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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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A Tennessee Republican state senator used his blog over the weekend to satirically point out the dangerous features of pressure cookers in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings -- an apparent allusion to the gun control debate after the Newtown, Conn. massacre, the Tennessean reported Tuesday.

Sen. Stacey Campfield posted an image labeled as an "assault pressure cooker," which featured lines pointing to the device's dangerous characteristics: "Evil, black" and "Large-capacity, can cook for hours without reloading." The post, titled "Here comes Feinstein again," appeared to mock the California senator's proposed assault weapons ban. 

As the Tennessean reported, Campfield has taken heat for the posting. In another blog post, Campfield wrote, "If my post was inappropriate talking about 'crock pot control' then where is the outrage from the left when they push for gun control after the Sandy Hook shooting? Im sorry if I exposed your double standard.... Well, not really.'" 

h/t Political Wire.

At a dinner on Tuesday at the White House with all female Senators, President Obama discussed the budget, the economy, immigration reform, gun control and other issues, according to a White House official. 

"The President enjoyed continuing his discussion with the Senators about a wide range of items on the agenda, including working together to find common ground on budget issues and new initiatives to grow our economy, create jobs, and strengthen the middle class," a White House official said of the dinner, according to a pool report. "The President discussed our continued focus on passing commonsense immigration reform that will strengthen our national security and our economy. The group also discussed a number of other priorities, including passing measures to reduce gun violence and expanding educational opportunities for all our children. The President also reiterated his commitment to ensuring all resources remain available as a part of the ongoing investigation into the explosions in Boston last week and commended law enforcement efforts."

According to a White House pool report, dinner included Alaskan halibut and peach pie. The meal lasted about two hours.

President Obama is scheduled to speak on Wednesday in Dallas at a Democratic National Committee event, where around 60 people are expected to attend a dinner with the President and first lady, the Dallas Morning News reported

The fundraising event is expected to net about $1 million, according to the report. During his trip to Texas, Obama will also attend the opening of former President George W. Bush's presidential library and a memorial for victims of the deadly fertilizer plant blast in Waco, Tex.

Former CIA Director David Petraeus is set to become a visiting professor of public policy in August at the City University of New York's Macaulay Honors College, the university said in a release on Tuesday. 

CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein said in a written statement: “CUNY is profoundly honored to welcome Dr. Petraeus to our academic community. With his appointment, our students will have a unique opportunity to learn about public policy firsthand from a distinguished leader with extraordinary experience and expertise in international security issues, intelligence matters, and nation-building.’’

Reuters was first to report the news of Petraeus' move. Petraeus resigned his post at the CIA after admitting to an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

Kevin Curtis, the Mississippi man suspected of mailing letters containing ricin to lawmakers, on Tuesday was released from jail on bond, but the charges against him haven't been formally dismissed, his lawyer said.

His lawyer, Christi McCoy, told CNN that the conditions of the bond are sealed. She said Curtis was released to his family.

Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys are scheduled to hold a news conference on the case at 6 p.m. ET, the Associated Press reported

South Korean President Park Geun-hye is scheduled to address Congress on May 8, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced in a written statement Tuesday:

“It will be my honor to welcome President Park to the United States Capitol next month. Given the North Korean regime’s recent provocative actions, President Park’s address to Congress will serve as a vital and timely reminder that Americans and South Koreans will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder to preserve our hopes for peace and freedom.”

The Associated Press' Twitter account on Tuesday was compromised and posted a message claiming two explosions at the White House had injured President Obama.

AP reporter Sam Hananel quickly posted on Twitter that the news organization's main feed had been hacked.

 

The AP's corporate communications account called the explosions tweet "bogus."

 

And the AP's other accounts said the news organization is working on the issue. 

 

The AP's main Twitter account, which has nearly 2 million followers, appears to be suspended. The Associated Press did not immediately respond to TPM's requests for comment. 

Jon Stewart on Monday continued to savage CNN in the wake of the network's erroneous reporting on the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.

Last week, CNN reported that an arrest had been made in the case, an apparent scoop that soon proved to be premature. Other news outlets, including the Associated Press and Boston Globe, filed similar reports. After that, CNN transitioned to reporting that it had no idea what was going on, Stewart said.

"It's a much more responsible way of broadcasting than your usual 'say it first and have Anderson Cooper correct it later,'" Stewart said.

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Two unlikely speakers are scheduled to address Mitt Romney's June retreat: former Obama adviser David Axelrod and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  

The Boston Globe obtained an announcement listing the scheduled speakers, which include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and others. Romney reportedly wrote in the announcement, "As I indicated in your invitation, I have drawn speakers from government and business to identify key opportunities ahead. And I have made sure to invite presenters from both sides of the aisle.”

The retreat for the former presidential nominee's donors is scheduled to be held in Park City, Utah and carries a $5,000 price tag, according to Politico.

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