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Battleground State: Iowa

State of the day: Iowa

11/03/12 01:02PM

The latest Real Clear Politics poll shows a close presidential race, with only a .1% difference between President Obama's 47.4% to Mitt Romney’s 47.3%. And according to the poll site's latest electoral map, Obama is predicted to win 290 delegates to 248, but pundits say it's still anyone’s game. So in order to help us decipher who may win this election, the Cyclists over the past week have been examining the battleground states that could shape this election. On Saturday, the state of the day is Iowa, the state where the race began - and could very well end. read more

The new jobs report

Will Friday's jobs report affect the election?

11/02/12 05:31PM

It's the first Friday of the month, and you know what that means - a jobs report! The October numbers show little change. Unemployment is currently at 7.9%, with 171,000 new jobs added during the month. Clearly, this isn't a game changer. Will it affect the presidential race at all? You've heard it a million times: this race is going to come down to the wire. According to the latest Real Clear Politics numbers, Obama holds a slight lead nationally at 47.5%, compared to Romney's 47.2%. When people start walking into the voting booths, how much will they be thinking about today's jobs numbers? read more

State of the day: Colorado

State of the day: Colorado

11/02/12 05:30PM

As we narrow in on election day the Cyclists have been looking at key battleground states to see how they will affect the election. Today the spotlight is on Colorado. Currently, the polls are showing a dead heat in this state, which has 9 electoral votes, with Obama up slightly, 48.4% to Romney’s 47.4%, according to the RCP average. Back in 2008 the state went for Obama, while in 2004 it went for President Bush. Romney will be in Colorado Saturday, and Obama, who was there on Thursday, will be back Sunday, after he swings through Ohio again. read more

Runners cross the upper level of the Verrazano Bridge during the 37th New York City Marathon Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Per S.E.: The New York Marathon

11/02/12 04:11PM

With all due respect, Mr. Mayor, what the hell are you thinking? New York City is a disaster area. Thousands are homeless or displaced, hundreds of thousands without power still in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn. The subways aren't fully functional. Our gas stations are out of gas. Staten Island, where the marathon is set to "kick off" with celebratory fanfare, is screaming for more attention as they try to recover from the devastation to their neighborhoods. read more

Proof of Heaven

Today on The Cycle: Proof of Heaven

11/02/12 06:56AM

It has been four days since Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast, and millions of people are still affected. Sandy has left an aftermath that will take weeks to months to put back together, especially in those areas that narrowly escaped the wrath of Sandy.  3.5 million are still without power. 92 people were killed in the Unites States. And the storm could cost upwards of $60 billion in lost business and property damage. read more


The 'politically homeless' Evangelical left

11/01/12 06:48PM

285 million people world wide and 100 million in the United States identify as Evangelicals, and much of the political community thinks of them as members of the Republican Party. But Evangelicals aren’t exclusive to the right-wing of politics. Author of the book “Moral Minority,” David Swarz joined The Cycle on Thursday to talk about the often-forgotten and “politically homeless” Evangelical left. read more


State of the day: Florida

11/01/12 05:24PM

With five days to go, both candidates are on the trail in swing states like Nevada, Colorado, Virginia, Ohio, and Florida trying to rev up the vote for Tuesday. Where does each candidate stand? According to the latest Real Clear Politics poll, it's a dead tie at 47.4%. Every single vote will matter come Election Day. Many believe it will all come down to Ohio, but it's possible that Florida could hold even more power. During the 2000 election, Florida delivered George W. Bush the electoral college win, while Al Gore had won the popular vote. read more

battleground map

The candidates are back on the trail

11/01/12 01:21PM

Days after Hurricane Sandy left massive damage throughout the East Coast, both candidates are back on the campaign trail with five days until Election Day. President Obama and Mitt Romney are back on the road trying to fight for those swing states that could decide this election. The president is making the state rounds by going to Wisconsin, Nevada and Colorado Thursday, while Romney focuses all of his attention on Virginia. According to the latest Real Clear Politics poll, the race is neck and neck with both candidates tied at 47.4%. read more


'Brain dissection:' presidential candidate edition

10/31/12 05:28PM

Everything else has been dissected this election cycle – why not the candidate’s brains? In honor of Halloween, anthropologist and author of the Newsweek article “Who Has the More Presidential Brain?”  Doctor Helen Fisher joined The Cycle for what sounded like a mad science. Dr. Fisher combined hormones and politics to explain the genetics of power in Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, and in voters. read more

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is coming under fire for misleading ads. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Steve Speak: Why you should vote for Romney

10/31/12 04:49PM

There are good reasons for doing things, and there are bad reasons for doing things. For example: a good reason to hit the town for a night of drinking would be, it’s a weekend and you feel like loosening up and letting off steam after a long week of work. A bad reason to hit the town for a night of drinking would be, because it’s the middle of the week and you want to get yourself ready for a big presentation at the office the next day. read more

A runway at the Teterboro Airport is flooded in the wake of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes...

A personal reaction to Hurricane Sandy

10/31/12 12:06PM

I'd like to say that I took my vacation at the perfect time. Last Thursday I boarded a plane and headed west to Phoenix. I was headed towards a three-day weekend, to be filled with golf, football, and probably a few drinks. But a funny thing happened while I was soaking it up in the desert. Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast. Now, I'm the first to admit: There are worse places to be stranded. It's been between 80 and 86 degrees and sunny every day that I've been here. I'm in a buddy's condo, watching Sunday Night Football at 5 in the afternoon. Life is good. read more

After Sandy, can U.S. improve our power grid?

10/30/12 06:20PM

With Hurricane Sandy wiping out power for over 8.2 million customers, the Cyclists ask: Can’t we do better? “It seems like every time there’s a storm or maybe some cyber-threat or a national security crisis, we talk about doing something about the National Grid. And then of course, that conversation goes away,” msnbc’s S.E. Cupp prompted. “If not now, when?” read more

Foundations and pilings are all that remain of brick buildings and a boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, after they were destroyed when a powerful storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast on Monday...

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

10/30/12 01:45PM

Tri-state residents are waking up today to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and what an event it was. With over 8.1 million U.S. home and business without power Sandy took its toll. They have reported that it could be 10 days  or more until power is restored in some areas throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Schools have been closed all along the east coast. The New York Stock Exchange is closed again, this is the first time it’s been closed for 2 days in a row due to weather since 1888. read more