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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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Barack Obama's recent string of encouraging news continued today with the release of the latest Quinnipiac poll, which shows the president besting every potential Republican opponent in the vital swing state of Virginia.

 The statewide survey of registered voters shows Obama outpolling Mitt Romney 47 percent to 43 percent.  Obama also enjoys a considerable lead over Newt Gingrich — 51 percent to 37 percent — and smaller but clear leads over Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. 

 Obama won Virginia in the 2008 presidential election and the state remains an integral part of his path to re-election.  The TPM Poll Average shows Obama with a comparable lead over Romney in Virginia with the president trending up since November. 

 

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Scripture study and science projects? That's the prospect some students in South Dakota may face after a substantial majority in the state's House of Representatives helped pass a resolution to encourage public school districts to incorporate Bible education into curricula. The House passed the resolution last week by a vote of 55-13 after a short floor debate during which no member from either party voiced opposition.

As a non-binding resolution, HRC 1004 only serves as a legislative green light to interested school districts to add an elective course on the academic study of the Bible. State Rep. Steve Hickey (R), the resolution's chief sponsor, told TPM he did not want the measure to carry the force of law because he doesn't think the state legislature should be "dictating to local school boards how to run their curriculum."

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