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Friday the 13th: Are you superstitious?

07/14/12 10:20AM

It’s Friday the 13th one of the biggest superstitious days of the year. So we brought in our resident skeptic, Michael Shermer, Executive Director of the Skeptic Society, about our biggest superstitions:Check out what he had to say and tweet is your biggest superstitions @thecyclemsnbc read more

Olympic Uniforms

Olympic Uniforms

07/14/12 10:18AM

Two weeks from yesterday the London Olympics Opening Ceremonies are set to start. But, did you know that the official uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team to wear at the opening ceremonies were made in China?Not only do the uniforms, complete with berets, not scream America but instead of the U.S. flag over your heart we will now see a large Ralph Lauren logo. This is something U.S. War vets are justifiably fuming about.We spoke to NBC'S Duncan Golestani who is live in London.  read more

Ghost Towns Across America

Ghost Towns Across America

07/13/12 08:05PM

It’s Friday the 13th and we have a frightening reality to share. There are cities across America running out of money, filing for bankruptcy, and making drastic cuts.On Wednesday's show we talked about that some have-not communities aren’t able to support basic public safety needs.San Bernardino, California is an example of a city that has filed for bankruptcy this week. The local police chief is trying desperately to keep the public’s faith in them. read more

Veepstakes

07/13/12 12:37PM

The Cycle hosts appeared on Thomas Roberts this morning to debate their latest VP Rankings. Could Condoleezza Rice be Mitt Romeny's running mate? Check out what they had to say and be sure to tune in at 3pm for more Veepstakes! read more

Today's guest spot: Dream Team

Today's guest spot: Dream Team

07/13/12 10:16AM

Jack McCallum, Author of Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever, is joining the conversation during today's guest spot. His book focuses on how the Olympic team 20 years ago changed the way we view the NBA forever. Be sure to join the conversation at 3pm to see what Jack McCallum has to say.INTRODUCTIONExcerpted from Dream Team by Jack McCallum Copyright (c) 2012 by Jack McCallum. Excerpted by permission of Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. read more

Reaction to the Penn State scandal report

07/13/12 09:40AM

With the release of Judge Freeh’s report today, confirming all of our worst fears about the Penn State Sex Scandal – I feel like my feelings about JoePa are more crystallized than ever. I wrote this a couple months ago, and feel even stronger about it now:I don’t care that Joe Paterno is dead.And, honestly -I’m not trying to come off as callous or vindictive. It’s just that… octogenarians die all the time. 409 Division I football victories and two national championships doesn’t change that fact. read more

2012: Early Political Innings

07/12/12 05:34PM

 Happy Thursday! As we mentioned last week, Thursdays are our weekly assessment of the where the race stands. Per our baseball analogy, we are in the bottom of the first of our presidential coverage with a tied race! read more

Breaking News: Penn State Board of Trustees live news conference

Breaking News: Penn State Board of Trustees live news conference

07/12/12 02:53PM

BREAKING NEWS: Penn State Board of Trustees reacts to today’s child sex abuse report issued by former FBI director Lewis Free at 3:30pm today. We will take the news conference live.The current board of trustees commissioned the investigation of their predecessors, who were criticized in the report. Also named in the report were: These are four of the most powerful people at Penn State Football. read more

Toure's article from TIME: Romney Plays The Race Card

07/12/12 02:50PM

Mitt Romney went to the NAACP’s National Convention planning to get booed. It was no mistake. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told Bloomberg TV she believes “it was a calculated move on his part to get booed at the NAACP convention.” When Romney called the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare,” he purposely used a term that would not work with the audience in the room. When he said, “If you want a President who’ll make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him. read more

Does money affect your ethics?

Does money affect your ethics?

07/12/12 10:11AM

Lisa Miller posed a pretty interest question in her most recent piece for New York Magazine, "The Money-Empathy Gap" - Does money make you mean?I'm gonna be honest - I wish I knew. I'm not really in a position to be mean to people yet. Don't get me wrong - I'm doing everything I can to get rich so we can find out. And just in case it works out, I've been practicing all of my best "rich person" moves: I bought a CD on iTunes. I've been going to restaurants and demanding better tables. I've been pretending I have DVR by watching Hardball at 5, and then again at 7pm. I rooted for the Heat. read more

Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: Are Democrats falling into line?

07/12/12 09:41AM

Since President Obama called for ending the Bush tax rates for income over $250,000, Republicans have delighted in pointing to the cracks within his own party.There has been, for instance, a long-standing difference between the president and some prominent congressional Democrats – including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the Democrats’ point man on messaging in the Senate — who haveargued for setting the line at $1,000,000. read more

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