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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A new ad from American Crossroads mocks President Barack Obama's Thursday speech in Cleveland with an homage to the unintelligible, muffled voices of Charlie Brown's teachers in the "Peanuts."  The ad, titled "Wah Wahh," includes several clips from Obama's speech, each followed by a "translation" of the president's message.


CBS News reports that Jerry Sandusky is expected to take the stand when the defense begins its case Monday in the child sex abuse trial of the former Penn State assistant football coach.  The prosecution ended its case Thursday with graphic testimony from an accuser who said Sandusky raped him several times.    

The BBC reports:

The head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) says there appears to be a "lack of willingness" on the two sides to seek a peaceful transition.

Maj-Gen Robert Mood said violence had risen over the past 10 days, causing losses on both sides and putting his unarmed observers at significant risk.

The Norwegian said there was a "push towards advancing military positions".

Activists have said troops are shelling opposition-held areas and fighting rebels in several parts of the country.

President Barack Obama raked in about $2 million for his re-election campaign at a fundraiser held at the Manhattan home of actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.  A number of high-profile figures attended the much-hyped fundraiser, including three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.  Parker and Wintour both starred in web videos earlier this month to promote the event.  

Judges on the Richmond Circuit Court on Thursday appointed an openly gay judge to the General District Court bench a month after the Virginia House of Delegates rejected his nomination.  Tracy Thorne-Begland told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he is "humbled" by the court's appointment.  

"I look forward to serving the citizens of the city of Richmond as a jurist and, over the coming months, I hope that my service provides comfort to all Virginians that I remain committed to the faithful application of the laws and constitutions of Virginia and the United States of America," Thorne-Begland said.

The rejection by the Republican-controlled House of Delegates was viewed by some as a discriminatory decision.  However, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's office said he supports the appointment of Thorne-Begland.


President Barack Obama made a surprise trip on Wednesday to Kenny's BBQ on Capitol Hill, treating two servicemen and two local barbers to an early Father's Day lunch.  But after the meal, the bill of $55.58 was unpaid.  The White House paid the tab by day's end.  


(h/t ABC News)

CNN reports:

Nokia said Thursday it will cut up to 10,000 jobs worldwide by the end of next year, part of an accelerated cost reduction program at the Finnish cellphone maker.

The company also warned that increased competition in the smartphone sector would hit its financial results in the second and third quarters, causing its operating loss margin to be bigger than previously forecast.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told The Hill that President Barack Obama or his cohorts never made a genuine effort to reach out to him in the wake of the 2008 presidential election.  

“Let’s get real here,” McCain said. “There was never any outreach from President Obama or anyone in his administration to me.”

The frosty relationship between the two that typified the 2008 campaign never really thawed after Obama took office, with McCain emerging as one of the most vocal critics of the administration in the U.S. Senate.