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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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Foreign Influences on United States Policy


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    from Policymakers abroad (number of quotes indicated):
  • Donald Trump (9) Republican Presidential incumbent
  • New Testament (3)
  • Old Testament (2)
  • Pope Francis (6) Leader of the Catholic Church
  • Vladimir Putin (43) Russian Leader
  • Xi Jinping (15) President of China
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OnTheIssues.org reviews those ads and analyses for relevant issue content, including opponents' responses when available. Sometimes we transcribe the ads from video or audio; sometimes we include commentary; all the time, we urge paying attention to the opponent of each advertiser too, to get the full story!

    Citation list:
  • TheConversation.com, "Ukraine war follows decades of warnings that NATO expansion into Eastern Europe could provoke Russia," by Ronald Suny, February 28, 2022
  • Vox.com, "Why is Putin attacking Ukraine? He told us," by Zack Beauchamp, Feb 23, 2022
  • Vox.com, "How America's NATO expansion obsession plays into the Ukraine crisis," by Jonathan Guyer, Jan 27, 2022
  • Council on Foreign Relations, "Why NATO Has Become a Flash Point With Russia in Ukraine," by Jonathan Masters, January 20, 2022
  • BBC, "China's Xi Jinping cements his status with historic resolution," by Waiyee Yip, 11/12/21
  • Global Times, "Keynote speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping at APEC CEO Summit," Nov 11, 2021
  • Brookings Institution, "China's land border law: A preliminary assessment," by Shuxian Luo, November 4, 2021
  • International Student Insurance, "Healthcare in Russia," downloaded 11/2/2021
  • South China Morning Post, "China's LGBT community caught up in Xi Jinping's widening crackdowns on big tech, education and celebrities," by Andrew Mullen, 30 October 2021
  • SupChina.com, "Xi Jinping wants a nation of fit children, and schools are going all out to hire gym teachers," by Jiayun Feng, October 26, 2021
  • Times of India, "China's Xinjiang policy: Controlling Uighur births, lives and minds," Oct 25, 2021
  • Voice of America, "China Steps Up Assimilation of Ethnic Minorities by Banning Languages in Schools," by Peh Hong Lim, October 24, 2021
  • The Moscow Times, "Putin Rails Against 'Monstrous' West in Valdai Speech," Oct. 22, 2021
  • Human Rights Watch, "Tightening Up: A ChinaFile Conversation," by Maya Wang, Oct. 20, 2021
  • Reuters News Service, "Putin blames Europe energy market 'hysteria' on green transition," 10/5/21
  • Al Jazeera, "Russia's Putin praises elections as hundreds protest results," 25 Sep 2021
  • UA Wire, "Russia increases military spending," September 22, 2021
  • Radio Free Europe, "Russia Announces Plan To Halve Abortion Rates To Spur Population Growth," September 22, 2021
  • BBC, "Russia election: Putin's party wins election marred by fraud claims," 20 September 2021
  • CNN, "China and the US were both born from armed conflict. They're now polar opposites on gun control," by Jessie Yeung and Steve George, September 20, 2021
  • Tass Russian News Agency, "Putin urged wider EAEU cooperation on free trade agreements," May 21, 2021
  • New York Times, "Russia School Shooting Kills 7 Students and 2 Employees," by Andrew E. Kramer, May 11, 2021
  • The Moscow Times, "Putin Announces New Cash Handouts, Familiar Policies in Pre-Election Pitch," by Jake Cordell, April 21, 2021
  • Council on Foreign Relations, "The Putin Regime Will Never Tire of Imposing Internet Control," by Baurzhan Rakhmetov, February 22, 2021
  • Bloomberg News, "Russia Sends Navalny to Notorious Penal Camp Feared by Inmates," by Irina Reznik and Henry Meyer, February 28, 2021
  • Centre for Eastern Studies (osw.waw.pl), "Tightening the screws. Putin's repressive laws," by Maria Domanska, 2021-02-18
  • Reuters News Service, "Russia's Putin marks Orthodox Epiphany with icy dip," January 19, 2021
  • Tass Russian News Agency, "Putin denounces 'civilized' use of 'soft' drugs," November 16. 2020
  • The Moscow Times, "Putin Orders Government to Improve Abortion Prevention Efforts," Oct. 27, 2020
