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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Things got real on the Colbert Report Wednesday. After confessing to Bravo's Andy Cohen that he's just not ready to commit to Mitt, Stephen Colbert turned inward.

Colbert is actually polling ahead of Jon Huntsman in a hypothetical South Carolina race, according to a recent PPP Poll. Colbert apologized to the former Utah governor, who Colbert earlier gave an endorsement. "I guess the Colbert bump reflected off of you and bounced back to me," Colbert said. "That happens in the rare instances when my guests are whiter than I am."

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It has been a few months since billionaire Warren Buffett called on President Obama to "stop coddling the super-rich" and raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

His "Buffett Rule" sparked some backlash, especially from Republicans, who suggested that Buffett should cut the U.S. government a check if he's so eager to pay his fair share of the nation's debts. Well, Buffett tells TIME magazine that he's willing to do just that. He's willing to match one-for-one any donation by a Republican member of Congress -- except for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, he gets three for one.

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Mitt Romney only has "one tiny vulnerability" between him and and the White House, Stephen Colbert said Wednesday: "The years he spent as a heartless corporate raider at Bain Capital."

But that's all in the past, Colbert said. As long as he never reminds voters of what he did at Bain, he'll breeze into office. But earlier this week, Romney did just that. Referring to insurance companies, Romney said: "I like being able to fire people" who provide services to me.

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Jon Stewart rarely has nice things to say about cable news hosts. But CNN sort of had this coming. Taking a break from the 2012 presidential race Tuesday, Stewart homed in on "Early Start," a 5 a.m. news show that specializes in cold calling people in the early morning hours.

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Since Rick Santorum's photo finish in Iowa, Republican voters are finally starting to listen to him bring the "true, hot and heavy and strictly missionary," Stephen Colbert said Monday.

Like this line: Santorum a little more than a week ago said he doesn't want to make "bla- people's" lives better by giving them someone else's money. Hmm, what was that? Santorum is "pretty confident" he didn't say black. He says he started to say a word and then "blah" came out.

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Keith Olbermann never left Current TV. But now that it's been announced he will anchor special election coverage for the left-leaning network for primaries following New Hampshire, things appear to be getting back to normal.

"I am pleased that I'll be running the election coverage on Current, following this Tuesday's New Hampshire primary," Olbermann said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "However, I don't think those participating in the New Hampshire primary will share my satisfaction."

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After a disappointing fifth-place finish in Iowa, Texas Gov. Rick Perry took his presidential campaign full speed into South Carolina. And as TPM's Evan McMorris-Santoro reports, it could be his campaign's last stand.

In Iowa last week, Perry said he was taking time to "reassess" this campaign. Only hours later, he emphatically tweeted, "Here we come South Carolina!!!" But that wasn't all. Attached to the tweet is a picture of the Texan in full jogging gear giving the thumbs up. Looking through his Twitter feed, it's clear the conservative cross-trainer enjoys his jogs and his dogs. See some of his best photos below:

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