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113th Congress: New Year, New You (and me)

01/04/13 01:02PM

With the spirit of the 113th Congress rushing through my very core (can you feel it?), feeling the burgeoning eruption of new light and new life, hope and progress, drive and wisdom—I've been inspired to do a little reinventing myself.... read more

A sign attracts job-seekers during a job fair at the Marriott Hotel in Colonie, N.Y. The October employment report the government will release Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 will likely solidify the picture of the U.S. job market that’s emerged this year:...

Job Report Friday

01/04/13 11:30AM

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the job report numbers for December 2012, which are around what all the analysts expected. The economy added a net gain of 155,000 jobs in December and our unemployment rate remained the same at 7.8%. The first jobs report of 2013 suggests that the U.S. economic recovery remains on track, despite... read more

A statue of the United States first President, George Washington, is seen under the Capitol dome in Washington January 2, 2013. The new 113th U.S. Congress convenes tomorrow on January 3, set to take a fresh crack at a number of issues, such as gun...

How to make Congress work

01/03/13 08:42PM

Thursday at noon the 113th Congress was sworn in and a new era was born. While this new Congress will make history with having the most women, Latinos, African-Americans, and openly gay or bisexual members, it still consists of the same key players. John Boehner, R-Ohio, is still speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is still minority... read more

Stuck on repeat

Stuck on repeat

01/03/13 07:00PM

Former Gov. Ed Rendell joins the conversation to discuss how the 113th Congress may be a new Congress but they are faced with the same old problems. watch

Cliff dwellers

Cliff dwellers

01/03/13 07:00PM

TIME’s Michael Crowley discusses how we are in a more intense game of chicken when it comes to our economy and that the Republicans have the leverage. watch

A House full of disappointment

01/03/13 05:17PM

In an interview yesterday, Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois talked about how his stroke had changed him--how it had challenged some of his core beliefs, in particular noting that Medicaid recipients in his situation would have been limited to only 11 rehab visits.... read more

Capitol Hill under the clouds during a sunset  in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008..(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The Cycle welcomes the 113th Congress

01/03/13 11:32AM

On today’s show we are giving a very special welcome to the 113th Congress, who at noon today will be sworn in to office. As we have discussed on The Cycle the 112th Congress was the least productive. read more

File Photo: Barthold Recycling driver Erick Krotzer fills the inside of his truck, through a trapdoor on top of the vehicle, with food scraps from Heartland Restaurant in downtown St Paul, Minn. on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. The pampered pigs served by...

Make recycling pay: A new year's resolution

01/03/13 10:46AM

Did you know that the US Government has a list of New Year’s Resolutions? You can read them all here, they range from the Medicare cost-curve bending usual suspects—eat better, drink less alcohol,  quit smoking, to professional aspirations—get a better job, save money, manage debt. read more

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., speaks with reporters at Mul's Diner in Boston on Dec. 28, 2011.

Scott Brown's next move

01/02/13 05:26PM

There’s a risk for Democrats in President Obama’s decision to name John Kerry secretary of state. With Kerry giving up his Senate seat, it clears the way for a special election in Massachusetts a few months from now which, in turn, could clear the way for a comeback by Scott Brown.... read more


The Biden-McConnell Deal

01/02/13 12:31PM

There were a lot of theories floating around on how the fiscal cliff would finally be resolved. But, after long debates, the House Republicans approved the Biden-McConnell bill put forward by the Senate to avoid the fiscal cliff late Tuesday evening by a vote of 257 to 167. read more


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