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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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1||January 19, 2011: Rep. Mike Pence's (R-IN) ambitions beyond Congress are well known. In November, Pence stepped down from his position in the House Republican leadership, leaving some wondering if he planned to run for governor of Indiana, or even president. He also won the Values Voter straw poll for both president and vice president in September. The Indianapolis Star reports that Pence will decide on a presidential bid this month.

May 11, 2010: Pence gives a tour of his office in Washington.||newscom/Tom Williams/Roll Call Photos&&

2||September 12, 2009: Pence at a tea party event organized by FreedomWorks at the U.S. Capitol.||newscom/Alexis C. Glenn/UPI&&

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4||Pence as a candidate for Congress in August 1988, meets with President Ronald Reagan in the White House's Blue Room. Pence reportedly said meeting Reagan "felt like I was talking to Mt. Rushmore!"||newscom/Mike Pence Office/Roll Call Photos&&

5||November 3, 2009: Pence marks up the House health care reform bill.||newscom/Bill Clark/Roll Call Photos&&

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7||August 3, 2009: Pence visits Cottrell's Learning Academy in Indiana.||flickr/mikepence&&

8||December 28, 2009: Pence and Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan.||flickr/mikepence&&

9||August 19, 2004: Pence during the House International Relations Committee hearing about diplomacy in the era of terrorism.||newscom/Roger L. Wollenberg/UPI&&

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11||March 26, 2009: Pence with Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) during the announcement of the Republicans' budget alternative.||newscom/Kevin Dietsch/UPI&&

12||October 25, 2009: Pence runs the Marine Corps marathon in Washington.||flickr/mikepence&&

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16||December 28, 2009: Pence visits troops at the Forward Operating Base in Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan.||flickr/mikepence&&

17||April 23, 2010: Pence visits Muncie Southside High School in Indiana.||flickr/mikepence&&

Stephen Colbert last night celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, saying the Civil Rights hero has finally received the reverence he deserves.

Colbert sees signs of progress all around him, not least of all in department stores' "rock bottom prices" on the national holiday. A Ford dealership in New York celebrated with an MLK Day "Sell-A-Bration" and Sears had a mattress sale.

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage garnered much media attention last week when he responded to the NAACP's criticism of his planned non-participation in certain Martin Luther King Day events with a terse "kiss my butt."

LePage -- who on Monday ended up paying a visit to an MLK Day event after all -- defended his decision last week by saying he has a black son.

"Tell them to kiss my butt. If they want, they can look at my family picture. My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they'd like about it."

This declaration drew focus onto LePage's relationship with the young man. And as the Portland Press Herald reports, the young man who LePage called his son -- Devon Raymond Jr. -- isn't technically his son. It remains unclear exactly how close the two are, or were -- or what the exact nature of their relationship is.

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1||Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is perhaps best remembered as President Bill Clinton's Republican foil in the 1990s. He's flirted many times over the years with a presidential run, but finally made the push for 2012. He struggled spectacularly in the early going, but has since -- sort of -- righted the ship. At least in so much as he's still around. Let's take a look at Gingrich over the past two decades.

October 25, 2011: Gingrich and his wife Callista wield a giant axe at an event in Concord, New Hampshire, after signing a pledge to cut taxes, spending, and government. ||Associated Press&&

2||May 7, 2009: From left, senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, Gingrich and Rev. Al Sharpton discuss education reform with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.||newscom/Pete Souza - White House via CNP&&

3||President Ronald Reagan and Gingrich in 1985.||Wikimedia&&

4||April 12, 1996: Gingrich answers reporters' questions while holding a python at the St. Louis Zoo.||newscom/Bill Greenblatt&&

5||December 22, 1996: Gingrich and President Bill Clinton during a meeting on the budget and partial shutdown of the government.||newscom/Ken Cedeno&&

6||February 6, 1996: From left, former First Lady Betty Ford, former President Gerald Ford, former First Lady Nancy Reagan and Gingrich at Ronald Reagan's 85th birthday. More than 500 attended the celebration at Chasen's, the restaurant where Reagan proposed to his wife.||newscom/Jim Ruymen&&

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8||September 17, 1996: Gingrich at a press conference in Tampa, Florida, holds an ice bucket to represent government waste, and how he saved money on ice being delivered to the House.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

9||October 21, 2010: Gingrich speaks at a Tea Party Express event in San Diego. ||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

10||Gingrich in 2004 discusses his book Grant Comes East at a Borders bookstore in New York City.||newscom/Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMA Press&&

11||August 13, 1996: Gingrich addresses the Republican National Convention in San Diego.||newscom/Jim Ruymen&&

12||July 17, 1997: From left, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), Gingrich and former Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) at a news conference.||newscom/Congressional Quarterly&&

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14||August 5, 1997: From left, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, Gingrich, President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore during a ceremony to sign budget reconciliation measures.||newscom/Congressional Quarterly&&

15||July 29, 1997: Gingrich greets Boy Scouts from New Orleans.||newscom/Congressional Quarterly&&

16||May 19, 2007: Gingrich delivers the commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.||newscom/ALEXIS C. GLENN/UPI&&

17||January 13, 1998: Bill Gates and Gingrich in Redmond, Washington.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

18||Gingrich and his wife, Callista, arrive at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington.

See more of our 2012 GOPer slideshows here: Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney.||newscom/Mike Theiler/UPI&&

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