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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Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), the five-term Republican from Michigan's 11th Congressional District, announced today that he will seek re-election as a write-in candidate. 

In a column for The Detroit News, McCotter acknowledged that he did not garner the requisite number of signatures to earn a spot on the August 7 primary ballot.  The secretary of state's office revealed Friday that there were irregularities on McCotter's petition.  



A critical new ad from American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-backed 527 organization, hits back at President Barack Obama's campaign for "attacking private equity."  

The ad, titled "Public Equity" and released Monday, is notable for its criticism of the restructuring of the U.S. automotive industry, widely considered a success for the Obama administration.  

"But under the government auto bailout investment, 2,000 dealerships were shuttered, wiping out over 100,000 American jobs," the narrator says.  The ad also takes aim at Obama's associations with Solyndra, the solar energy company that went bankrupt after receiving taxpayers' money.



Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) advised President Barack Obama's campaign Friday not to attack Mitt Romney for his time at the private equity firm Bain Capital, a strategy employed by both Perry and Newt Gingrich during the often-contentious Republican nomination contest.

"I don't think Barack Obama wants to go there," Perry said in an interview with CNN's John King.  When pressed on whether he stood by his previous criticisms of Romney, Perry said he was simply trying to "score points."  

Since dropping out earlier this month, Gingrich has also suggested that the Obama campaign is taking an ill-advised approach in its scrutiny of Romney's career at Bain.

CBS News reports that Mitt Romney's campaign declined to repudiate Donald Trump, who insisted in an interview with The Daily Beast published today that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya.  

According to CBS, a spokesman for the Romney campaign simply referred to remarks made by the presumptive Republican nominee during an April 2011 interview with CNBC's Larry Kudlow.

"I believe the president was born in the United States," Romney told Kudlow. "The man needs to be taken out of office, but his citizenship isn't the reason why."

On Wednesday, the Romney campaign announced a fundraising contest with a prize package that includes dinner with Trump.  Additionally, Trump is slated to appear at a campaign event with Romney on Tuesday at the real estate magnate's Las Vegas hotel.  

Jamie Dimon, the embattled CEO of JPMorgan Chase, is set to testify before the Senate Banking Committee on June 7.  

Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD), chairman of the banking committee, said that the panel will question Dimon on his company's recent trading losses of $2 billion.

“As these events have amply demonstrated – much to the dismay of those who endlessly seek to roll back this tough, new law – Wall Street continues to need better risk management, vigorous oversight and unyielding enforcement,” Johnson said in a statement.


Amid renewed birtherism from Donald Trump, a spokesman for President Barack Obama's campaign Friday called on Mitt Romney to stand up to "the extreme voices in his party."

In an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, Ben LaBolt, press secretary for the Obama campaign, took aim at Romney's associations with Trump.

"Donald Trump has become the birther in chief," LaBolt said. "I can put the president's birth certificate on my forehead and Mr. Trump wouldn't accept that the president was born here in the United States. And it raises a question that's come up before during this campaign as to whether Governor Romney will embrace the extreme voices in his party or stand up to them."

Trump will be collaborating with the Romney campaign on a fundraising contest, while also appearing with the presumptive Republican nominee at an event in Las Vegas on Tuesday.  The controversial real estate mogul insisted that Obama was born in Kenya in an interview with The Daily Beast released today.

In a typically candid interview with The Daily Beast's Lloyd Grove, Donald Trump demonstrated that he is still very much in the vanguard of the birther movement.

From Grove's piece:

“A book publisher came out three days ago and said that in his written synopsis of his book,” Trump went on, “he said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia. His mother never spent a day in the hospital.”

Actually, Obama’s literary agency at the time, two decades ago, published a recently discovered catalogue of clients and their projects that included erroneous information about Obama and a prospective book about race that he ended up not writing. An agency assistant back then, Miriam Goderich, said last week that she was mistaken when she wrote that Obama was born in Kenya.

But Trump isn’t buying it.

“That’s what he told the literary agent,” Trump insisted. “That’s the way life works… He didn’t know he was running for president, so he told the truth. The literary agent wrote down what he said… He said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia… Now they’re saying it was a mistake. Just like his Kenyan grandmother said he was born in Kenya, and she pointed down the road to the hospital, and after people started screaming at her she said, ‘Oh, I mean Hawaii.’ Give me a break.”

The interview poses a problematic situation for Mitt Romney, whose campaign just announced a fundraising contest and a Las Vegas event that will both be held in collaboration with the real estate magnate.  

Dan Lijenquist, the Republican primary challenger to Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, debuted a new campaign ad Friday that takes aim at the longtime incumbent's votes in the U.S. Senate.

In the spot, aptly titled "Record," Lijenquist slams Hatch for supporting federal bailouts and the much-maligned "Bridge to Nowhere."   Lijenquist, a former state senator, is looking to duplicate the success of fellow tea party upstart Richard Mourdock, who defeated six-term incumbent Sen. Richard Mourdock in a Republican primary in Indiana earlier this month.


A federal judge in California ruled Thursday that same-sex partners must be given equal access to the state's public employee pension system, striking down a provision within the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  

DOMA, a law passed in 1996 under President Bill Clinton, defines marriage as "a legal union of a one man and one woman as husband and wife," which would limit the ability of same-sex spouses of state workers to obtain insurance.  U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken declared that unconstitutional, writing that there was no proof that the law "rationally related to a legitimate government interest."

The Obama administration announced last year that the Justice Department will no longer defend DOMA in court.  

A typical CEO at a public company earned $9.6 million last year, according to a new study from The Associated Press.  That figure amounts to a 6 percent jump from the previous year.