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Today on The Cycle: Back Spin of Polls

10/25/12 09:09AM

With 12 days until election day there are many polls out there trying to predict who will be the next president. While there are the Gallup, Real Clear Politics, NBC/Wall Street Journal and other big name polls, a few others take a more interesting look at the race. read more

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney exchange views during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. They interrupt...

Pop culture approach to politics leaves substance out of the conversation

10/24/12 05:27PM

Boy bands have tours and billboards; presidential candidates have campaign trails and polls. Both often lack substance, yet are filled with sound bites that become sensationalized public distractions. As musician Trevor Dunn once pointed out: “Pop culture is not about depth. It's about marketing, supply and demand, consumerism.”  Similarly, political pop culture, now more than ever, has become a conduit for marketed slogans and catchphrases intended to sell candidates’ ideologies. read more

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End the Electoral College

10/24/12 04:40PM

I am a sucker for traditions. Especially quirky traditions.  The running of the bulls, the green jacket in the Masters, that thing in Detroit where fans of the Red Wings throw octopuses—or is it octopi—on the ice during playoff games. Back where I grew up, in Massachusetts, there’s a group of old men who celebrate every New Year’s Day by putting on their bathing suits and jumping into the freezing Atlantic Ocean, because, well just because. And I think it’s great. But in politics, there’s one quirky tradition I really, really don’t like: the Electoral College. read more

Actor Clint Eastwood addresses an empty chair and questions it as if it is U.S. President Obama, as he endorses Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the final session of the RNC. (Photo: REUTERS/Eric Thayer)

Eastwood is back on-script in new campaign ad

10/24/12 09:56AM

Legendary actor turned off-script political commentator Clint Eastwood is back sharing his two-cents on the presidential elections, but don't worry, this time he's not yelling at any empty chairs or any invisible presidents. The Karl Rove-led super PAC American Crossroads released a new television ad on Wednesday featuring the 82-year-old Hollywood icon. The ad is Eastwood's latest public appearance since his panned turn at the Republican National Convention this August where he went on a rambling tirade onstage, attacking an empty chair that was presumed to be an invisible President Obama. read more

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The final impressions from Monday night's debate

10/24/12 06:52AM

The numbers are in and 53.9 million people tuned in for the final presidential debate Monday night. Compared to the other debates where the 1st presidential debate at Denver drew the most viewers at  67.2 million and the 2nd presidential debate came in second with 65.6 million, this debate came in a distant third. However, when the debate focuses solely on foreign policy and is up against  two sporting events not as many people will tune in. read more

Regional polling breakdown

Regional polling breakdown

10/23/12 08:00PM

Steve Kornacki wondered if the South was to blame for President Obama’s weak national poll numbers. But The New Republic’s Nate Cohn thinks otherwise – and... watch

Aspiring to be psychopaths

Aspiring to be psychopaths

10/23/12 08:00PM

Kevin Dutton, author of “The Wisdom of Psychopaths,” discusses the character traits of psychopaths, why it may not necessarily be a bad thing, and how even... watch


Can both candidates win the debate?

10/23/12 05:56PM

From what we're seeing, it’s pretty clear that President Obama won last night’s debate. The CBS News instapoll showed Obama won 53% to 23%, The Fix declared it for Obama, and the New York Times Opinion Pages said Romney “often sounded completely lost” with “little coherent to say.” read more

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama answer a question during the third presidential debate at Lynn University, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP Photo/Pool-Win McNamee)

Per S.E.: Undecided voters, 'this is your wake up call'

10/23/12 05:10PM

I've been told that when SNL lampoons you, you've finally made it. Or, maybe that's just what helps me sleep at night. But the other possibility is that you are simply so ripe for mockery, and your mere existence is so absurd, that SNL cannot ignore you any longer. Undecided voters, I'm talking to you. Take a good, hard look in the mirror, because this is your wake up call. You are officially out of excuses. The debates are all wrapped up and with two weeks left, it's time to make up your minds. read more

A U.S. Marine Corps recruit receives bayonet instruction at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island, S.C. in January 2011. (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

Horses and bayonets emerge as latest debate meme

10/23/12 11:52AM

As both candidates entered the stage Monday evening it was clear they were ready to fight. Similar to last Tuesday’s debate, President Obama and Gov. Romney were ready for the final battle that focused on foreign policy. Moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News successfully moved the debate, although he did at times let it sway away from foreign policy into domestic issues. President Obama issued a constant attack against Romney’s shifting foreign policy attitude. read more