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BOSTON, MA - MARCH 18: Bruce Springsteen joined the Dropkick Murphys during their encore at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts. Bruce Springsteen performed three songs with the band including “Peg O’ My Heart,” a song on the Dropkicks’ new...

Top 10 political songs of 2012

12/10/12 09:50PM

It’s that time of the year when we all take a little time off from work, put on goofy sweaters, and join with friends and family to sing protest songs by the fire. With Grammy nominations announced and digital outlets falling over each other to announce the best record, single, meme, tweet and haircut of the year. So since this is the place for politics, why not take a look back at the most interesting, inspirational and hilarious political themes that were explored through the medium of music. Cass McCombs - Bradley Manning read more

Masters of Disaster

Today on The Cycle: Damage Control

12/10/12 01:40PM

Christopher Lehane joins The Cycle in today’s guest spot to discuss his book Master of Disaster: The Ten Commandments of Damage Control. Lehane made his name during the Clinton White House years when he helped manage crises from Whitewater to Monica Lewinsky, earning him the name of "Master of Disaster". read more

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Today on The Cycle: Deepak Chopra

12/10/12 11:05AM

Deepak Chopra joins The Cycle to discuss his new book Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being. Deepak, who has authored more than 65 books, co-author’s this one with Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D. The book discusses how you can be happy for the holidays and beyond. The book goes as far into the mind-brain connection as possible and suggests a revolutionary new way for us all to relate to the brain. read more

Joel Meyerowitz was granted unparalleled access to Ground Zero right after the attack.  (Ap Photo/Joel Meyerowitz)

Toure: A painstaking path to vengeance in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

12/07/12 06:40PM

The film Zero Dark Thirty begins with a black screen and the sound of 9-1-1 calls from the World Trade Center bombarding you and returning you to the tragic sadness of 9/11. It's a pain we've stuffed down but we're still mourning 9/11 the way a shocking death in the family leaves you in permanent mourning. After the terrorist attacks, America went through the stages of grief--though we were mostly in anger and wanting revenge. That's what this extraordinary film chronicles: the painstaking path to vengeance. read more

Same-sex marriage proponent Kat McGuckin of Oaklyn, New Jersey, holds a gay marriage pride flag while standing in front of the Supreme Court November 30, 2012 in Washington, DC (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Historic cases: Supreme Court to rule on DOMA, Prop 8

12/07/12 03:40PM

The Supreme Court announced Friday afternoon it will hear its first same-sex marriage cases. As NBC's Pete Williams reports, the Supreme Court has granted review of the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in the state. read more

President Obama gestures as he speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on the White House campus in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Today on the Cycle: Jobs Report Friday

12/07/12 11:07AM

With today being the first Friday of December our viewers know this means one thing -- it is time for our dynamic duo, Jared Bernstein and Peter Morici, to come on the show and discuss Job Reports Friday. This morning the Bureau of Labor Statistics released their November jobs reports, which much to the shock of the forecasters who predicted Hurricane Sandy would have a significant impact on the numbers, it did not. The unemployment rate dropped to 7.7%, a four year low, and the economy added 146,000 jobs in November. read more

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