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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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Regardless of how the Supreme Court comes down in its highly anticipated ruling on the Affordable Care Act, Americans are likely to be unhappy with any decision, a poll released Monday shows.

A new poll from Pew Research shows that fewer than half of the American public will be happy if the Court upholds the entire law, overturns the entire law or rejects the individual mandate but retains the rest of the law — the three most likely potential outcomes in a decision that is expected to be announced this week.  

If the whole law — widely known as "Obamacare" — is thrown out, 44 percent say they will be happy, while 48 percent will be unhappy.  Conversely, 51 percent say they will be unhappy if only the individual mandate is tossed — the same percentage that will be unhappy if the entire law is upheld.  

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) penned a joint letter Saturday to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar requesting the National Park Service to provide financial and technical assistance to the National September 11th Memorial & Museum in New York City.

The letter reads:

The Memorial and Museum commemorate an event of national and international significance. As such, we believe it is important for the National Parks Service to play a greater role in assisting the Museum and Memorial with financial and management support.

Construction on the museum has been delayed over the last several months due to a financial dispute between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum Foundation

 

 

Former Maine Gov. Angus King is a strong favorite to succeed outgoing Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Maine voters appear poised to pass a referendum legalizing same-sex marriage, according to a poll released Monday.

The latest survey from MassInc Polling Group shows King, who served as governor from 1995-2003 and is running as an independent, with the support of 50 percent of likely voters — far outpacing Republican secretary of state Charlie Summers and Democratic state Sen. Cynthia Dill.  Summers claims the support of 23 percent, while Dill lags behind with only 9 percent.  King has not specified with which party he will caucus if elected, but he has endorsed President Barack Obama.  Snowe surprised many in February when she announced that she will not seek re-election.

The poll also shows 55 percent of voters support a referendum to legalize marriage between gay and lesbian couples, while only 36 percent oppose the proposed law.  If passed, the referendum will provide marriage licenses for same-sex couples without requiring any religion or clergy to perform a ceremony that would violate their religious doctrine.  In 2009, Maine voters repealed a law legalizing same-sex marriage.  

It seems that the confrontational questioning by The Daily Caller's Neil Munro, who made headlines Friday afternoon after interrupting President Barack Obama's news conference on a new immigration policy, was too subversive for a pair of Fox News personalities.

Appearing on "Studio B with Shepard Smith," Fox's Chris Wallace called Munro's antics "outrageous."  

"The idea that you would interrupt the president in the middle of prepared remarks and shout a question, I don't think the guy should be allowed back in the White House and my guess is he won't be," Wallace said.

Smith took issue with Tucker Carlson, a Fox News contributor and editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller, who defended Munro.

"I'm hoping maybe Tucker didn't see it, didn't know the context, 'cause Tucker knows better," Smith said.

 

 

A new ad from American Crossroads mocks President Barack Obama's Thursday speech in Cleveland with an homage to the unintelligible, muffled voices of Charlie Brown's teachers in the "Peanuts."  The ad, titled "Wah Wahh," includes several clips from Obama's speech, each followed by a "translation" of the president's message.

 

CBS News reports that Jerry Sandusky is expected to take the stand when the defense begins its case Monday in the child sex abuse trial of the former Penn State assistant football coach.  The prosecution ended its case Thursday with graphic testimony from an accuser who said Sandusky raped him several times.    

The BBC reports:

The head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) says there appears to be a "lack of willingness" on the two sides to seek a peaceful transition.

Maj-Gen Robert Mood said violence had risen over the past 10 days, causing losses on both sides and putting his unarmed observers at significant risk.

The Norwegian said there was a "push towards advancing military positions".

Activists have said troops are shelling opposition-held areas and fighting rebels in several parts of the country.

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