthew Lee, 2/1/2019
  • DNI: Annual Threat Assessment, report to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, by Director Dan Coats, January 29, 2019
  • UN: The Washington Examiner, "Nikki Haley Is Fierce," by Michael Warren, December 13, 2018
  • Commerce: Fox News, "'New space race' could yield $1 trillion industry: Wilbur Ross," by Thomas Barrabi, 11/29/2018
  • USDA: White House press release, "USMCA: a Trade Deal for the 21st Century," by Sonny Perdue, Oct. 18, 2018
  • USDA: White House press release, "WTAS: Support for President Trump's Successful Trade Negotiations with Mexico and Canada," Oct. 2, 2018
  • Commerce: New York Magazine, "Memo Contradicts Ross's Rationale for Adding Citizenship Question to Census", by Eric Levitz. Sept. 18, 2018
  • Treasury: The New York Times, "The Trump Administration Mulls a Unilateral Tax Cut for the Rich", by Alan Rappeport & Jim Tankersley, 7/30/2018
  • Economics: Motley Fool, "Trump's Top Economic Advisor Has a Surprising Take on Social Security," by Sean Williams, 7/19/2018
  • Commerce: The Washington Post, "Trump officials weigh limits on uranium," by Steven Mufson, 7/18/2018
  • DOL: The Washington Examiner, "Andy Puzder speaks out on #MeToo and the retracted allegations that killed his Cabinet nomination," by Emily Jashinsky, June 24, 2018
  • Justice: WorldNetDaily e-zine, "A global 'right of return' to the U.S.? Who knew?," by Ilana Mercer, June 14, 2018
  • Treasury: The New York Times, "How Mnuchin Keeps a Steady Grip in a Tug of War on Trade", by Alan Rappeport, 6/3/2018
  • Commerce: Reuters, "U.S. launches auto import probe against China", by David Shepardson & Jeff Mason, 5/23/2018
  • Treasury: Reuters, "U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin at G20 emphasize free trade, reciprocal terms: official" by David Lawder, 3/19/2018
  • Economics: Fortune.com, "Who Is Larry Kudlow, Trump's New Top Economic Advisor?", by Lucinda Shen, 3/14/2018
  • DOT: The Washington Examiner, "Environmental permitting reform will spur 'ready' infrastructure projects", by Josh Siegel, 3/1/2018
  • ED: Military Times, "DeVos backs school choice proposal for military children," by Maria Danilova, 2/22/2018
  • Treasury: CNBC, "Mnuchin asks Congress 'to look at' gun violence after shooting", by Jacob Pramuk, 2/15/2018
  • DOT: The Intercept, "Mitch McConnell & Elaine Chao Shrouded In Offshore Tax Haven," by Lee Fang & Spencer Woodman, 2/5/2018
  • DVA: Stars and Stripes, " Shulkin: law makes marijuana too difficult to study ", by Nikki Wentling, 1/19/2018
  • Treasury: The Washington Examiner, " Mnuchin: ObamaCare individual mandate repeal not a bargaining chip, " by Naomi Lim, 11/19/2017
  • DVA: Washington Examiner, "Shulkin: Fixing VA 'a matter of national security'", by Sarah Westwood, 11/17/2017
  • DOT: Transport Topics, "Tax Reform First, Then Infrastructure," by Eugene Mularo, 10/23/2017
  • Treasury: CNBC, "'It's very hard not to give tax cuts to the wealthy,' Steven Mnuchin now says", by John Harwood, 10/18/2017
  • Commerce: Washington Examiner, " Tax reform priority is a little bit of redistribution," by Joseph Lawler, 7/22/2017
  • Commerce: Washington Blade, "Commerce Dept. omits, restores LGBT people in non-discrimination policy." by Chris Johnson, 6/16/2017
  • USDA: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Sonny Perdue's surprising role in saving NAFTA", by Greg Bluestein, April 28, 2017
  • DOL: CNBC, "Former CKE chief Andy Puzder on automation: If robots take your job, 'the minimum wage is zero'," by Trent Gillies, April 23 2017
  • ED: Mother Jones, "Devos wants to use America's schools to build 'God's Kingdom'," by Kristina Rizga, Mar/Apr 2017 issue
  • Treasury: The Guardian (UK), "Mnuchin: Trump will not cut social security and Medicare 'entitlements'," 2/26/2017
  • DVA: NPR Morning Edition, "Hiring Freeze and Obamacare repeal could clobber VA," by Quil Laurence, 1/25/2017
  • DOL: The Guardian, "'Author of controversy': how Andrew Puzder made his name fighting abortion," by Lauren Gambino, 16 Feb 2017
