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

Jon Stewart took Herman Cain's exit from the Republican presidential race pretty hard. Could political comedy ever bring Stewart joy again, he wondered.

But "sometimes when God closes a door, he opens a window," Stewart said. And that window is a GOP debate moderated by Donald Trump.

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Stephen Colbert was exhausted Monday. He was in Washington over the weekend, celebrating this year's Kennedy Center honorees: Broadway legend Barbara Cook, musician Neil Diamond, musician Sonny Rollins, actress Meryl Streep and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

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Remember when newspapers had copy editors? Back in the good old days, a couple of people would read the paper's copy before it went to press.

But those days are over, leaving room for pesky profanity -- like "fuck," for example -- to sneak into the print edition. That's exactly what happened last week in The Greenville News, a South Carolina daily newspaper.

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Hours after suspending his presidential campaign over mounting allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity, Herman Cain (as played by Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson) reflected on his campaign.

The allegations are "garbage," Cain told Seth Meyers. He gave Ginger White money because they are friends. That's what friends do, he said, slipping Meyers a wad of cash.

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Cenk Uygur has a message for corrupt politicians on both sides of the aisle: He's coming for them.

Uygur, the outspoken former MSNBC host and internet commentator, debuts his new show, The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur on Current TV at 7 p.m. ET Monday. He's the latest progressive pundit to join the Current family, and his show will be the lead-in to Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

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