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Steve Kornacki's latest Harry Reid's dirty work

08/03/12 09:54AM

There are two possible explanations for Harry Reid’s repeated and emphatic insistence that Mitt Romney paid nothing in taxes for ten years: Either he really thinks he knows something or he’s far more devious than anyone realized.Reid attracted attention — and widespread derision — when he made the claim on Tuesday in an interview with the Huffington Post, citing a conversation he supposedly had with a Bain Capital investor.“He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain. But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?” Reid asked. read more

British prime minister: I'll work with whoever US elects

08/03/12 08:47AM

British Prime Minister David Cameron steered clear of jumping into the American presidential election, saying it was in his country’s best interest to work with whoever wins. But, he acknowledged he holds America’s current leader in very high esteem.“I work very closely with President Obama. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest article: Meet the pro-Bush tax rate Dems

08/02/12 10:04AM

The streak is still alive. In the 22 years since George H.W. Bush and a scattering of congressional Republicans cut a tax hike deal with Democrats, not a single member of the House or Senate GOP has voted to raise income tax rates. On Wednesday, 238 House Republicans voted against letting the Bush-era rates expire on annual income over $250,000 for families and $200,000 for individuals. read more

My reaction to the Fab 5 winning the gold

My reaction to the Fab 5 winning the gold

08/02/12 09:00AM

The other night, as I watched the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team stand on the podium and listen to the National Anthem - I felt a complicated emotion roll over me. I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Sure, there was the basic pride and excitement you feel for a gold medalist that represents your country. And as always, I was blown away by their talent and their execution.But after all of the montages, the interviews, the replays and rehashing - I finally stuck the landing and figured it out. Jealousy. I'm jealous of these girls. read more

Op-Ed: Let the health care games begin

08/01/12 05:11PM

All eyes may be on London’s Olympic Games right now, but it won’t be long before the presidential race returns to dominating the news cycle.  As we head toward November, there’s one thing of which we can be certain: there is no way the Supreme Court has had the last word on health care reform.  Anti-reform rhetoric will surely play an integral part of both the presidential and congressional races.  But, when we hear stump speeches about repealing “Obamacare” (which is actually called the Affordable Care Act), the least voters deserve to hear from politicians are clearly-articulated alternative read more

Phelps swims the final leg in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

A picture is worth a thousand words

08/01/12 02:48PM

by Traci OshiroLike the rest of the world over the past few days, I have been glued to the TV watching the London Olympics. However, as a photographer, there is nothing more awe-inspiring than seeing a photo capture an Olympian in a state of pure athleticism and raw emotion.  The ability to capture a myriad of emotions in a millisecond is something only the magic of photography has the ability to do. While there are countless photos which I've come across in recent days, these four photos were taken at moments when I was watching. read more

S.E. Cupp latest NY Daily News article: Romney-Ryan: The right match

08/01/12 02:00PM

Although Mitt Romney’s campaign has developed a reputation for secrecy, many believe he will soon make his vice presidential announcement, allowing for excitement to build around a fresh face prior to the Republican National Convention, taking place in Tampa in late August.But depending on whose face we’re talking about, it’s hard to say whether “excitement” will be the right word.The man generally considered to be the leading contender for the role leaves a little to be desired. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest article: Psychological warfare, Tea Party-style

08/01/12 01:19PM

There are two ways to classify the significance of every Republican primary victory by a Tea Party-aligned: (1) psychological; and (2) psychological and electoral.The victory of Ted Cruz in Texas last night is a classic example of the first type. Whether Republicans nominated Cruz or his opponent, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, for the Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison, they were going to win in November. Texas is too GOP-friendly a state, especially in a presidential election year. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest article: The star-making convention slot

07/31/12 04:28PM

You may not have heard of Julian Castro – yet – but he was just handed a priceless opportunity to enhance his future political prospect: the keynote speaking slot at September’s Democratic convention.That means that the 37-year-old Castro, who was elected mayor of San Antonio in 2009 and reelected last year, will address a primetime audience on the convention’s first night (which, in a break with tradition, will be on a Tuesday this year, with Democrats trimming their convention to three days from the customary four). read more

Idiots abroad

07/31/12 02:51PM

COMMENTARYThis week, Mitt Romney has offered another stunning and stupefying contrast between himself and the president.  Back in January 2009, the newly-elected President Obama told Muslims that America could be a friend, “If you are willing to unclench your fist”.  On Monday, Mitt Romney gave them the middle finger.  That is the contrast between these two men, as evidenced in the Middle East this week.One might have thought that a global conflict that has been as intractable as that involving the Arabs and Israelis would have inspired some careful reflection by the Romney team.    But that w read more

Steve Kornacki's latest article: The GOP's Jewish vote dream

07/30/12 09:30AM

There are a few ways to understand the hardline tone Mitt Romney adopted for his speech in Israel on Sunday.Substantively, Romney didn’t actually say much, explaining in a pre-speech interview that “because I’m on foreign soil, I don’t want to be creating new foreign policy for my country or in any way to distance myself in the foreign policy of our nation.” But rhetorically, he left no distance between himself and Israel’s right-wing government, demanding that the U.S. lead an all-out push to deny Iran nuclear capability and ridiculing the notion of containment. read more

Who to watch for in this years Olympic Games

07/30/12 09:02AM

The Olympic games have begun, which means The Cycle is off the air for the next 2 weeks.  On Friday, before we went on hiatus, the team talked to Jon Wertheim, Senior Editor of Sports Illustrated. Jon was live in London and ready for part two of who we should be watching for in this years Olympic games.Don't worry The Cycle will be back Monday August 13th at 3pm.So who are you watching in The Olympic games? read more


My All-Time Olympic Dream Team

07/27/12 05:12PM

With preliminary events already underway for the Summer Olympics, and wall-to-wall coverage from all over our NBC affiliates, it’s official - London has taken over our lives at 30 Rockefeller Center. And between the hype, Nike’s campaigning, barbs being traded between contemporary and past players, and Team USA instagramming out pictures of themselves non-stop - basketball has been on my mind. Not just this year’s team, but the teams I grew up watching. read more

2012 Olympic Coverage

2012 Olympic Coverage

07/27/12 01:54PM

Tonight at 7:30pm NBC’S coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games kicks off with the Opening Ceremonies in London.This years is promising to be a show stopper complete with Horses, Chickens, and even a few surprises that you will have to tune in to see.With coverage of the games stretching across the networks of NBC Universal, this also means The Cycle will be off the air for 2 weeks. read more

Modern Feminism from a teenagers perspective

Modern Feminism from a teenagers perspective

07/27/12 12:09PM

Author, Julie Zeilinger, is joining The Cycle conversation today to discuss her book A Little F'D Up: Why Feminism Is Not A Dirty World.". In her book, Julie explains why feminism is not a dirty word. Rather, she portrays feminism as a rite of passage that is elss taken in todays world, but an important step in self realization and self-esteem.Below is an excerpt from her book and be sure to tune in at 3pm for the full conversation!Excerpted from the book A Little F'd Up: Why Feminism is Not a Dirty Word by Julie Zeilinger. read more