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MSNBC's Krystal Ball, Richard Wolffe and more liveblog President Obama's acceptance speech

09/06/12 01:50PM

President Barack Obama will formally accept the Democratic nomination for president Thursday night in Charlotte. And msnbc will be live-blogging the action right here! Join Krystal Ball, co-host of msnbc's The Cycle, and msnbc political analyst Richard Wolffe as they assess what Obama needs to do and whether he pulled it off -- as well as having a little fun along the way. We also want to hear from you! Send us your own take on what you're hearing, and we'll post a selection of reader comments. The blog goes live at 10pm, a little before the president takes stage. See you then!  read more

The Cycle's Lineup

09/06/12 01:00PM

As we enter the bottom of the 6th of our political baseball analogy we are reviewing Former President Bill Clinton’s epic speech last night and previewing President Obama’s speech tonight. It is sure to be a packed show as the final day at Democratic National Convention starts in just a few short hours. Check out our full lineup and let us know what you think @thecyclemsnbcIt could be anyone’s game. read more

Bill Clinton delivers DNC pitch for President Obama

Bill Clinton delivers DNC pitch for President Obama

09/06/12 11:54AM

With President Obama taking the stage to accept the Democratic nomination this evening we have entered the bottom of the 6th inning in our baseball analogy. According to the polls the game is tight and could go either way.Last night Former President Bill Clinton took the stage. Over the years President Clinton has spoken 7 times at Democratic National Conventions and when you put all of his speeches together, they total approximately 5 hours. read more

S.E. Cupp latest NY Daily News article: The Dems big abortion gamble

09/06/12 10:42AM

Last night at the DNC, abortion arguably had its best night ever — at least since 1992 when Bob Casey, Sr., was politely told he would not be giving a pro-life speech at that DNC after all.Across the lineup of speeches last night, everyone from First Lady Michelle Obama to NARAL President Nancy Keenan, actor Kal Penn and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, referenced abortion or a pro-choice platform to huge cheers from a rabid convention hall audience that sounded more 1973 than 2012.But the abortion issue wasn't reserved only for the living. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest article: Bill Clinton's long game

09/06/12 09:02AM

About 20 minutes into his speech last night, Bill Clinton invoked Mitch McConnell’s 2010 statement that his party’s top priority was denying Barack Obama a second term.“Senator,” Clinton said, “I hate to break it to you, but we’re going to keep President Obama on the job!”And with that the crowd erupted into the first of what turned into a series of “Four more years!” chants. The speech Clinton gave may help them realize that wish. Point by point, the former president rebutted the major lines of attack that Republicans have deployed against Obama. read more

U.S. President Barack Obama joins former President Bill Clinton onstage after Clinton nominated Obama for re-election during the second session of the Democratic National Convention September 5.

Bill Clinton: 'I want Barack Obama to be the next president of America'

09/06/12 08:48AM

President Obama made a surprise visit to the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night. The president stopped by to listen to former President Bill Clinton nominate him for a second term. Following the speech, Obama joined Clinton on stage where the two embraced, creating a photo-op with the country's last Democratic president and one enjoying wild popularity."I want Barack Obama to be the next president of America," Clinton said. "I proudly nominate him to be the standard-bearer of the Democratic Party."President Obama will speak at the event Thursday evening. read more

A look back at President Clinton's DNC history

09/05/12 04:57PM

With President Clinton speaking this evening at the Democratic National Convention Steve Kornacki took a look back at his 1988, the one that almost ruined him. Let us know what you hope to hear from President Clinton tonight in the comments or tweet us @thecyclemsnbc    read more

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Michelle Obama hits it out of the park

09/05/12 11:35AM

As Michelle Obama walked into the Democratic National Convention last night she received a standing ovation and all you could see was a flood of "We Love Michelle" signs throughout the crowd. The First Lady was the grand finale speaker last night and it was clear by her welcome that America loves her. With a favorability rating at 66% she is only right behind Laura Bush in the first lady rankings. As she called herself last night she is a mom first and a First Lady second, which is why Americans are able to relate to her. read more

Mayor Julian Castro makes plea for Democratic ideals in rousing DNC speech

09/05/12 09:50AM

San Antonio's 37-year-old mayor Julian Castro wowed the crowd and pundits alike Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in which he told his own American success story but also championed the Democratic policies of President Obama as the way for other Americans to achieve their goals."We know that in our free market economy some will prosper more than others. What we don’t accept is the idea that some folks won’t even get a chance," he said. read more

Steve Kornacki latest article: Bill Clinton, redeemed

09/05/12 09:45AM

Bill Clinton will take the stage in Charlotte tonight as perhaps the best-liked political figure in America, the owner of a 66 percent favorable rating – a level of popularity he last enjoyed during his presidential honeymoon in 1993. It will be a triumphant moment for Clinton, a powerful affirmation that his latest improbable political comeback is complete.When Democrats last convened four years ago, Clinton got his turn in the spotlight, but the party he spoke to had very mixed feelings about him and his legacy. read more

S.E. Cupp latest NY Daily News article: Stumped by a simple question

09/05/12 09:43AM

The question sure sounds simple enough: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” When Ronald Reagan asked voters this at an October 1980 debate with Jimmy Carter, it hit them like a ton of bricks.The answer was, no, the economy was certainly not better, and voters didn’t need to wait around another four years to see if the great Carter experiment was finally going to work.This time, apparently, the question has taken on new meaning. read more

Ted Kennedy Jr. on future political run: 'I'd be honored to serve'

09/05/12 09:32AM

Ted Kennedy Jr., confirmed Wednesday that he is considering a future run for office, saying “we all have been brought up in a tradition to try to give back.”“I haven’t made up my mind one way or another,” the eldest son of Sen. Edward Kennedy said on TODAY, “but I hope one day I’d be honored to serve in some capacity.”Kennedy made the comments while sitting next to his brother, Patrick Kennedy, the former U.S. read more

The Cycle Lineup

09/04/12 01:00PM

We are a few hours away from the official start of the Democratic National Convention but it looks as though the party has already started. read more

S.E. Cupp latest NY Daily News article: Timing is everything: Obama's tricky path through Charlotte

09/04/12 12:02PM

With millions more out of work than President Obama promised would be at the end of his first term, it's an unfortunate timing issue that the Democratic National Convention is bracketed by Labor Day on Monday and a looming jobs report on Friday. One has to wonder if this was the best week to hold a convention meant to insist to voters that they should give this administration another shot at righting the country. An August NBC poll found that 61% of people think the country is on the wrong track. read more