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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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President Obama had to compete with shouts from a member of the crowd during his speech Thursday on counterterrorism. It definitely wasn't the first time he had.

Over the years, presidential heckling has made for some pretty memorable moments captured on video. Richard Nixon dealt with it. Ronald Reagan did, too. Bill Clinton shut down his detractors by calling them "paranoid." George W. Bush had to dodge a thrown pair of shoes.

TPM rounded up some of the best clips that prove, even when you take center stage, it's not easy being commander in chief.

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Conservative activist Tom Zawistowski, the former president of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, compared the Obama administration's ongoing IRS scandal to Nazi Germany during an appearance Thursday afternoon on Fox News.

Zawistowski appeared on Neil Cavuto's show to say that he believed his group was among those targeted by the IRS. He said it took two-and-a-half years for his organization's tax-exempt status to be approved.

After describing the delay as "onerous intrusive and politically motivated", Zawistowski, called the responses he received from the IRS as "frightening".  

"This is unbelievable.  This is Nazi Germany," he said.

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Ted Cruz: Thanks, Obama

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