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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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On Monday, another Republican presidential campaign bit the dust: Jon Huntsman bowed out of the race, called on his fellow candidates to stop attacking one another and offered Mitt Romney his endorsement.

Stephen Colbert, hours after Huntsman bowed out, took some credit for ending Huntsman's campaign. In a recent South Carolina poll, Colbert actually polled ahead of Huntsman. So the late-night comedian launched an exploratory committee to seek the presidency of the "United States of South Carolina."

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After taking over Stephen Colbert's Super PAC, Jon Stewart has found himself suddenly in the money. And what to spend it on?

Except for a bejeweled crown, Stewart on Monday was stumped. Since he can in no way "coordinate" with Colbert, who is exploring a White House bid, Stewart was forced to listen to Colbert on television and try to read between the lines. From Colbert's apperance on This Week, Stewart got the message.

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Stephen Colbert's faux news show actually made some real news on Thursday, when the late-night comedian announced he is handing over control of his super PAC and forming an "exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my possible candidacy for the president of the United States of South Carolina."

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What happened to Newt Gingrich? Back in early December -- with Gingrich surging in the polls -- he made a bold statement: "It's very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high I'm going to be the nominee."

"It's getting easier," Jon Stewart said Thursday. And then Gingrich came in fourth in both Iowa and New Hampshire. "Say hello to the president of "Fourthlandia!" Stewart said.

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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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