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FILE PHOTO: Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, D-N.Y., is seen in this 1971 file photo. Chisholm was the first black woman elected to Congress and an outspoken advocate for women and minorities during seven terms in the House. (AP File Photo)

One woman took the presidency beyond white men

11/12/12 03:18PM

This week I've been thinking about Shirley Chisholm, the first black person to run in a major party for the presidency. She was a Democratic congresswoman from Brooklyn who ran in 1972 and even though she knew she didn't have a shot to become the nominee she knew just running was a victory.... read more

White House Debt Meeting

Today on The Cycle: Battling the Fiscal Cliff

11/12/12 07:10AM

Tuesday marks the beginning the of the lame duck congress, where voters are promised  a conciliatory post-election tone. Congress has laid out two objectives: prevent the full blow of the fiscal cliff and then begin to tackle our nation’s debt, which is now more than $16 trillion. However, while many people are saying that Congress has a month... read more

View of Democracy Plaza From The Cycle Window

My night with Krystal Ball

11/09/12 02:41PM

Tuesday night, as the world watched the election results from home, Krystal Ball and I hung out together for nearly 10 hours. She'd been asked to contribute to msnbc's coverage, and I'd been asked to contribute to her contributions. Translation: we were on call from 9AM (when we got in for The Cycle) to 3AM (when we finally left). read more

President Barack Obama, accompanied by first last Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha arrive at the election night party at McCormick Place, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago, to proclaim victory in the presidential election. (AP Photo...

The people have spoken: They want health care

11/09/12 10:48AM

In an interview with ABC news on Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner uttered something surprising. When asked if his party would continue working to repeal health care reform. His response was simple: “It’s pretty clear that the president was reelected. Obamacare is the law of the land.” read more


The 'shadow side' of the Police

11/08/12 06:14PM

The Police were one of the iconic bands of the 1970s and 80s. Songs like “Roxanne,” “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” and “Every Breath You Take” still resonate today.  But guitarist Andy Summers tells The Cycle that being a rock star isn’t all "shine.” read more


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