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President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Number crunching the polls: how much does the second debate matter?

10/17/12 08:41PM

In today’s guest spot, or as we like to call it on The Cycle “The Nate Spot," Nate Cohn, Staff Writer at the New Republic, joined the Cyclists to help crunch the numbers on who won Tuesday’s debate. Both Obama and Romney’s teams are currently spinning the debate as wins for their respective parties, but it's not quite so easy to pick a definitive winner. read more

President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, participate in the presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Today on The Cycle: understanding the candidates body language

10/17/12 12:50PM

Both candidates took off their fighting gloves Tuesday evening during the Town Hall debate at Hofstra University. Both President Obama and Governor Romney were throwing punches left and right trying to get the other off of their game. Just like last Thursday’s vice presidential match-up between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan Tuesday’s was all about the body language, because that really gives you the insight into what the person is thinking. So what message did their body language send to the audience? read more

In a photo combo, President Barack Obama, left, and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney address the audience during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in Hempstead, N.Y. (Photo: AP Photo/Pool-Shannon...

The debate hangover: who's hurting more?

10/17/12 12:40PM

As people expected, the second presidential debate was destined to be different. It was a different format, a town hall compared a traditional debate.  This time a female moderator was in charge.  And a group of undecided voters asked the candidates questions. read more

The first presidential debate at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, 2012. (Photo: AP/Eric Gay)

What we need to hear Tuesday: women's health, immigration, LGBT equality

10/16/12 07:54PM

After the first presidential debate in Denver and the vice presidential debate in Kentucky, several issues remain sorely in need of attention: women's health, immigration, and same-sex marriage. On Tuesday, President Obama and Governor Romney will meet at Hofstra University to answer questions on both foreign and domestic policies from undecided voters in the Nassau County area.  In town hall format,  each candidate will have two minutes to respond and neither will be allowed a closing statement. read more


Twitter can give you bipartisan perspective- if you let it

10/16/12 06:05PM

If my grandparents were around to see how I discuss major moments with my friends, they would scold me for losing the ability to talk face to face or – heavens forbid – pick up the phone and call someone. Twitter allows us to operate outside of the world of traditional means of communication and talk about everything from the most mundane points of our day to the biggest political events of the moment in 140 characters or less. It's revolutionary, and totally non-traditional -- or is it? read more

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Do you have a Twitter buddy? You should

10/16/12 04:33PM

There's nothing like watching an event live, with between 5 and 1,500 of your closest friends. Tonight, a large portion of your Twitter feed will be tuned into the second presidential debate —and honestly, you should be too. On today's show, Adam Sharp of Twitter talked with our Cyclists about his site's ability to bring people together on everyone's own couch to watch and discuss politics together. read more

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama shake hands during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Why the uncommitted voters are in the spotlight tonight

10/16/12 11:46AM

Uncommitted voters are in the spotlight tonight.  They'll be asking the questions at tonight's town hall style Presidential debate at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York.  The 80 undecided voters are already arriving at the debate hall to rehearse with moderator Candy Crowley.  Gallup Poll has been vetting the pool for weeks to assemble a random sample of Nassau County voters.  But just how closely does this Long Island community represent the average American swing voter?  The Cycle's Steve Kornacki says it's a better representation than you might think. read more


'Political Kombat' lets politicos flex gamer skills

10/16/12 10:33AM has released the fourth episode of its popular Political Kombat ’12 video game series. These free animated video games allow players to play out the story of the 2012 presidential race with karate kicks, punches, air throws, and jabs. The animated video game fights are funny, accurate, and insightful. The latest one spoofs Thursday’s vice presidential debate, pinning a feisty Vice President Joe Biden against a shirtless Rep. Paul Ryan. read more

Michelle Obama holding up her absentee ballot

Obamas urge Americans to cast their votes early

10/15/12 09:37PM

Over the course of the last few weeks first lady Michelle Obama has been a big advocate for voters to cast their ballots early, and now she has decided to lead by example. 
 The first lady tweeted yesterday “Hey, @BarackObama, I just dropped my absentee ballot in the mail – I couldn’t wait for Election Day! Love you! –mo." 
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Hat choice of "hoodlums"?

Dress code in Brooklyn?

10/15/12 05:47PM

Let me begin this post with a simple fact: I love Brooklyn. I love the distinctive fashion, architecture, culture, and music each neighborhood of Brooklyn brings. I love the part of my train ride home when I emerge from the tunnel after Carroll Street and can look back on the famous Manhattan skyline. I love the weekends when I can forgo my reliance on the subway system and ride my bike wherever I need to go. I love that people can strap on their baby bjorn or stroller their newborn right into a bar and no one blinks an eye. read more