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The Doctor is in

The Doctor is in

07/24/12 04:41PM

The families of the 12 Aurora victims are starting to plan one of the hardest events a family can plan, their final farewells. The first funerals are expected to be this weekend21 of the 58 people who were shot are still hospitalized, with 10 in critical condition. On a positive note over the past 24 hours, 4 survivors have been released from local hospitals.    To talk more about the hospitals’ quick reaction we spoke to Dr. Chris Colwell, Director of Emergency Medicine at Denver Health Hospital.His hospital originally received 7 victims from the shooting and 4 are still being treated.Dr. read more

Warner Bros. confirms donation to Colorado shooting victims

Warner Bros. confirms donation to Colorado shooting victims

07/24/12 02:07PM

Warner Bros., the studio that released "The Dark Knight Rises," confirms to NBC News that it is making a substantial donation to help victims of the July 20 shooting at a Colorado screening of that film.The studio confirmed a report by The Hollywood Reporter that the studio will be contributing to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund, established in partnership with Colorado governor John Hickenlooper.As described on givingfirst.org, the fund "will only be used to meet the immediate and long-term needs of victims and their families and, as funds are available, the broad needs of those affected in the read more

Surfing the Middle East

Surfing the Middle East

07/24/12 10:40AM

Yesterday Jesse Aizenstat came on the show to tell us about what it was like surfing from Israel to Lebanon. Apparently - because he couldn't find work - he had to settle for pitching a book idea to a surf magazine. I guess it was that or McDonald's. Now while his command over language leaves much to be desired, there is a nugget of truth to the genesis of his book. And that truth is the Ocean.  You'll noticed I capitalized it - Ocean. Consider it a sign of deference. I'm from an Ocean town, way out on the tip of Long Island. Surf Capitol of the east coast. read more

Today's guest spot: David Niose

Today's guest spot: David Niose

07/24/12 10:26AM

During today's guest spot The Cycle hosts will be talking to David Niose about his book Nonbeliever Nation The Rise of Secular Americans. The book is about the so-called "nonreligious miniority" in minority in America. David argues that America was never a Christian nation and shows how the Religious Right successfully took control of the social and political narrative.]Below is an excerpt from his book and tune in at 3pm for the full conversation.From Nonbeliever Nation by David Niose. read more

So, where do states stand on the Medicaid expansion?

So, where do states stand on the Medicaid expansion?

07/24/12 09:34AM

When the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA) last month, it also ruled that states couldn’t be forced to expand Medicaid—turning one of the law’s key provisions for covering the uninsured into a choice states could make for themselves.The map above lays out the state of play. It uses comments by state leaders to assess each state’s likelihood of participating in the expansion (it’s worth noting that in most states, the expansion would likely need to be approved by both the legislature and the governor, something the map’s assessment take into account). read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: Is Bain a bust?

07/24/12 09:20AM

There was some preliminary and tentative evidence a few weeks ago to suggest the Obama campaign’s emphasis on unflattering aspects of Mitt Romney’s private equity past was paying political dividends.Now comes the reality check: a new USA Today/Gallup poll that finds that voters by an overwhelming margin – 63 to 29 percent – believe Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital equips him to make good decision as president. As Greg Sargent notes, the Obama team’s goal in playing up Bain is to break the reflexive association voters tend to make between private sector success and economic policy competence. read more

Penn State fines are handed down

Penn State fines are handed down

07/23/12 05:09PM

Should the NCAA have given Penn State the death penalty? This is a question we tweeted out earlier today and have gotten mixed reaction.When the NCAA spoke this morning they did come close with a devsatiting punishment for the sex abuse scandal and cover up that rocked the college football world. Here is how it broke down: read more

How prayer is helping the healing process

07/23/12 05:00PM

One way people are trying to get through Friday’s mass shooting is with prayer.Pastor Doug Lassit is from the Pearl Church, 15 minutes away from the movie theatre. Several people who had family or friends effected by the shooting worship there. Since Friday Pastor Lassit has been counseling parishioners and those effected directly by the mass shooting. He answers The Cycle hosts' question: what is the toughest part of this whole process?   read more

Accused shooter, James Holmes, makes court appearance

Accused shooter, James Holmes, makes court appearance

07/23/12 04:38PM

Today we got our first look at James Holmes, orange hair and all, sitting in the courtroom during his first court hearing. While the 24 year old did not speak his physical appearance spoke volumes.When he wasn’t struggling to keep his eyes open they were bugged out making some people say he looked drugged while others though he looked sleepy and stressed out. Still others say he looked psychotic, which is probably what the defense will plead when this case official goes to trial.Survivors and families of the 12 victims were in the court room today as he was denied bond.  read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and guns

07/23/12 10:56AM

Nearly 20 years ago, Colin Ferguson snuck a handgun and 160 rounds of ammunition onto a commuter train in New York and shot more than two dozen people, killing six of them. His rampage dominated the news and stirred a national outpouring of shock and grief not unlike what we’re now seeing.It also prompted an immediate call from a Democratic president for a legislative response. read more

July 22, 2012 - State College, Pa. - Penn State workers cover the statue of former coach Joe Paterno near Beaver Stadium on Penn State's campus Sunday as they prepare to remove it.

Coach Paterno statue removed at Penn State as college is punished by NCAA

07/23/12 10:13AM

The NCAA levied a $60-million fine against Penn State, removed all of its recent football wins (1998-2011), and banned the college from the annual bowl games for four years following the scandal of the Jerry Sandusky trial, which revealed the sexual abuse of young boys and a cover-up. The sanctions issued by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which oversees college athletic programs, also included a reduction in its scholarship funds over the next four years and the right for incoming and current players to transfer, which will restrict the school's ability to recruit and ret read more

Family members of victims killed in  Friday's Century 16 movie theater shootings grieve at a prayer vigil in Aurora, Colo., on Sunday night.

Shocked Aurora vows, 'We will remember' victims of theater shooting rampage

07/22/12 08:06PM

  AURORA, Colo. – Well-wishers, shocked townspeople and family members of the victims sang and prayed Sunday night and vowed to remember those who died in a horrific movie theater shooting rampage, not the act of violence that tore apart their quiet city.“We are a family in Aurora," said Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan. "We are good hard-working people who believe in the goodness of our fellow man. read more

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