On today’s show we are going to take a break from the political mess happening in Washington from the Petraeus scandal to the Fiscal Cliff and focus on something a little lighter. Will Tracy, Author of The Onion Book of Known Knowledge is joining the conversation to discuss the Onion’s extremely important encyclopedia. The encyclopedia contains everything a person must know. This book is compilation of an assortment of facts, illustrations, maps, and charts that illustrate valuable information to its reader. And if you know The Onion’s love of satire, you won’t want to miss this! read more
David Wasserman, the Cook Political Report’s House Editor, made headlines when he called the 2012 election a battle between the Whole Foods shoppers and Cracker Barrel patrons. Now he has the post-election data to back up his claim – and proof that the country’s partisan divide when it comes to spending habits is wider than ever. read more
Maybe you like his politics. Maybe you don’t. But if you've got any empathy in you, you've got to feel at least a little for Steny Hoyer today.
Hoyer is the second-ranking Democrat in the House. He has been there for 10 years now, and after what happened today, he’s probably destined to always be the second-ranking Democrat in the House—and never anything more. read more
Throughout the past few days the Petraeus scandal has played out in all directions, and could now send more shock waves through the Obama Administration. The scandal adds news hurdles for the president as he reshuffles his Cabinet for his second term in office. read more
Harvey Molotch, author of “Against Security,” thinks TSA activity may be doing more harm than good. With Thanksgiving travel on the not-so-distant horizon, The Cycle hosts focus on airport security and if it’s helping to keep us safe. watch
S.E. Cupp tells her fellow conservatives that in the aftermath of the 2012 election, they need to show why it's good to be a conservative, why Republican ideas will help make things better for the country, and what made conservatism good in the first... watch
President Lincoln, one of my favorites, is a bona fide celebrity these days. He fights vampires, gets the Spielberg treatment and enjoys regular shout-outs from our commander in chief. If he were alive today he’d be on the cover of People Magazine every week.
The affection is entirely deserved, but I think Republicans, as they attempt to pick up the pieces of their broken hearts and wounded egos, can take a lesson from a lesser-known president, one that barely gets any attention at all. read more
For the first time since the election, Congress is back in town. With only 16 scheduled working days left to address the fiscal slope and impeding deficit before the end of the year, Congress has a lot of work ahead of them. So, for a Congress that has done little in the past 20 months, to have only 16 days to get our Country out of gridlock is a difficult task. read more
Today on The Cycle, we had Admiral Joe Sestak and Rob Cox from Reuters Breakingviews, both of whom I hold in the highest esteem—but they have one thing in common: they're not hunting Bigfoot.
Now listen—color me an optimist, but I can't wait for Bobo Fay to find Bigfoot. Maybe you think he's crazy or delusional or slow. And if that makes you feel better, go ahead. It's easy to laugh and point and tweet insults... read more
The Cycle is joined by Politico’s Manu Raju to discuss how Congress will handle issues from the fiscal cliff to marijuana reform in the 16 remaining work days of 2012, or if these issues will continue to be punted down the road until January. watch
This week I've been thinking about Shirley Chisholm, the first black person to run in a major party for the presidency. She was a Democratic congresswoman from Brooklyn who ran in 1972 and even though she knew she didn't have a shot to become the nominee she knew just running was a victory.
"My candidacy," she said, "is not to be regarded as a candidacy where I can win the presidency at this moment, but a candidacy that is paving the way." read more
Tuesday marks the beginning the of the lame duck congress, where voters are promised a conciliatory post-election tone. Congress has laid out two objectives: prevent the full blow of the fiscal cliff and then begin to tackle our nation’s debt, which is now more than $16 trillion. However, while many people are saying that Congress has a month and a half before the end of the year, in reality they have only 16 working days on the Congressional calendar before the end of the year. That’s no a lot of time for a government that takes an increasingly long time to get anything done. read more