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The Base Appeal

09/07/12 05:00PM

It's been a long time since I was excited about politics. I won't be melodramatic and say it's been "a full four years," but it's been more than two... read more

Toure TV: Democratic Ideals

09/07/12 04:26PM

By expanding "liberty and the pursuit of happiness to Americans" who have no always encountered it, the Obama administration, according to Cycle host Toure, has "lived up to the promise of the Democratic Party." read more

Steve Kornacki talks to Governor Dukakis

09/07/12 01:53PM

In 1988 Michael Dukakis was the Democratic nominee for President, and at the DNC that fall Bill Clinton took the stage to deliver his first convention speech. In case you missed Steve Kornacki’s rant on Wednesday (insert link) he referred back to this debacle of a speech and shows how President Clinton has come a long way since then.Wednesday, while at the Democratic Convention, Steve Kornacki had a chance to meet up with Dukakis who after the 1988 DNC had a 17-point lead. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to give him the presidency. George H. W. read more

Today's Cycle Lineup

09/07/12 01:48PM

It's Jobs Report Friday! With the unemployment rate falling to 8.1% and the inspirational speeches that came out of the Democratic National Convention this week we have a full packed show today. Don’t forget to tweet us during the show @thecyclemsnbc After the release of the unemployment rate, is the glass half empty or half full? Our favorite duo, Peter Morici and Jared Bernstein, are back to answer that question.What was your favorite aspect of last night’s Democratic National Convention? read more

The Base Appeal

The Base Appeal

09/07/12 11:51AM

It's been a long time since I was excited about politics. I won't be melodramatic and say it's been "a full four years," but it's been more than two...Maybe it's working at msnbc, where I'm constantly pilloried with political soundbites, promises, attacks, double-crossing, double-talk, and double demagoguery. Maybe it's my age, you get to 28 and you have to put some childish naivete away. You stop believing in the conquering hero, and the knight in shining armor. read more

Steve Kornacki latest article: Will Obama get a real bounce?

09/07/12 09:39AM

With apologies to Joe Biden, the next few days could literally determine whether political conventions as we’ve come to know them will endure through the next presidential election cycle.The old purpose of conventions – to choose a candidate by bringing together delegates loyal to local, state and regional power-brokers in a days-long process that often required multiple ballots to settle – gave way to modern, tightly scripted infomercial model a generation or two ago. read more

Am I better off now?

09/06/12 05:06PM

With the election charging towards us, and both candidates on their respective tour routes - there's a question we're hearing a lot: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Obama is going to ask you. Romney is going to ask you. msnbc is going to ask you. FOXNews is going to ask you. It's a loaded question. You aren't supposed to know if they mean financially, culturally, spiritually... It isn't specified if gay rights, or health care, or the military are supposed to be considered. Vagueness by design. read more

Final Spin: President Clinton hits it out of the park

Final Spin: President Clinton hits it out of the park

09/06/12 04:52PM

It was the speech that mesmerized the Democrats and hopefully swayed Independents to President Obama’s side come November. For the 7th time, former President Bill Clinton addressed the convention of Democratic delegates in a speech that lasted 49-minutes, which to some may have seem long but our very own Krystal Ball couldn’t get enough. Find out what S.E. Cupp thought in our Final Spin.  read more

One-On-One with Governor Dukakis

09/06/12 04:46PM

Steve Kornacki caught up with Governor Dukakis while at the Democratic National Convention. Here is a portion of his interview and be sure to check back for the full interview.     read more

Toure's new TIME article: How To Read Political Racial Code

09/06/12 01:53PM

Part of my job when I speak about politics is to speak up for black people and say things black people need said. This mission has rarely felt so necessary as it has when racial code words recently entered the Presidential election. These code words are ancient racial stereotypes in slick, modern gear. They are linguistic mustard gas, sliding in covertly, aiming to kill black political viability by allowing white politicians to say ‘Don’t vote for the black guy’ in socially-acceptable language. Sometimes the code comes directly out of a candidate’s mouth. read more

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