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.

Articles by David

Ah, another Republican presidential debate. It had been so long -- a whole month? -- that expectations at the CNBC debate were high.

Thankfully, Rick Perry didn't disappoint. The Texas governor searched -- and searched and searched -- for the third government agency he would cut when he gets to Washington. So Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader gave Perry another shot this weekend, and the result was perhaps even more awkward than the original flub.

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Herman Cain's wife is finally speaking out, and it sounds like she agrees with her husband: sexual harassment doesn't even sound like anything he would do!

Gloria Cain, in an interview scheduled to air Monday night on Fox News' "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" said, "I know that's not the kind of person he is. He totally respects women."

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The Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal has entered a new phase: the former Godfather's Pizza CEO has gone from denying the claims, to refusing to address them, to holding a press conference in Arizona to speak about them in third person. Cain tried to squelch the scandal in one key phrase: "I have never acted inappropriately with anyone, period," Cain said.

"Actually, that's a solid denial," Jon Stewart said on Wednesday. "It's really what the guy should have been saying all along." But luckily for Cain, there's still one person in his corner: his wife, who Cain says told him the sexual harassment allegations don't sound like him at all!

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First they occupied Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, then Washington, D.C. and Oakland. Now they're going to "Occupy the Highway."

A small group of Occupy Wall Street protesters plans to march from Wall Street to Washington, starting Wednesday afternoon, inspired by Civil Rights-era marches. The two-week march -- covering about 20 miles per day -- will make stops at Occupy Philly, Occupy Baltimore and stops in between, and the marchers hope to pick up supporters along the way.

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Stephen Colbert is increasingly worried about downtrodden hordes going after him and his wealthy friends. "The barbarians are at the gated communities," Colbert said. "We must be ready to flee at a moment's notice."

So Colbert was comforted by a recent full-page ad in Yachts International magazine. The ad reads, in part: "We used to sell yachts as luxury items. In today's world, they're really a necessity."

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