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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.

Articles by Michael

The talking heads of cable news kicked off the week ready to tackle the Supreme Court's hearings on the Affordable Care Act. They were briefly distracted by a shiny object in the form of Rick Santorum's weekend outburst, but mostly managed to get back on track.

And what better way to address a complex national issue than with storybook characters ...

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It was all just a little bit of history repeating itself today as Rep. Paul Ryan unveiled last year's budget, billed as this year's solution.

And in Illinois, the GOP candidates are still mired in a back-and-forth primary that shows no signs of stopping any time soon.

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In the spirit of St Patrick's Day, President Obama has been on a green energy push. Of course, everything he does turns his detractors an unfortunate shade of purple. Whether it's a short film documenting his achievements in office, or referring to technophobes as members of the Flat-Earth Society.

But people on both sides are willing to put those issues on hold, and come together over a healthy dose of what is now being called medicine -- beer.

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It was a bittersweet day for anchors across the spectrum, but Fox's Shep Smith in particular, as one-man controversy machine Rod Blagojevich began his 14 year stint in a Colorado prison.

There was one last chance to blanket the airwaves with quotes and assertions from the man himself, as well as reminiscence of all the antics we're going to miss.

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It has been said for years that the relationship between the stuffy, weathered and extremely polite Brits, and the exuberant, larger-than-life Americans is a "special" one.

So, this week's visit was an opportunity for the countries' two leaders to do what all old friends do. Catch a game, sink some hot dogs and reminisce about that time 200 years ago when one tried to burn down the other's house.

Some have wondered whether the relationship has chilled, others couldn't pick David Cameron out of a line-up. Regardless, President Obama did his best to make him feel right at home ...

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Ever keen to get the first reports on polling night, CNN on Tuesday sent its reporters out to the actual ballot-counting facilities.

While the speed of the results may give CNN the edge over other networks, the need to send a camera along to film the goings-on could be questioned.

While waiting for the results to come in, CNN viewers could check out convicts in Alabama and a door in Mississippi.

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Rising gas prices are worrying millions of Americans, but delighting a select few: Fox News anchors eager to hammer Obama with the news.

President Obama's approval numbers are slipping, and Fox hosts spent the day salivating over the opportunity to tie the polls to gas prices, and lay the blame for skyrocketing prices squarely on Obama.

So, were people already disappointed? Are gas prices a factor? Will Fox continue to use any poll to bash Obama?

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Today is Mitt Romney's birthday, but he's hoping his gift arrives tomorrow, in the form of a victory in at least one of tomorrow's Southern primaries.

Never one to shy from a campaign opportunity though, Romney and his new cohort Jeff Foxworthy have been popping up all over the place to press the message that he is just not quite as bad as the other candidates on the ballot.

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