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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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Frank Fania, spokesman for the Aurora Police Dept., tells MSNBC the death toll has been revised down to 12.  Previous reports indicated that 14 people had been killed in the Friday morning shooting.  

A movie-goer used a cell phone to capture the Friday morning evacuation of the Aurora, Colo. theater, where a gunman opened fire during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises.  Some of the images may be disturbing.  

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Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, along with his wife Ann, expressed grief for the victims of the Friday morning shooting in Aurora, Colo. in a statement:

Ann and I are deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence that took the lives of 15 people in Colorado and injured dozens more. We are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims during this time of deep shock and immense grief.  We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice.

Despite widespread support for his proposal to raise taxes on income above $250,000, President Barack Obama is still tied with presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in Virginia, according to a new poll released Thursday.

In the latest survey from Quinnipiac University, Obama and Romney each earn the support of 44 percent of Virginia voters -- a marked drop for the president, who has continued to poll well in the Commonwealth after his historic win there in 2008. Quinnipiac's previous two polls of Virginia in March and June showed Obama with leads of 8-points and 5-points respectively.

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Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu apologized earlier this week for suggesting that President Barack Obama needs to "learn to be an American," saying he misspoke.  Rick Santorum doesn't seem to think he should have.  

The former Pennsylvania senator and presidential apriant took to Twitter on Thursday morning to take aim at Obama for his now widely quoted (and misrepresented) "you didn't build that" line.  

"Maybe John Sununu shouldn't have apologized," tweeted Santorum. "As always, Charles Murray strikes a chord."  

Santorum provided a link to the conservative Murray's column, titled "Un-American," on Obama's remarks, which were made during a Friday speech in Virginia.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) invoked an iconic 1991 film to highlight what he sees as recklessness on the part of Democrats.

“At a moment when more Americans are signing up for disability than finding jobs, Democrats said they think it’s a good idea to drive the country off what economists are calling America’s fiscal cliff this coming January,” McConnell said during a Thursday morning floor speech.  “You might call it 'Thelma and Louise' economics — right off the cliff.”

McConnell was referring to remarks from Democrats such as Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), who said earlier this week that her party will resist efforts from Republicans to pass tax cuts for high earners — even if that runs the risk of no deal being struck before the end of the year, when the Bush-era tax cuts are slated to expire.  

 

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