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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President Barack Obama continues to lead big among Latino voters, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll released Wednesday.

The poll — based on an oversample from Tuesday night's NBC/WSJ survey — shows Obama earning the support of 67 percent of Latino voters nationwide, easily trumping Mitt Romney, who earns the support of just 23 percent.  

Obama has consistently outpolled Romney among the burgeoning voting bloc, and the president's standing among Latinos only grew stronger after his directive last month to suspend the deportation of some young illegal immigrants.

The PollTracker Average shows Obama with a comparably large lead among Latinos, an advantage he has held over Romney throughout the campaign.

The widely watched U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts remains close, a new poll released Tuesday evening shows.  

According to the latest survey from MassINC Polling Group, Democrat Elizabeth Warren earns the support of 40 percent of voters, while Republican Sen. Scott Brown picks up the support of 38 percent. The 2-point gap is within the poll's 4.4 percent margin of error.  

Voters nationwide appear to be growing frustrated with both presidential candidates as negative campaigning intensifies, but Massachusetts voters are warming up to both Warren and Brown. Tuesday's poll shows that Warren's favorability rating stands at 47 percent, a 13-point jump from MassINC's April poll and a sign that voters continue to learn more about the Harvard Law professor and consumer watchdog. Brown's favorability rating also increased, albeit by a smaller margin, from 46 percent in April to 50 percent in the most recent poll.

The PollTracker Average currently shows an extremely tight race between Warren and Brown.


A new poll released Wednesday shows that New York voters overwhelmingly approve of the job their first-term governor is doing, but they're not quite ready to see him make a move to the White House.  

In the latest poll from Quinnipiac University, 73 percent of Empire State voters approve of the job Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is doing, while only 16 percent disapprove. Elected in a landslide in 2010, Cuomo has held sky-high approval ratings throughout his first two years in office. The PollTracker Average shows Cuomo's approval rating has been well above the 50 percent threshold for the better portion of his first term.  

Still, New York voters aren't sure whether they're ready to see Cuomo, widely pegged as a rising star in the Democratic Party, launch a presidential bid. Only 36 percent of New York voters say they want Cuomo to run for president in 2016, while 39 percent say he shouldn't run. The poll shows that voters think Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would make a better president than Cuomo, 54 percent to 30 percent.  

David Axelrod, senior adviser to the Obama campaign, acknowledged on Wednesday that the president's image has taken a hit due to escalating negative attack ads.  

Appearing on "Morning Joe," Axelrod responded to Tuesday's NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which showed that 43 percent of American voters hold a negative view of Obama — up 5 points from June's NBC/WSJ survey.  

"Understand that there have been probably $110, $120 million of negative ads run against the president in the last -- just in the last few months and so they're going to have an impact," Axelrod said. "You know, they're going to have an impact. That's just part of politics. I think what's noteworthy is the president's standing has held up under this torrent, and I think there are growing questions about Gov. Romney that he's abetted because they won't talk about his past and the future. That's a hard way to get elected president of the United States." 

Election Day may not be until November, but a substantial majority of voters already think they've learned enough about President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new poll from Pew Research Center. 

The poll shows that 90 percent of registered voters believe they already know enough about Obama, while 69 percent  believe they all that they need to know about his Republican challenger.  Twenty-eight percent of those surveyed suggested they still need to learn more to glean a clear picture of Romney.  

Voters would like to learn more about specific parts of Romney's background.  Forty-one percent say they would like to learn more about his record as governor of Massachusetts, while 36 percent would like to know more about Romney's tax returns, which have been the subject of heavy scrutiny from the Obama campaign.  Only 16 percent say they want to learn more about the religious beliefs of Romney, who is a lifelong Mormon.  

While President Barack Obama claims the upper hand on character and likability, a majority of Americans prefer Mitt Romney to serve as steward of the national economy, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

The latest USA Today/Gallup poll shows that 51 percent prefer the presumptive Republican nominee on issues related to the economy, while 41 percent prefer Obama.  Americans also give the nod to Romney over Obama when it comes to creating jobs, 50-44 percent.  Moreover, 55 percent say Romney is the best candidate to balance the federal budget deficit, compared with 36 percent who give Obama the edge on that front.

The president's chief advantage comes on matters related to personality and character, with 60 percent saying Obama is more likable than Romney.  Only 30 percent say the former Massachusetts governor is more likable than Obama.  When it comes to understanding the problems Americans face in their daily lives, 50 percent say Obama is the best candidate while 39 percent say Romney is better-suited.

The PollTracker Average currently shows Romney with a solid advantage over Obama on the economy.  

Monsignor William Lynn of the Philadelphia Archdiocese was found guilty Tuesday of one count of child endangerment , receiving slightly less than the maximum sentence of three-and-a-half to seven years in prison for the third-degree felony.  The trial represented the first time that U.S. prosecutors charged leaders within the Catholic Church for failing to stop priests who allegedly committed the abuse.  

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has drawn plenty of criticism —even from some Republicans — for raising questions about longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin's alleged associations with the Muslim Brotherhood, but Newt Gingrich is one prominent politician who is defending the tea party congresswoman.

During an appearance on POLITICO Live's Driving the Day on Tuesday morning, the former House Speaker opted not to take a swipe at Bachmann, arguing that the question she raised "ought to be asked across the board."  

"There weren’t allegations, there was a question," Gingrich said.

A new video from the Republican National Committee released Tuesday takes a harsh view of President Barack Obama's economic record.  The video incorporates Obama's now-ubiquitous "the private sector is doing fine" and "you didn't build that" lines, both of which have become campaign fodder for Republicans and the party's presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.    

Watch "These Aren't Gaffes": 

The AP reports:

A $2.2 million expedition that hoped to find wreckage from famed aviator Amelia Earhart's final flight is on its way back to Hawaii without the dramatic, conclusive plane images searchers were hoping to attain.

But the group leading the search, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, still believes Earhart and her navigator crashed onto a reef off a remote island in the Pacific Ocean 75 years ago this month, its president told The Associated Press on Monday.