  • USDA: Rewire.news, "Anti-Choice Sonny Perdue Selected for Agriculture Secretary," by Ally Boguhn, January 19, 2017
  • DOT: The Washington Post, "Chao emphasizes private funds for transportation fixes," by Michael Laris and Ashley Halsey III, 1/11/2017
  • ED: NEA Today, "DeVos: Dangerous for Students and the Promise of Public Education," by John Rosales, 1/11/2017
  • DOI: Religion News Service, "Montana lawmakers denounce plans for neo-Nazi rally," December 28, 2016
  • Economics: CNBC, "In Gettysburg, we need the pro-life, pro-growth, 'King Dollar'," by Larry Kudlow, 10/22/2016
  • Commerce: CNBC, "Healthy Gen Y-ers won't buy Obamacare," ,y Matthew J. Belvedere, 10/18/2013
  • DOT: NPR.org, "For Elaine Chao, A Tough Voyage To U.S. Leadership," by Michael Martin, 7/18/2012
  • USDA: Fastcase.com, "Guns Banned from Georgia Airport, For Now", July 1, 2008
  • USDA: Law.com, "Perdue vows special session on gay marriage if appeal slowed," May 17, 2006

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Scott Pruitt: Double headline - Already Done.
    Andrew Puzder: Author of controversy: life begins at conception.
    Sonny Perdue: Parental notification for minors.
    Larry Kudlow: Trump's support of late-term abortion ban is "gift from god".
Budget & Economy
    Larry Kudlow: $6.2 trillion in aid; we think we can get through this.
    Larry Kudlow: We're going to stay with Trump pro-growth program.
    Larry Kudlow: FactCheck: No, deficit is increasing with Trump tax cuts.
    Linda McMahon: Reduce financial regulations so small businesses get capital.
    Wilbur Ross: SEC investigating insider trading "short sale" of oil stock.
    Elaine Chao: Reckless tax and spend strategy is hazardous for economy.
Civil Rights
    Ben Carson: People can only afford to live in certain places.
    Jeff Sessions: 1986: Lost appointment for racially insensitive comments.
    Linda McMahon: Longtime advocate for women in leadership and business.
    Nikki Haley: Women don't have more challenges, just different ones.
    Betsy DeVos: Rescind "weaponized" use of sexual misconduct accusations.
    Ben Carson: Scrap HUD tool for racial discrimination in public housing.
    Wilbur Ross: LGBT protections omitted, then reinstated following scrutiny.
    Nikki Haley: Our goal should always be to empower women.
    Sonny Perdue: Call on legislature for Constitutional ban on gay marriage.
Corporations
    Larry Kudlow: In return for cash grants, US should have stake in airlines.
    Larry Kudlow: We believe in supply side Laffer Curve.
    Betsy DeVos: Served as chairman of investment firm The Windquest Group.
    Daniel Coats: Pro-growth economic policies to put Americans back to work.
    Jeff Sessions: Establishment conservative: opposed 2008 bank bailouts.
    Linda McMahon: Give entrepreneurs the tools they need to start & succeed.
    Linda McMahon: Grew WWE from 13-person company to 800 employees worldwide.
    Mick Mulvaney: Ran family real estate business & family restaurant.
    Steve Mnuchin: Partner at Goldman-Sachs; board member at three art museums.
    Wilbur Ross: 55 years of investment banking and private equity experience.
    Wilbur Ross: Privatization adviser to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
    Elaine Chao: Public-private partnerships for innovating on infrastructure.
    Elaine Chao: Reform corporate tax code to reward offshore tax havens.
    Wilbur Ross: Alleviate corporate tax rate; small break for lower earners.
Crime
    Betsy DeVos: Require cross-examination of victims of sexual harassment.
Drugs
    David Shulkin: VA research of marijuana restricted by federal law.
Education
    Betsy DeVos: Cut funding if transgender students to compete by gender.
    Ben Carson: Carson Scholars Fund: $7M in scholarships.
    Betsy DeVos: Mother was public school teacher; Betsy was in-school mentor.
    Scott Pruitt: Evolution is unproven theory.
    Betsy DeVos: Use federal funds for private schools for military kids.
    Betsy DeVos: Contributes to education to advance "God's Kingdom".
Energy & Oil
    Rex Tillerson: Climate change real; with us now & forever more.
