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Advancing the Ball

Advancing the Ball

09/19/12 10:26AM

N. Jeremi Duru, author of Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL, joins the conversation during today's show. His book discusses the reform the NFL has undergone to having 5 African-American head coaches in the NFL compared to a few years ago when there were none. Be sure to check out the full conversation with N. Jeremi Duru at 3:40pm today and check out the below excerpt from his book."Reprinted from Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL by N. read more

Steve Kornacki latest Salon.com article: The danger of writing off Mitt

09/19/12 09:24AM

It’s come to this for Mitt Romney: As the public chastisements from his own party pile up, his best, and maybe only, source of inspiration left can be found in the story of a Democrat that Republicans love to hate.That would be John Kerry, who eight years ago to the day found himself in political hole rather similar to the one Romney now faces – and who managed to climb out of it and nearly win the election.In a way, the 2004 race was a mirror image of this one. George W. Bush’s approval rating was low enough to make him vulnerable to a challenge, but not so low that defeat was automatic. read more

Where the undecided voters are

Where the undecided voters are

09/18/12 08:00PM

Poll numbers from an NBC-WSJ poll show that 12 percent of voters are still “up for grabs.” But what’s stopping these undecided voters from picking Mitt Romney in 2012?  That’s the question on today’s Spin Cycle. watch

Drucker: Can Mitt Romney get out of his...

Drucker: Can Mitt Romney get out of his own way?

09/18/12 08:00PM

Roll Call editor David Drucker joins the Cycle to talk about the fallout from Mitt Romney’s now-infamous hidden camera incident and why he’s ‘unconvinced’ that this ‘inelegant remark’ will move the race much in either direction. watch

Could Romney bounce back?

Could Romney bounce back?

09/18/12 08:00PM

The Cycle’s Daily Rant reminds us that, just as the John Kerry candidacy came close in 2004, Mitt Romney might just find a way to turn things around. The moral of the story? A few gaffes does not a presidential hopeful unmake. Steve Kornacki isn’t... watch

Mike Rowe joins 'The Cycle'

09/18/12 05:49PM

Our nation was born on alcohol. According to Mike Rowe, who joined The Cycle table today, takes us through a liquid history ride from Plymouth Rock to the Moon Landing on  Discovery’s newest 3-part documentary: How Booze Built America. The documentary premiers tomorrow evening at 10pm and shows how Paul Revere rode tavern to tavern during his midnight ride, Thomas Jefferson brewed his own beer, George Washington Distilled his own whiskey and much more. read more

The Cycle Lineup

09/18/12 02:18PM

With 49 days until the election how does what was revealed last night from a May fundraiser affect the campaign? Check out our full lineup and remember to tweet us during the show @thecyclemsnbcFormer McCain-Palin Aide, Boris Epshteyn, joins the conversation to discuss the hidden camera footage of Romney speaking at the fundraiser.Evan Kohlmann, NBC News Terrorism Analyst, is at 30 Rock to help us analyze terrorist groups in the wake of Libya attacks and NATO scaling back operations it conducts with Afghan soldiers and policeman.Are we all entitled to free speech? read more

Pres. Obama's celebrity fundraisers

Pres. Obama's celebrity fundraisers

09/18/12 12:10PM

Like so many other celebrities, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are the next on the list to host a star-studded celebrity fundraiser for President Obama’s re-election campaign. The event this evening will be held at Jay-Z’s 40/40 club where entry is $40,000. While these events have drawn criticism from the Republicans and some Democratic they ensure that those who cannot afford the initial price tag are put into a lottery system. Beyoncé sent a mass email to all of President Obama’s supporters last weekend offering a chance to attend the fundraiser if they donated $9 by midnight. read more

Discovery's series: How Booze Built America

09/18/12 11:57AM

You know him from Dirty Jobs but today, Mike Rowe joins the table during today’s show to discuss Discovery’s new three-part series that premiers Wednesday evening. Mike crisscrossed the country to help make the case that alcohol is clear ingredient that helped shape the country.  The documentary features reenactments of historical events and current day interviews with historians and experts.Be sure to tune in at 3:40 today for the full segment and to see who gives up their chair for Mike Rowe.  read more

My 90's Dreamgirls

My 90's Dreamgirls

09/18/12 10:29AM

So last week we had Molly Ringwald on the show. She's got a new novel out, which is great - and you should totally buy it, read it, and talk about it on your Facebook page. But naturally, it was a little hard to focus with my mind awash in a fog of childhood love. I mean... Claire Standish! Sam Baker! Andie Walsh! I was overcome with the urge to tell her I wasn't embarrassed to be seen with her, and then sit on a glass table top with a cake full of candles.  And it got me thinking about all of the other great loves of my life. The women (and girls) I loved before I was a man. read more

The old TODAY Twitter profile page, with the avatar to the far left, and a not-so-obvious photo stream.

Twitter announces new profile pages, iPad app

09/18/12 08:25AM

In an appearance Tuesday on TODAY, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo revealed a new look for Twitter's profile pages. The fresh take won't just be seen on twitter.com, either, but will be visible on mobile apps as well, including Twitter's all-new, totally rebuilt iPad app.What's the biggest change? There's now a huge header image that runs across the top, sort of like the banner image that Facebook users have on their timelines. The page itself has been reoriented to play up other visuals as well: Your avatar is no longer tucked in the corner, but will display front and center. read more

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