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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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Appearing on "Morning Joe," former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford (D) said Monday he agrees with Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker, who criticized the Obama campaign's recent attacks on Mitt Romney's time with the private equity firm Bain Capital over the weekend.    

“I would not have backed off the comments if I were Mayor Booker,” Ford, who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2006, said on the MSNBC program. “The substance of his comments on ‘Meet the Press,’ I agree with the core of it. I would not have backed them out… private equity’s not a bad thing. As a matter of fact, private equity is a good thing in many, many instances.”


Real estate mogul and outspoken Mitt Romney supporter Donald Trump said Monday that in the wake of the Obama campaign's sharp attacks on Romney's record with Bain Capital, the former Massachusetts governor should give a second look at the much-publicized Republican strategy to invoke Rev. Jeremiah Wright.  

Appearing on Fox & Friends, Trump called the Obama campaign's new ad that takes aim at Romney's career with the private equity firm "nasty" and "unfair" and said the presumptive Republican nominee should respond in kind.  

"It was a very unfair ad and frankly, if I were Mitt and Mitt is a very honorable guy, he stopped the Reverend Wright ads and he was, you know, sort of opposed to them," Trump told the Fox hosts.  "I'd let him go at it."

A new poll shows an ever-tightening race developing in the Republican Senate primary in Texas.

The latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey found Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst holding a single-digit lead over tea party upstart Ted Cruz, 40 percent to 31 percent.  Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert polls at 17 percent, while no other candidate in the crowded field breaks the ten-percent threshold.   If no candidate eclipses 50 percent in the May 29 primary, the race will shift to a runoff on July 31.  

Previous polls have shown Dewhurst with a sizable lead over the rest of the field, but the University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll may reflect a fast-changing race.  Cruz, the former solicitor general, has won the endorsements of Sarah Palin and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC).  An upset over Dewhurst would represent a second major victory for the tea party in 2012, after Richard Mourdock upended Sen. Dick Lugar in the Indiana Republican Senate primary earlier this month.  Cruz and Dewhurst are vying to replace incumbent Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R), who announced that she will not seek a fourth term.  

A new USA Today/Gallup poll out Monday found that Americans are split between President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney when it comes to the three most important economic issues currently facing the United States.  

Over 80 percent of those surveyed in the nationwide poll identified the cost of health care, the federal budget deficit and unemployment as the three most important economic issues today.  

Obama and Romney each have strengths in the three crucial areas.  The president is favored over Romney on the issue of health care costs, 51 percent to 44 percent.  Romney, however, is clearly the preferred candidate on the issue of the federal deficit and debt, with the former Massachusetts besting Obama on that front, 54 percent to 39 percent.  But on the issue of unemployment, so often a metric for the state of this presidential race, the two candidates are tied.  

During a speech Thursday in Chicago, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice insisted that she will not be presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney's running mate. 

“Not going to happen,” Rice said. “I love policy, I don’t really love politics."

In recent weeks, Rice has been pegged as a dark horse veep pick for the Republican ticket.  

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) raised $6.9 million in April, eclipsing the fundraising haul by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) by roughly a half million dollars.

The DCCC raised $6.48 million in April and has $25 million in cash on hand.  Conversely, the NRCC has $31.3 million in the bank.  

The Washington, D.C. home of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was burglarized earlier this month, The Washington Post reports.  

According to The Post, the burglar entered Breyer's home — located in the historic D.C. neighborhood of Georgetown — by breaking a plane of glass near the front door.  Silver candlesticks valued at $500 and a silver set worth $2,500 were stolen.  No one was present at the time of the theft.  

It has been an ill-fated year for Breyer, who was robbed at machete-point in his Caribbean vacation home in February.   

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