    Rex Tillerson: Carbon tax best way to transition from fossil fuels.
    Rex Tillerson: At Exxon, rose from production engineer to president.
    Ryan Zinke: Increase coal, oil & gas mining access at National Monuments.
    Ryan Zinke: Public lands opened for private company energy development.
Environment
    Rick Perry: Simultaneous economic growth & environmental protection.
    Ryan Zinke: End ban on lead bullets & fishing tackle in wildlife refuges.
    Sonny Perdue: Responsibility is to leave the land better than we found it.
    Mick Mulvaney: You can't drain the swamp and leave all the people in it.
    Elaine Chao: Environmental regulations create roadblocks and delays.
Families & Children
    Rex Tillerson: National President of the Boy Scouts from 2010 to 2012.
Foreign Policy
    Mike Pompeo: Chinese Communist Party is enmeshed in our society.
    Mike Pompeo: Chinese Communist Party co-opted World Health Organization.
    Mike Pompeo: Benghazi was "worse, in some ways, than Watergate".
    Mike Pompeo: America First; treat the world with some skepticism.
    Mike Pompeo: Claims MIT snubbed him due to their China ties.
    Mike Pompeo: Prevented G7 statement by insisting on using "Wuhan virus".
    Donald Trump: Protect human rights in Hong Kong against China.
    Donald Trump: Recognize 1967 Israel's annexation of Golan Heights.
    Daniel Coats: China's goal is global superiority, including militarily.
    Daniel Coats: China grows by investment; Russia by misdirection.
    Nikki Haley: Helped broker U.N. sanctions on North Korea.
    Nikki Haley: Obama was wrong to abstain on Cuba's anti-US resolution.
    Daniel Coats: Criticizes government censorship & social controls in China.
    Daniel Coats: China holds 1M Muslims in "patriotic re-education" camps.
    Nikki Haley: Time to show people reasons to support the U.N.
    Nikki Haley: US is world's conscience; participation in UN reflects that.
    Nikki Haley: We will deal fairly with people who are fair to us.
Free Trade
    Larry Kudlow: Trump's strategy on China tariffs is working.
    Andrew Puzder: We need to stand up to China; we'll win trade war.
    Sonny Perdue: Promote agricultural interests to international markets.
    Sonny Perdue: USMCA trade pact important for workers, economy as a whole.
    Sonny Perdue: Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA.
    Steve Mnuchin: Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA.
    Wilbur Ross: Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA.
    Sonny Perdue: Tariffs on China are painful now, but healthy later.
    Steve Mnuchin: Free market proponent but tariffs OK to reduce trade deficit.
    Wilbur Ross: Auto imports are threatening U.S. auto industry.
    Steve Mnuchin: 3-part agenda: tax & regulatory relief; free & fair trade.
    Steve Mnuchin: Free markets YES, but U.S. needs balanced trade agreements.
    Sonny Perdue: Helped save NAFTA by showing Trump red state farmers need it.
Gun Control
    Steve Mnuchin: Gun violence is tragedy and policy needs to be addressed.
    Sonny Perdue: Legalized concealed weapons on public transportation.
Health Care
    Steve Mnuchin: Repeal ObamaCare individual mandate for middle class tax cut.
    Tom Price: Premise of ObamaCare is that Washington knows best.
    Tom Price: Practicing orthopedic surgeon before entering politics.
    David Shulkin: The VA is just as good or better than private health care.
    Wilbur Ross: Young, healthy people enrolling in Obamacare is illogical.
Homeland Security
    Jim Bridenstine: Intentional explosions in space pose risk to all spaceflight.
    Donald Trump: Bar transgender troops from enlisting in military.
    Nancy Pelosi: Ban on transgender troops enlisting in military is cowardly.
    Daniel Coats: 1980s & 1990s: strengthen our national defense and security.
    Rick Perry: 1970s: flew C-130 tactical airlift aircraft in Air Force.
    Sonny Perdue: Food security is a key component of national security.
    Wilbur Ross: Invoke national security to restrict imports on uranium.
    David Shulkin: Largest modernization effort at VA in decades.
    David Shulkin: A voluntary military might not work without good VA care.
Immigration
    Antonin Scalia: DACA phase-out legally correct under administrative law.
    Barack Obama: DACA recipients make America's shared ideals.
    Brett Kavanaugh: DACA phase-out legally correct under administrative law.
    Clarence Thomas: DACA phase-out legally correct under administrative law.
