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Protesters sit in the rotunda of the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich., on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Michigan Governor could sign both 'right to work' bills Wednesday

12/11/12 05:16PM

Michigan will soon become the 24th state with right-to-work laws on the books.  The laws are designed to limit union power by prohibiting requirements that make workers pay union dues as a condition for employment.  The Michigan state legislature passed two bills today dealing with both private and public sector unions.  The bills now go to Governor Rick Snyder's officer, and he's indicated that he'll sign them.  NBC's Ron Mott joined us on the show fresh off his interview with the governor.  That interview will air tonight on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. read more

House Speaker Boehner leaves his office and walks to the House floor. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

S.E's rules for the GOP

12/11/12 04:25PM

For conservatives still reeling from the 2012 presidential election and wondering if there’s a bright spot anywhere on the horizon, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is, establishment Republicans have admitted there’s a problem. The bad news is, they don’t yet understand that they're part of it. read more


Fiscal Cliff fight: 20 days to go

12/11/12 10:28AM

With 20 days to go until we reach the fiscal cliff deadline all eyes are on Washington and whether or not the president and the GOP can reach a deal. Today the House is back in session for the next three days, but if a deal is not reached they have already been told by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) that they will be in session next week so that a deal will be reached before the deadline. So, if Congress wants to be home for the holidays they need to reach a deal, have it approved by Congress, and on the president’s desk by the end of next week. Do we think this can actually happen? read more

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 18: Bruce Springsteen joined the Dropkick Murphys during their encore at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts. Bruce Springsteen performed three songs with the band including “Peg O’ My Heart,” a song on the Dropkicks’ new...

Top 10 political songs of 2012

12/10/12 09:50PM

It’s that time of the year when we all take a little time off from work, put on goofy sweaters, and join with friends and family to sing protest songs by the fire. With Grammy nominations announced and digital outlets falling over each other to announce the best record, single, meme, tweet and haircut of the year. So since this is the place for politics, why not take a look back at the most interesting, inspirational and hilarious political themes that were explored through the medium of music. Cass McCombs - Bradley Manning read more

Masters of Disaster

Today on The Cycle: Damage Control

12/10/12 01:40PM

Christopher Lehane joins The Cycle in today’s guest spot to discuss his book Master of Disaster: The Ten Commandments of Damage Control. Lehane made his name during the Clinton White House years when he helped manage crises from Whitewater to Monica Lewinsky, earning him the name of "Master of Disaster". read more

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Today on The Cycle: Deepak Chopra

12/10/12 11:05AM

Deepak Chopra joins The Cycle to discuss his new book Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being. Deepak, who has authored more than 65 books, co-author’s this one with Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D. The book discusses how you can be happy for the holidays and beyond. The book goes as far into the mind-brain connection as possible and suggests a revolutionary new way for us all to relate to the brain. read more