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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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University of California-Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi on Monday apologized to students for last week's pepper-spraying incident, where a campus police officer at point-blank range sprayed down a group of sitting protesters.

"I feel horrible for what happened on Friday, Katehi told a rally of students. "If you think you don't want to be students in a university like we had Friday, I'm just telling you, I don't want to be the chancellor of the university we had on Friday."

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Get this: Fox News is -- gasp! -- not all that informative, according to Fairleigh Dickinson University's latest PublicMind poll.

The poll -- which asked New Jerseyans where they find news and information about current events -- found that Sunday morning news shows are the most informative, while Fox News actually leads people to be less informed than those who consume no news at all.

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Two police officers involved in a pepper-spraying incident at the University of California-Davis have been placed on leave, and over the weekend, the university's faculty association called for the chancellor's resignation.

But Chancellor Linda Katehi told ABC's Good Morning America on Monday that she's staying put. "I really feel confident at this point the university needs me," she told GMA (video here). "There are so many critical issues to be addressed and we really need to start the healing process and move forward."

On Friday, a police officer was captured on video casually pepper spraying a group of sitting protesters. The incident occurred after "Occupy" protesters were asked to take down their tents from the university's lawn.

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"Bad Lip Reading" is back, starring Ron Paul and a tropical theme. Apparently one way to poorly read Ron Paul's lips includes various citrus fruits, cherry soda, parrots and Hawaii -- all set to an inspiring orchestral soundtrack.

We've got to say, some of the lip reading looks pretty convincing. Watch the video below:

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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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