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The Political Payoff Behind 'Paycheck Fairness'

Published in Wall Street Journal on April 17, 2014

To understand President Obama's legislative agenda, follow the money. At a Houston fundraising dinner last week, Mr. Obama criticized Senate Republicans for opposing the Paycheck Fairness Act, which he called "common sense" legislation "to meaningfully enforce the simple concept of equal pay for equal work."

Here's what the president didn't say. It's been illegal since the 1963 Equal Pay Act to pay men and women with equal years of service a different wage for the same work. No matter. The Paycheck Fairness Act is a political twofer.

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The ObamaCare Debate Is Far From Over

Published in Wall Street Journal on April 10, 2014

With the announcement earlier this month that 7.1 million Americans signed up for health insurance through ObamaCare, Democrats think they are over the hump. House Leader Nancy Pelosi told CNN's Candy Crowley that congressional Democrats "are happy to not run away from what we have done. We're very proud of what we have accomplished."

Democrats at risk in Republican states this November agree. Louisiana's Sen. Mary Landrieu says ObamaCare "holds great promise and is getting stronger every day." 

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Holder Put On Display Of 'Whininess And Self-Pity'

Aired on On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on April 10, 2014

Karl Rove tells Greta Van Susteren that widespread criticism of Attorney General Eric Holder is deserved, as his race card play after a heated exchange with Rep. Louie Gohmert was unbecoming of his office.

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Did Lerner Help Direct IRS Targeting Of Conservative Groups?

Aired on Happening Now on April 09, 2014

Karl Rove joins Happening Now to weigh in on reports of potential new evidence that may reveal Lois Lerner helped direct other IRS officials to target conservative groups applying for tax exempt status. 

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By Karl Rove

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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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