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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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Jon Stewart last night took on Fox News' "veiled criticism" of the Tucson memorial service.

Pundits from both side of the political aisle praised President Barack Obama's Wednesday memorial speech for about "two or three minutes," Stewart said, before allowing "politics, points scoring and pettiness to kick off its reunion tour."

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1||January 14, 2011: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is no stranger to the national stage. He won a number of Republican primaries during his 2008 presidential campaign, and in the end garnered about 4.6 million votes. While he hasn't formally declared a 2012 bid for president yes, he has reportedly hired a pollster and a political director -- and is widely expected to run.||newscom/Red Carpet Pictures&&

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3||Romney organized the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, after becoming CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the games.||newscom/Dean Rutz&&

4||Romney as a gubernatorial candidate in 2002 at the Massachusetts Republican Convention.||newscom/Picture Desk Photos&&

5||Romney in 2003 serves steak and eggs to veterans at the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Boston.||newscom/Picture Desk Photos&&

6||March 15, 2007: Mitt and Ann Romney on Larry King Live.||newscom/Prouser Rose/SIPA&&

7||February 4, 2002: Romney unveils the Olympic torch on the U.S. Capitol steps.||newscom/Scripps Howard Photo Service&&

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9||Romney and other 2008 Republican presidential candidates. From left, John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, Sam Brownback, Tommy Thompson and Romney.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

10||September 27, 2007: Misti Weatherford serves Romney the "Presidential Special" at an IHOP in Natomas, California.||newscom/Brian Baer/MCT&&

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12||November 28, 2007: Romney plays touch football with his five sons and supporters at Flora Wylie Park in St. Petersburg, Florida.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

13||Romney talks to supporters at a campaign rally at the CNL Center in Orlando, Florida.||newscom/Joe Burbank/MCT&&

14||January 26, 2008: Romney holds up two twin brothers at a campaign stop in Lakeland, Florida.||newscom/Ramin Talaie Photography&&

15||January 30, 2008: McCain and Romney during the CNN/Los Angeles Times Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.||newscom/Jim Ruymen/UPI&&

16||January 2, 2007: Romney at a campaign rally in West Des Moines, Iowa.||newscom/Ramin Talaie&&

17||February 19, 2010: Romney during his speech at the CPAC 2010 conference in Washington.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

18||Romney at the women's hockey game between the U.S. and China at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

See more of our 2012 GOPer slideshows here: Tim Pawlenty.||newscom/John Lok/MCT&&

The doctors who are treating Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and other victims of the mass shooting in Arizona said today that "everyone is making fantastic forward progress."

Dr. Michael Lemole confirmed that Giffords has opened her eyes, saying he's glad people heard the news from President Barack Obama because it puts a "real human side to this progress." Lemole said the "unexpected familiarity" of having friends and family visit is potentially what caused Giffords to open her eyes.

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During a debate about the size and scope of government, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said on the Daily Show last night that there is a "continuum between liberty and tyranny," adding that the march toward the latter happens incrementally.

Pawlenty -- a potential 2012 presidential candidate -- and Stewart spent the better part of 20 minutes discussing the long-bubbling unrest on the right over President Barack Obama's initiatives over the past two years. Not surprisingly, Stewart defended the left's civility, while Pawlenty claimed conservatives' rhetoric is no worse than liberals'.

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In the wake of the mass shooting in Arizona that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition, UFC fighter Jacob Volkmann regrets saying he would like to "knock some sense into that idiot" President Barack Obama.

"I would never make that comment if that shooting happened first," Volkmann told the Huffington Post. "I can't imagine what it's like for the parents. I got a 4-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy."

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1||January 13, 2011: To be fair, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) hasn't declared yet whether he'll run for president in 2012. But he's widely seen as a potential candidate. So in the meantime, let's get to know Pawlenty a bit better.

Pawlenty, in May 2010, returns to his office after speaking to reporters about a budget deal he offered Democrats. ||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

2||October 30, 2010: Pawlenty at Key Air Hanger in Anoka, Minnesota, campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

3||December 9, 2010: Pawlenty with newly elected Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) at a press conference at the capitol.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

4||April 12, 2008: Pawlenty greets Minnesota National Guard troops in Kosovo.||Wikimedia&&

5||November 5, 2002: Pawlenty and his running mate, Carol Molnau, in Bloomington, Minnesota.||newscom/Richard Marshall&&

6||February 21, 2010: Pawlenty and President Barack Obama at the 2010 Governors' Ball at the White House.||newscom/Ron Sachs/UPI&&

7||Then-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Pawlenty at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City.||newscom/Stormi Greener/Star Tribune/ZUMA Press&&

8||January 22, 2007: Pawlenty unveils his state budget proposal at the Minnesota Department of Revenue Building in St. Paul.||newscom/Richard Sennott/ZUMA Press&&

9||August 5, 2008: Pawlenty prior to giving the keynote address at Farmfest in Morgan, Minnesota.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

10||March 9, 2006: Pawlenty delivers his state of the state address in St. Paul.||newscom/David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/ZUMA Press&&

11||August 27, 2008: Pawlenty greets kids at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

12||August 25, 2008: Pawlenty with high school football players during a campaign stop for presidential hopeful John McCain in Richfield, Ohio.||newscom/Mike Cardew/MCT&&

13||October 22, 2009: Pawlenty at a "Pretzels and Pints" event for his Freedom First PAC in Washington.||newscom/&&

14||December 16, 2009: Pawlenty autographs a picture of himself for an unidentified supporter at the New Hampshire Republican State Senate PAC Fundraiser in Concord.||newscom/Greg Mironchuk/PDI&&

15||August, 28 2007: Pawlenty and Ron Stillweather, a FEMA community relation employee, after southwestern Minnesota was declared a disaster area due to massive flooding.||newscomPatsy Lynch/&&

16||September 14, 2010: Pawlenty and Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo (R) in Bejing.||newscom/Li Xueren/Xinhua/Photoshot&&

17||August 27, 2008: Pawlenty jumps out of the KTIS booth after giving an interview at the Minnesota State Fair.

See more of our 2012 GOPer slideshows here: Mitt Romney.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

The publisher of textbooks in which historians found major errors has said it will correct and replace the books at no cost to the Virginia schools they were used in, the Washington Post reports.

Five Ponds Press, a small publisher in Connecticut, is responsible for the books in question, which -- among other errors -- claimed that African Americans fought in large numbers for the south during the Civil War.

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Jon Stewart last night celebrated the news that the iPhone will soon be available on Verizon's network, relieved that he'll finally be able to make actual calls with his cell phone.

"For the past three or four years, those of us in the iPhone community have sacrificed one thing for the ability to carry around every photograph we've ever taken, or song we've ever listened to, or home video or compass: the ability to make phone calls," Stewart said. "For years, struggling with the world's most popular almost-phone."

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