While lawmakers in Washington continue to spar over tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of the country, there’s been a parallel awakening in America’s low-wage labor force. Millions of American workers struggling to get by on minimum wage (or slightly above) have been teetering on the edge of their own fiscal cliff for decades—and some say they aren't going to take it anymore. read more
We’re going a bit Sci-Fi today. Author Ray Kruzweil joins The Cycle to discuss his book How To Create A Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. The book focuses on reverse engineering the human brain. The futuristic idea starts by mapping out every spec of the human brain and ends with designing a machine to replicate, and ultimately replace it. Think of it as artificial intelligence on steroids.
Ray Kruzweil is a controversial futurist whose work examines emotional and moral intelligence as well as the radical possibilities of merging humans with the technology we create. read more
With today marking the 25th anniversary of World AIDS day, it is a time for us all to continue the fight to find a cure for this horrific disease that is affecting thousands throughout the world.
The Obama administration marked the anniversary with a tone of optimism that we are on our way to finding a cure. "We have made great strides in combating this disease, and an AIDS-free generation is within sight,” President Obama said in a statement. read more
The Cycle hosts with guest host Jonathan Capehart, discuss the House’s passage of the STEM Act - an immigration reform bill that its authors are saying also doubles as a jobs package – then talk to one of the men who introduced the bill, Rep. Raul... watch
Hank Aaron, the true home run king, said Marvin Miller's role in the history of baseball was as important as Jackie Robinson's. But you don't have to care about baseball to care about the story of Miller because it's a story about unions and economics and free agency and the triumph of free market capitalism. read more
Harry Reid’s filibuster reform effort received a boost from the president on Wednesday when the White House released a statement backing the decision.
The statement read:
"They want to see progress, not partisan delay games. That hasn't changed, and the President supports Majority Leader Reid's efforts to reform the filibuster process."
However, even with the president’s support Reid is still lobbying to get other Democratic Senators behind him. There are still many Democrats, and not to even mention the GOP’s opposition, that remain on the fence about changing the filibuster. read more
In case you missed The Cycle on Tuesday, you may also have missed the news that Facebook rules are changing…again.
There is still no official country of Palestine. But the United Nations took a small step in that direction on Thursday. The U.N. General Assembly approved a request by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for recognition of Palestine as a non-member observer state. Hamas, the radical Palestinian group, backed the request by Abbas's more moderate Fatah group. President Abbas told the assembly that the vote was the "last chance to save the two-state solution" in the Mideast. read more