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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[Update: 4:19 p.m. ET]

Donald Trump's debate is receding fast. It was so ambitious at the outset: a Republican debate in Iowa a week before the nation's first presidential primary.

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The Discovery Channel has apparently warmed up to climate change.

About a month ago, Discovery reportedly cited a "scheduling issue" to explain why it would not air the seventh episode of the documentary series Frozen Planet -- an episode that focuses specifically on the impact of climate change on the planet. The network always planned to incorporate the climate change content into the other episodes of the series, which Discovery co-produced with the BBC.

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Jon Stewart has long tracked the nation's war on Christmas. And this year he declared war himself. "If there has been a war, Christmas is the aggressor nation," Stewart said earlier this week. But Stewart has lost his humbug spirit.

"Look how war ages a man," Stewart said Thursday. On Wednesday, "one of Santa's unusually large elves fired back" at Stewart: Fox News host Bill O'Reilly responded to Stewart's segment saying, "There is no question Mr Stewart is going to hell."

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That was quick: Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) abruptly fired three staffers Thursday, an hour after his office learned the aides were goofing off on the clock and insulting the boss behind his back.

The staffers referred to the last month of 2011 as a "December to Remember" on Twitter and, according to screen shots from the accounts, tweeted insults about Rep. Larsen. The NW Daily Marker posted the screen shots, which include tweets about watching Nirvana videos and drinking on the job.

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