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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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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Herman Cain would be so proud.

The final version of the House and Senate's agriculture spending bill bucks recommendations by the Department of Agriculture to try to make school lunches healthier. The bill counts pizza sauce as a vegetable -- as it is now -- and resists efforts by the Agriculture Department to limit servings of starchy vegetables and sodium restrictions.

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Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) thinks it's time America's millionaires pay their fair share.

And in a new report -- titled "Subsidizing the Rich and Famous" -- Coburn makes an argument for closing loopholes for millionaires. "From tax write-offs for gambling losses, vacation homes, and luxury yachts to subsidies for their ranches and estates, the government is subsidizing the lifestyles of the rich and famous," Coburn writes in the report. "This welfare for the well-off -- costing billions of dollars a year -- is being paid for with the taxes of the less fortunate, many who are working two jobs just to make ends meet, and IOUs to be paid off by future generations."

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The big news out of Saturday's Republican presidential debate, Stephen Colbert said Monday, is that a woman was mistreated, and Herman Cain had nothing to do with it.

That's right, it was Michele Bachmann who was treated unfairly by CBS News. CBS News' political director John Dickerson accidentally copied Bachmann's campaign on an email instructing producers not to waste too much time interviewing her after the debate. Bachmann's campaign manager proceeded to storm through the spin room, saying Dickerson is a "piece of shit" who should be fired.

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Some bad news for News International: an investigation launched after the phone hacking scandal came to a head over the summer suggests that the illegal practice spread much further than originally thought, the BBC reports.

In all, almost 30 News of the World employee names were written in the notes of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who was arrested and convicted of phone hacking for the now-defunct British tabloid. Mulcaire also wrote The Sun and the Daily Mirror in his notes, which the BBC reports might suggest Mulcaire did work for those papers, as well. A Trinity Mirror spokesman told the BBC that "the company has no knowledge of ever using Glenn Mulcaire."

Robert Jay, who is a government lawyer for the inquiry -- originally launched by British Prime Minister David Cameron -- said Monday that "it would not be unfair to comment that (phone hacking) was at the very least a thriving cottage industry."

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What a view!

Composed of photographs by NASA astronaut Ron Garan (@astro_ron on Twitter) taken from the International Space Station from August to October 2011, German artist Michael Konig edited images of Earth into a spectacular time-lapse video. According to Konig, the images were taken from an altitude of about 200 miles above Earth with a high definition camera. Konig aimed to let the images speak for themselves in the video.

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