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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 Salon.com 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

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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

My All-Time Olympic Dream Team

My All-Time Olympic Dream Team

07/27/12 09:42AM

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. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: Throwing salt in Mitt's wounds

07/27/12 09:24AM

“When your opponent is drowning,” James Carville advised in “All’s Fair,” the 1995 book he wrote with his wife, “throw the son of a bitch an anvil.”His words came to mind yesterday, when Mitt Romney opened what was designed as a friendly, image-boosting international tour by questioning Britain’s preparation for the Olympics and the readiness of its people to rally around the games, comments that provoked a loud and derisive outcry from the British press and political class.In Romney’s defense, what he said about the London games is actually tame compared to what Britons themselves have been s read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: Michigan and surprise swing states

07/26/12 12:22PM

It’s hard to say where, exactly, the presidential race stands in Michigan.A poll from Mitchell Research, a Republican outfit, made some waves yesterday morning by showing Mitt Romney ahead of Barack Obama by a point in the state, 45 to 44 percent. Later in the day, Rasmussen put out numbers that gave Obama a six-point edge, while pegged the president’s lead at 14, 53-39 percent. This all came a week after an EPIC-MRA poll put the GOP challenger up 46 to 45.The lack of clarity is a result of a lack of quality polling. read more

Gun control: A conversation not a debate

07/25/12 10:30AM

I'm not sure how much of yesterday's show you caught, but in the our "E Block" (complicated code for 'the 5th segment) we had a conversation, about the conversation about gun control. Meta. But what you missed was the discussion beforehand, in the meetings leading up the to show. I worked with Steve Kornacki on the segment's intro, and we tried to make sure we gave a honest, historical framing for how guns are talked about in politics. read more

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