  • Inside the Games e-zine, "Russian President Putin gives green light for esports in schools," by Michael Houston, 24 September 2020
  • Fair Planet, "Russia Opens Doors for Immigrants," by Igor Serebryany, July 8, 2020
  • Baptist News, "Why is Russia's Putin talking about marriage and faith in God?," by Andrey Shirin, July 6, 2020
  • Tass Russian News Agency, "No racial or gender discrimination in Russia, assures Putin," 3 July 2020
  • Radio Free Europe, "Putin Announces Tax Hike For High Earners Ahead Of Constitutional Vote," June 23, 2020
  • The Moscow Times, "Putin Adds Patriotism, War History to School Curriculum," May 22, 2020
  • Business News Europe (bne) Intellinews, "Russian government adopts a third economic stimulus package," May 12, 2020
  • The Moscow Times, "Russia Returns to Top 5 Defense Spending Countries Worldwide," April 27, 2020
  • World Socialist Web Site wsws.org, "Hundreds of thousands denied pensions in Russia," by Andrea Peters, 12 February 2020
  • NIKKEI Asia, "Russia woos India to sign trade pact with Eurasian Economic Union," by Dimitri Simes, January 15, 2020
  • Politico Europe (politico.eu), "Why Orthodox Christians are losing faith in Putin," by Marc Bennetts, December 24, 2019
  • The Moscow Times, "Putin Says Zero-Carbon Energy Will 'Send Us Baсk to Caves'," Nov. 20, 2019
  • Times of Israel, "Putin says Russia seeking free trade area with Egypt and Israel," 13 October 2019
  • The Moscow Times, "Why Putin Sounds Alt-Right Though He Really Isn't," by Leonid Bershidsky, June 28, 2019
  • Financial Times, "Vladimir Putin says liberalism has 'become obsolete'," by Lionel Barber, Henry Foy and Alex Barker, June 27, 2019
  • Radio Free Europe, "Putin Signs Law Softening Punishment For 'Likes,' Reposts, And Memes," December 28, 2018
  • Live Civilized blog, "Vladimir Putin Says Censoring Rap Will Lower Marijuana Use," December 19, 2018
  • Human Rights Watch, "No Support - Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Law Imperils LGBT Youth," December 11, 2018
  • BBC British Broadcasting, "Russia's Putin softens pension reforms after outcry," 29 August 2018
  • Nature magazine, "China expands surveillance of sewage to police illegal drug use," by David Cyranoski, 16 July 2018
  • Fortune magazine, "Guess What? Vladimir Putin Is a Pro-Choice Champion," by Geoffrey Smith, December 14, 2017
  • Reuters News Service, "Russia to raise tax on metals producers in 2022 – Putin," Aug 6, 2013
  • The Lancet medical journal, "Health and medicine under Putin," by Fiona Clark, March 02, 2013
  • ArmsControl.org, "Opposition to NATO Expansion," Remarks by Stan Resor on letter dated June 26, 1997
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Vladimir Putin: Convince women not to have abortions, and help raise child.
    Vladimir Putin: Dissuade women from abortion due to population decline.
    Vladimir Putin: In the modern world the decision is up to the woman herself.
Budget & Economy
    Vladimir Putin: Focus on ensuring growth of real incomes of citizens.
    Vladimir Putin: Ordered third stimulus package in wake of pandemic.
Civil Rights
    Xi Jinping: Shut down LGBT social media accounts; boycott "sissy idols".
    Vladimir Putin: Don't care about skin color: no reverse discrimination.
    Xi Jinping: Many discriminated against for rural household registration.
    Vladimir Putin: Russians treated equally regardless of race, gender, belief.
    Vladimir Putin: Signed "gay propaganda" law denying minors information.
    New Testament: OpEd: Apply Sermon on the Mount to gays, not Romans.
Corporations
    Xi Jinping: Purge capitalist excess; business must heed state guidance.
Crime
    Xi Jinping: Use an iron fist against Uighurs, claiming Islamic terrorism.
    Vladimir Putin: Opposition leader sentenced to notorious penal camp.
    Vladimir Putin: Softens punishment for first-time offenders for hate crimes.
    Old Testament: OpEd: "An eye for an eye" LIMITS punishment, not ALLOWS it.
Drugs
    Vladimir Putin: Refute the lie of safe and civilized use of soft drugs.
    Vladimir Putin: Drugs are the way towards the degradation of a nation.
    Xi Jinping: War on drugs tied to welfare of the Chinese people.
Education
    Xi Jinping: Give physical education top priority in Chinese schools.
