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Terrorism Becomes A Campaign Issue

Published in Wall Street Journal on November 19, 2015

The magnitude and malevolence of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, combined with President Obama’s pathetic reaction, are guaranteed to deeply affect America’s presidential contest. The question is which candidate is best prepared to take on the president’s fecklessness.

Mr. Obama’s news conference Monday in Turkey was stunning. He called the Paris attacks—which French President François Hollande has declared an “act of war”—a mere “setback” in the campaign against Islamic State, also known as ISIS. He urged reporters not to “lose sight that there has been progress being made.”

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A Good Debate, But Not For Trump

Published in Wall Street Journal on November 12, 2015

Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate was the best so far. The moderators emphasized substance and the candidates complied, most doing themselves some good — the biggest exception being Donald Trump.

Four contenders again put in fine performances: In the main debate, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina; in the preliminary round, Gov. Chris Christie.

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The 2016 Campaign And Lessons From McKinley

Aired on CBS This Morning on November 23, 2015

Karl Rove discusses his new book 'The Triumph of William McKinley' on 'CBS This Morning' and the similarities between the political landscape of 1896 and today.

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GOP Debate Winners And Losers

Aired on After The Bell on November 11, 2015

Karl Rove joins 'After The Bell' to discuss the winners and losers of the Republican debate and who can defeat Hillary Clinton if and when she becomes the Democratic nominee.

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What Karl's Reading

By Greg Steinmetz

You may be impressed with Bill Gates who has a net worth of nearly $80 billion and is Forbes’ richest man in the world, but Gates has a smaller share of the world’s wealth today than Jacob Fugger had at the end of the 15th century and the start of the 16th.  'The Richest Man Who Ever Lived' is a fascinating tale of the man who helped provoke Martin Luther into rebellion.  

By Andrea Mays

After a long stretch of reading plenty about the Gilded Age in preparing my forth-coming book, The Triumph of William McKinley: Why The Election of 1896 Matters, I just finished a delightful book on how Shakespeare’s plays were rescued from oblivion by the playwrights, friends, and fellow actors who collected what scripts they could find and published them seven years after the Bard’s death. 

By Karl Rove

I hope you'll add my next book, The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters, to your reading list. 

It will be publshed by Simon & Schuster in November 2015. In the meantime, sign up to receive my weekly email for the updates on the book release, autographed bookplates, book tour stops, 1896 trivia and more. Visit

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