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The realities of US involvement in...

The realities of US involvement in Afghanistan

01/11/13 07:00PM

NBC’s Kristen Welker reports on the president’s meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, which was focused on defining the mission in Afghanistan, and hashing out who will have what authorities after 2014; then former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco,... watch

The importance of The Trafficking Victims...

The importance of The Trafficking Victims Protection Act

01/11/13 07:00PM

The Obama administration has declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and now non-profits are calling for renewed legislation that would support those people who are considered modern-day slaves. Co-found of “Fair Girls”... watch


How to win your Oscar pool

01/11/13 04:56PM

I do know how you can win your office Oscar poll. It's not rocket science. Even though the Academy won't actually vote on winners until February it's not hard to predict who'll win Oscars this year. You just have to get into character. First, think old. read more

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President Barack Obama names new Treasury Secretary, Washington, D.C., America - 10 Jan 2013
Barack Obama names White House Chief of Staff Jacob 'Jack' Lew as Secretary of the Treasury to replace Timothy Geithner
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Today on The Cycle: What we learned this week

01/11/13 10:45AM

This week President Obama’s administration began to get everything into place for his second term: they started nominations for various vacant cabinet positions including Fmr. Sen. Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary, Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan for CIA, and White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew for Treasury Secretary. There are... read more

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Political dramas dominate Oscar nominations

01/10/13 06:19PM

Thursday morning the Academy Awards released the nominations for the 85th Annual Oscars, which will be broadcast Feb. 24th.  While this day is usually a time when everyone tunes in to see what their favorite actor is wearing, or to see who said what, one thing that will be different during the 85th Annual Oscars is the way Washington is... read more

Planned Parenthood supporters demonstrate outside of Hofstra University the site of the presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, Hempstead, N.Y. President Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will hold...

The future of Planned Parenthood

01/10/13 05:49PM

Officially, members of Congress have been telling the American people for months that their top priorities are jobs and the economy. However, Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Rep. Diane Black have each reintroduced a bill that would prohibit Title X  family planning grants from being awarded to any organization that performs abortions. This bill would... read more

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Where are the women?

01/10/13 04:36PM

Wednesday was not exactly a banner day for diversity. First, we had this bro-tastic picture of the President meeting with his senior advisers in The New York Times.... read more

Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner answer reporters' questions about President Obama's proposed federal deficit reduction plan at the White House September...

President Obama to nominate Jack Lew to run the Treasury Dept.

01/10/13 11:23AM

The shuffle of the White House cabinet continues today as President Obama is set to nominate his chief of staff, Jack Lew, to replace Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary. Jack Lew has a background in budget fights, not Wall Street where he only worked for three years. Clearly, this is where the next fight is to be had with the debt, showing a... read more

FC Barcelona's Argentinian striker Lionel Messi poses with the trophy after being awarded the FIFA Men's World Player of the Year during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2012 held at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday,  Jan 7, 2013. Messi was...

What's ahead for Messi--and for global media?

01/09/13 06:52PM

This week the aristocrats of global football convened in Zurich to name Lionel Messi the world’s best soccer player for the fourth year in a row. It’s hard to argue with the global phenomenon’s record. In 2012 “The Little Maestro” broke the world record for single-season goals at Barcelona and scored a hat-trick against Brazil while representing... read more


An ode to Richard Ben Cramer

01/09/13 05:03PM

My middle school librarian used to give me funny looks. Sometimes because my fly was open, but mostly because I liked to pick out books that hadn't been checked out in years.... read more


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