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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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Hank Williams Jr. has been at the center of a controversy after he likened a golf game between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner to a meeting between Adolph Hitler and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an appearance on Fox and Friends. Since then, he has been fired by ESPN as a pregame questioner of the nation's readiness for football, and has released his own song which raises his middle fingers to to his foes (in particular Fox and Friends and ESPN.) Today he appeared on The View to explain himself in a roller coaster of a segment.

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Hank Williams Jr. just can't quit President Obama. After the country music star compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler on Fox and Friends, which led to ESPN booting him from Monday Night Football, Williams apologized. His analogy was "extreme," he said, "but it was to make a point."

But Bocephus can't leave well enough alone, releasing a song, "Keep the Change" that really encapsulates the singer's outrage.

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Stephen Colbert on Thursday paid tribute to the late tech "visionary" Steve Jobs, whose Apple products Colbert has often longed for on his show.

"No one else could make me beg quite like him," Colbert said. But Colbert often received the shiny Apple products he asked for, waving them around proudly on his show. "Most people have to pay for that kind of product placement," Colbert said. "And as a testament to Steve Jobs' generosity, and my celebrity, that everything I asked for, I got."

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Last week on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart wondered what Sarah Palin was doing touring the country and speaking at tea party rallies. Either she's running for president, he said, or she's a crazy person.

Well, Palin announced on Wednesday she won't enter the race. "So, I'm ready to call it with 100 percent of Sarah Palins reporting tonight, 'crazy person,'" Stewart said.

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Stephen Colbert thought the 2012 Republican presidential contest was all but a two-horse race between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. But a funny thing happened on the way to the nomination: Herman Cain.

"They have been joined in the top tier by this dark horse candidate," Colbert said. "An expression I use only because he's an unexpected challenger, not because he's a horse."

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Jon Stewart on Wednesday turned his attention to the ever-growing Occupy Wall Street protests, which he said have now caused the media to "move its coverage dial from blackout to circus."

Some are drawing parallels between the anti-Wall Street protests and the Tea Party -- a comparison the conservative organization loathes.

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Stephen Colbert could not be more excited about the 2012 Republican presidential field, comparing the candidates to "the perfect appetizer sampler platter."

"You've got pizza bites (Herman Cain), crazy bread (Michele Bachmann), boiled potato (Newt Gingrich), Texas toast (Rick Perry), foie gras (Mitt Romney), imitation foie gras (Jon Huntsman) un-inspected squirrel jerky (Ron Paul) all with a Santorum dipping sauce," Colbert said Tuesday.

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Jon Stewart isn't the least bit surprised that by Hank Williams Jr.'s harsh words on Fox and Friends this week, where the country music superstar compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler.

"Frankly, I'm surprised he didn't punctuate his Obama-Hitler metaphor with, 'I mean, shiiiiit,'" Stewart said on Tuesday. ... "When he talks, I can smell the Jack Daniels on his breath from the television."

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