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Farewell, punching bags.

Good Call?

09/28/12 05:19PM

I'm not celebrating the return of the referees. Don't get me wrong - I'd rather have them working, and I'm glad to see them get over on the NFL. But I'm saddened by the notion that, "Now we can just go back to watching the games."The NFL is the behemoth of sports. It makes the most money, it has the most fans, it has the biggest sponsorship. And whenever it decides that it isn't getting the everything it wants in a deal, it resorts to bully economics. read more

Poll: Romney less favorable than George W. Bush

Poll: Romney less favorable than George W. Bush

09/28/12 02:37PM

 A new poll out this week by Bloomberg showed that Mitt Romney would lose a popularity contest to President George W. Bush, who was one of the most unpopular departing presidents in U.S. history when he left office four years ago.Forty-three of respondents to the Bloomberg poll viewed Romney favorably, compared to 46% who said they view Bush in a favorable light. read more

Lithuania: The Other Dream Team

09/28/12 12:06PM

Marius Markevicius, the director of the documentary The Other Dream Team joins The Cycle table today to discuss his documentary that tells the story of the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team. The 1992 team did something no one thought was possible, they won the Olympic bronze medal. read more

Stop & Frisk Web Extra

09/28/12 11:38AM

Bill de Blasio explains why Stop & Frisk is personal to him. Check out the video and be sure to check out our Segment Producer, Nick Tuths, article about his Stop & Frisk experience.  read more

Running in Heels

Running in Heels

09/28/12 10:31AM

Lea Goldman Marie Claire's Features Director and author of Running in Heels, joins the conversation during today's guest spot. In the article Marie Claire discusses how 2012 is a record year for female candidates: 298 women filed to run for the House and 36 for the Senate. Her article highlights 11 female politicians to keep your eye on during this campaign season including a double amputee war hero, a Rhodes scholar, a gun-toting former police chief, and more.  Be sure to tune in at 3:30pm for the full conversation with Lea Goldman.  read more

Steve Kornacki latest article: Sorry, it's not Romney's fault

09/28/12 09:46AM

The election is just over a month away, and only now is a leading conservative publication stepping forward to tell Mitt Romney that the premise on which he’s built his entire presidential campaign is wrong.The Romney campaign’s assumption has been that economic anxiety will have swing voters in a firing mood in November, and that their desire to punish Barack Obama will push them into the GOP nominee’s column. But as a National Review editorial that went up last night points out:What Romney has not done is address the major problem he has in making the case: the shadow of the George W. read more

Krystal Clear: Romney's biggest challenge in winning the election

09/27/12 05:00PM

You know your campaign has hit a low point when you’re doing direct to camera ads reassuring the American people that you care about the middle class. Really! When Politico runs a story intended as satire about your running mate nicknaming you “The Stench”… and it is taken as fact. And when Newt Gingrich is giving you campaign advice. Newt Gingrich!!! read more

We are 40 days away

09/27/12 04:42PM

As many of you know every Thursday we enter our Political Baseball game where we analyze the Presidential Race. Today’s Gallup Daily Tracking poll has President Obama at  50% and  Romney’s at 44%. So, it only makes sense that we have reached a rain delay in our game. We are only 40 days from election day and October means Presidential debates.  Right now, it is clear Romney has had a tough recent stretch. Three weeks ago he was tied with President Obama at 46.8% and now President Obama is 4 points ahead, so what does this mean for Romney? Does he need another campaign re-set? read more

S.E. Cupp latest NY Daily News article: Lose your cool, Mr. President

09/27/12 04:35PM

He’s been called the king of cool, both for his pop culture appeal and for his detached calm.But being cool has cut both ways for President Obama. On one hand, it’s made a young and inexperienced President look confident in the face of tremendous responsibilities. The junior senator from Illinois was ill-prepared to handle a financial collapse of this magnitude, but you wouldn’t know it from his demeanor, which reads, “I got this.”On the other hand, being cool can also make him look arrogant. read more

Voters stand in line before casting their ballots on the first day of early voting for the November election, Thursday, September 27, 2012, at the Polk County Election Office in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa is one of 32 states that allow early voting.

Early voting opens in Iowa

09/27/12 02:36PM

Early in-person voting, an option available in only certain states, opened in Iowa Thursday where lines formed at some polling centers. President Obama currently has an eight point advantage over Mitt Romney in Iowa, according to the latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll.Surveys from the 2008 presidential election showed that early voters favored President Obama over Republican candidate John McCain, but Democrats are not always the favored party of early birds.Election experts have estimated that as many as 40% of voters will cast their ballot before November 6. read more

Kemp a cautionary figure for Paul Ryan

09/27/12 02:29PM

 Once upon a short time ago, there was Jack Kemp. A former professional football star turned politician, Kemp found the peak of his political career playing number 2 to 1996 Republican nominee, Bob Dole. Dole's choice for vice president fired up the base and gave the Republicans the kind of candidate they could be excited about – a similar train of logic to the Romney campaign right now. But this is where things got sticky.When the GOP base saw their ticket falling behind Bill Clinton and Al Gore, frustration mounted and the base demanded changes. Sounding familiar? read more

Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly

09/27/12 11:12AM

Brene Brown, author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable the Way We Live, Love, Parents, and Lead, joins the conversation during today's show. Her New York Times #1 bestseller book focuses on that people need to stop looking at vulnerability as weakness, it is actually one of our greatest strengths. read more