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Vice President Joe Biden, left, and GOP VP nominee Rep. Paul Ryan shake hands following their the vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman)

Both sides declare VP debate victory

10/12/12 12:03PM

Last night's vice presidential debate allowed both sides to declare themselves winners. “Joe was Joe,” as President Obama hoped for in an interview preceding the debate Thursday. Vice President Joe Biden was aggressive and went after Rep. Paul Ryan on taxes, foreign policy, the economy, and abortion throughout their 90-minute debate in Danville, Ky. Ryan was on his game as well, inserting zingers of his own every time Biden interrupted him, which was frequently. read more

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Today on The Cycle: 100 Greatest Americans

10/12/12 11:20AM

In the historical context, the United States of America is still young.  Yet even though we don't have as long a history as say the Italians, Chinese, or English we have racked up an impressive list of historically important people.  George Washington fought to help form this country while Abraham Lincoln fought to keep it together.   Ben Franklin lit up the night sky with his kite and some lightning, while Thomas Edison brightened our homes with his light bulbs. read more

Today on The Cycle: 100 Greatest Americans

Today on The Cycle: 100 Greatest Americans

10/12/12 11:09AM

In the historical context, the United States of America is still young.  Yet even though we don't have as long a history as say the Italians, Chinese, or English, we have racked up an impressive list of historically important people.  George Washington fought to help form this country while Abraham Lincoln fought to keep it together.    Ben Franklin lit up the night sky with his kite and some lightning, while Thomas Edison brightened our homes with his light bulbs.In the new book "The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th century" author Peter Dreier takes a look at the people who helped shaped t read more

The Cycle's new spin

10/12/12 11:04AM

Sometimes you're just lucky. As Americans, most of the stories, books, and music we hold dear - are based on nothing more than sheer chance. In almost everything we create and experience,  there are characters strung together by a series of near-random events unfolding before them.  Often times, they’re at the mercy of the universe, a step here, a stumble there - and a path is set upon. read more

Choose your economic dream team

Choose your economic dream team

10/11/12 08:00PM

If Fantasy sports teams weren’t keeping you busy enough, now you can put together a roster of your economic dream team! Reuter’s Rob Cox, the man behind the fantasy wonk league, joins The Cycle to help Toure pick his all-stars. watch

Toure's American dream

Toure's American dream

10/11/12 08:00PM

With the Supreme Court hearing the case of Abigail Fisher, thus calling into question affirmative action in the U.S., Toure wonders where is the fairness and justice and why Americans should be worried about the outcome of this decision. watch

High debate stakes for both sides

High debate stakes for both sides

10/11/12 08:00PM

The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman joins The Cycle and says that while people don’t vote for presidential candidates based on their vice presidential counterparts, this debate is a big deal for both parties. watch

Kornacki: Are there two separate elections...

Kornacki: Are there two separate elections going on?

10/11/12 08:00PM

Political science tells us that national poll movements mirror swing state poll movements, and vice versa. The Real Clear Politics poll average has Mitt Romney leading, while Obama still leads in almost all battleground states. Steve asks, what could... watch

"Wanna dance?"

Debate Metaphors: Prize Fights? More Like Middle School Dances....

10/11/12 06:57PM

We love to compare debates to prize fights, especially in our industry. In the days leading up to the debate, in the days following it, and live during the actual event - those of us in cable news will be talking about who hit the hardest, which punches landed, which punches missed, who was able to slip jabs, who had the best strategy, and who executed. Then we'll raise the imaginary hand of the winner. Ding. Ding. Ding.But here's the thing, most debates aren't boxing matches. read more

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