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Reaction to the Penn State scandal report

07/13/12 09:40AM

With the release of Judge Freeh’s report today, confirming all of our worst fears about the Penn State Sex Scandal – I feel like my feelings about JoePa are more crystallized than ever. I wrote this a couple months ago, and feel even stronger about it now:I don’t care that Joe Paterno is dead.And, honestly -I’m not trying to come off as callous or vindictive. It’s just that… octogenarians die all the time. 409 Division I football victories and two national championships doesn’t change that fact. read more

2012: Early Political Innings

07/12/12 05:34PM

 Happy Thursday! As we mentioned last week, Thursdays are our weekly assessment of the where the race stands. Per our baseball analogy, we are in the bottom of the first of our presidential coverage with a tied race! read more

Breaking News: Penn State Board of Trustees live news conference

Breaking News: Penn State Board of Trustees live news conference

07/12/12 02:53PM

BREAKING NEWS: Penn State Board of Trustees reacts to today’s child sex abuse report issued by former FBI director Lewis Free at 3:30pm today. We will take the news conference live.The current board of trustees commissioned the investigation of their predecessors, who were criticized in the report. Also named in the report were: These are four of the most powerful people at Penn State Football. read more

Toure's article from TIME: Romney Plays The Race Card

07/12/12 02:50PM

Mitt Romney went to the NAACP’s National Convention planning to get booed. It was no mistake. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told Bloomberg TV she believes “it was a calculated move on his part to get booed at the NAACP convention.” When Romney called the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare,” he purposely used a term that would not work with the audience in the room. When he said, “If you want a President who’ll make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him. read more

Does money affect your ethics?

Does money affect your ethics?

07/12/12 10:11AM

Lisa Miller posed a pretty interest question in her most recent piece for New York Magazine, "The Money-Empathy Gap" - Does money make you mean?I'm gonna be honest - I wish I knew. I'm not really in a position to be mean to people yet. Don't get me wrong - I'm doing everything I can to get rich so we can find out. And just in case it works out, I've been practicing all of my best "rich person" moves: I bought a CD on iTunes. I've been going to restaurants and demanding better tables. I've been pretending I have DVR by watching Hardball at 5, and then again at 7pm. I rooted for the Heat. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest article: Are Democrats falling into line?

07/12/12 09:41AM

Since President Obama called for ending the Bush tax rates for income over $250,000, Republicans have delighted in pointing to the cracks within his own party.There has been, for instance, a long-standing difference between the president and some prominent congressional Democrats – including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the Democrats’ point man on messaging in the Senate — who haveargued for setting the line at $1,000,000. read more

Study: The rich are likely to be less compassionate, more calculating

07/11/12 05:04PM

New research in the field of psychology casts economic inequality in a different, unsettling light.Is economic inequality really a problem? The question is a little more complicated than it sounds. Most people—even dyed-in-the-wool right-wingers—would agree that poverty is bad. No one should starve, and if the bottom ten percent of Americans are starving, that's terrible news. But inequality isn't about just the bottom ten percent; it's also about the top ten percent, and everyone in between. read more

Steve Speak

07/11/12 04:38PM

Steve Kornacki had the floor today and explains what happened to America's economy the last time the government raised taxes on the top 2%.Check out what he had to say and let us know your comments!  read more

Groundhog Day?

Groundhog Day?

07/11/12 04:33PM

The House is holding their 33rd vote to repeal, defund or dismantle the health care law today. This is the second outright repeal vote, the first was held right after the Republicans took back the house. However, there has been almost 3 dozen others over the past 2 years to dismantle parts of the law.But, even if the repeal passes the House, it is dead on arrival in the Democratic controlled Senate.Thus, democrats feel that they are living on repeat while Republicans keep insisting they are trying to uphold their promise to take down President Obama’s signature piece of legislature. read more

Does Money Make You Mean?

Does Money Make You Mean?

07/11/12 11:37AM

Contributing Editor to New York Magazine, Lisa Miller, joins the table today to discuss her latest article "Does Money Make You Mean: How Even a Little Bit of Wealth Changes Personality." According to research by social scientists having money makes you antisocial.During today's segment The Cycle hosts will be taking the "How Money Addled Are You" quiz found in Lisa's article.Be sure to tune in at 3pm where Lisa will answer the question: Does money make people nasty, or do you have to be ruthless to get rich in the first place?  read more

Today's Guest Spot:

Today's Guest Spot:

07/11/12 10:00AM

During today's guest spot we are talking to Richard Florida about his latest book: The Rise of the Creative Class. Be sure to tune in at 3pm for the full conversation.ExcerptJust as they did after the Sept. 11 attacks, pundits were quick to count New York City out after the economic meltdown of 2008. Four years later, it’s clear how wrong they were: The city’s recovery has been remarkable.While much of the nation remains mired in a housing slump, Manhattan real estate is on fire. read more