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The Campaign Cycle

The Campaign Cycle

07/05/12 05:31PM

The REAL campaign for the November elections begins Today on The Cycle!We've divided the remaining 124 days into a 9 inning baseball game. Consider today until the conventions as the first three innings. The time between the conventions and the October debates are innings four, five and six. October becomes innings seven and eight with the Presidential and VP debates. And Inning 9 lies in the first week of November. Make sense?Every Thursday from here on we will be assesing the race. We will look at the campaign focus, the polls, and preview the week ahead.  read more

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My Family Vacations

07/05/12 05:15PM

I don't know what you're family vacations were like... But after my parents stopped feeling obligated to take us to Disney, once a year my two brothers and I were told we could pack up whatever fit in our backpacks - and take it with us to visit our cousins in Florida. I was 13 or 14 so that meant a basketball, two hats, my Discman, a CD booklet, the latest Eastbay magazine, and whatever clothes I could jam in there. My middle brother, Michael - packed his Sega GameGear, sandals that didn't quite fit, and his penchant for doing and saying allof the most annoying things. read more

My Family Vacations

07/05/12 11:38AM

I don't know what you're family vacations were like...But after my parents stopped feeling obligated to take us to Disney, once a year my two brothers and I were told we could pack up whatever fit in our backpacks - and take it with us to visit our cousins in Florida. I was 13 or 14 so that meant a basketball, two hats, my Discman, a CD booklet, the latest Eastbay magazine, and whatever clothes I could jam in there.My middle brother, Michael - packed his Sega GameGear, sandals that didn't quite fit, and his penchant for doing and saying allof the most annoying things. And our youngest brother read more

A Conversation With Kelly James Clark

A Conversation With Kelly James Clark

07/05/12 10:55AM

Can devoted Jews, Christians, or Muslims remain true to their own fundamental beliefs and practices, yet also find paths toward liberty and respect for those of other faiths? Don't miss the conversation today at 3pm et with Kelly James Clark The following excerpt is from ABRAHAM’S CHILDREN, edited by Kelly James Clark, published by Yale University Press in June 2012. Reproduced by permission.EXCERPT:Caricatures of Religious IntoleranceThere is a familiar narrative of religiously motivated violence. read more

Today's Guest Spot:

Today's Guest Spot:

07/05/12 10:00AM

Below find an excerpt from his book and don't miss our conversation with Matt Zeller today at 3pm et.  Monday, April 28, 2008Sunday was the Afghans’ Freedom Day. Unbeknown to me, Monday was Martyrs Day. The thought that frequently crosses my mind: how weird it is that when someone wakes up on the day they are to die, they have no idea it’s their last day. read more

SE Cupp latest Daily News Article: The United States of winners

07/05/12 09:23AM

As we all hunker down for what could be one of the most politically contentious summers in recent memory, the July 4 break is an opportunity for all of us — left, right and that increasingly elusive center — to focus not on what divides us, but on what unites us.And I’m someone who firmly believes that deep down, we all really do love America, the land of opportunity, this bastion of democracy, the country that gave us the light bulb, the airplane and that app that makes your digital photos look old-timey.To read the full article click here.  read more

Steve Kornacki's Latest Salon.com article: Mitt's 4th of July flip-flop

07/05/12 08:39AM

It’s probably not a coincidence that Mitt Romney waited for a holiday to repudiate a top aide’s remarks about the Supreme Court’s healthcare ruling and to declare that he does believe the individual mandate is a tax.Romney’s comments came in an interview with CBS News’ Jan Crawford on Wednesday, two days after campaign press secretary Eric Fehrnstrom insisted that Romney considered the mandate a penalty or a fee – not a tax. read more

Assessing the 2012 race

Assessing the 2012 race

07/04/12 08:00PM

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell joins MSNBC’s Toure, Krystal Ball, Steve Kornacki and S.E. Cupp to talk about President Barack Obama’s battleground... watch

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07/03/12 04:37PM

S.E. had the floor today and talked about why America is the greatest country on earth  read more

The Independent Voter

The Independent Voter

07/03/12 04:35PM

Wednesday is the Fourth of July, the celebration of our Nation’s birthday, so it only makes sense that today we would focus on the political reality of independent voters. It's only 126 days until the Presidential Election, and according to Pew Research Center Independents are now the largest voting group in America.  In the bigger picture, 27% of all American voters say they don’t know who they’ll cast their ballot for in November. To discuss this issue further we talked to Senior Scholar at the Wilson Center, Linda Killian, who believes the rise in independent voters is due to read more

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