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Republicans Could Be In For A Wild Ride In 2016

Published in Wall Street Journal on February 26, 2015

To better understand the 2016 GOP presidential race, let’s consider some history. At a comparable point during the last nine Republican presidential primary contests, four had a front-runner with a double-digit lead in a national poll, and in five the leader was ahead by single digits.

Combining the two sets, the front-runner—regardless of their lead’s size—won five out of nine times. If the front-runner actually ran, he became the GOP nominee in five of seven contests.

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A GOP Lifeline On Immigration—If They’ll Take It

Published in Wall Street Journal on February 19, 2015

Congressional Republicans are right to try to stop President Obama's November 2014 executive action suspending enforcement of immigration laws for millions of illegal aliens. 

The House has passed a Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill prohibiting DHS from spending money to carry out Mr. Obama’s unconstitutional directive when the department’s current funding runs out Feb. 27. Now 60 senators—including at least six Democrats—must vote to invoke cloture and take up the bill. 

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On the Air

Obama's Keystone Vote 'Embarrassing' And 'Stupid'

Aired on America's Newsroom on February 25, 2015

Speaker John Boehner called President Barack Obama's Keystone XL pipeline veto a "national embarrassment." Is he right? How should the GOP respond? Karl joins America's Newsroom to weigh in.

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Fox Poll: Americans Want Obama Tougher On Radical Islamists

Aired on On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on February 19, 2015

Karl Rove goes On the Record to break down the numbers in the latest Fox News poll on Americans' feelings about President Barack Obama's handling of radical Islamists. Should the president be tougher? Karl weighs in.

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By Karl Rove

My reading for pleasure has virtually come to a halt as I work feverishly to finish a manuscript for an American history book due to Simon and Schuster this spring, hence the slow pace of updates to this list.  In the meantime, I hope you will sign up to receive my weekly email for the latest news on my upcoming book and other updates. Visit

By Doris Kearns Goodwin

In a particularly vivid work, Doris Kearns Goodwin tells a rollicking tale about two presidents - their friendship, its destruction, and their subsequent rivalry - in a rapidly changing country with even more rapidly evolving media and politics.  Goodwin has a gifted eye for detail and insight.  

By Rich Lowry

In his new book, 'Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream -- and How We Can Do It Again,' National Review Editor Rich Lowry provides a masterful account of Abraham Lincoln's climb to the presidency from humble frontier beginnings.  It is a fantastic take on the sixteenth president's convictions, discipline, and ambition which allowed him to live the American Dream and be in a position where he was able to make it possible for others to do so as well.  

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