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Hillary's Risky Hawkish Makeover

Published in Wall Street Journal on August 14, 2014

Barack Obama believed his legacy as president would be that he ended the Iraq war. It looks increasingly that his legacy could be that he lost it. By their admission, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden inherited a war that had been won. In 2011 Mr. Obama said America was "leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq," and Mr. Biden proclaimed Iraq "one of the great achievements of this administration."

Mr. Obama then committed a massive error in judgment by withdrawing all U.S. troops. That allowed the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, the world's most formidable, merciless and dangerous terrorist army. 

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How The Senate Races Are Breaking

Published in Wall Street Journal on August 7, 2014

Unlike 2010, when the big story was the epic gains of Republicans in the House, this year's midterms will mostly be about the Senate. And this summer has been unkind to Democrats hoping to keep the upper chamber.

Two weeks ago the New York Times reported that Montana Democrat John Walsh plagiarized much of his 2007 Army War College master's thesis. Montana's two largest papers have called for him to end his campaign.

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Can Hillary Clinton Separate Herself From Obama's Policies?

Aired on Happening Now on August 11, 2014

With 2016 on the horizon, Hillary Clinton tries to distance herself from President Barack Obama's inept foreign policy. Will it work? Or is the former Secretary of State tied to her old boss's disappointing record? 

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Obama Has No Strategic View Of How To Handle Iraq

Aired on The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson on August 08, 2014

How has President Barack Obama handled the deteriorating situation in Iraq? Karl Rove joins The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson to discuss the Obama Administration's latest decisions and break down any potential political fallout.

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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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