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Michael Lester

Originally from Scotland, Michael was a freelance video editor before joining TPM in the summer of 2011. He lives in New York with his wife and two cats and is a lifelong fan of The World Famous Dundee United.

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TPM publisher Josh Marshall looked at the fallout from Wisconsin's election and anti-union ballot measures in Ohio and California in Monday's episode of "The Set-Up." He also speculated on what the future holds for public-sector unions. Watch:

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Josh Marshall kicked off TPM's week in video on Monday by putting the importance of polls in perspective -- using the Massachusetts Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren as an example.

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We kick off our programming schedule each Monday morning, with Josh Marshall in The Set-Up. This week, Josh looked at the panic caused by Cory Booker's comments last weekend, in which he disagreed with the administration's line of attack against Mitt Romney.

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It was another busy week with, amongst other things, France electing a new president, a midnight endorsement from Rick Santorum, gay marriage positions to be clarified and for a hot second, Michele Bachmann as a Swiss Citizen.

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President Obama finished "evolving" on his gay marriage position on Wednesday, stating that he thinks same-sex couple should be allowed to get married.

It was a fairly unequivocal statement, which silenced the string of doubters lining up to announce that he would not be able to take this stance before the election, or that he simply didn't support it in the first place.

Whatever the talking heads had to say, the President's position is now clear and marks a historic milestone in American politics.

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Long time viewers of "The Day In 100 Seconds" will know that many of the moments that sum up the curiosity that is cable news often come from the three amigos on the curvy couch.

When Fox & Friends kicked off Friday by competing in a quiz to decide who would be dunked in New York's largest margarita, it was clear it would be a waste of time to look for today's material from anywhere else.

Sometimes all you need is a little Fox & Friends.

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President Obama was criticized this week for "politicizing" the killing of Osama bin Laden in a campaign ad that stated that, had he been president, Mitt Romney would not have made the same call.

Republicans immediately fired back, reminding everyone that it was the Navy SEALs who carried out the raid and for the president to make any claim to success was, unfortunate, appalling and shameless "spiking the football."

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When the news broke this morning that Rupert Murdoch had been declared by the UK Parliament unfit to lead an international company, Fox & Friends was in full swing.

Regular Fox viewers will recognize the familiar sound of the graphic that introduces a "Fox News Alert", as news breaks in the middle of shows.

This morning, however, the sound failed to materialize as an introduction to Murdoch's story, as the 'Friends' pressed on with their regularly scheduled programming.

After several segments critical of the Occupy movement and President Obama, trailers for a story about Karate Kid and a man falling off some scaffolding, Fox ran the big news about Murdoch.

See the whole 32 seconds they dedicated to it, as well as the following story - a couple towing their grand-daughter's toy car behind their SUV - below.

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