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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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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.  

 

Even after being denounced by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) and her former presidential campaign manager Ed Rollins, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) remains unabated in her assertion that Islamists have infiltrated the U.S. government.

A letter signed by Bachmann and four other congressional Republicans last week suggested that members of the Muslim Brotherhood had secured access to senior officials within the Obama administration.  The letter singled out Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  On Wednesday, McCain, Brown and Rollins sharply rebuked Bachmann.

But the tea party champion won't back down. In a statement released Wednesday, Bachmann claimed that she had been distorted and said that she will not be "silent as this administration appeases our enemies instead of telling the truth about the threats our country faces.”

 

George Allen and Tim Kaine remain neck and neck in Virginia's competitive U.S. Senate race, according to the latest poll from Quinnipiac University.  

Thursday's poll shows Allen earning the support of 46 percent of Virginia voters, while Kaine trails with 44 percent.  The two candidates are vying to fill the seat being vacated by first-term Sen. Jim Webb (D), who announced last year that he would not seek re-election.  Webb was elected in 2006, after notching an upset over Allen. Kaine, a former governor of Virginia, most recently served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. 

The PollTracker Average currently shows Allen and Kaine virtually tied.  

Speaking from his own personal experience, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer believes it is too soon for Anthony Weiner to return to the political arena, the New York Oberserver reports.

“I think we can all agree that a year is not a terribly lengthy period of time,” Spitzer said during an appearance on NY1's "Inside City Hall." “Obviously I’m in a sort of difficult position to talk about this. It’s been five years since I left office. Five years is more than one. You can see people’s sensibilities change as they see you, talk to you, as you’ve done more things.”

Weiner resigned from Congress a year ago after indecent photos sent from his Twitter account surfaced, but rumors have swirled recently that he might be on the verge of a comeback — something the outspoken former U.S. House representative has denied.  In 2008, Spitzer was embroiled in his own scandal after it was revealed that he patronized a prostitution service, ultimately leading to his resignation.  

Nearly two-thirds of Americans are opposed to the consequences of the landmark 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a new poll released Tuesday shows.

The poll, conducted by the PERT Group on behalf of the First Amendment Center, shows that 63 percent disagree with the notion that corporations and unions should be allowed to engage in unlimited campaign spending.

 

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