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'Editorial Use Only : Mandatory credit 'NASA GOES Project/RexNOAA's GOES-13 satellite captured this visible image of the massive Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 28 at 1302 UTC (9:02 a.m. EDT)...

Monday on 'The Cycle': The political effects of Hurricane Sandy

10/29/12 11:04AM

All along the east coast of the continental United States, state and local governments are preparing for a potential Category 1 hurricane called Hurricane Sandy—what locals like to refer to as the "Frankenstorm."  The outer bands of Sandy  have made landfall  in the northeast and are already forcing thousands to evacuate throughout the affected flood zone areas. read more

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2011, file photo Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, listens to a speaker at VFW Post 8641 in Merrimack, N.H. Just how rich is Mitt? Add up the wealth of the last eight presidents, from...

Today on The Cycle: The Des Moines Register endorsement

10/29/12 09:48AM

On Saturday evening the Des Moines Register released an editorial endorsing  Mitt Romney for president. This is the first time since 1972 the Iowa newspaper has endorsed a Republican nominee for president. The last time was in 1972 when they picked Richard Nixon. read more

Marine Cpl. Nicholas Kimmel and former Giants outfielder Willie Mays before taking the mound at Game 2 of the MLB World Series (Photo: MLB)

Afghanistan vet throws strike to start World Series Game 2

10/26/12 06:28PM

Marine Cpl.  Nicholas Kimmel lost both legs and his left arm in an explosion during his second tour in Iraq-- but that didn’t stop him from throwing one right over the plate to start off the Detroit Tigers-San Francisco Giants Game 2. Kimmel, a high school baseball star prior to enlisting in the Marine Corps, told USA TODAY that the whole experience was “like a dream.” Cpl. Kimmel shared the mound with fellow veteran and former Giants Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays, who rubbed the ball up with dirt and then signed it for the former Marine. read more

The 2012 battleground map outlining the state of New Hampshire and its 4 electoral votes.

The battleground state of New Hampshire

10/26/12 05:03PM

In 11 days from now we may have a decision on who our next president will be. With 11 days until election day the Cyclists have decided to focus on a different state to watch every day. Yesterday the focus was Wisconsin, today it is New Hampshire. While New Hampshire only has 4 electoral votes, those 4 electoral votes could decide the election. read more

Today on The Cycle: the power of twitter

10/26/12 11:15AM

Did you know that there were nearly 24 million tweets sent during the 3 presidential debates. The tweets launched viral campaign memes that took on a life of their own. They became part of not only the water cooler conversation but the national one as well. Big Bird, binders full of women, horses and bayonets, to name a few, took off on the twittersphere the moment the candidates said the words at the respective debates. While these memes are funny they have also created a deeper conversation into women’s rights and military spending. read more

The Jan. 14, 2009 file photo shows seven-time Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong of the U.S. during a stop on the third day of training with his team Astana in Adelaide, Australia. UCI, the cycling governing body, agreed Monday, Oct. 22,...

When heroes turn human

10/26/12 06:59AM

Lance Armstrong's dramatic fall from grace was largely buried beneath cable news campaign coverage this week. But beyond the narrative of corruption in cycling and the science of blood doping to assess the severity of his transgressions, one thing Armstrong’s backslide does reinforce is America’s dysfunctional relationship with its “heroes.” read more

The democratic political baseball team

Political baseball: the Ohio provisional ballots edition

10/25/12 08:59PM

With 12 days until the election and only two more Thursdays until Nov. 6, we've reached the bottom of the 8th in our game of political baseball. The game is close, with the latest Real Clear Politics national poll average showing Romney up only 47.8% to Obama's 47.1%. That seven-tenths of a point means the race is a virtual tie. 
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CNN pulls 'findings' on the role of hormones in women's voting

10/25/12 05:37PM

Really, CNN? No, this is not some extension of an SNL Weekend Report segment. S.E. Cupp and Krystal Ball really want to know what went into the Cable News Network's decision to release a story entitled “Do Hormones Drive Women’s Votes?” The article has since been pulled from their website because “it was determined that some elements of the story did not meet the editorial standards of CNN.” But more curious than its recent disappearance from the Internet are the findings that it discussed. read more


Krystal reveals her big news

10/25/12 04:37PM

About a year ago, my then-3-year-old and I sat down to have dinner. We chatted about baby animals, the fresh beat band, the usual. When conversation petered out Ella said: “Mama, let’s talk about something else.” Ok babe, what would you like to talk about? She quickly replied: Mitt Romney. And so, it began. It started with basic questions about who the President is. What do they do? Why can’t Mitt Romney and Barack Obama both be president? She still sees this as a reasonable possibility. read more

Today on The Cycle: Back Spin of Polls

10/25/12 09:09AM

With 12 days until election day there are many polls out there trying to predict who will be the next president. While there are the Gallup, Real Clear Politics, NBC/Wall Street Journal and other big name polls, a few others take a more interesting look at the race. read more

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney exchange views during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. They interrupt...

Pop culture approach to politics leaves substance out of the conversation

10/24/12 05:27PM

Boy bands have tours and billboards; presidential candidates have campaign trails and polls. Both often lack substance, yet are filled with sound bites that become sensationalized public distractions. As musician Trevor Dunn once pointed out: “Pop culture is not about depth. It's about marketing, supply and demand, consumerism.”  Similarly, political pop culture, now more than ever, has become a conduit for marketed slogans and catchphrases intended to sell candidates’ ideologies. read more