Hank Aaron, the true home run king, said Marvin Miller's role in the history of baseball was as important as Jackie Robinson's. But you don't have to care about baseball to care about the story of Miller because it's a story about unions and economics and free agency and the triumph of free market capitalism. read more
Harry Reid’s filibuster reform effort received a boost from the president on Wednesday when the White House released a statement backing the decision.
The statement read:
"They want to see progress, not partisan delay games. That hasn't changed, and the President supports Majority Leader Reid's efforts to reform the filibuster process."
However, even with the president’s support Reid is still lobbying to get other Democratic Senators behind him. There are still many Democrats, and not to even mention the GOP’s opposition, that remain on the fence about changing the filibuster. read more
In case you missed The Cycle on Tuesday, you may also have missed the news that Facebook rules are changing…again.
There is still no official country of Palestine. But the United Nations took a small step in that direction on Thursday. The U.N. General Assembly approved a request by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for recognition of Palestine as a non-member observer state. Hamas, the radical Palestinian group, backed the request by Abbas's more moderate Fatah group. President Abbas told the assembly that the vote was the "last chance to save the two-state solution" in the Mideast. read more
Krystal Ball discusses the many “lame talking points” out there about the fiscal cliff and explains that politicians should give the American public more credit and stop the "folksy" approach they've been using the past few weeks to talk about the... watch
The National Organization for Women's Terry O’Neill tells The Cycle hosts what women could lose in the battle to find a solution to the fiscal cliff and describes a new solution to the cliff problem that doesn't include a deal or going off the fiscal... watch
After six years of campaigning, Mitt Romney finally achieved his dream--sort of. He got to sit down to lunch in the private White House dining room. Unfortunately for him, he was there in the role of guest--or, in other words, loser. President Obama was host; he'll be lunching there for the next four years. This lunch was the first time the two men met face to face since the final presidential debate in October. read more
Just listen to that good old-fashioned common sense. You know, really breaks our government problems down for the common man in that classically patronizing yet wholly inaccurate way that politicians seem to excel at. There are a lot of lame talking points out there, but this one probably drives me the most nuts. And while I mostly hear it from Republicans, far too many of my own have fallen for its folksy kitchen table appeal. Here's the problem. read more
It has become a battle before a nomination. As the idea of nominating U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice to become secretary of state has been floating around, many GOP senators say they will not support her nomination due to her comments after the September 11th attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
On Sunday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) said he would be open to speaking with Ambassador Rice over her controversial comments, but based on what we have learned this week, these meetings have not gone as planned. read more