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

Details of Stephen Colbert's "South Carolina Serious, Classy Republican Debate" are becoming more clear. Kind of...

"It's happening, we're doing it, we've set the date in stone, sometime in January," Colbert said. "It's going to be on Animal Planet. They haven't returned my call yet." But Colbert doesn't care. He has a million networks interested in his debate: Oxygen, BET and Cinemax, to name a few.

Read More →

It's not often that Jon Stewart aims his wrath at President Obama. The president has been a guest on The Daily Show. Stewart has called him "dude."

But on Wednesday, Stewart took aim at a Senate defense spending bill that would allow indefinite military detentions of terror suspects. And he was shocked Democrats and Republicans each had 30 minutes to lay out their arguments for or against the bill.

Read More →

Oops! Russian President Dmitry Medvedev wasn't sheepish Wednesday when his official Twitter account re-tweeted a message critical of his political opponents.

The tweet, translated, read:

It has become clear that if a person writes the expression 'party of swindlers and thieves' in their blog then they are a stupid sheep getting f****d in the mouth :)

Read More →

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.

Read More →

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.

Read More →