Tom Kludt

Tom Kludt is a News Writer for Talking Points Memo based in New York City. A former research intern and polling fellow for TPM, Tom served as assistant polling editor for TPM Media's PollTracker during the 2012 campaign. Before joining TPM, he worked on political campaigns and wrote for various publications in Minnesota and his native South Dakota. Tom graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Dakota in May of 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science and History. He can be reached at tom@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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The statue of longtime Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno was removed Sunday morning from its location outside Beaver Stadium, where the storied program plays its home games.  Rodney Erickson, president of the university, announced that the statue will be relocated to a "secure location."

The decision to remove the statue comes on the heels of a scathing report by former FBI director Louis J. Freeh that found that Paterno had concealed allegations of sex abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.  

President Barack Obama leads presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney by 5-points in the crucial battleground of Florida, according to a new poll.

In the latest release from SurveyUSA — conducted on behalf of WFLA-TV in Tampa — Obama earns the support of 48 percent of likely Sunshine State voters, compared with 43 percent who give the nod to Romney.  

The PollTracker Average currently shows an extremely close race in Florida, with Obama barely edging Romney.

Braodcast and cable channels — including the likes of NBC, CBS and ESPN — frantically pulled television advertising for "The Dark Knight Rises" Friday in light of the deadly shooting in Aurora, Colo. that took place during a midnight screening of the film, the Los Angeles Times reports.  

Speaking at a Friday afternoon press conference, University of California-Riverside chancellor Timothy White said James Holmes, the suspected shooter in the deadly Aurora, Colo. massacre, had a sterling academic career at the school.

"He was an honor student," White said. "So academically he was at the top of the top. He distinguished himself from an academic point of view during his four years with us graduating with highest honors."

Holmes enrolled at UC-Riverside in 2006 and graduated with a degree in neuroscience in 2010.  

Jessica Ghawi, who was killed in the deadly Friday morning massacre in Aurora, Colo., was present at a Toronto mall last month when a shooting erupted.  

Ghawi blogged about the Toronto shooting that left one person dead under the pseudonym "Jessica Redfield." Before Friday's shooting, Ghawi had been tweeting from the Aurora movie theater in anticipation of the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."

[Photo credit: Gary C. Caskey/UPI/Newscom]

Caroline Horn of CBS News reports that President Barack Obama's campaign has requested to Colorado affiliates that its negative ads be taken off the air in light of the deadly shooting Friday morning in Aurora, Colo.  Horn notes, however, that it often takes time to remove ads from the rotation.


President Barack Obama has canceled his second campaign stop Friday, originally scheduled to be held in Winter Park, Fla., in light of the deadly shooting in Aurora, Colo. The campaign announced the decision in a press release. Obama will address the shooting during a Friday morning event in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Pete Williams of NBC News reports that James Holmes, the 24-year-old in custody for his suspected role in the Friday morning shooting in Aurora, Colo., had no serious run-ins with the law, save for a traffic violation last year.  

In the wake of the shooting in Aurora, Colo.,Warner Bros. has cancelled the red carpet Paris premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" that was originally scheduled for Friday evening.  Stars of the film such as Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Morgan Freeman were all slated to attend the premiere.