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Apocalypse arias

12/20/12 04:50PM

Can it be? Will this be it for The Cycle's website? Be still my heart, say it will not be so! Ok, just to clarify, with all the talk of the world ending tonight, even though we don't buy into any predictions from the Mayan calendar. But, just in case we are proven wrong, we thought it best to arm you with some solid tunes to add onto the numerous other Doomsday playlists that are in current circulation. Blast away into the night and see you in the morning! 1. DANCE Till The World Ends- Britney Spears 2. End of Time- Beyonce 3. Eternalists- Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek read more

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Fiscal cliff trumps GOP's Plan B

12/20/12 04:04PM

Does Nov. 6 feel like a lifetime ago to you? Or is it just me? You remember Nov. 6. That was the day that President Obama won 332 electoral votes, besting Mitt Romney in every swing state except North Carolina on a message of raising taxes on people making more than $250,000 per year and protecting Social Security and Medicare from the Republican ax. It wasn’t a particularly grand agenda but there was something satisfying about how imminently achievable and measurable it was and lord was it better than what the other people were offering. read more

Howard Schatz talking with Toure
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Photo Finish: In the ring

12/20/12 11:22AM

This past Wednesday I was given an incredible opportunity to meet the legendary photographer Howard Schatz. As a photographer myself the honor was all mine to meet Schatz and his partner Beverly Ornstein at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, the site of many photographs from his newly release book At the Fights: Inside the World of Professional Boxing. read more

Plan B

Will a compromise be reached in 12 days?

12/20/12 10:57AM

Today, the rivalry between President Obama and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has taken over Washington. Yesterday, Speaker Boehner held a 48 second press conference where he announced he would hold a vote today in the House on his “Plan B” bill that would lock tax rates on households earning less than $1 million a year. President Obama announced he would veto such a bill if it did make its way to his desk. read more

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Cupcakes and the decline of Western Civilization

12/19/12 09:25PM

The most intensely gluttonous part of the holiday season is upon us, and with it comes a quantity of baked, sugary goods deviating from what God intended by an order of magnitude.  I would say that I’m as guilty as the next person, but that would be a lie: I’m worse. I’m the type of dude that licks the spoon, scrapes the bowl, and shovels down half the batch before anyone else has had the chance to so much as whiff the warm sugar. If this sounds like you, don’t worry, you’re among friends. read more

File Photo: Former U.S. President George W. Bush waves while signing copies of his new memoir "Decision Points" at Borders Books on November 9, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/File)

Winning! George W. Bush's tax cut

12/19/12 05:25PM

That tax deal that was supposedly taking shape earlier this week no longer seems so inevitable. But there’s still time before the end of the year, and if there does end up being a deal, we at least know roughly what it will look like now–and there are two ways of looking at it. read more

US President Barack Obama speaks as Vice President Joe Biden looks on as he delivers a statement in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on December 19, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama will appoint Vice President Joe Biden to lead a panel tasked...

Sheriff Biden will spearhead the new task force

12/19/12 04:36PM

Three more children and teacher Victoria Soto were laid to rest in Connecticut on Wednesday, as President Obama named Vice President Biden to spearhead the White House’s response to the Sandy Hook tragedy. "I will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this," said President Obama at a press conference. "If this effort is to succeed it will require the help of the American people. Biden was nicknamed the Sheriff after he wrote the the 1988 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. read more

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, joined by the Republican leadership speaks to reporters about the fiscal cliff negotiations with President Obama following a closed-door strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. ...

Today on the Cycle: Fiscal What?

12/19/12 10:11AM

With all the fiscal cliff talk going around Washington, the latest centers on Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) backup plan, or better known as “Plan B”. On Monday the White House submitted an updated fiscal cliff proposal called the “$2.4 trillion total debt reduction”. This plan included $1.2 trillion in new revenue, $1.22 trillion in spending cuts, a two-year debt limit increase, and an expiration of Bush-era rates for incomes over $400,000. Thus, the White House conceded on some of their main points in hopes of trying to reach a deal with the GOP. read more


We need a real conversation, not more knee-jerk reactions from left and right

12/18/12 04:32PM

Today we touched on three of the issues connected to the Newtown tragedy...guns, a culture of violence and mental health. But despite those efforts to take a comprehensive look at the problem, the national policy conversation inevitably reverts  to one single issue: gun control. And that conversation is always the same: the left pushes, the right resists. Well, that conversation isn’t working. Here’s why. read more

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Fiscal Cliff talks continue

12/18/12 10:49AM

While both sides may not see eye to eye on the latest fiscal cliff talks we may be closer to a deal than we think. With only 14 days until we go over the fiscal cliff Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and President Obama have been meeting at the White House to try and get their two proposals closer together. On Monday the White proposed what they call a $2.4 trillion deficit reduction package. This includes $1.2 trillion in new revenues and $1.22 trillion in spending reductions. read more


School drop-off felt different this morning

12/17/12 05:25PM

The usual school drop-off routine didn't feel usual this morning. I dropped my son off at Kindergarten in Brooklyn and after I kissed him goodbye and walked out of the room, I felt a sense of dread. I'm sure a lot of parents did this morning. It was a tough morning. read more

US President Barack Obama speaks at a memorial service for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Obama will address the memorial for the twenty-six people, 20 of them children, who were...

Gun control comes to the forefront amid mourning

12/17/12 11:26AM

Even for those without a direct connection to Newtown, Conn., the horrific act committed Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School was heartbreaking for all Americans. Twenty children, between 6- and 7-years-old, and six adults who were trying to protect them, were violently murdered. Many are still trying to wrap their heads around the senseless act in a school, which is supposed to be a safe environment.  The shock, sympathy, anger, and disbelief the country felt was echoed in statements President Obama said during an afternoon address Friday. read more

Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a mass shooting. (Photo by Shannon Hicks/AP Photo)

Newtown, CT., a town in mourning

12/14/12 04:40PM

There is an incredible amount of information that keeps coming in, quite rapidly, about the mass shooting this morning at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. We devoted our entire show this afternoon to the shooting, including a live briefing from President Obama and CT Governor Malloy.  President Obama said:
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