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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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Stephen Colbert loves the "action packed" 2012 Republican presidential primary. With so many characters and twists, "it's like a Mexican telenovela that wants to deport itself," he said Tuesday.

But all eyes have been on Herman Cain recently, as the former Godfathers Pizza CEO enjoys a surge in the polls. But Cain stumbled a bit recently when he claimed to "joke" about an electrified border fence that could kill illegal immigrants.

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Jon Stewart on Tuesday set his sights on Republicans' calls for Americans to "take this country back." And what do you know? It's happening now in anti-Wall Street protests in lower Manhattan and elsewhere.

So an epic Daily Show mash-up of sound bites from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and others once calling for a popular uprising contrasted nicely with new cries of "class warfare" at President Obama and Occupy Wall Street protesters.

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Here's a sobering bit of news from Tennessee: A state lawmaker who sponsored legislation allowing gun owners to carry firearms in bars resigned on Monday as chairman of the House State and Local Government committee following his DUI arrest with a gun.

"Today, I told Speaker Harwell (R) that I would step aside as Chairman of the House State and Local Government Committee until this matter is resolved and she has accepted it," Rep. Curry Todd (R) said in a statement. "The Committee's work is an important aspect of the General Assembly and I do not want my actions to distract from that."

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Stephen Colbert has an idea to get America out of its current jobs crisis: look out for the little guy.

Enter Florida state Rep. Ritch Workman (R), who is fighting to repeal Florida's 22-year-old ban on "dwarf tossing." Workman claims he's just looking to create jobs in Florida. "All (the ban) does is prevent some dwarfs from getting jobs they would be happy to get in this economy," he has said.

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Here's a fun detail from Herman Cain's instant classic, "Imagine There's No Pizza," the video from 1991 unearthed on Monday. At the end of the performance, it looks like a certain Blue Dog Democrat is giving Cain a rousing round of applause.

The video quality is not great, but Sen. Ben Nelson's press secretary, Ron Eckstein, told TPM it "certainly looks like then-Governor Nelson" in the audience. We thought so, too.

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In an ambitious move to try to give "another perspective" on the United States, PBS is launching a new channel in the United Kingdom.

PBS chief executive Paula Kerger tells The Guardian she hopes the new UK channel -- sans Sesame Street -- will "give people here in the UK a sense of how news is reported in the United States," as well as the big issues affecting Americans.

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For the right price, a bronze buttock of the toppled Saddam Hussein statue from Baghdad's Firdos Square could be yours.

Sound too good to be true? A piece of the infamous statue is set to be auctioned in Britain at the end of October. A journalist working in Baghdad during the U.S. invasion got permission to remove the buttock from the toppled statute, using a hammer and crowbar, the AFP reports. Nigel Ely said U.S Marines had blocked off access to the statue, but when Ely asked for a piece of the statute, they said "No problem, buddy -- help yourself."

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Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will host a new prime-time show starting January 2012 on the expanding Current TV network.

"The War Room will be a nightly show for political junkies like me and anyone who cares about the future of our country, focusing on the 2012 election from all angles," Granholm said in a statement on Wednesday. "We will actively engage viewers with a blend of smart analysis and relevant commentary from guests on the cutting edge of politics, business and entertainment."

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Updated Oct. 12 10:50 a.m.

A Tennessee lawmaker who is a major proponent of legislation allowing gun owners to carry firearms in bars was arrested on Tuesday and charged with driving under the influence and possession of a handgun while under the influence, Davidson County Sheriff's Office confirmed to TPM.

Rep. Curry Todd (R) was pulled over around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to the local Fox affiliate. Todd allegedly failed a roadside sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer test, the Associated Press reports. The gun -- a Smith & Wesson 38 Special -- was holstered next to the driver's seat and loaded.

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