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McConnell's Campaign Lesson For The GOP

Published in Wall Street Journal on July 24, 2014

In politics, candidates want to be on the offense, pressing their agenda and attacking opponents. But sometimes the best offense is a good defense that sets the record straight and flips the issue. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did this superbly last week, showing why he is likely to win in Kentucky in November.

His Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, appeared in an ad sitting with a retired miner who wanted to know why Mr. McConnell "voted to raise my Medicare costs by $6,000. How are my wife and I supposed to afford that?" He and Ms. Grimes then stared at the camera for five seconds, before Ms. Grimes said, "I don't think he's going to answer that."

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How To Run Against ObamaCare

Published in Wall Street Journal on July 17, 2014

Liberal columnists and Democratic strategists have taken to arguing that ObamaCare is working and no longer a political negative, implying that Democratic candidates should tout it on the campaign trail. Republicans should pray they do, assuming the GOP knows how to respond.

As presidential scholar George Edwards III observed in his 2012 book "Overreach," the Affordable Care Act is "perhaps the least popular major domestic policy passed in the last century." 

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Federal Court Strikes Down ObamaCare Subsidies Rule

Aired on Happening Now on July 22, 2014

A federal court dealt a major blow to the Affordable Care Act this week, striking down the ObamaCare subsides rule. Will the desision stand up? What does this mean for the future of the law? Karl Rove breaks down the latest development.

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Ordering The National Guard To The Border

Aired on The O'Reilly Factor on July 21, 2014

Texas Governor Rick Perry announces he plans to deploy 1,000 troops to the south Texas border to bolster security. How will this decision play out? Karl Rove enters the 'No Spin Zone' to discuss.

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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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