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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From the Associated Press:

The U.S. Department of Justice says at least some materials sealed as part of the court case against seven men involved in the 1972 Watergate burglary should be released.

The agency responded Friday to a request by a Texas history professor who is seeking access to materials he believes could help answer lingering questions about the burglary that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Democratic Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren won the endorsement of her party on Saturday, officially securing the nomination to challenge Republican Sen. Scott Brown.  Warren garnered the support of 97.5 percent of delegates at the state Democratic convention in Springfield, Ma.  

A new Boston Globe poll released Saturday shows that a weeks-long dispute over her claims of Native American heritage has not derailed Elizabeth Warren's bid to unseat incumbent Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) in the Massachusetts Senate race. 

The poll of 651 likely voters, which was conducted May 25-31, shows Brown with a thin lead over Warren, 39 percent to 37 percent.  That's well within the survey's margin of error of 3.8 percent and further confirmation that, despite the controversy that has dogged Warren's campaign as of late, the Massachusetts Senate race remains one of the most competitive in the country.  

The TPM Poll Average currently shows Brown with a narrow lead over Warren.


A new CNN/ORC International poll released Friday shows President Barack Obama with a narrow three-point edge over Republican nominee Mitt Romney among registered voters nationwide.

According to the poll, Obama garners the support of 49-percent of voters while Romney trails with 46-percent support.  The poll, which was conducted May 29-31, included a sample of 895 registered voters.  It has a margin of error of 3.5 percent.

The TPM Poll Average currently shows Obama nursing a very small lead over Romney.


A new survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows attitudes toward same-sex marriage have shifted among African-American voters in Missouri.  In the poll, conducted May 24-27, black voters now support the right of gay and lesbian couples to get married, 50-31 percent.  

While African-Americans only comprised 11-percent of the poll's total sample of 602 voters, that still marks a decided shift since PPP's survey in January, when black voters in Missouri opposed same-sex marriage, 25-44 percent.  

Native Americans offended by Elizabeth Warren's claims of Native American heritage will stage a silent protest against the Massachusetts Senate hopeful Saturday at the state's Democratic Convention in Springfield, Mass., the Boston Herald reports.  The protest is being spearheaded by the aptly named group, “Cherokees Demand Truth from Elizabeth Warren.”

Ed Gillespie, senior campaign adviser to Mitt Romney, was pressed by MSNBC's Chuck Todd Friday to clarify how the Republican nominee would handle policy with Russia differently than President Barack Obama.  Gillespie said that Romney will work with European allies to improve U.S. relations with Russia, which he argued have grown frostier since Obama took office.

"I think that Russia understands that when there's a strong president who can work with Germany, our allies in Europe and France, you can get better results with Russia if you have strong allies in Europe," Gillespie said. "They'll respond to that."