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What Was Obama Thinking?

Published in Wall Street Journal on January 22, 2015

President Obama ’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening was oddly disconnected.

It was disconnected from events abroad. He said that “the shadow of crisis has passed.” Earlier that day Iranian-backed rebels stormed the compound of the president of Yemen, an American ally. Islamic State, which Mr. Obama referred to a year ago as the “jayvee team,” now controls large parts of Syria and Iraq—leading the president to ask for congressional authorization to use force against it.

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Handicapping The 2016 GOP Primaries

Published in Wall Street Journal on January 15, 2015

Each presidential primary contest differs from previous ones. But 2016 will be wildly different, starting with many more qualified candidates than in 2012. The field last time was among the weakest in memory; this field could be among the strongest.

The race is wide open with no commanding front-runner. Three times as many prospective candidates received 5% or more in Wednesday’s Real Clear Politics average than at this point four years ago. And while Republicans usually have more senators than governors running, it’s the opposite this time.

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How Republican Voters View Potential 2016 Nominees

Aired on Happening Now on January 19, 2015

The first voters of the 2016 Republican primaries have a year to decide who they want to be their presidential nominee, but that has not slowed down speculation about potential candidates. Karl Rove breaks down the latest polls on Happening Now.

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Will Obama Clean House Over Paris Snub?

Aired on On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on January 14, 2015

Should President Barack Obama clean house over the Paris snub? Or is the problem not with his advisers, but with the President himself? Karl Rove sounds off On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.

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What Karl's Reading

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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