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Today on The Cycle: Political Cupcakes

Today on The Cycle: Political Cupcakes

10/09/12 10:42AM

Did you know there is a sweet side to politics? With 4 weeks until election day the equal oppurtunity bakers of Georgetown Cupcakes have created a "Democratic Donkey" and a "Republican Elephant" cupcake in an assortment of flavors. You can purchse these election special cupcakes at their Georgetown, Bethesda, MD, New York (SoHo), and Boston (Newbury St.) locations as well via national shipping.The store is also keeping track of how many each side orders as their official "Georgetown Cupcake Poll." So can this election be decided in the kitchen? What flavor and icing will the Cyclists choose? read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article:

10/09/12 09:32AM

Paul Ryan, we are discovering, does not always handle follow-up questions that well.The latest evidence came yesterday afternoon, when an interview with a local television reporter in Michigan turned testy and was ended by Ryan’s aide.The dispute was ostensibly over gun control. Asked by the reporter, Terry Camp of WJRT in Flint, if America has a gun problem, Ryan responded that the country has a crime problem. “Not a gun problem?” Camp asked. read more

Inside the numbers: has the race changed?

10/08/12 05:11PM

What really matters when it comes to who will be the next President of the United Stated? Is it Foreign Policy? The Economy? Job Numbers? Gas Prices?  Or something completely different? With 29 days to go until election day we are zoning in on the real issues as voters enter the election booth on Tuesday November 6th. Is there an event or a series of events that shapes a person’s mind to help them determine who they want to lead the country for the next 4 years? read more

Inside the numbers: has the race changed?

Inside the numbers: has the race changed?

10/08/12 04:38PM

What really matters when it comes to who will be the next President of the United Stated? Is it Foreign Policy? The Economy? Job Numbers? Gas Prices?  Or something completely different? With 29 days to go until election day we are zoning in on the real issues as voters enter the election booth on Tuesday November 6th. Is there an event or a series of events that shapes a person’s mind to help them determine who they want to lead the country for the next 4 years?While the debates are important, can they really erase months of campaigning? read more

Today on The Cycle: Lame Duck Congress

10/08/12 01:27PM

As we enter another Lame Duck session in Congress it is looking more unlikely that congress will actually agree on a long term deal to avoid falling off the $600 Billion Fiscal Cliff on New Years Day. That is an average tax increase of $3,5000 for 90% of Americans that will take affect if Congress does not act. Speaker of the House John Boehner is saying a large scale Lame Duck deal will not happen, but what is the right thing to do? Should we expect a short term fix? Our Spin Cycle will debate the question during today’s show be sure to tune in. read more

Lame Duck Congress

Lame Duck Congress

10/08/12 01:21PM

As we enter another Lame Duck session in Congress it is looking more unlikely that congress will actually agree on a long term deal to avoid falling off the $600 Billion Fiscal Cliff on New Years Day. That is an average tax increase of $3,5000 for 90% of Americans that will take affect if Congress does not act. Speaker of the House John Boehner is saying a large scale Lame Duck deal will not happen, but what is the right thing to do? Should we expect a short term fix? Our Spin Cycle will debate the question during today’s show be sure to tune in. read more

The politics of political humor

10/08/12 11:56AM

Political satire shows such as The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and even SNL, have moved beyond entertaining the viewer to now educating them on a political level. Many Americans, especially those in the younger demographic, get their daily political news from these late night news outlets in order to escape the real world but at the same time be able to know what is happening around them. Joining today's show is Alison Dagnes, Author of A Conservative Walks into a Bar: The Politics of Political Humor, to discuss her book. read more

The politics of political humor

The politics of political humor

10/08/12 11:21AM

Political satire shows such as The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and even SNL, have moved beyond entertaining the viewer to now educating them on a political level. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: Joe Biden to the rescue?

10/08/12 09:18AM

It’s no guarantee that he’ll succeed, but the set-up is kind of perfect for Joe Biden: a chance to show tens of millions of Americans who watched in bafflement as President Obama rolled over for Mitt Romney in Denver what a real debater looks and sounds like.Later this week, Biden will share the stage with Paul Ryan for the vice presidential debate. It’s still unclear what (if any) polling damage the Democratic ticket sustained from Obama’s listless performance, but at the very least it’s fair to say that Democrats are more apprehensive than they were before Denver. read more

What are youth voters concerned about in 2012?

10/05/12 04:49PM

The new national unemployment number is 7.8%, a number much lower than expected.  The youth unemployment rate dropped as well but it is still at 11.8%.  On top of poor job outlook, the average college graduate is $28,600 in debt!  These students need to find good, stable jobs to pay off the education they just earned, and whoever takes over for the next 4 years will have to make this a priority.As we near election day it is becoming clear that in order for either President Obama or Governor Romney to win the Presidency they will need the youth vote. read more

The unemployment number is below 8%

10/05/12 04:46PM

The verdict is in. President Obama’s debate performance was a bust. There is no other way to look at it, Mitt Romney won and President Obama lost. However, what many expected to be a poor jobs report Friday turned into a stronger one than expected. read more

How to know if your child is being bullied

How to know if your child is being bullied

10/05/12 01:04PM

With October being national anti-bullying month it is important to remember that bullies come in all ages, shapes, and sizes. Did you know that 1 in 5 teens are bullied in school and 160,000 kids miss school every day beause they are too afraid of being attacked or intimated. But, if someone is willing to step in and intervene then there is a big chance that the bullying behavior will stop.On our show today is Carrie Goldman, author of Bullied: What Every Parent, teacher and Kid Needs to know About Ending the Cycle of Fear. read more

The unemployment number is below 8%

10/05/12 12:56PM

The verdict is in. President Obama’s debate performance was a bust. There is no other way to look at it, Mitt Romney won and President Obama lost. However, what many expected to be a poor jobs report Friday turned into a stronger one than expected. Unemployment fell to 7.8%, the lowest in four years and matching what it was when Obama took office.  That number fell despite the economy adding a net gain of only 114,000 jobs.  For a little perspective, we need to add 357,000 jobs each month over the next three years to bring the rate to a healthy 6%. read more

The next Oscar winner? Maybe not...

The next Oscar winner? Maybe not...

10/05/12 10:29AM

After listening to everyone pre-heap praise on The Master, and sitting through a rant of Touré extolling its many virtues... I knew I was going to see it. After all, "It's going to be nominated for a bunch of Oscars." A seminal film, with performances of a lifetime - they told me. Just wait 'til you see Philip Seymour Hoffman! Joaquin Phoenix is amazing! Amy Adams like you've never seen her before!How could I not go see it? I considered paying $20 for the ticket, just to show them I appreciated the opportunity!Well let me tell you, I did go see it. And I want $50 back. Touré!  Touré! read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: No, "moderate Mitt" isn't back

10/05/12 09:55AM

The news overnight was that Mitt Romney had decided to do a mea culpa for the secretly recorded “47 percent” remarks that rocked his campaign a few weeks ago, calling them “just completely wrong” in an interview with Sean Hannity.This came 24 hours after a debate in which Romney labored to present himself as more of a pragmatist than an ideologue, objecting insistently when President Obama tried to link him to conservative economic ideas that would threaten the safety net. read more

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