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Tom Kludt

Tom Kludt is a reporter for Talking Points Memo based in New York City, covering media and national affairs. Originally from South Dakota, Tom joined TPM as an intern in late-2011 and became a staff member during the 2012 election. He can be reached at tom@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Eighty-nine percent of New York City voters believe New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has done either an "excellent" or "good" job in his response to Hurricane Sandy, a poll from Quinnipiac University released on Tuesday.

The poll shows voters giving high marks to the other two most prominent area leaders, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), as well as President Obama.

Seventy-five percent said Bloomberg has been "excellent" or "good" in his post-Sandy response, while 85 percent give the highest grades to Cuomo as well. Obama earns the top grades from 84 percent of NYC voters.

Hewlett-Packard announced on Tuesday that it will take an $8.8 billion charge to make up for an accounting error in its 2011 purchase of a company, the Associated Press reports.

The accounting mishap stems from HP's acquisition of the British company Autonomy Corporation PLC last year. HP is accusing Autonomy, which was purchased by the Silicon Valley giant for $10 billion, of "serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations" but stopped short of labeling it fraud.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) isn't playing it coy on the topic of his presidential aspirations. 

Asked by ABC's Jonathan Karl about a potential White House bid in 2016, Kentucky's junior senator and the son of a former presidential candidate didn't hide the fact that he's considering a run.

"I'm not going to deny that I'm interested," Paul told Karl. Paul qualified the remark by asserting that he is not ready to make a decision yet and said that his party will have to make adjustments before the next presidential election cycle.

"I think we have to go a different direction because we're just not winning and we have to think about some different ideas," Paul said.

 

Majorities of Americans believe that President Obama and his fellow Democrats in Congress will sincerely work with the other party, a Gallup poll released Tuesday shows, while decidedly fewer hold similar confidence in Republicans.

According to the poll, 65 percent believe that Obama will make a "sincere effort" to work with the opposing party's leadership to reach a solution "acceptable to both parties." Fifty-seven percent believe that Congressional Democrats will make the same bipartisan appeal.

Americans are less certain, however, about the bipartisan capacity of the Congressional GOP. Less than half of respondents, 48 percent, said that Republicans on Capitol Hill will sincerely work with Democratic leaders to strike an agreement that's palatable to both sides.

Americans are predominantly supportive of the Israeli cause in the nearly week-long conflict that's engulfed the Gaza Strip, according to a poll from CNN and ORC International released on Monday.

Fifty-seven percent of Americans believe that Israel has been justified in its ongoing military strikes in Gaza, while only one in four believe the attacks have been unjustified. Moreover, "nearly six in ten say their sympathies are with the Israelis," compared with a mere 13 percent who back the Palestinians in the conflict. Eleven percent said they support neither side. 

But despite the robust support for Israel, CNN notes that the poll still found division in attitudes along ideological, generational and gender-based lines:

"Although most Americans think the Israeli actions are justified, there are key segments of the public who don't necessarily feel that way," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Only four in ten Democrats think the Israeli actions in Gaza are justified, compared to 74% of Republicans and 59% of independents. Support for Israel's military action is 13 points higher among men than among women, and 15 points higher among older Americans than among younger Americans."

 

For the second time in as many days, witnesses in Gaza City on Monday claimed that an Israeli airstrike connected with a downtown building that houses several local and foreign news outlets, the Associated Press reports

One person was reportedly killed from the strike. Al Aqsa, a Hamas-run television station, is based in the building. 

The Israeli government said Sunday that more than 44 million cyber attacks have been launched on its websites since it began its aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip last week. According to Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, only one such hacking attempt proved successful but the site was operational after being taken offline for only 10 minutes. 

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement on Sunday calling for an end to the violence between Israel and Hamas militants in and around the Gaza Strip. The U.N. chief said he is flying to the region to "appeal personally" for both sides to reach a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

The statement:

I am deeply saddened by the reported deaths of more than ten members of the Dalu family, including women and children, and additional Palestinian civilians killed as a result of the ongoing violence in the Gaza strip.  I am also alarmed by the continuing firing of rockets against Israeli towns, which has killed several Israeli civilians.  This must stop. I strongly urge the parties to cooperate with all efforts led by Egypt to reach an immediate cease fire. Any further escalation will inevitably increase the suffering of the affected civilian populations and must be avoided.

I am heading to the region to appeal personally for ending the violence and contribute to ongoing efforts to that end.

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