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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

Final Spin: Is Rep. Akin staying in the race

08/21/12 06:08PM

Despite all the calls from the conservative voices, like presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Rep. Todd Akin today repeatedly said he isn’t dropping out of the Missouri Senate race.By staying in the race, political pundits say Rep. Akin is continuing to damage the GOP’s chances of winning embattled Sen. Claire McCaskill Senate seat come November.Today, in the Final Spin, our new post-show wrap up, Touré and Steve talk about Rep. Akin's story not leaving the news cycle anytime soon. Tell us what you think: Should Rep. read more

Making it work

08/21/12 05:09PM

Yesterday we had Lynn Toler (AKA the Judge from Divorce Court) on to discuss her new book, "Making Marriage Work." Now I can't lie - if ever there was a woman to give you the hard truth, it's Lynn Toler. Have you seen the show? I called her ma'am and "Your Honor" when talking into her earpiece, for fear of being held in contempt. read more

'The Cycle' lineup

08/21/12 01:52PM

With all the news circulating today The Cycle is one not to miss. Our Spin Cycle debates the hot issue if Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) should end his Senate bid and we take a look inside the Obama Administration. read more

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