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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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The media frenzy over Herman Cain's sexual harassment allegations has stretched into its third day, but Stephen Colbert isn't giving up on the former pizza magnate.

"It's a dark, dark day for America," he said. "And I'm not just saying that because he's, you know ... American."

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stopped by the Daily Show on Tuesday to talk foreign policy with Jon Stewart.

The interview opened on a lighter note, with Stewart inquiring about a song that Libya's former dictator Muammar Qaddafi wrote for her, titled "Black Flower in the White House."

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We all had a laugh last week when pop singer Justin Bieber said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) should be thrown in jail for proposing legislation that would make streaming unlicensed content online a felony. But does the bill actually threaten amateur artists?

After Klobuchar introduced S.978, something of an online frenzy broke out in protest. The website FreeBieber.org claimed Bieber faced up to five years in prison if the bill were to pass. Many have written that Bieber is safe from prosecution. But the reality might be slightly more complicated.

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A Christian college in Georgia is asking all employees to sign a "personal lifestyle statement" declaring their heterosexuality.

Shorter University instituted the pledge in late October, the GA Voice reports, and it reads, in part, "I reject as acceptable all sexual activity not in agreement with the Bible, including, but not limited to, premarital sex, adultery and homosexuality."

According to university president Don Dowless, the pledge doesn't intend to offend. "Our goal is to declare who we are" he told WSB-TV. But if you don't sign it, your job may be at risk.

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Are you upset? Looking for someone to blame for the mortgage crisis? Blame Congress, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday morning.

Bloomberg at an Association for a Better New York breakfast -- a New York business organization -- was asked his opinion of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests, Capital New York's Azi Paybarah reports. "I hear your complaints," Bloomberg replied, before shifting the conversation to the housing crisis.

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Stephen Colbert on Monday tipped his hat to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) "for bringing a new freedom to America's dairy land": Guns in the state Capitol.

"Damn straight," Colbert said. "We have a right to bear arms in this country, and, like it or not, Wisconsin is still part of this country."

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Herman Cain is not having a good week. Sexual harassment allegations threaten the GOP sort-of-frontrunner's presidential campaign. But Jon Stewart has Cain's back.

"In Herman Cain's defense," Stewart said Monday, "there is very little in the pizza world that is not sexually suggestive. "Hey, you want sausage on your pie? Hey, want me to stuff your crust? I guarantee I will come in 30 minutes or less."

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America is "under attack" by the "Shockupy Wall Street" protests, Stephen Colbert said Thursday. And Oakland, California is ground zero for the "youth-stapo."

In Oakland on Tuesday, protesters sparred with law enforcement, throwing rocks and bottles at the police. So the cops were "forced" to respond with their own "improvised weapons," Colbert said: "tear gas canisters, flash grenades and bean-bag guns."

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Jon Stewart on Thursday took on the campaign of Mitt Romney -- or, as he's better known, "the uncontested frontrunner for everyone's second choice for the Republican nomination."

Over the past year, Stewart reported, Romney's polling numbers have been fairly consistent: hovering around 20 percent. "How has he managed to neither gain nor lose support, to remain inert?" Stewart asked. "If he were a color, he'd be beige."

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