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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

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: The race to the bottom

07/25/12 09:00AM

The takeaway finding from the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released last night is that the negative tone of both presidential campaigns is taking a toll on each candidate’s image.Mitt Romney, whose numbers had ticked up in the immediate wake of the Republican primary season, is saddled with upside-down popularity. Just 35 percent of voters view him favorably, while 40 percent see him unfavorably. read more

Programmed Heroes: Analyzing the aftermath from the Aurora shooting

Programmed Heroes: Analyzing the aftermath from the Aurora shooting

07/24/12 04:55PM

Are we programmed to act a certain way during times of danger? Today we heard from 2 best friends who wouldn’t leave one another during the movie theater shooting in Aurora last Thursday. These 2 girls represent just one of the incredible stories of survival and heroism coming out of this horrific tragedy.  Dr. Michelle Callahan joined the conversation and confirmed that we all can be heroes in time of crisis and in fact  men are socialized to put women and children first.Check out what else she had to say about us all being heroes Insert video read more

The nonbeliever nation

The nonbeliever nation

07/24/12 04:48PM

During yesterday’s show we had Pastor Doug Lasit on who talked about spiritual guidance to the Aurora community after the shooting.But what if you are a nonbeliever? While the exact number for secular Americans is open to debate, there is evidence that Americans are increasingly less tied to a formal religion.    So why does this matter to you in your personal and political life?David Noise, President of the American Humanist Association and author of “Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans”  joined the conversation   read more

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

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