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Mike Rowe joins 'The Cycle'

09/18/12 05:49PM

Our nation was born on alcohol. According to Mike Rowe, who joined The Cycle table today, takes us through a liquid history ride from Plymouth Rock to the Moon Landing on  Discovery’s newest 3-part documentary: How Booze Built America. The documentary premiers tomorrow evening at 10pm and shows how Paul Revere rode tavern to tavern during his midnight ride, Thomas Jefferson brewed his own beer, George Washington Distilled his own whiskey and much more. read more

The Cycle Lineup

09/18/12 02:18PM

With 49 days until the election how does what was revealed last night from a May fundraiser affect the campaign? Check out our full lineup and remember to tweet us during the show @thecyclemsnbcFormer McCain-Palin Aide, Boris Epshteyn, joins the conversation to discuss the hidden camera footage of Romney speaking at the fundraiser.Evan Kohlmann, NBC News Terrorism Analyst, is at 30 Rock to help us analyze terrorist groups in the wake of Libya attacks and NATO scaling back operations it conducts with Afghan soldiers and policeman.Are we all entitled to free speech? read more

Pres. Obama's celebrity fundraisers

Pres. Obama's celebrity fundraisers

09/18/12 12:10PM

Like so many other celebrities, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are the next on the list to host a star-studded celebrity fundraiser for President Obama’s re-election campaign. The event this evening will be held at Jay-Z’s 40/40 club where entry is $40,000. While these events have drawn criticism from the Republicans and some Democratic they ensure that those who cannot afford the initial price tag are put into a lottery system. Beyoncé sent a mass email to all of President Obama’s supporters last weekend offering a chance to attend the fundraiser if they donated $9 by midnight. read more

Discovery's series: How Booze Built America

09/18/12 11:57AM

You know him from Dirty Jobs but today, Mike Rowe joins the table during today’s show to discuss Discovery’s new three-part series that premiers Wednesday evening. Mike crisscrossed the country to help make the case that alcohol is clear ingredient that helped shape the country.  The documentary features reenactments of historical events and current day interviews with historians and experts.Be sure to tune in at 3:40 today for the full segment and to see who gives up their chair for Mike Rowe.  read more

My 90's Dreamgirls

My 90's Dreamgirls

09/18/12 10:29AM

So last week we had Molly Ringwald on the show. She's got a new novel out, which is great - and you should totally buy it, read it, and talk about it on your Facebook page. But naturally, it was a little hard to focus with my mind awash in a fog of childhood love. I mean... Claire Standish! Sam Baker! Andie Walsh! I was overcome with the urge to tell her I wasn't embarrassed to be seen with her, and then sit on a glass table top with a cake full of candles.  And it got me thinking about all of the other great loves of my life. The women (and girls) I loved before I was a man. read more

The old TODAY Twitter profile page, with the avatar to the far left, and a not-so-obvious photo stream.

Twitter announces new profile pages, iPad app

09/18/12 08:25AM

In an appearance Tuesday on TODAY, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo revealed a new look for Twitter's profile pages. The fresh take won't just be seen on twitter.com, either, but will be visible on mobile apps as well, including Twitter's all-new, totally rebuilt iPad app.What's the biggest change? There's now a huge header image that runs across the top, sort of like the banner image that Facebook users have on their timelines. The page itself has been reoriented to play up other visuals as well: Your avatar is no longer tucked in the corner, but will display front and center. read more

Romney: Comments from surreptitiously recorded video were 'not elegantly stated'

09/17/12 11:18PM

Mitt Romney has responded at length to the furor over his comments at a fundraiser about the 47 percent of Americans who pay no federal income tax and see themselves as "victims." "My job is not to worry about those people," Romney said in the video.The comments were "not elegantly stated," and were spoken "off the cuff," Romney acknowledged Monday night in a hastily convened press availability with reporters. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com: How Obama stole the GOP's issue

09/17/12 09:06AM

The glee from Democrats, frustration from Republicans, and amazement from commentators has been easy to detect as the extent of President Obama’s advantage on foreign policy and national security has become clear.There is obvious volatility to the unfolding events in the Middle East, and the possibility exists that developments in the coming days might somehow prompt voters to reconsider Obama’s leadership. But for now, Mitt Romney is gaining no traction from his effort to portray the unrest as an indictment of American policy under Obama –and may actually be hurting himself. read more

Op ed: Big Brother to Spare Your Big Gulp

Op ed: Big Brother to Spare Your Big Gulp

09/17/12 09:00AM

While the eruption of anti-American violence in the Middle East generated the majority of headlines last week, New York City had its own breaking news story.  Thanks to a vote by the city’s Board of Health, the Big Apple became first in the country to ban restaurants, concession stands, and cafeterias from selling any more than 16 ounces of soda at a time.  The ban also includes other sugary or high-calorie drinks.As a New Yorker, I’m extremely proud that my city is a national leader on a variety of public health initiatives including banning smoking in restaurants and bars, outlawing the use read more

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