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As Americans vote this Election Day, the United States Capitol is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Gerrymandering may not be the whole story

02/05/13 10:55AM

On the same day last November that President Obama was reelected by a solid margin, his party’s candidates for the House received about 1.5 million more votes collectively than the GOP’s candidates. And yet when the new Congress convened, Republicans still enjoyed a solid majority in the lower chamber, with 235 seats. read more

Jane Pauley attends the 2012 Time 100 Gala honoring the 100 most influential people in the world, held at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, Tuesday, April 24, 2012.
(AP Photo/Jennifer Graylock)

Jane Pauley redefines life after 50

02/04/13 08:12PM

Jane Pauley, host of “Boomers 2.0: A Generation Re-Imagined” and “Rethink 50+," told The Cycle hosts today that Baby Boomers can't help having an effect on American culture. "There are 80 million of us and we have 70% of the wealth in this country, and that means impact.” Advertisers are finally starting to figure out that the 18... read more

FILE- In this June 1, 2011, file photo, GOP strategist Karl Rove arrives at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver , where he addressed Republicans at a fund raising luncheon.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

Rove vs the right: Who will set the direction of the GOP?

02/04/13 08:11PM

A civil war seems to be brewing inside the Republican Party, and the first shot may be fired in the 2014 primaries. Tea Party and establishment pols are battling for control of the GOP. Karl Rove, whose American Crossroads SuperPAC failed to have much impact in the 2012 election, is launching the Conservative Victory Project. The idea is to... read more

FILE - In this March 1, 2011 file photo, former New York Mayor Ed Koch speaks during a news conference in Albany, N.Y. " Koch, the combative politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during three City Hall terms, has died at age 88....

Remembering a legend

02/04/13 06:10PM

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch was laid to rest today at a gravesite he spent much time sculpting. Of course he took the crew that was shooting a documentary about him to see it. read more

In this April 6, 2012, photo, former Navy SEAL and author of the book “American Sniper”, Chris Kyle poses in Midlothian, Texas. A Texas sheriff has told local newspapers that Kyle has been fatally shot along with another man on a gun range, Saturday,...

Former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle killed at shooting range

02/04/13 11:40AM

After surviving four tours in Iraq, Chris Kyle earned a reputation as one of America’s deadliest military snipers. He was discharged honorably with two silver stars, five bronze stars with valor, a Grateful Nation Award, and one Navy and Marine Corps commendation. He returned home to become a New York Times bestselling author of the book... read more

US Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito makes her formal announcement to run for Senate in 2014 duroing a press conference at the Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., Monday Nov. 27, 2012.  (AP Photo/The Charleston Gazette, Chip Ellis)

GOP's chances to control Congress: 2014 Senate races to watch

02/02/13 09:41AM

We are not even a month into the new Congress, and there are already questions brewing about what the 2014 Senate will look like. From the upcoming special election in Massachusetts for Secretary of State John Kerry’s seat, to the scandal surrounding New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, speculation is brimming about who will run and more importantly,... read more


Cycling through the January job numbers

02/01/13 06:20PM

Friday's job report said that the economy added 157,000 jobs and that unemployment ticked up to 7.9% from 7.8%. But how is the really economy doing? The Cycle brought in Senior Fellow Center on Budget & Policy Priorities Jared Bernstein and Professor at Smith School of Business Peter Morici.... read more

Place your bets for Super Bowl 2013

02/01/13 06:16PM

I'm not a betting (wo)man, but if I were, here's the spread for this year's Super Bowl. According to oddsmaker Pat Morrow, the San Francisco 49ers are favored by four points against the Baltimore Ravens.... read more


Ode to '30 Rock': A made-up show, a real relationship

02/01/13 04:55PM

When you fall in love with a television show, it becomes a relationship. You have to spend time together, sometimes it makes you happy, sometimes it disappoints you and most of the time, eventually, it leaves you. Last night one of the best relationships I've ever had ended. 30 Rock said goodbye. I loved that damn show. We got along so well... read more

Striking school bus drivers walk a picket line on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, outside the Atlantic Express school bus facility in the Queens section of New York. Union head Michael Cordiello said the drivers will strike until Mayor Michael Bloomberg and...

NYC school bus strike: Who is to blame?

02/01/13 04:11PM

For over 150,000 students of New York City schools, the wheels on the bus don’t go round and round any more. In one of the most surprisingly under-reported stories in the county, the workers of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 are beginning their third week on the picket line, and negotiations are not going well. read more


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