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Study: The rich are likely to be less compassionate, more calculating

07/11/12 05:04PM

New research in the field of psychology casts economic inequality in a different, unsettling light.Is economic inequality really a problem? The question is a little more complicated than it sounds. Most people—even dyed-in-the-wool right-wingers—would agree that poverty is bad. No one should starve, and if the bottom ten percent of Americans are starving, that's terrible news. But inequality isn't about just the bottom ten percent; it's also about the top ten percent, and everyone in between. read more

Steve Speak

07/11/12 04:38PM

Steve Kornacki had the floor today and explains what happened to America's economy the last time the government raised taxes on the top 2%.Check out what he had to say and let us know your comments!  read more

Groundhog Day?

Groundhog Day?

07/11/12 04:33PM

The House is holding their 33rd vote to repeal, defund or dismantle the health care law today. This is the second outright repeal vote, the first was held right after the Republicans took back the house. However, there has been almost 3 dozen others over the past 2 years to dismantle parts of the law.But, even if the repeal passes the House, it is dead on arrival in the Democratic controlled Senate.Thus, democrats feel that they are living on repeat while Republicans keep insisting they are trying to uphold their promise to take down President Obama’s signature piece of legislature. read more

Does Money Make You Mean?

Does Money Make You Mean?

07/11/12 11:37AM

Contributing Editor to New York Magazine, Lisa Miller, joins the table today to discuss her latest article "Does Money Make You Mean: How Even a Little Bit of Wealth Changes Personality." According to research by social scientists having money makes you antisocial.During today's segment The Cycle hosts will be taking the "How Money Addled Are You" quiz found in Lisa's article.Be sure to tune in at 3pm where Lisa will answer the question: Does money make people nasty, or do you have to be ruthless to get rich in the first place?  read more

Today's Guest Spot:

Today's Guest Spot:

07/11/12 10:00AM

During today's guest spot we are talking to Richard Florida about his latest book: The Rise of the Creative Class. Be sure to tune in at 3pm for the full conversation.ExcerptJust as they did after the Sept. 11 attacks, pundits were quick to count New York City out after the economic meltdown of 2008. Four years later, it’s clear how wrong they were: The city’s recovery has been remarkable.While much of the nation remains mired in a housing slump, Manhattan real estate is on fire. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: Mitt's tax calculation

07/11/12 09:38AM

His opponents and the press are turning up the heat and even one of his big-name supporters has publicly called on him to give in, but Mitt Romney is adamantly refusing to release new information about his taxes.If this storyline sounds familiar, it should: Romney was in a very similar spot six months ago, and it didn’t take him long to fold.It was back in January that Romney tried to duck calls to release tax records, believing he could run out the clock at least until he’d secured the Republican nomination. read more

"Endgame: AIDS in Black America" a Frontline documentary

"Endgame: AIDS in Black America" a Frontline documentary

07/11/12 09:36AM

Watching something like Frontline’s documentary “Endgame: AIDS in Black America” always reminds me that I’m in the minority now, when it comes to HIV and AIDS awareness.About 5 years ago I went on a trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe. I had been working here in the U.S.  with Hoops4Hope – a non-profit that focuses on AIDS/HIV awareness in Africa. read more

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