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Mitt Romney introduces Rep. Paul Ryan as his runningmate.

Five things you need to know about Paul Ryan

08/11/12 09:22AM

In picking Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has taken a risk. The Wisconsin lawmaker has emerged in recent years as the ideological standard-bearer for his party, and in particular for its radical push to shrink the size of government. "To envisage what Republicans would do if they win in November, the person to understand is not necessarily Romney, who has been a policy cipher all his public life," Ryan Lizza wrote in The New Yorker  last week. read more

Gabby Douglas' coach Liang Chow, born and raised in China until his studies and gymnastic skills brought him to the University of Iowa.
 (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Photo Finish: Globalists

08/11/12 09:16AM

I know The Cycle has been a bit Olympic crazed here with all our recent posts- but how can we not? For a short period of time people allow their patriotism to shine and the world comes together to watch each other’s best athletes perform. read more

My Olympic experience

08/10/12 09:00AM

by Charles HitchensWith the closing ceremonies on Sunday we have witnessed a full gamut of emotion.  We watched the heartache of a young world champion gymnast miss the cut in all-around, only to come back and help lead the US to the team gold.  We watched an Olympic hero swim into the record books with a record setting 22 all-around medals.  We watched 2 women battle the sand to win the gold for the third straight time.We’ve journeyed with them from making the team to standing on the podium. read more

Vetting the veeps: Get to know four top contenders

Vetting the veeps: Get to know four top contenders

08/09/12 04:04PM

By Amanda Sakuma and Traci G. LeeFor weeks the Mitt Romney presidential campaign has dangled the shiny object of announcing its vice presidential pick before the media, strategists, and voters, but it looks like the wait and speculation might soon be over. read more

The breakout Olympic stars

The breakout Olympic stars

08/09/12 01:00PM

I was thinking about doing a "breakout stars" post for the Olympics, listing those that I felt have exploded on to the scene. And, as I flipped through the list of characters - looking at early crop of gold medalists - it hit me: Women. Women are the breakout stars. 23 of the 34 U.S. gold medals currently hang around the neck of female athletes and teams. They've been the face of the Olympics: Gabby, Missy, Jordan, Kerri & Misty-Mae... I'm not taking anything away from the fellas, Phelps, Lochte, Aries Merritt, the Bryan brothers - they've been fantastic. read more

Op-Ed: The debate everyone is too afraid to have

08/09/12 08:00AM

After the spate of gun violence that's left so many of us horrified and dumbfounded, one would think it would be time for a little introspection on America's relationship with guns.  Or is it?  Aside from the usual suspects such as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest article: GOP's RomneyCare freak-out

08/08/12 05:19PM

Mitt Romney’s campaign press secretary, Andrea Saul, has kicked up a bit of a storm with her response to a new ad from a pro-Obama super PAC.The spot, which was unveiled Wednesday, features a man who lost his job when Bain Capital shuttered the Kansas City steel plant he worked at in 2001.  “When Mitt Romney and Bain closed the plant,” he says in the ad, “I lost my health care and my family lost their health care. read more

Ann Romney, wife of Republican candidate Mitt Romney, speaks to local Republican party members gathered at Guilford County GOP headquarters office in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, July 19.

Ann Romney to lead 'Women for Mitt'

08/08/12 04:13PM

Mitt Romney's wife Ann will be the face of the campaign's "Women for Mitt" coalition that will aim to rally women voters for the Republican candidate.The campaign announced Ann Romney as the chairwoman of the effort Wednesday, along with a list of Republican women supporters who will serve on its national advisory board and as Women for Mitt honorary co-chairs. These include former Sec. read more

My team mates and I on the 1996 YLB All-star team. Yorba Linda, California

They've got next

08/06/12 12:23PM

Watching the Olympics always evokes a sense of nostalgia in me, especially when I tune into the US Women's Basketball Team. It brings back memories of the excitement I had as a 12 year old rushing home to catch the 1996 Women's Olympic team play. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest article: Republicans' war on Harry Reid

08/06/12 09:55AM

It was open season on Harry Reid on the Sunday talk shows, with one Republican after another ripping into the Senate majority leader for his unsubstantiated claims about Mitt Romney’s taxes.“As far as Harry Reid is concerned, listen, I know you might want to go down that road,” Republican national chairman Reince Priebus told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” “I’m not going to respond to a dirty liar. If that’s on the agenda, I’m not going go there. read more

Authorities believe Wade Michael Page is the gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

Alleged gunman in Wisconsin Sikh temple attack ID'd as Army veteran; FBI explores links to white supremacist groups

08/06/12 07:26AM

Updated at 4:05 p.m. ET: The alleged gunman in Sunday’s deadly shooting at a Sikh temple in southern Wisconsin is Wade Michael Page, an Army veteran who may have ties to white supremacist groups, authorities announced on Monday.Page, who served in the Army from April 1992 through October 1998, allegedly killed six people at the temple and wounded four, including a police officer, before he was shot and killed by police. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Page is the former leader of a neo-Nazi music group called End Apathy. read more

Clint Eastwood makes Romney's day with an endorsement

Clint Eastwood makes Romney's day with an endorsement

08/04/12 12:41PM

First it was the "Queen of Porn," then it was the star of "Dirty Harry"—Mitt Romney raked in quite a week of celebrity endorsements.On Friday, 82-year-old Academy Award-winning legend Clint Eastwood announced his support of the presumed GOP presidential nominee, saying the country needed "a decent tax system" in which people "are not pitted against one another.""I think the country needs a boost," Eastwood told The Associated Press during a Sun Valley fundraiser for Romney."He just made my day,” Romney responded. read more

Watching The Olympics for the first time

08/03/12 10:03AM

by Charlie HitchinsI'm 33 years old.  I've lived through 18 Olympic games between summer and winter.  I've always loved watching the Olympics.  I even got to be a part of them when I worked for NBC Sports at the 2002 Salt Lake Games.  But, these 2012 games might be the best I've ever experienced.  It's not because of the opening ceremony, though Arctic Monkeys killed their cover of "Come Together." It's not the events themselves or the drama surrounding badminton.  It is watching my 3 year old daughter experience the Olympics for the first time. read more