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Don't Scoff: Bipartisanship Is Possible In 2015

Published in Wall Street Journal on December 18, 2014

This past weekend’s action by Congress to fund the federal government for the balance of this fiscal year—except for the Homeland Security Department, which is funded only through February—is evidence of how dysfunctional Washington has become.

The omnibus bill was so big (1,600-plus pages) that virtually no one had time to read it. It was cobbled together by congressional leaders and presented as a fait accompli. The legislation included extraneous provisions and previously undiscussed spending cuts. Hating it, each party’s populist wing threatened retribution on its supporters.

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Why Does Hillary Want To Be President, Anyway?

Published in Wall Street Journal on December 11, 2014

There have generally been two reactions to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Dec. 3 statement at Georgetown University that America should try to “empathize” with our nation’s “enemies.” 

One camp holds that Mrs. Clinton simply chose the wrong word to express a banal thought—that the U.S. must understand its enemies. The other camp says her State Department record demonstrates she herself lacks the empathy to know how to deal with America’s adversaries or allies. Both responses are true, yet I have another observation about her speech: It is further evidence Mrs. Clinton is at best a mediocre presidential candidate.

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Terrorists Predicted Liberal Media Backlash

Aired on Fox and Friends on December 16, 2014

Terrorists predicted liberal media backlash over CIA interrogations, revealing they study and understand the culture of the United States. Do those criticizing the CIA's unsung heroes understand this? Karl Rove discusses with Fox and Friends.

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Were CIA's Harsh Methods Necessary To Protect The Homeland?

Aired on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace on December 14, 2014

Karl Rove, one of President George W. Bush's top advisers in the White House, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse join Fox News Sunday to break down the new Senate report on CIA interrogation techniques. 

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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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