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Congress Is Finally Back On Track

Published in Wall Street Journal on April 23, 2015

The dysfunctional Congress finally appears to be working again as the Founders intended. Lawmakers are negotiating, voting on bills and actually passing legislation. As proof of this, National Journal’s Charlie Cook points to three things: congressional approval of a permanent “doc fix” to prevent cuts to physician reimbursements under Medicare; extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program; and passage of budget resolutions by the House and Senate.

There’s even more evidence. This week Senate Democrats agreed to move forward on a human-trafficking bill without undoing a 39-year-old ban on federal funding of abortion.

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Attacking Hillary Won’t Be Enough For The GOP

Published in Wall Street Journal on April 16, 2015

To bond with “everyday” Americans, Hillary Clinton left her million-dollar Chappaqua, N.Y., mansion Sunday in the “Scooby-Do Mystery Machine” van, bound for Iowa. It was déjà vu all over again: In 1999 she started her U.S. Senate campaign by driving around upstate New York in a van also called “Scooby.”

The new van’s leather interior, 29-inch flat-screen TV with Blu-ray, and a power sofa that converts into a bed won’t turn Mrs. Clinton into America’s middle-class granny, especially after the salesman who helped deliver it explained, “It’s very luxurious.” There’s a weirdness to this trip, a lack of excitement and purpose that seems a metaphor for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign. 

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Karl Rove On Potential Campaign Defections For 2016 Hopefuls

Aired on Your World with Neil Cavuto on April 22, 2015

Neil Cavuto speculates on supporter defections from one potential candidate to another as the race for 2016 heats up. Karl Rove joins the show to explain that the race right now is an iceberg, with most developments brewing beneath the surface.

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Karl Rove Analyzes Rubio's 2016 Campaign Kickoff

Aired on America's Newsroom on April 14, 2015

Karl Rove joins America's Newsroom to discuss Senator Marco Rubio's campaign kickoff and what he brings to the race. With about 300 days until the first contests, Karl explains what to watch as the GOP field grows.

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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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