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Is what we do 'good'?

10/19/12 11:43AM

The other night, I was with a co-worker batting around ideas about our future. We were talking about our shows, and our day-to-day responsibilities. We were blowing off steam,  and plotting our big move, and trying to figure out what we wanted to do, where we wanted to go, who we wanted to be.... read more

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, participate in the presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Political baseball: the battleground states edition

10/18/12 08:43PM

As our regulars know, Thursday on The Cycle means it's time for some political baseball. With our rain delay lifted and our football referees back at work, we've reached the eighth inning of our political baseball game, and it's certainly a close one. As we volley back and forth on what type of election this has evolved into, one... read more

Jon Stewart talks with Barack Obama on Comedy Central's "Indecision 2010" on October 27, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo: AP/Olivier Douliery/Picture Group.)

We love 'The Daily Show' and President Obama does too

10/18/12 07:02PM

Here at The Cycle we don’t hide our love for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In fact, we work him into almost every show. We did today because Jon Stewart is hilarious, and because they love us too. Check out this clip.... read more

President Obama looks on as Mitt Romney, speaks during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island, NY. (Photo: AP/Anthony Behar/Sipa USA)

'Binders' unseat Big Bird as reigning web trend

10/18/12 03:03PM

At Tuesday's second presidential debate at Hofstra University, Mitt Romney attempted to answer a question on how he'd go about "rectifying the inequalities in the workplace" for women by recalling a time in his tenure as Governor when he shuffled through "binders full of women"  to find candidates to fill his... read more

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Number crunching the polls: how much does the second debate matter?

10/17/12 08:41PM

In today’s guest spot, or as we like to call it on The Cycle “The Nate Spot," Nate Cohn, Staff Writer at the New Republic, joined the Cyclists to help crunch the numbers on who won Tuesday’s debate. Both Obama and Romney’s teams are currently spinning the debate as wins for their respective parties, but it's not quite so easy to pick a... read more

President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, participate in the presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Today on The Cycle: understanding the candidates body language

10/17/12 12:50PM

Both candidates took off their fighting gloves Tuesday evening during the Town Hall debate at Hofstra University. Both President Obama and Governor Romney were throwing punches left and right trying to get the other off of their game. Just like last Thursday’s vice presidential match-up between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan Tuesday’s was all about the... read more

In a photo combo, President Barack Obama, left, and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney address the audience during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in Hempstead, N.Y. (Photo: AP Photo/Pool-Shannon...

The debate hangover: who's hurting more?

10/17/12 12:40PM

As people expected, the second presidential debate was destined to be different. It was a different format, a town hall compared a traditional debate.  This time a female moderator was in charge.  And a group of undecided voters asked the candidates questions. read more

Before you say 'slam dunk,' check the polls

Before you say 'slam dunk,' check the polls

10/16/12 08:00PM

The New Republic’s Nate Cohn is in The Nate Spot to talk about polling data after Tuesday’s second presidential debate. Is this debate performance going to move the needle? The Cycle tries to find out. watch

The first presidential debate at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, 2012. (Photo: AP/Eric Gay)

What we need to hear Tuesday: women's health, immigration, LGBT equality

10/16/12 07:54PM

After the first presidential debate in Denver and the vice presidential debate in Kentucky, several issues remain sorely in need of attention: women's health, immigration, and same-sex marriage. On Tuesday, President Obama and Governor Romney will meet at Hofstra University to answer questions on both foreign and domestic policies from... read more


Twitter can give you bipartisan perspective- if you let it

10/16/12 06:05PM

If my grandparents were around to see how I discuss major moments with my friends, they would scold me for losing the ability to talk face to face or – heavens forbid – pick up the phone and call someone. Twitter allows us to operate outside of the world of traditional means of communication and talk about everything from the most mundane points... read more

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Do you have a Twitter buddy? You should

10/16/12 04:33PM

There's nothing like watching an event live, with between 5 and 1,500 of your closest friends. Tonight, a large portion of your Twitter feed will be tuned into the second presidential debate —and honestly, you should be too.... read more


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