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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 is "pumped" now that his favorite sport -- "Supreme Courting" -- is back in season.

And all eyes are on the this year's "big match-up": a Supreme Court decision on President Obama's health care law. The heart of the issue is the law's individual mandate, which requires uninsured Americans to purchase health care. Critics say the mandate is unconstitutional and represents government overreach at its worst. Colbert basically agrees.

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Rick Perry was doing so well. After launching a presidential campaign, he quickly catapulted to frontrunner status. But, Jon Stewart said, that all changed once Perry started talking.

"Watching Governor Perry, you really do picture a squadron of tiny little men inside his head, running around frantically, trying to find the right paper, one of them knocks over the coffee on the control panel," Stewart said on Monday.

But people can recover from a poor debate performance, Stewart said. "It's not like those words are written in stone."

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The GOP swept into the congressional majority during the 2010 midterm elections, but according to a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, a majority of Americans couldn't tell you what those three letters stand for.

Grumpy Old People? Gauntlet of Power? Try again. According to the poll, only 45 percent of Americans answered correctly: Grand Old Party. Other guesses included Government of the People (35 percent) and God's Own Party (wishful thinking, but only 3 percent).

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As the Occupy Wall Street protests reach their third week, mainstream media organizations are beginning to take notice. Here, courtesy of the New York Observer, comes an as yet unaired Fox News interview with outspoken protester Jess LaGreca.

LaGreca told the Fox reporter, who isn't identified, that the Occupy Wall Street protests are a "spontaneous movement" -- one he wouldn't like to see end.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a bill that prevents the state from banning the practice of male circumcision, Reuters reports.

An organization -- dubbed the Male Genital Mutilation Bill -- led an effort to make the practice of circumcising minors a misdemeanor crime. The group hoped to put the measure to a vote on a November ballot, and garnered thousands of signatures in support of the initiative.

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For a CIA operative, Raymond Davis sure has trouble keeping a low profile.

Earlier this year Davis sparked a diplomatic standoff after shooting two men dead on the streets of Lahore, Pakistan.

Now Davis -- who was freed in March after two months in Pakistani custody only after a deal was reached to pay $2.34 million in 'blood money' to the victims' families -- on Saturday was arrested after a scuffle outside an Einstein Bagels south of Denver, the Associated Press reports.

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Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Saturday said he would be open to sending U.S. troops into Mexico to combat drug cartels.

Speaking in New Hampshire during a campaign stop, Perry said, "It may require our military in Mexico working in concert with them to kill these drug cartels and keep them off our border."

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My, how times change. Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsefeld, who was a vocal opponent of Al Jazeera, is now praising the Middle Eastern network.

Rumsfeld in 2004 called the network's coverage of the Iraq War "vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable." In 2003, a U.S. missile hit Al Jazeera's Baghdad offices, killing Al Jazeera correspondent Tariq Ayoub. And in 2005, the Daily Mirror reported that former President George W. Bush expressed interest in bombing the network's headquarters in a conversation with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

But now, as Al Jazeera has documented popular uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa, Rumsfeld says, "It's audience has grown and it can be an important means of communication in the world, and I am delighted you are doing what you are doing."

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