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.

Articles by David

Hey, Republican voters, think Newt Gingrich is your best hope to restore the GOP's glory? Well...

Jon Stewart did his best on Thursday to convince Republican voters to avoid Gingrich at all costs. "Don't do this," he said. "Seriously. I know you're mad-der than usual. Country's being run by a foreign-born Hawaiian ... radical Christian Muslim socialist who's in the pocket of Wall Street..."

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The world watched, transfixed, as Georgia man Troy Davis headed for execution by lethal injection in September, with many calling the execution unjust. A Republican debate audience that same month cheered loudly as Texas Gov. Rick Perry defended his state's record of executing more death row inmates than any other governor in modern times. But death penalty opponents might breathe a sigh of relief today.

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Donald Trump is a great friend to Stephen Colbert. They race yachts, they trade mistresses. Colbert calls the Donald "Trump Card." Trump calls Colbert "Cold Beer."

But don't expect Colbert to shed a tear over Trump's bowing out of his own GOP debate. "(Trump) looks like a tangelo had sex with an old dish rag," Colbert said. "And I can say that because I love this man. And to honor the memory of Trump mattering, it is more important than ever I re-announce my 'South Carolina Serious, Classy Republican Debate.'"

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