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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The man whose Mercedes SUV was allegedly carjacked last week by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects described the traumatic episode in an interview with the Boston Globe published Friday. 

The man -- identified only as Danny -- relayed the conversations he had with Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a two-and-a-half hour interview with the paper. He said he got away from the suspects when the vehicle ran low on gas and needed to stop to refuel. The gas station only accepted cash, and the younger brother, Dzhokhar, went inside to withdraw money. That's when Danny made his move. From the Globe:

“I was thinking I must do two things: unfasten my seat belt and open the door and jump out as quick as I can. If I didn’t make it, he would kill me right out, he would kill me right away,” Danny said. “I just did it. I did it very fast, using my left hand and right hand simultaneously to open the door, unfasten my seat belt, jump out . . . and go.” Danny sprinted between the passenger side of the Mercedes and the pumps and darted into the street, not looking back, drawn to the Mobil station’s lights. “I didn’t know if it was open or not,” he said. “In that moment, I prayed.”

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Former Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), whose Senate campaign nosedived after he claimed the female body will reject pregnancy if a "legitimate rape" is committed, said in an interview that he has relived that infamous moment "too many times" and wishes he could take it back. 

"But that's not reality," Akin told KSDK in an interview published on Thursday. "All of us are fallible. We make mistakes, say things the wrong way. I've relived that moment many, many times."

Akin said he regrets the line, adding, "You think, well, what would it have been like if I hadn't done that?"

Despite bungling his last campaign, the former congressman said he isn't ruling out a return to politics in the future. "I don't rule anything out," he said. "I consider it kind of a bright, new future. And I'm interested to see what the possibilities are."


h/t HuffPost.

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Former President George W. Bush at the dedication ceremony of his presidential library commended Vice President Dick Cheney, drawing applause from the crowd.

"From the day I asked Dick to run with me, he served with loyalty, principle and strength," Bush said. "Proud to call you friend."

President Obama on Thursday at the dedication of former President George W. Bush's presidential library gave his predecessor a nod for the work he did on immigration reform. 

"We remember (Bush's) commitment to reaching across the aisle," Obama said in Dallas. "To unlikely allies like Teddy Kennedy, because he believed we had to reform our schools in ways that help every child learn, not just some. And that we have to repair a broken immigration system, and that this progress is only possible when we do it together. Now seven years ago, President Bush restarted an important conversation by speaking with the American people about our history as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. And even though comprehensive immigration reform has taken a little longer than any of us expected, I am hopeful that this year, with the help of Speaker Boehner and some of the senators and members of Congress who are here today, that we bring it home for our families, and our economy, and our security, and for this incredible country that we love. And if we do that, it will be in large part thanks to all the hard work of President George W. Bush."

Former President Bill Clinton on Thursday at the dedication ceremony for former President George W. Bush's presidential library joked that the new building is the "latest grandest example of the eternal struggle of former President's to rewrite history."

Clinton called the building a "beautiful library."

The body of a man who was misidentified as a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has been pulled from the Providence River, NBC affiliate WJAR reported on Thursday. Sunil Tripathi was a Brown University student. He had been missing for more than about a month, according to the report. After the FBI released photos of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tripathi was falsely identified as a suspect in the case. 

Only one gun was recovered from the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, and it was apparently found at the site of the police shootout in Watertown, Mass., where Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed, ABC News reported Wednesday. 

ABC News, along with the Associated Press and New York Times, reported that the younger suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was unarmed when he was arrested. As the AP reported, police claimed they engaged in gunfire with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev when he was found hiding in a boat.

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GOP strategist Frank Luntz went off the record before a group of college Republicans earlier this month at the University of Pennsylvania to discuss the negative impact he believes right-walk talk radio has had on the GOP, Mother Jones reported Thursday. 

"And they get great ratings, and they drive the message, and it's really problematic," Luntz said of right-wing talk-radio programs, according to a recording of the event. Luntz added that talk radio has been especially damaging to Sen. Marco Rubio's immigration reform efforts.

"He's getting destroyed," Luntz said, "by Mark Levin, by Rush Limbaugh, and a few others. He's trying to find a legitimate, long-term effective solution to immigration that isn't the traditional Republican approach, and talk radio is killing him. That's what's causing this thing underneath. And too many politicians in Washington are playing coy."

According to Mother Jones' piece, written by David Corn, Luntz asked the audience to allow him to speak off the record, prompting one college newspaper reporter to switch off his device. But another student, Aakash Abbi, captured the sound bite on his iPhone. 

Corn has built a reputation reporting on surreptitious recordings, starting with Mitt Romney's "47 percent" comments and continuing with a secretly recorded Mitch McConnell campaign strategy meeting. 

Listen to the audio and read Corn's full piece here.

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