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The Issues Are Breaking Bad For Democrats

Published in Wall Street Journal on September 25, 2014

As the midterm election enters its last six weeks, new factors have appeared that will help determine which party controls the Senate next year.

Surprisingly, national security has emerged as an important issue. Americans' concerns began with the conflict in Ukraine, and they've grown as Islamic State cut a swath across Iraq and beheaded two American journalists.

When an Aug. 4 CBS News poll asked what was the most important problem facing the country, terrorism wasn't even on the list. In a Sept. 15 CBS News/New York Times survey, voters ranked terrorism as No. 2 at 17% (behind the economy at 38%) as the most important factor in their vote for Congress.

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Why A GOP Senate Majority Is Still In Doubt

Published in Wall Street Journal on September 18, 2014

The president's job approval numbers are lousy, no Democrat in a competitive Senate race polls regularly above 50%, GOP enthusiasm is high, and independents are trending Republican. The midterm environment is terrible for Democrats—yet each passing day provides evidence as to why a GOP Senate majority is still in doubt.

On Monday President Obama appeared at a $100,000-a-person fundraiser in D.C. to support his party's efforts to keep the Senate. It was his 84th fundraiser this election cycle. 

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Karl Rove On How Bush Would Have Handled ISIS Crisis

Aired on Hannity on September 23, 2014

How would President George W. Bush have handled the ISIS crisis in Iraq and Syria? Karl Rove joins Sean Hannity to discuss President Barack Obama's plan and how his predecessor would have approached the threat if he were still in office today.

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Rove, Trippi Handicap The 2014 Midterm Elections

Aired on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace on September 21, 2014

How likely is it Republicans win control of the Senate in November? Karl Rove and Joe Trippi, Fox's Election Night 'Space Cowboys,' join Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday to break down the numbers and handicap the battleground Senate races.

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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 www.rove.com/signup.


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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