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When Politicians Loathe The Press

Published in Wall Street Journal on May 21, 2015

Most politicians occasionally get upset at the media. But few demonstrate as much contempt for journalists as do Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Sometimes it appears they’d prefer a state-run media rather than a free press.

For example, last week at a Georgetown University conference on poverty, President Obama indulged in a favorite pastime: attacking Fox News (for which I am a political contributor). 

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The Democrats’ Baffling Behavior

Published in Wall Street Journal on May 14, 2015

The year isn’t half over, and already more than a few things in the Democratic political world have left me puzzled—and in some cases downright mystified. 

My perplexity starts with former President Bill Clinton. How has such a talented man become so tone-deaf? When NBC’s Cynthia McFadden asked him about potential conflicts of interest raised by large contributions from foreign governments and companies to the Clinton Foundation, the former president answered, “All I’m saying is that the idea that there’s one set of rules for us and another set for everybody else is true.” 

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On the Air

Rove Joins Fox News Sunday

Aired on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace on May 17, 2015

Karl Rove joins the panel on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to discuss Governor Jeb Bush's handling of the Iraq question, the 2016 presidential field, and the latest updates on the tragic Amtrak 188 crash.

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GOP Needs Plan Until GOP POTUS Can Repeal ObamaCare

Aired on The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson on May 08, 2015

While it would be ideal to repeal and replace ObamaCare today, Karl Rove explains it is not possible until there is a GOP president to do so. In the meantime, he warns the GOP needs to offer a plan in response to the pending SCOTUS decision.

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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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