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What To Watch In The GOP Jockeying For 2016

Published in Wall Street Journal on January 29, 2015

For most of this year, national polls showing head-to-head matchups among potential Republican presidential candidates will be interesting but hardly predictive. Opinion in states with February 2016 contests won’t really gel until late autumn, when polls begin to show the true state of the race in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

So what’s worth paying attention to in early polls? First, look at how many Republicans are undecided. The Jan. 25 USA Today/Suffolk University poll found 45% of Republicans and Republican leaners were undecided when asked an open-ended question who they wanted nominated.

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What Was Obama Thinking?

Published in Wall Street Journal on January 22, 2015

President Obama ’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening was oddly disconnected.

It was disconnected from events abroad. He said that “the shadow of crisis has passed.” Earlier that day Iranian-backed rebels stormed the compound of the president of Yemen, an American ally. Islamic State, which Mr. Obama referred to a year ago as the “jayvee team,” now controls large parts of Syria and Iraq—leading the president to ask for congressional authorization to use force against it.

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Obama Administration: Yes To GloZell, No To 'Radical Islam'

Aired on On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on January 23, 2015

President Barack Obama's priorities are questioned when he grants an interview to YouTube celebs, but decides not to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and refuses to call extremism 'Islamic.'

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How Republican Voters View Potential 2016 Nominees

Aired on Happening Now on January 19, 2015

The first voters of the 2016 Republican primaries have a year to decide who they want to be their presidential nominee, but that has not slowed down speculation about potential candidates. Karl Rove breaks down the latest polls on Happening Now.

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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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