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 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."

President Barack Obama will travel to Chicago and Minneapolis today for a total of six fundraisers, the most his campaign has hosted in one day.  The Obama team anticipates a fundraising haul of more than $7.2 million.  

From CNN:

The 17-nation eurozone's unemployment rate reached the highest level since the creation of the common currency 13 years ago, climbing to 11% in April as employers slashed 110,000 jobs.

The unemployment rate in the broader 27-nation area that makes up the European Union rose to 10.3% in April, as employers trimmed 102,000 jobs from their payrolls. That was highest EU unemployment rate on records that go back to 2000.

Massachusetts Senate aspirant Elizabeth Warren (D) fired back at Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) on Thursday, writing in a statement that the Republican incumbent should apologize for suggesting that Warren's parents were dishonest when they informed her of the family's Native American heritage.  

Warren has not provided any documentation of her heritage, but instead has said that she learned of her ancestry through family lore.  On Thursday, Brown quipped to reporters, “My mom and dad have told me a lot of things, too, but they’re not always true.”  

From Warren's statement:

"Scott Brown's comments about my parents are totally out of line. I resent him questioning their honesty. My mother and father are not here to defend themselves and should be off limits. Don and Pauline Herring are not fair game and Scott Brown should apologize."


Reuters reports:

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan authorized $20,000 payments to a handful of sexually abusive priests so they would immediately leave the Milwaukee archdiocese when Dolan was archbishop there nearly a decade ago, a church spokeswoman said on Thursday.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) first announced the payments on Wednesday upon discovering minutes of a March 2003 meeting of the Milwaukee archdiocese finance council meeting. SNAP is demanding full disclosure of all such payments.