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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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused Israel of committing "terrorist acts" in its nearly week-long conflict with Hamas militants located in the Gaza Strip, Reuters reports. 

"Those who associate Islam with terrorism close their eyes in the face of mass killing of Muslims, turn their heads from the massacre of children in Gaza," Erdogan said during a conference in Istanbul. "For this reason, I say that Israel is a terrorist state, and its acts are terrorist acts."

The health ministry in Gaza on Monday reported that the Palestinian death toll had reached 91 in the last six days of fighting.

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The health ministry in Gaza on Monday said that the Palestinian death toll over the last six days of traded fire between Hamas fighters and the Israeli military has climbed to 91, the New York Times reports. Seven hundred Palestinians, including 200 children, have been wounded in the conflict. 

There may not be a consensus yet on how much political capital President Obama picked up in his re-election, but a number of post-election polls suggest his victory did wonders for his public standing.

A USA Today/Gallup survey released on Friday showed Obama and his party drawing goodwill from much of the country in the wake of their triumph at the ballot box last week. Fifty-eight percent of Americans have a favorable view of the president — up 3 points from the USA Today/Gallup poll conducted right before the election. It's also his highest favorability rating in the poll since July of 2009.

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Reince Priebus will run for re-election as chairman of the Republican National Committee, CNN reports. 

According to CNN, Priebus on Friday sought support from top GOP officials throughout the country. Early indications are that he is a favorite to continue as chairman.

From CNN:

Several officials familiar with the process said they think as of now Priebus has enough support to win.

"He is reaching out to members about his plans to run for re-election. He enjoys deep support on the committee, and I expect him to be re-elected with overwhelming support support (sic). At this point, no one else is making any efforts to contact RNC members about challenging Priebus," one RNC member told CNN, on the condition of anonymity.


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A gun shop in Arizona has a clear message to would-be customers who happened to vote for President Barack Obama: take your business elsewhere. 

Southwest Shooting Authority in Pinetop, Ariz. took out an advertisement last week in the local newspaper, the White Mountain Independentthat spelled out the store's new policy in explicit terms.

"If you voted for Barack Obama your business is not welcome at Southwest Shooting Authority," the ad reads. "You have proven that you are not responsible enough to own a firearm."

A sign on the store's front door contains a similar message. Cope Reynolds, the owner of the Southwest Shooting Authority, posted a letter on the website AmmoLand shortly after the election last week to explain his motives, writing that his personal convictions trump profit:

To Whom it May Concern:

I thought you all might be interested in this.

We will try to demonstrate once again that the bottom line for our business is principle, not money.

Yes, it has been damaging at times but our values are intact.

Effective immediately, if you voted for Obama, your money is no good here. You have proven beyond a doubt that you are not responsible enough to own a firearm. We have just put a sign up on the front door to save you the trouble of walking all the way in here...

I took this ad out in our local paper. It will come out in the White Mountain Independent tomorrow, 9 November

Cope Reynolds

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ESPN's "Outside the Lines" and PBS's "Frontline" will collaborate on a year-long investigative report on concussions suffered by players in the National Football League, the networks announced Friday.

Predicated on the work of ESPN reporters Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, the project will "examine the latest research on brain injuries and football, the impact on players, and the NFL’s effort to deal with a crisis that threatens the long-term health and popularity of the sport."

The collaborative effort will begin today with a special report on Outside the Lines at 3 pm ET.

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The owner of more than 40 Denny's restaurants throughout the southern region said Thursday that he will levy a 5 percent surcharge and cut employees' hours in order to offset costs imposed by the Affordable Care Act, widely known as 'Obamacare.'

John Metz of West Palm Beach, Fla. told Fox News that most of his roughly 1,200 employees will see their hours trimmed to less than 30 per week in order to eschew laws that would otherwise require him to provide them with health insurance.

"People are trying to find ways to avoid the penalties and to avoid having to pay for Obamacare," Metz said. "Everyone's looking for a way to not have to provide insurance for their employees."

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On the strength of an impressive number of digital donations, the Obama campaign's fundraising haul for the 2012 cycle is poised to make history, Time magazine's Michael Scherer reported on Thursday.

According to Scherer, the amount of money raised by the president's campaign and its "affiliated party committees" is expected to top $1 billion, a landmark fundraising total. Obama's team, it seems, benefitted considerably from donations made online.

More from Time:

The reason is simple: the campaign brought in more small-dollar fundraising through email, social media, mobile and its website during the final months of the race than initially projected.

In total, according to new campaign calculations acquired exclusively by TIME, the Obama team raised about $690 million digitally in 2012, up from about $500 million in 2008, according to a senior campaign adviser. That number includes all contributions that were given electronically, including some donations that were generated by high-dollar fundraisers but logged through the website.

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Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker on Thursday said his decision on whether to challenge New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) in the state's gubernatorial election next year has been put on the back burner due to Hurricane Sandy, The Star-Ledger reported.

The Star-Ledger reported last week that Booker intended to finalize his plans by mid-December. Booker said on his radio show Thursday night that although Sandy pushed his timing back, he still plans to make a swift decision.

"I do believe I owe it to the Democratic party of New Jersey to make a decision very quickly," Booker said.

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