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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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Monday extended a congratulatory message via Twitter to President Barack Obama. The senior senator from Arizona, McCain was defeated by Obama in the 2008 presidential election. 


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Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Monday previewed President Barack Obama's inauguration speech, saying that Obama will talk about the "values and the visions and the ideals that bring us to this very moment as Americans."

"Well, look, I think it is, it's hopeful and it talks about the values and the visions and the ideals that bring us to this very moment as Americans," Gibbs said during an appearance on "CBS This Morning." "You'll hear the President talk a lot about what we have to do in this country together to make progress on the big challenges that we face. And look, it's not just, one party can't solve these issues. Not even just those in government can tackle these big challenges."



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A 35-year-old man was stabbed outside of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday following the NFC Championship Game between the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers, ESPN.com reported.

The victim, a 35-year-old male, was stabbed after punching a San Francisco 49ers fan, witnesses told WSB-TV. After being punched, the 49ers fan stabbed the Falcons fan in the throat area, according to the report.

The Falcons fan was transported to nearby Grady Hospital.

The victim is in stable condition.

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Making a surprise appearance at the inauguration's "Green Ball" on Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden offered encouragement to environmental activists, urging them to "keep the faith."

"I'll tell you what my green dream is: that we finally face up to climate change," Biden said, as quoted by Politico

From Politico: 

Biden offered no details about what the administration's approach will be but said, "I don't intend on ending this four years without getting an awful lot more done.”

He added: "Keep the faith."

And, in an apparent knock to Republicans who question climate science, he said, "There is science in the White House."

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President Barack Obama on Sunday thanked supporters during an inauguration gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., commending them for their commitment to "the basic notion that when we put our shoulders to the wheel of history, it moves."

From Obama's remarks:

As I look out on the room, we’ve got people from every walk of life, every corner and nook and cranny of this country, every state, every city, every suburb — people who have invested so much heart, soul, time, money, energy.  One of the things that made this campaign unique was the degree of investment and ownership people had in this common project of ours, because you understood this was not just about a candidate; it was not just about Joe Biden or Barack Obama.  This was about us, who we are as a nation, what values we cherish, how hard we’re willing to fight to make sure that those values live not just for today but for future generations.

All of you here understood and were committed to the basic notion that when we put our shoulders to the wheel of history, it moves.  (Applause.)  It moves.  It moves forward.  And that’s part of what we celebrate when we come together for Inauguration.

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Three officers were killed Monday during a Taliban-led raid at traffic police headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, the Associated Press reported. Five insurgents were killed in the attack, which started with a car bomb and triggered hours of fighting. 

From the AP:

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi says the battle ended more than nine hours after it began early Monday with a car bomb attack against the front gate of the building. He says four traffic policemen have also been wounded in the fighting.

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Former President George W. Bush and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, will not be in attendance at President Barack Obama's inauguration next week, ABC News reported. 

The elder Bush checked out of a Houston hospital earlier this week after a nearly two-month stay to receive treatment for severe bronchitis. His son cited "his father’s health in declining the invitation to attend" the inauguration, officials told ABC.

That leaves former President Bill Clinton and former President Jimmy Carter as the only two previous commanders-in-chief who will be present when Obama is sworn in for a second term. 

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Outgoing Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said she is mulling a run for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

"I’m going to take a look at it," Solis told the Times, noting she intends to get her "footing back in the community."

Solis announced last week that she will be stepping down from her cabinet post at the Department of Labor. 


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