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Today on The Cycle: Mind Games

02/12/13 12:46PM

How well do we really know ourselves? This may seem like a basic question as many of us believe these are entirely conscious mental choice, but what if you learned they weren't  Joining today’s show is psychologist Mahzarin R. Banaji who along with Anthony G Greenwald pioneered a new approach that shows as we develop with age, our thinking... read more

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Previewing the State of the Union

02/12/13 10:57AM

This evening President Obama will address a Joint Session of Congress and the American people during the State of the Union. While it will be the fifth State of the Union of his presidency, it will be his first since re-election. This speech is expected to unite him with other second-term president like Ronald Regan, Bill Clinton, and George W.... read more

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads his Angelus prayer from the window of his private apartment in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION)

Pope Benedict XVI resigns

02/11/13 11:16AM

Early Monday morning news broke that Pope Benedict XVI will abdicate his position on February 28th, 2013. During an address in Latin, the 85 year old Pope announced his decision. In front of the College of Cardinals, the Pope said, “I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate... read more

Dragon dancers take a break after performing in front of Chinese business establishments on the eve of Chinese New Year celebration Saturday Feb. 9, 2013 at Manila's Chinatown district of Binondo in Manila, Philippines. This year marks the Year of the...

Chinese Year of the Snake: Business, births, and burnings

02/10/13 10:19AM

Massive portions of the Earth’s population begin a two-week celebration of the new luni-solar calendar Sunday. “Chinese New Year,” as it is known in the West, is somewhat of a misnomer as the term overlooks the fact that countries as culturally different as South Korea and Indonesia recognize the holiday, as well as Chinatowns from San Francisco... read more

US President Barack Obama
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Obama's State of the Union: A look back at past speeches

02/10/13 08:42AM

On Tuesday, President Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union address before Congress. This is arguably the most important speech a president is tasked with giving. It is a time when the president lays out his future agenda and hopes to persuade Congress, and the American people, to come aboard his plan.
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This image released by NASA from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite captured at 9:01 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 shows a massive winter storm coming together as two low pressure systems merge over the northeast U.S. Snow began falling across the Northeast on...

Photos: Winter Storm Nemo blasts through East Coast

02/09/13 08:33AM

The governors of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York all declared state of emergencies on Friday as snow dumped on the Northeast, and gusting winds swept through the region. Millions of residents from New York to Massachusetts stocked up on goods and gas and were told to get off the roads due to the intensified... read more

Undated handout image courtesy of the U.S. Air Force shows a MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Lt Col Leslie Pratt/Handout

Drones and 'the Decider'

02/08/13 05:01PM

Let me get a few things out of the way. I think drones can be a useful and effective tool of war. If there is a bad guy, a senior leader of al Qaeda, let’s say, who we can take out with a drone strike, I say we do it. I am, however, bothered by the secrecy, lack of transparency, and lack of oversight of the drone program. The process by which we... read more

People wait in the food court as snow continues to accumulate during a 'Nor-Easter weather pattern bringing blizzard conditions to Laguardia airport, in New York, February 10, 2010. (Photo by Chip East/REUTERS)

The nuts and bolts of travel insurance

02/08/13 10:21AM

With Snowstorm Nemo bearing down on the Northeast, USA Today reports that more than 3,700 flights have been canceled ahead of the blizzard. While winter travel above the Mason-Dixon Line can often be a perilous affair, travel insurance is big business year-round. Americans spent nearly $1.8 billion on all types of travel insurance services in... read more

The Grammy Award is shown during the 42nd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

And the Grammy nominees are...

02/08/13 09:06AM

Ho Hey! I have been Thinkin Bout You and how Some Nights  you are Wide Awake and all you Wanted  was one of my infamous playlists to put on in the background, Shake It Out and then look in the mirror and say "I'm Sexy and I Know It." Hold On, Call Me Maybe so I can tell you 'Don't Worry Child'  because after this... read more

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2010 file photo, Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan briefs reporters at the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

John Brennan heads to the Hill

02/07/13 12:37PM

Career spy John Brennan is heading to the Senate today to begin his first steps towards becoming the next director of the CIA.  Brennan is a 25 year agency veteran who served as deputy executive director from 2001 to 2003 and before that, as a top analyst and Saudi Arabia station chief.... read more


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