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
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. read more
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
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
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
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
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
Thursday marks the 35th anniversary of one of the most catastrophic storms to ever hit the Northeast. The historic Nor'Eastern brought in blizzard conditions between February 5-7 in 1978, and left behind recording breaking snow piles. With anticipation of another big nor'eastern storm this weekend, the East Coast prays the storm doesn&... read more
For the past four years the federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25, putting the United States near the bottom of developed nations. On Wednesday, Washington Post columnist Matt Miller joined the Cycle hosts to discuss what can to be done to help ensure that working Americans earn a decent wage. read more
In case you missed it, there was a report this week that Janet Napolitano–the Homeland Security chief and former Arizona governor–wants to run for president in 2016.
The news didn’t exactly make waves – which in a way is a really big deal. Because it means the novelty of female presidential candidates is really starting to wear off. read more
Years ago, when I was still cutting my teeth on websites you've never heard of—I wrote a piece about Alex Rodriguez based around Antwone Fisher's "Who Will Cry For The Little Boy." The central question was this: What has he done to make everyone hate him? read more
MSNBC’s “The Cycle” which premiered in 2012 is a live, one-hour ensemble opinion show that features conservative commentator Abby Huntsman, author and pundit Touré, The Nation correspondent Ari Melber and former Congressional candidate Krystal Ball. The Cycle is a “TIS” show – topical, interesting, and smart. The panel brings a young perspective on everything from politics, the economy, the media, sports and popular culture. You never know who or what might be discussed at the table.