    Donald Trump: DACA phase-out legally correct but politically controversial.
    Jeff Sessions: DACA program was created without proper authority.
    Joe Biden: Make DACA permanent; much work remains to be done.
    Kirstjen Nielsen: DACA program undermines confidence in rule of law.
    Samuel Alito: DACA phase-out legally correct; politics is not our business.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Give me your poor, if they won't become a public charge.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Give me your poor, if they won't become a public charge.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Detain and then deport one million undocumented immigrants.
    Elaine Chao: Immigrated to America at age 8; gained citizenship at age 19.
    Wilbur Ross: Citizenship on census vital to enforce Voting Rights Act.
    Jeff Sessions: Asylum was never meant to alleviate world's problems.
    Larry Kudlow: Zero immigration till new system to stop ISIS is implemented.
    Elaine Chao: Legality at the heart of immigration policy debate.
    Nikki Haley: Refugee ban: What we did was take a pause.
Jobs
    Larry Kudlow: You can't have a good job without a healthy business.
    Larry Kudlow: Boost in unemployment insurance won't go on forever.
    Andrew Puzder: Minimum wage hike will accelerate automation of jobs.
Principles & Values
    Donald Trump: Pardons Michael Flynn and Roger Stone in Russia probe.
    Mike Pompeo: Denies that Trump undercuts US support for free elections.
    Ben Carson: Coronavirus: Go about normal activities if you're healthy.
    Rick Perry: Trump Is imperfect, but perhaps he's the 'Chosen One'.
    Daniel Coats: Founded charity, The Foundation for American Renewal.
    Mick Mulvaney: Lifelong Carolinas resident; graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.
    Mick Mulvaney: Founding member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Mission.
    Rick Perry: Longest-serving governor In Texas history.
    Nikki Haley: Humbling to be a role model for girls and women.
    Tom Price: Accused of insider trading; resigned due to travel expenses.
    Ryan Zinke: No safe haven for neo-Nazi white nationalists.
Social Security
    Larry Kudlow: Market's higher return trounces Social Security's low yield.
    Steve Mnuchin: Focus of Presidential budget is not cutting entitlements.
Tax Reform
    Larry Kudlow: Never believe the CBO: tax cuts will not increase deficit.
    Steve Mnuchin: Implemented Trump's "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act".
    Steve Mnuchin: Bypassing congress to cut taxes on capital gains possible.
    Elaine Chao: Chao family foundation funds funneled into offshore firms.
    Steve Mnuchin: Mathematically impossible to avoid tax cuts on wealthy.
    Betsy DeVos: DeVos record includes advocating for tax cuts for the rich.
Technology
    Daniel Coats: Russia abuses social media in anti-democracy information war.
    Wilbur Ross: Space race to stimulate economic growth across industries.
    Elaine Chao: Specialized in transportation financing in private sector.
    Elaine Chao: Slow permitting process blocking private sector investments.
War & Peace
    Mike Pompeo: Killing Soleimani "took a bad guy off the battlefield".
    James Mattis: U.S. should keep a small force in Iraq.
    James Mattis: U.S. should keep a small force in Syria.
    James Mattis: U.S. should keep a small force in Afghanistan.
    Mike Pompeo: Oppose Iran setting up Hezbollah targeting in Golan Heights.
    Donald Trump: Russia violates the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty.
    Mike Pompeo: Withdraw from INF to counter Russia and China.
    Daniel Coats: North Korea views nuclear weapons as critical to survival.
    Daniel Coats: Iran escalating wars in Yemen and Syria, but not nukes.
    James Mattis: Led Marines in Iraq, Afghanistan, and overall Mideast.
    James Mattis: Resigns in wake of announcement of withdrawal from Syria.
    Nikki Haley: Condemned Russia for criticizing US over Syria response.
    James Mattis: Keep U.S. troops in Syria indefinitely to defeat ISIS.
    Nikki Haley: Military action & sanctions against Syrian chemical weapons.
    John Bolton: Abrogate the Iran nuclear deal; encourage Israel to attack.
    Mike Pompeo: Negotiate from strength to denuclearize North Korea.
    Nikki Haley: Peacekeeping forces should not be permanent.
Welfare & Poverty
    Elaine Chao: Restored trust as CEO of United Way of America.
    Larry Kudlow: Be tougher on spending, including entitlement reform.
    Ben Carson: Eliminate income-based rent increases in public housing.
    Ben Carson: Cycle people up and out of public housing developments.


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