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David Taintor

David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Former House Speaker and possible Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has some advice for President Barack Obama: take most of the rest of the year off.

Gingrich, speaking to the Christian Broadcasting Network, reflected on the time former presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush spent away from the White House, saying it would be healthy for Obama to slow down and do the same.

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As Congress prepares to transition into its 112th session, C-SPAN is again pressing the House to allow its own cameras to cover floor debates.

Currently, the cameras used to cover House floor debates are owned and operated by Congress. Under the House rules, wide shots and reactionary shots are prohibited. Media outlets must rely on the feed provided by Congress. But C-SPAN argues that allowing its own cameras to televise floor debates would result in a more open, transparent government.

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It may not make Sarah Palin's tweets any easier to read, but maybe she was on to something when she combined the words "refute" and "repudiate" into the now infamous "refudiate."

The New Oxford American Dictionary has named 'refudiate' its 2010 Word of the Year, defining it as:

refudiate: verb used loosely to mean "reject": she called on them to refudiate the proposal to build a mosque. 
[origin -- blend of refute and repudiate]

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Daily Show Correspondent Olivia Munn last night had a satirical special investigative report on Missouri's Proposition B -- which narrowly passed on election day, and aims to ensure humane dog breeding conditions. And what did she find? That the law is actually pushing a radical socialist agenda on America.

According to Anita Andrews, the director of the Alliance for Truth, Prop B is actually much worse than health care reform, in that it expects breeders to pay for "exorbitant amounts of care that are not needed, such as adequate food, adequate water, adequate space."

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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert last night did their best to entice former President George W. Bush to come on their shows, offering easy interviews and tasty gifts.

Following the release of his memoir "Decision Points," Bush has embarked on a media blitz, and is set to appear on, as Stewart lamented, "NBC, CBS, Fox, Fox, Fox, and Fox and more Fox ... you get the point." But alas, not The Daily Show or The Colbert Report.

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Minnesota politics just got a bit more dramatic, with the introduction of "Michele! A Musical Bachumanntary," a satirical musical from left-leaning thespian James Detmar.

Detmar told TPM that the inspiration for "Michele!" came after being inundated by news stories about Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). Several months ago, he was driving home when another story about Bachmann came on the radio, and pushed him over the edge.

"It's not like I have a bunch of money to dump into the Tarryl Clark campaign to even things out," said the 30-year theater veteran, referring to Bachmann's Democratic challenger. "What I am good at is putting together a show."

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Jon Stewart last night lampooned the banks behind the 2008 financial crisis, latching on to reports that the banks themselves never read the fine print on many of their foreclosure agreements.

"The banks weren't reading the fine print? The banks? You're the fucking people who came up in with the fine print in the first place," Stewart said.

Later, Stewart succinctly addressed President Obama's veto of the bank foreclosure bill this week by saying, "It's crazy when getting us back to square one feels like victory."

"We're fucked," Stewart concluded.

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Stephen Colbert kicked off his show last night by showing anti-immigration campaign ads from Senate candidates Sharron Angle (R-NV) and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), that use the same stock photos.

"This is the most terrifying scenario of all: There aren't enough stock photos of scary minorities out there to represent all the scary minorities we know have got to be out there," Colbert said.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: The Whole Truthiness: Stephen Colbert Testifies On Capitol Hill]

Colbert also showcased his new "fear-based photo licensing service," dubbed fearstock.com, which offers one picture of Colbert in a vaguely threatening pose.

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