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Ranking the Presidents

Ranking the Presidents

08/23/12 10:45AM

Author, Robert Merry, is joining the conversation during today's guest spot to discuss his book Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians. The book focuses on the history of the Presidents and ranks the nie great, or nealy great, President since 1948.Robert Merry argues that the President's shouldn't be judged by historians but by how the electorate viewed them while they were still in office. Below find an excerpt from his book and be sure to tune in at 3pm for the full conversation.Mark Twain once wrote, “It is difference of opinion that makes horse-races read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: "That's what happened when I was president"

08/23/12 09:27AM

A new Obama campaign ad figures to generate some conversation today. It features former President Bill Clinton talking directly into the camera for 30 seconds, making his case for Obama’s reelection. The script:This election to me is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment. This is a clear choice. The Republican plan is to cut more taxes on upper-income people and to go back to deregulation. That’s what got us in trouble in the first place. President Obama has a plan to rebuild America from the ground up, investing in innovation, education and job training. read more

S.E. Cupp's latest NY Daily News article: Liberals see conspiracy everywhere

08/22/12 10:49PM

My poor father. Beavers have taken over, stinking up his yard with fetid water, downing trees and threatening to ravage his property with the unflinching avarice of an advancing army.Like the notorious “Caddyshack” gopher, the beavers have driven an otherwise rational man to irrational behavior. For example, Dad has developed a weird theory about the beavers using their lodges to signal a mother ship above. That’s right, the beavers are aliens.I think he’s only partly serious. read more

Rating the US presidents

Rating the US presidents

08/22/12 08:00PM

Robert W. Merry, author of “Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians,” rates the best and worst presidents in history. watch

Hero or bystander?

Hero or bystander?

08/22/12 08:00PM

Sue Shellenbarger talks about her new Wall Street Journal article which explores why some people rush in to help those who need it, and why some people back... watch

'Legitimate rape,'  'forcible rape,' 'honest rape': What's behind the GOP's obsession with parsing rape?

'Legitimate rape,' 'forcible rape,' 'honest rape': What's behind the GOP's obsession with parsing rape?

08/22/12 02:46PM

Rep. Todd Akin has now made three separate radio appearances and cut a 30-second ad to apologize for his comments about rape. And yet, he still appears determined to hold onto that distinction between "legitimate rape" and other types of rape that helped get him in so much trouble in the first place. And among social conservatives, he’s far from alone.Asked Monday by Mike Huckabee whether by “legitimate rape” he might have meant “forcible rape,” Akin grasped the lifeline with both hands. “I was talking about forcible rape,” he said. read more

Reaching the young vote

08/22/12 01:45PM

OurTime.org, a non-partisan non-profit dedicated to empowering young Americans, has created an innovative voter registration tool that appeals to the 18-25 year old demographic. This unprecdented tool is located where a majority of the demographic spends there time, online.In addition, OurTime.org has created a series of viral interviews to inspire the younger generation to vote. read more

The Banned List

The Banned List

08/22/12 11:39AM

Do you have a "banned list"? John Rentoul, Author of The Banned List: A Manifesto Against Jargon and Cliche, joins the conversation to discuss the benefit of avoiding overused phrases. His book discusses the rules to bear in mind when writing or speaking clearly and simply.Below find an excerpt from his book and tweet us what is on your banned list @thecyclemsnbc using #thecycleThe Banned List actually started as an email,now lost, that I wrote around 2000 with somerules for leading articles in The Independent.They should never begin with ‘So’, I said. read more

Today's Guest Spot: John Sides

Today's Guest Spot: John Sides

08/22/12 11:21AM

John Sides who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University will be joining the table during today's guest spot.Below find a portion of the first of a series of free ebook chapters from John Sides and Lynn Vavreck's, The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: This is what a Romney presidency would look like

08/22/12 09:34AM

Late yesterday afternoon, Mitt Romney released a statement explicitly calling on Todd Akin to withdraw from Missouri’s Senate race.“Today, his fellow Missourians urged him to step aside, and I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race,” the statement read.Akin, of course, ignored this. A few hours later, the statutory deadline for a no-questions-asked candidate switch passed and Akin remained the Republican nominee. read more

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