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Voters stand in line before casting their ballots on the first day of early voting for the November election, Thursday, September 27, 2012, at the Polk County Election Office in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa is one of 32 states that allow early voting.

Early voting opens in Iowa

09/27/12 02:36PM

Early in-person voting, an option available in only certain states, opened in Iowa Thursday where lines formed at some polling centers. President Obama currently has an eight point advantage over Mitt Romney in Iowa, according to the latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll.Surveys from the 2008 presidential election showed that early voters favored President Obama over Republican candidate John McCain, but Democrats are not always the favored party of early birds.Election experts have estimated that as many as 40% of voters will cast their ballot before November 6. read more

Kemp a cautionary figure for Paul Ryan

09/27/12 02:29PM

 Once upon a short time ago, there was Jack Kemp. A former professional football star turned politician, Kemp found the peak of his political career playing number 2 to 1996 Republican nominee, Bob Dole. Dole's choice for vice president fired up the base and gave the Republicans the kind of candidate they could be excited about – a similar train of logic to the Romney campaign right now. But this is where things got sticky.When the GOP base saw their ticket falling behind Bill Clinton and Al Gore, frustration mounted and the base demanded changes. Sounding familiar? read more

Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly

09/27/12 11:12AM

Brene Brown, author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable the Way We Live, Love, Parents, and Lead, joins the conversation during today's show. Her New York Times #1 bestseller book focuses on that people need to stop looking at vulnerability as weakness, it is actually one of our greatest strengths. read more

Steve Speak: Let Ryan be Ryan

09/27/12 10:19AM

If Mitt Romney goes down to defeat, there’s supposed to be a silver lining for Paul Ryan – namely, that he’ll immediately become one of the front-runners – if not THE front-runner – for the Republican Party’s next presidential nomination, in 2016.After all, Ryan is a rock star on the right. Ask a conservative to diagnose what’s wrong with the Romney campaign and you’ll hear variations of the same refrain over and over: Let Ryan be Ryan!   Granted, it’s no mystery why Romney isn’t heeding these calls. read more

Steve Kornacki latest article: What Mitt was supposed to be

09/27/12 09:37AM

If Mitt Romney does end up losing, there will be plenty of explanations available, including the simple fact that economic conditions this year have been more conducive to President Obama’s reelection than many people realize.But high on the list will also be the fact that, besides reciting various gloomy statistics about unemployment and the federal deficit over and over again, Romney was left with almost nothing to say. read more

Per S.E.: Feelings on the U.N.

09/25/12 04:30PM

In the 1930s an aspiring comedian named Henny Youngman took his wife to the theater. He asked the usher to escort her to a seat, there was a brief misunderstanding, and a famous joke was created. read more

Retired Detective Dennis Jones with Toure

The Stop & Frisk Experience

09/25/12 04:19PM

"Excuse me sir, can I speak to you for a moment?"He takes me by the arm in a way that only a man carrying a gun can. Not exactly pushing you up against a wall, but certainly steering you towards it - checking your chest, waist, back for a weapon. "Do you live in this neighborhood? Oh, yeah?  Why don't you show me where you live? We'll go there right now."It's not a threat, but it's meant to sound like one. I'm doing a run-through before Touré arrives on our shoot in Brooklyn. read more

Political Football

Political Football

09/25/12 04:00PM

Since the start of the Football season fans and commentators have been wondering when the NFL Referees will reach an agreement to get back on the field and how much this will cost them. It started as an annoyance and has now reached a full blown controversy with thousands or even millions of people losing money by the blown call at the end of last night’s Packers-Seahawks game. In case you haven’t heard the referees ruled that a hail mary pass by Russell Wilson that was intended for Golden Tate, but was actually intercepted by M.D. Jennings was ruled a touchdown, and not an interception. read more

Deepak examines our evolving faith

Deepak examines our evolving faith

09/25/12 01:45PM

Deepak Chopra author of God: A Story of Revelation, is joining the conversation today to discuss his new book and a new documentary called Decoding Deepak, which is about spiritual guru Deepak Chopra. The documentary will be in theaters October 5th.  By using lives of historical prophets and martyrs to reveal what they have in common, which is being touched by a divine power, Deepak’s book explores the age old mystery surrounding the “higher power”. read more

The battle for Ohio

09/25/12 11:41AM

With 42 days until the election and 7 days until the first debate the news networks are gearing up for what is sure to be a battle to the finish. To add to the pressure of winning an election is the fact that no Republican has won the Oval Office without winning Ohio, and no Democrat has done it since JFK in 1960. Thus, President Obama and Romney are full force ahead when it comes to the battleground state of Ohio, which according to latest polls has President Obama ahead by a small margin. read more

Airline to offer baby-free 'quiet zone'

09/25/12 11:31AM

Fliers eager to sit as far away as possible from crying babies and boisterous kids on planes are getting a new option to do just that in one part of the world.AirAsia, a low-cost airline in Southeast Asia with hubs in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, has begun advertising a “Quiet Zone” that will be offered on its long haul flights starting this February.The carrier will reserve the first seven economy class rows “exclusively for guests age 12 and above,” the company says on its website. read more