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 majority of voters in Washington support same-sex marriage, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

The results of the latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows 51 percent of Washington voters believe same-sex marriage should be legal, compared with 42 percent who believe it should be illegal. A state law legalizing same-sex marriage was passed earlier this year but is facing a November referendum.

PPP pressed deeper on the issue, asking voters whether gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to legally marry, form civil unions or be given no legal recognition at all. The overwhelming majority said that same-sex couples should be given at least some legal recognition, with 47 percent saying they should be allowed to marry and 30 percent saying they should be legally permitted to form civil unions but not marry. Twenty-one percent said same-sex couples should receive no legal recognition.

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is seeking political asylum at Ecuador's London embassy, the country's foreign minister has said.

"Ecuador is studying and analysing the request," Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told reporters in Quito.

President Barack Obama holds an 8-point lead over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in Washington, according to a poll from Elway Research released Tuesday.  

The statewide poll of registered voters shows Obama earning the support of 49 percent, while Romney trails with 41 percent.  While that amounts to a 3-point gain for Romney since Elway's previous poll in February, the president's support has remained static.  Obama carried Washington handily over Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in 2008.

Elway conducted its poll on June 13-16.  It has a sample size of 408 registered voters and a margin of error of 5 percentage points.  

President Barack Obama's decision to suspend the deportation of some young illegal immigrants is a political winner with more than just Latino voters, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

The latest poll from Bloomberg was conducted after the president's June 15 directive, which applies to undocumented immigrants under 30 years old who were brought to the United States before the age of 16, have been in the country for at least five years and graduated from high school, earned a GED or served in the military. In the nationwide survey, 64 percent of likely voters agree with the president's decision, while 30 percent disagree. Sixty-six percent of independents -- a crucial portion of the electorate that will likely decide the presidential race -- support the policy.

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President Barack Obama has seen an immediate bump among Latino voters in the days following his directive to halt the deportation of some young undocumented immigrants, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP), conducted on behalf of Daily Kos and SEIU, shows Obama besting Mitt Romney among the key voting bloc, 61 percent to 32 percent.  That represents a 9-point jump in support for Obama among Latino voters since last week's PPP/Kos/SEIU survey, which showed the president with a 52 percent to 32 percent over Romney.  

PPP conducted Tuesday's survey on June 14-17, coinciding with Obama's June 15 announcement.  The PollTracker Average currently shows Obama with nearly double the support of the presumptive Republican nominee among Latino voters.  

Regardless of how the Supreme Court comes down in its highly anticipated ruling on the Affordable Care Act, Americans are likely to be unhappy with any decision, a poll released Monday shows.

A new poll from Pew Research shows that fewer than half of the American public will be happy if the Court upholds the entire law, overturns the entire law or rejects the individual mandate but retains the rest of the law — the three most likely potential outcomes in a decision that is expected to be announced this week.  

If the whole law — widely known as "Obamacare" — is thrown out, 44 percent say they will be happy, while 48 percent will be unhappy.  Conversely, 51 percent say they will be unhappy if only the individual mandate is tossed — the same percentage that will be unhappy if the entire law is upheld.  

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) penned a joint letter Saturday to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar requesting the National Park Service to provide financial and technical assistance to the National September 11th Memorial & Museum in New York City.

The letter reads:

The Memorial and Museum commemorate an event of national and international significance. As such, we believe it is important for the National Parks Service to play a greater role in assisting the Museum and Memorial with financial and management support.

Construction on the museum has been delayed over the last several months due to a financial dispute between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum Foundation



Former Maine Gov. Angus King is a strong favorite to succeed outgoing Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Maine voters appear poised to pass a referendum legalizing same-sex marriage, according to a poll released Monday.

The latest survey from MassInc Polling Group shows King, who served as governor from 1995-2003 and is running as an independent, with the support of 50 percent of likely voters — far outpacing Republican secretary of state Charlie Summers and Democratic state Sen. Cynthia Dill.  Summers claims the support of 23 percent, while Dill lags behind with only 9 percent.  King has not specified with which party he will caucus if elected, but he has endorsed President Barack Obama.  Snowe surprised many in February when she announced that she will not seek re-election.

The poll also shows 55 percent of voters support a referendum to legalize marriage between gay and lesbian couples, while only 36 percent oppose the proposed law.  If passed, the referendum will provide marriage licenses for same-sex couples without requiring any religion or clergy to perform a ceremony that would violate their religious doctrine.  In 2009, Maine voters repealed a law legalizing same-sex marriage.  

It seems that the confrontational questioning by The Daily Caller's Neil Munro, who made headlines Friday afternoon after interrupting President Barack Obama's news conference on a new immigration policy, was too subversive for a pair of Fox News personalities.

Appearing on "Studio B with Shepard Smith," Fox's Chris Wallace called Munro's antics "outrageous."  

"The idea that you would interrupt the president in the middle of prepared remarks and shout a question, I don't think the guy should be allowed back in the White House and my guess is he won't be," Wallace said.

Smith took issue with Tucker Carlson, a Fox News contributor and editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller, who defended Munro.

"I'm hoping maybe Tucker didn't see it, didn't know the context, 'cause Tucker knows better," Smith said.