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 Rick Santorum "surge" is real, ladies and gentlemen. The former Pennsylvania senator has raised a million bucks since his photo finish in Iowa earlier this week. And, as Stephen Colbert said Thursday, he has "caught the notice of the most influential voice of the 19th century": George Will.

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Since Current TV hired Keith Olbermann last February, the lesser-known cable network has been building primetime programming centered around the progressive heartthrob. But according to recent reports, the relationship is starting to fray.

First, Current claimed Olbermann declined their offer to anchor the network's Iowa caucus coverage. A Current source, citing internal emails, told TPM that Olbermann was offered the chance to anchor multiple times. The source said she didn't know why Olbermann declined.

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President Barack Obama at the Pentagon on Thursday said that even though the Defense Department's budget will shrink, the U.S. military will remain a strong force.

The first U.S. president to deliver a briefing at the Pentagon, Obama said, "Yes, our military will be leaner, but the world must know, the United States is going to maintain our military superiority with Armed Forces that are agile, flexible and ready for the full range of contingencies and threats."

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Jon Stewart -- like any self-respecting, left-leaning pundit -- thinks the Iowa caucuses are "over-hyped" and "over-covered."

"I want to shit on this," he said, "but it's kind of beautiful. The entire Iowa process seems like a historical reenactment, and yet shocks you with its simplicity." So Stewart wanted the cable networks to just let it play out in real time, a demonstration of "civic democracy." But CNN went ahead and messed that up with its holographic "dildo people," Stewart said. But now, on to the candidates.

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Herman Cain is back -- and he's coming to a town near you. The former pizza mogul and former presidential candidate is launching the "Cain's Revolutions Solution" bus tour, Cain told Fox News' Sean Hannity Wednesday night.

And like the name suggests, the tour will focus on "solutions."

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CNN had a few great moments way past midnight tonight- the loosening of the proverbial tie happening somewhere around 1:30 AM. But the votes had still not come in, and an industrious producer put Wolf Blitzer in contact with the Clinton County, Iowa Republican Chairwoman, Edith Pfeffer, and the woman who woke her up to get the votes to CNN, Carolyn Talett.

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