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The political home stretch

09/10/12 04:56PM

Both conventions have officially come to a close so it is now time for The Cycle to put their entire focus on the  next 8 weeks until election day.After the Democratic National Convention President Obama received a big bump in the polls. President Obama is at a 50% approval rating and up 5 points since prior to the DNC. According the latest Gallup Daily Tracking poll President Obama is at 49% and Mitt Romney is at 44%. The last time he had a 5 point margin over Mitt Romney was July 1, making this bump a huge gain for President Obama. read more

The Cycle Lineup

09/10/12 02:02PM

With only 8 weeks to election day and the RNC and DNC officially coming to a close the political race is starting to heat up. We have a political packed show and want to hear from you. Be sure to tweet us @thecyclemsnbc or use #thecyclemsnbc in your tweets.What is the state of the race? read more

Guest Spot: What it takes to win

Guest Spot: What it takes to win

09/10/12 11:10AM

Samuel Popkin author of, The Candidate: What it Takes to Win-and Hold- the White House, will be joining The Cycle team in today's guest spot. According to Samuel Popkin there are two winner in every presidential election campaign: the innevtibale winner when the race begins and the innevitable victor when everything is over.So what lessons can we learn for the 2012 Presidential race? Tune in at 3pm to find out what Samuel Popkin has to say. read more

Op Ed: dividing to conquer

09/10/12 09:16AM

If there’s one thing that became even more evident after watching the last two weeks of convention coverage, it’s that rhetoric surrounding health care and hot-button social issues is more polarizing than ever.  With the exception of President Bill Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, the bulk of speakers at both the RNC and DNC played heavily to the base of the parties while virtually ignoring moderates and independents.If you side with Republican talking points, then you might believe that “Obamacare” is an affront to our civil liberties, a complete government takeover of health care, socialized me read more

Steve Kornacki latest article: Barack Obama is winning

09/10/12 09:10AM

The final evidence isn’t in yet, but there are strong indicators that Barack Obama received a real boost from the Democratic convention – bigger than the paltry bump Mitt Romney got out of his party’s gathering and potentially big enough to push Obama’s national lead to heights not seen since Romney emerged from the GOP primaries back in the spring.Gallup’s daily trendline, which remained flat during and immediately after the Republican convention, has spiked in Obama’s favor over the last few days; as of Sunday afternoon, his lead was five points. read more

Photo Finish: London 2012 Paralympics

Photo Finish: London 2012 Paralympics

09/08/12 01:32PM

In case you haven't heard, this weekend marks the official end of the London Olympics. If you thought the games ended on August 12 you were sadly mistaken. August 29th marked the opening of the London Paralympics, with another dazzling display of artistry and pyrotechnics in recognition of the 4,200 athletes representing 166 countries. Yet, as inconspicuous as the games began, so shall they end with the limited media coverage they have been given.   read more


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