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Protestors sit outside the Walmart store Friday Nov. 23, 2012 in Paramount, Calif. Wal-Mart employees and union supporters are taking part in today's nationwide demonstration for better pay and benefits A union-backed group called OUR Walmart, which...

Another fiscal cliff looms for low-wage workers

12/03/12 12:48PM

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

How To Create A Mind: The Secreate of Human Thought Revealed

Today on The Cycle: A beautiful mind

12/03/12 08:43AM

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

The White House in Washington is decorated with a red ribbon to commemorate World Aids Day, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Photo Finish: World AIDS Day

12/01/12 02:47PM

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.
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House takes on immigration reform with...

House takes on immigration reform with STEM Act

11/30/12 07:00PM

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

The rise of women in comedy

The rise of women in comedy

11/30/12 07:00PM

Yael Kohen, author of “We Killed: The Rise of Women In American Comedy,” chronicles the rise of women in comedy and debunks the notion that women aren’t funny. watch

Marvin Miller, head of former union official seeking executive director's job April 1, 1966 in Major League Baseball Players Association. (AP Photo)

Remembering Marvin Miller, sports visionary

11/30/12 04:29PM

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

The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Today on The Cycle: filibuster reform

11/30/12 12:30PM

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

Understanding Facebook privacy

11/30/12 10:48AM

In case you missed The Cycle on Tuesday, you may also have missed the news that Facebook rules are changing…again. The Facebook democracy is on the brink and in fact may just fall. In 2009, Facebook introduced a voting system enabling users to vote on site governance (e.g. data policy, terms of use and statement of rights and responsibilities) and, from what I understand from Mike Isaac’s article for All Things D,  “requires 30 percent of its user base to vote to block any proposed site changes. .. That’s 300 million people, or just under the total population of the United States.” read more

People hold a giant Palestinian flag during a rally in support of the Palestinian UN bid for observer state status, in the West Bank town of Jenin, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. The Palestinians are certain to win U.N. recognition as a state on Thursday but...

The General Assembly upgrades Palestinians' status

11/29/12 10:18PM

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