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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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Shortly after 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum stood beside a giant graphic showing exit poll data from the New Hampshire Senate race between Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (R-NH) and Republican challenger Scott Brown.

"And look how tight this is: 49 percent of the independents going for Shaheen at this moment, 50 percent for Brown," MacCallum said. "This one's been neck-and-neck all along."

Within minutes, MacCallum and company were getting called out for an apparent election night faux pas.

"Fox News definitely just broke the rules for exit polls," read the headline over at the explainer website Vox.

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Soon, Democrats won't have Michele Bachmann to kick around in Congress anymore, but the outgoing Minnesota Republican isn't disappearing completely.

In an interview with Fox News host Gretchen Carlson on Tuesday, Bachmann said she intends to "remain fully engaged on the national scene," suggesting that a syndicated column and talk radio could both be in her future.

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His party seemingly on the cusp of a big victory, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) was ready on Tuesday to take some credit. The GOP's expected triumph could, of course, be traced back several months ago when Republicans in his home state narrowly chose incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) over tea party upstart Chris McDaniel.

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These days, most of Bill Maher's defenders are the same conservatives he's made a career out of ridiculing. The latest to have Maher's back is Mike Huckabee, who applauded the University of California, Berkeley for standing by its invitation for the comedian to speak at next month's commencement.

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