    Xi Jinping: Eliminate teaching minorities in native languages in schools.
    Vladimir Putin: Annual education camps for high-schoolers at military park.
Energy & Oil
    Xi Jinping: Promote green, low-carbon and sustainable development.
    Vladimir Putin: Green transition should be smooth instead of drastic steps.
    Vladimir Putin: We'll end up in caves if we rely on solar/wind power.
    Old Testament: God maintains cold & hot seasons, not climate change.
Environment
    Pope Francis: Amazon is not an inexhaustible source of resources.
    Pope Francis: Avert serious effects of environmental deterioration.
Families & Children
    Vladimir Putin: Monstrous to teach children that a boy can become a girl.
    Pope Francis: No ideological colonization of contraception & abortion.
Foreign Policy
    Xi Jinping: Don't relapse into confrontation, division of Cold War era.
    Vladimir Putin: We will continue to work with China on a bilateral basis.
    Vladimir Putin: May remove Taliban from list of terrorist organizations.
    Donald Trump: Condemn Russian & any country's involvement in our elections.
    Donald Trump: It's good that Putin says nice things about me.
    Donald Trump: 1987 thru 2013: Tried to build Trump Tower in Moscow.
    Donald Trump: China should make Kim Jong Un disappear.
    Donald Trump: Support NATO, but it's not us against Russia.
    Donald Trump: By 2027, tsunami as China overtakes US as largest economy.
    New Testament: Bibles banned in China from 1949 until 1979.
    Donald Trump: Criticized Buchanans view on Hitler as appeasement.
Free Trade
    Xi Jinping: Building high-standard Asian Pacific free trade areas.
    Vladimir Putin: More preferential agreements with largest trading partners.
    Vladimir Putin: Russia is courting India to sign a free trade agreement.
    Vladimir Putin: Working on free trade area involving Israel and Egypt.
Government Reform
    Xi Jinping: China is strengthening regulation over some sectors.
    Vladimir Putin: Claimed elections were free and fair, held openly.
    Vladimir Putin: Barred opponents from running, charges of election fraud.
    Vladimir Putin: Increased regulations of non-government organizations.
Gun Control
    Xi Jinping: Only a few groups of people are allowed to own guns.
    Vladimir Putin: School shooting leads to tightening of gun laws.
Health Care
    Vladimir Putin: Increased obligatory medical insurance tax from 3.1% to 5.1%.
    Vladimir Putin: Shouldn't mandate; convince people vaccination is better.
    Vladimir Putin: Top priority is to improve public health-care services.
Homeland Security
    Xi Jinping: Defend territorial sovereignty and land border security.
    Vladimir Putin: Kremlin abandons plans to freeze defense spending.
    Vladimir Putin: Russia returns to top 5 defense spending countries.
    Donald Trump: Would take info on opponents from foreigners, might call FBI.
Immigration
    Vladimir Putin: Reduced time for Russian passports for some occupations.
    Vladimir Putin: Resisted calls for visa requirements for migrant workers.
    Vladimir Putin: Praised Trump for stopping migrants and drugs from Mexico.
    Pope Francis: We should receive asylum-seekers, not reject them.
    Pope Francis: Opposes border wall between US and Mexico.
    Pope Francis: It's not Christian to build a wall on US-Mexican border.
Principles & Values
    Xi Jinping: Resolution makes Xi the equal of Mao and Deng in history.
    Xi Jinping: Moral review councils use public shaming for enforcement.
    Vladimir Putin: Has given the church a major voice in society.
    Vladimir Putin: Foundations of Orthodox culture are taught in public schools.
    Vladimir Putin: Patriotism is Russia's national idea.
    Vladimir Putin: Positioned as a defender of traditional Christian values.
Social Security
    Vladimir Putin: Pension reform unpopular despite indexing for inflation.
    Vladimir Putin: Raised retirement ages to 60 for women, 65 for men.
Tax Reform
    Vladimir Putin: Raise tax to 15% for income over 5 million rubles ($72,000).
    Vladimir Putin: Increased mineral extraction tax three times in a year.
    New Testament: OpEd: Bible endorses flat tax--10% tithing.
Technology
    Vladimir Putin: Sanction online platforms for censoring Russian media.
    Vladimir Putin: Supports holding esports tournaments in schools.
War & Peace
    Donald Trump: OpEd: Israel killed Iranian scientist & Trump approved.


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