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

No one appreciates American veterans' sacrifice more than Stephen Colbert. But why should Colbert keep honoring the troops if they're not still sacrificing when they come home?

That was the subject of Colbert's "The Word" segment on Thursday. Leaders of the House and Senate veterans' affairs committees sent a letter to the deficit super committee, voicing support for capping veterans' affairs funding.

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So, Newt Gingrich is the latest Republican presidential front-runner. Imagine Jon Stewart's delight. But, as he reminded viewers Thursday, we've been here before.

It started with Michele Bachmann. She performed well in polls over the summer and won the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa. But, what goes up, must come down. It wasn't long before her campaign was declared "dead."

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Okay, pizza is not actually a vegetable. Delicious, yes. But vegetable? Nope. The scant serving of tomato paste in school lunch pizza does, however, count as one half-cup serving of vegetables, thanks to the final version of the House-Senate agriculture spending bill.

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It's no surprise that Newt Gingrich is rising in the polls. After all, Stephen Colbert said Wednesday, "he's the only candidate that appears to be made of dough."

But Gingrich's campaign didn't have a great summer: after the former House speaker took a luxury cruise in Greece, his campaign staff resigned en masse. But in Iowa on Wednesday, Gingrich explained that the fancy-schmancy cruise was really a fact-finding mission!

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Super committee deficit negotiations aren't going well. At all. And guess who's not surprised?

Jon Stewart, who rattled off the deficit-reduction groups of yore -- including the five people you meet in heaven and the three tenors.

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Because of a "scheduling issue", American viewers won't be seeing a new BBC documentary program focusing on climate change.

The Telegraph reports that the seven-part series, Frozen Planet, will include that seventh climate change episode as an "optional extra" -- not to be seen on the Discovery Channel in the U.S.

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Police on Tuesday morning evicted Occupy Wall Street protesters from their encampment in downtown Manhattan's Zuccotti Park. And Stephen Colbert says good riddance!

"Clearly their expression was prohibiting other expression," Colbert said Tuesday. "After all, when a drum circle starts in Zuccotti Park, all other music in New York stops."

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Jon Stewart on Tuesday unloaded on former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who is accused of sexually abusing young boys. NBC's Bob Costas on Monday interviewed Sandusky by phone -- a moment almost tailor-made for The Daily Show.

"I'm no lawyer, but it seems to me when you're accused of one of the most heinous crimes imaginable, you might not want to literally phone in your defense on national television," Jon Stewart said.

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