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Op Ed:No straight talk on Health Care at the RNC

08/31/12 09:30AM

One of the more pervasive themes at this week’s RNC has been the call to repeal “Obamacare,” or as I prefer to call it by its actual name, the “Affordable Care Act.”In his keynote speech on Tuesday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made two bold pronouncements about health care with which I take serious issue.  First, he characterized the U.S. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest article: Romney's Carter delusion

08/31/12 08:58AM

There’ve been indications lately that Mitt Romney’s campaign no longer believes it will be enough to depend on widespread economic anxiety for a November victory – that too many swing voters like Barack Obama too much and are too willing to give him the benefit of the doubt because of the catastrophe he inherited.If this is the Romney team’s new thinking, the speech the GOP nominee delivered last night didn’t reflect it. read more

Former campaign insider pens political novel

Former campaign insider pens political novel

08/30/12 08:00PM

Bidget Siegel shares details from her novel, “Domestic Affairs: A Campaign Novel,” which tells the love story between a presidential candidate and a staffer on the campaign trail. And later, Cycle host Toure explains why in theory picking Clint... watch

Romney wraps up RNC

Romney wraps up RNC

08/30/12 08:00PM

Former Gov. Ed Rendell joins the Cycle host to talk about the Republican National Convention and whether it has swayed voters heading into the election. watch

GOP has a diverse group of speakers during the convention

08/30/12 04:20PM

It has become clear that the Republicans are trying to put on a diverse show, despite the fact that the party is 90% white.We have seen speeches during the Republican National Convention from a diverse group of people but will it have any affect?According to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll President Obama’s support among black voters is at 96% while Mitt Romney is at 0%. Also back in 2008, the black voter turnout was at a high of 65.2% with 96% of them supporting President Obama. read more

Political Baseball: Romney is up to bat

08/30/12 04:15PM

It’s Thursday and with Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech happening this evening it is only fitting we continue with our political baseball analogy. We have reached the top of the 6th with the Republican convention winding down and the democrats gearing up for their turn in Charlotte. The game is a virtual tie and it is anyone’s game.To lead off the evening we will be hearing from Newt and Calista Gingrich, Former Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Marco Rubio, and then the man of the moment Mitt Romney. When Mitt steps up to the plate will he hit a homerun or will it be a strikeout? read more

The Cycle Lineup

08/30/12 01:45PM

Batters up! With today being Thursday it is time for some political baseball on The Cycle. We are talking everything from day 3 of the Republican National Convention, to the weather, to who the special guest will be during the 9pm hour. Below find our full lineup and be sure to tweet us during the show @thecyclemsnbcWe are in the top of the 6th with Mitt Romney coming to bat tonight during the RNC. Rep. read more

The aftermath of Isaac

The aftermath of Isaac

08/30/12 01:21PM

All along the gulf coast, residents from Florida to Texas are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, which has now been downgraded to a tropical storm. From a dam being in danger of failing in Mississippi to the levees in Plaquemine, LA not performing, there is no place for the storm waters to go resulting in no end in sight for the flooding. According to a recent release from Gov. Jindal’s office about 1,500 people have been evacuated  from Isaac stricken areas and another 1,500  are still waiting for a rescue. read more

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Did Paul Ryan's speech accomplish what the RNC wanted?

08/30/12 11:03AM

The grand finale of the Republican National Convention will occur this evening with Mitt Romney formally accepting the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Last night, Paul Ryan accepted his Vice Presidential Nomination with a speech that made the crowd in Tampa go wild and be able to stand up and cheer for something they believe in. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest article: How Paul Ryan gets away with BS

08/30/12 10:13AM

A compelling, fact-based defense of the content of Paul Ryan’s vice-presidential acceptance speech last night is impossible. The deception was so flagrant, so thorough, so sloppy, and so unending that, as one observer on Twitter put it, Politifact probably melted down.That left those speaking up for Ryan to make a broader, more philosophical point about the inherently slippery nature of political rhetoric. Larry Sabato, the UVa professor and pundit, led the chargeon this front:Convo speeches are not scholarly papers w/ footnotes. read more

Akin's new revisionist theory: 'My 6-second mistake'

08/30/12 10:05AM

Rep. Todd Akin is done apologizing and ready to get back to attacking his opponent in Missouri's senate race, incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill. In his latest ad, "Six Seconds - Six Years," Akin tells viewers that his "six second" flub (where he said raped women cannot get pregnant) is nothing compared to Sen. McCaskill's six years in office."My six second mistake is well-known," he smiles. read more

S.E. Cupp latest NY Daily News article: Liberals resort to race and gender baiting

08/30/12 09:45AM

Right now, Condoleezza Rice is taking the stage in Tampa, inconveniently upsetting two common media memes at once -- that Republicans have waged a war on women, and that Republicans are racist. Here is a nationally celebrated and respected black woman who is, whatever you make of her politics, a person to admire, standing up for conservative values and Mitt Romney. read more

Final Spin: What should Paul Ryan say tonight

08/29/12 05:40PM

It’s day two at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida as the spotlight shifts to Vice President Nominee Paul Ryan and his acceptance speech.After last night’s keynote address by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie -  where he chose to focus more on himself than the nominee – received mixed reviews, all eyes are on Paul Ryan.In today’s edition of Final Spin, Steve and Krystal talk about what Ryan must say to help introduce Americans ­to the man on top of the ticket, Mitt Romney.  read more