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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President Barack Obama today said he is "deeply saddened" by the murder of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato.

"In Uganda, David showed tremendous courage in speaking out against hate," Obama said in a statement. "He was a powerful advocate for fairness and freedom. The United States mourns his murder, and we recommit ourselves to David's work."

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Former MSNBC anchor David Shuster on Sunday sharply criticized Fox News over the network's lack of "journalistic standards."

In a roundtable discussion on CNN's Reliable Sources just days after Keith Olbermann's abrupt exit from MSNBC, Shuster dismissed the claim that there is a "moral equivalency" between Glenn Beck and Olbermann.

"When people say that MSNBC is the liberal antidote to Fox News, and that there's an equal balance there, that's simply not true," he said.

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Police have taken a "large amount" of weapons and revoked a firearms license from a man in Arlington, Massachusetts, after investigating potentially threatening comments he made online, the Boston Globe reports.

Travis Corcoran, who owns the online comic book store heavyink.com, allegedly wrote "one down 534 to go," in reference to the mass shooting in Arizona, causing police to investigate whether he poses a real threat to lawmakers.

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Stephen Colbert last night said Obama's lavish state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao might give China the wrong idea about America's debt issues.

"Is (Obama) crazy?" Colbert said. "President Hu knows full well that he's the one footing the bill for the duck pâté Lincoln Memorial. Think about it, if you're down on your luck, and you borrow a bunch of cash from your brother-in-law, you don't invite him over to check out your new 52-inch flat screen."

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' (D-AZ) husband Mark Kelly today said he's "extremely hopeful" Giffords will make a full recovery after the mass shooting in Tucson almost two weeks ago.

"I mean, she is a fighter like nobody else that I know," Kelly said during a press conference. "I am extremely confident that she's going to be back here, and back at work soon."

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) apparently never spoke with local NAACP organizers over visiting black prisoners in jail, the Portland Press Herald reports. That conversation had served as the supposed justification for LePage's eventual "kiss my butt" diss to the NAACP.

LePage says the NAACP invited him to meet with black prisoners at a state prison on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, an offer he declined. He said he would only go if he could meet with all prisoners, but that it wasn't acceptable to them. When the NAACP criticized his non-participation, he told them to "kiss my butt."

But Maine NAACP director Rachel Talbot Ross told the Press Herald that the invitation fiasco never even happened.

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