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State of the day: Florida

11/01/12 05:24PM

With five days to go, both candidates are on the trail in swing states like Nevada, Colorado, Virginia, Ohio, and Florida trying to rev up the vote for Tuesday. Where does each candidate stand? According to the latest Real Clear Politics poll, it's a dead tie at 47.4%. Every single vote will matter come Election Day. Many believe it will all come down to Ohio, but it's possible that Florida could hold even more power. During the 2000 election, Florida delivered George W. Bush the electoral college win, while Al Gore had won the popular vote. read more

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The candidates are back on the trail

11/01/12 01:21PM

Days after Hurricane Sandy left massive damage throughout the East Coast, both candidates are back on the campaign trail with five days until Election Day. President Obama and Mitt Romney are back on the road trying to fight for those swing states that could decide this election. The president is making the state rounds by going to Wisconsin, Nevada and Colorado Thursday, while Romney focuses all of his attention on Virginia. According to the latest Real Clear Politics poll, the race is neck and neck with both candidates tied at 47.4%. read more


'Brain dissection:' presidential candidate edition

10/31/12 05:28PM

Everything else has been dissected this election cycle – why not the candidate’s brains? In honor of Halloween, anthropologist and author of the Newsweek article “Who Has the More Presidential Brain?”  Doctor Helen Fisher joined The Cycle for what sounded like a mad science. Dr. Fisher combined hormones and politics to explain the genetics of power in Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, and in voters. read more

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is coming under fire for misleading ads. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Steve Speak: Why you should vote for Romney

10/31/12 04:49PM

There are good reasons for doing things, and there are bad reasons for doing things. For example: a good reason to hit the town for a night of drinking would be, it’s a weekend and you feel like loosening up and letting off steam after a long week of work. A bad reason to hit the town for a night of drinking would be, because it’s the middle of the week and you want to get yourself ready for a big presentation at the office the next day. read more

A runway at the Teterboro Airport is flooded in the wake of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes...

A personal reaction to Hurricane Sandy

10/31/12 12:06PM

I'd like to say that I took my vacation at the perfect time. Last Thursday I boarded a plane and headed west to Phoenix. I was headed towards a three-day weekend, to be filled with golf, football, and probably a few drinks. But a funny thing happened while I was soaking it up in the desert. Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast. Now, I'm the first to admit: There are worse places to be stranded. It's been between 80 and 86 degrees and sunny every day that I've been here. I'm in a buddy's condo, watching Sunday Night Football at 5 in the afternoon. Life is good. read more

After Sandy, can U.S. improve our power grid?

10/30/12 06:20PM

With Hurricane Sandy wiping out power for over 8.2 million customers, the Cyclists ask: Can’t we do better? “It seems like every time there’s a storm or maybe some cyber-threat or a national security crisis, we talk about doing something about the National Grid. And then of course, that conversation goes away,” msnbc’s S.E. Cupp prompted. “If not now, when?” read more

Foundations and pilings are all that remain of brick buildings and a boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, after they were destroyed when a powerful storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast on Monday...

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

10/30/12 01:45PM

Tri-state residents are waking up today to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and what an event it was. With over 8.1 million U.S. home and business without power Sandy took its toll. They have reported that it could be 10 days  or more until power is restored in some areas throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Schools have been closed all along the east coast. The New York Stock Exchange is closed again, this is the first time it’s been closed for 2 days in a row due to weather since 1888. read more


Mother Nature puts politics in perspective

10/29/12 06:19PM

Mitt Romney received the endorsement of the Des Moines Register on Saturday. And while most times pundits talk down the importance of endorsements, this one is notable because of the paper's long history of endorsing Democratic candidates. Romney is the first Republican nominee since Richard Nixon in 1972 to receive the paper’s support. read more