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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Americans have grown more confident in their country's medical system since the 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a new poll from Gallup released Thursday.

With the Supreme Court set to rule on the health care overhaul passed by Congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Barack Obama, 41 percent of Americans say they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the U.S. medical system — slightly up from the 39 percent who expressed confidence in 2009 and an even larger jump from 2007, when 36 percent said they were confident in the medical system.

According to Gallup, Republicans have consistently demonstrated greater confidence in the U.S. medical system than their Democratic counterparts.  The latest poll shows that 49 percent of Republicans have confidence in the medical system, compared with 44 percent of Democrats.  But Democrats' confidence has steadily risen, increasing by 17 percentage points over the last five years.   

President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney are locked in tight races in three swing states, according to a trio of new NBC/Marist polls released Thursday. 

According to the polls, Obama holds small leads in Michigan and North Carolina, but the president and Romney are deadlocked in New Hampshire.  Obama's largest lead is in Michigan, where he tops the former Massachusetts governor, 47 percent to 43 percent.  Still, that amounts to a much tighter race than many anticipated in a state pegged as favorable political terrain for Obama due to his administration's successful bailout of the U.S. automotive industry.  The NBC/Marist survey is the latest of several recent public polls released over the last month that shows an increasingly close race in Michigan. 

In North Carolina, where Demcrats will host their national convention at the end of the summer, Obama edges Romney, 46 percent to 44 percent.  Meanwhile, the two candidates are tied at 45 percent in New Hampshire, where Democrats have won in four out of the previous five presidential elections.

The PollTracker Average currently shows Obama and Romney running neck-and-neck in Michigan, North Carolina  and New Hampshire. 


White House officials have confirmed that President Barack Obama will travel Colorado Springs, Colo. on Friday to survey the damage inflicted by recent wildfires, the Denver Post reports.

Earning high marks from voters for his new immigration policy, President Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida in a new poll from Quinnipiac University released Wednesday.

The president's largest lead is in Ohio, where he tops Romney, 47 percent to 38 percent. Obama is strengthened in the Buckeye State by advantages over Romney among both women and independent voters. Women widely prefer Obama over the presumptive Republican nominee, 50 percent to 35 percent, and the president holds a solid lead with independents, 45 percent to 36 percent. Ohio voters also say that Obama would do a better job than Romney on the economy by a 5-point margin, 47 percent to 42 percent.

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The vast majority of Massachusetts voters do not consider the state's former governor, Mitt Romney, to be one of their own, according to a new poll released Wednesday. 

According to the latest findings from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP), 65 percent of Romney's erstwhile constituents do not consider the presumptive Republican nominee "to be a Bay Stater."  

On the eve of the Supreme Court's anticipated ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Americans are unhappy with both the status quo and the measure passed by Congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

In a continuation of an ongoing trend, the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that only 36 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the health care overhaul — widely known as "Obamacare."  But a comprably low percentage, 39 percent, hold a favorable view of the health care system overhaul.  

Seventy-five percent of respondents have a favorable view of their own coverage, perhaps an indication that many harbor reservations toward ACA out of fear that they will lose the quality care they already receive.  

American voters give a slight edge to President Barack Obama over Congressional Republicans when it comes issues related to health care, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

The latest poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP), conducted on behalf of Daily Kos and SEIU, shows that 47 percent of respondents trust Obama on health care issues that are important to their families.  Conversely, 43 percent trust members of the GOP in Congress over the president.  

With the Supreme Court expected to rule Thursday on the health care overhaul passed by Congressional Democrats and signed into law by Obama in 2010, the issue could ultimately be revisited on Capitol Hill — particularly if the high court strikes down part or all of the law.  Tuesday's poll also showed Obama with a 3-point lead over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, 48 percent to 45 percent.  

The PollTracker Average currently shows a Obama and Romney virtually tied.

Bob Kerrey, the Nebraska Democrat vying to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), will receive financial assistance from one of the Cornhusker State's most famous native sons, POLITICO reports.

Warren Buffett, the Omaha billionaire who has been a public supporter of President Barack Obama, will host a fundraiser for Kerrey later this month.  But unlike fellow billionaires such as Sheldon Adelson, Buffett's largesse will not be used to help finance any super PACs.   

“I am 100 percent behind Kerrey,” Buffett told POLITICO. “I will not be doing super PACs of any sort. I think allowing unlimited contributions to campaigns is a terrible idea and an important and unfortunate step toward a plutocracy.”

Kerrey previously served Nebraska as governor and U.S. senator, but his 2012 campaign has been rocky thus far.  Most polls show that Republican state Sen. Deb Fischer is a heavy favorite to claim Nelson's seat.  

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Monday unveiled a slate of new measures designed to prevent unauthorized leaks of national security information to members of the media.

The new measures will include lie detector tests and will apply to all employees under the purview of the Intelligence Community, which is comprised of 17 organizations and agencies within the executive branch.  

President Barack Obama learned the hard way Monday evening that for fans of the Boston Red Sox, baseball is no laughing matter.

Appearing at a fundraiser at Symphony Hall, Obama jokingly thanked the Boston audience for longtime Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis, who was traded Saturday to the president's favorite team, the Chicago White Sox.  

"I'm just saying, he's going to have to change the color of his socks," Obama said, prompting groans and good natured jeers from the crowd.

Youkilis was a mainstay on two World Series championship teams in Boston and a favorite among the city's famously passionate fans.