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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Are you upset? Looking for someone to blame for the mortgage crisis? Blame Congress, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday morning.

Bloomberg at an Association for a Better New York breakfast -- a New York business organization -- was asked his opinion of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests, Capital New York's Azi Paybarah reports. "I hear your complaints," Bloomberg replied, before shifting the conversation to the housing crisis.

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Stephen Colbert on Monday tipped his hat to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) "for bringing a new freedom to America's dairy land": Guns in the state Capitol.

"Damn straight," Colbert said. "We have a right to bear arms in this country, and, like it or not, Wisconsin is still part of this country."

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Herman Cain is not having a good week. Sexual harassment allegations threaten the GOP sort-of-frontrunner's presidential campaign. But Jon Stewart has Cain's back.

"In Herman Cain's defense," Stewart said Monday, "there is very little in the pizza world that is not sexually suggestive. "Hey, you want sausage on your pie? Hey, want me to stuff your crust? I guarantee I will come in 30 minutes or less."

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America is "under attack" by the "Shockupy Wall Street" protests, Stephen Colbert said Thursday. And Oakland, California is ground zero for the "youth-stapo."

In Oakland on Tuesday, protesters sparred with law enforcement, throwing rocks and bottles at the police. So the cops were "forced" to respond with their own "improvised weapons," Colbert said: "tear gas canisters, flash grenades and bean-bag guns."

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Jon Stewart on Thursday took on the campaign of Mitt Romney -- or, as he's better known, "the uncontested frontrunner for everyone's second choice for the Republican nomination."

Over the past year, Stewart reported, Romney's polling numbers have been fairly consistent: hovering around 20 percent. "How has he managed to neither gain nor lose support, to remain inert?" Stewart asked. "If he were a color, he'd be beige."

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With Halloween just around the corner, Stephen Colbert on Wednesday had some tough words for those trying to spoil the spooky fun.

Apparently there's a new trend this year: costume swapping, to keep old costumes from ending up in landfills.

"This is political correctness gone bad," Colbert said. "Before you know it, we'll need to buy carbon offsets to leave a flaming bag of poop on a doorstep."

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Jon Stewart on Wednesday checked in with the Occupy Wall Street movement, to see how those protesting America's income inequality are doing. Turns out everyone's hanging in there.

"Aww, New York, adorable," Stewart said. "Philly, going very well. "Cincinnati, the Queen City. Oh, Washington D.C., so nice they won't let it join the union."

And then Oakland. "What the fuck happened in Oakland," Stewart asked.

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Stephen Colbert was really impressed with Herman Cain's new web video, showing his chief of staff smoking a cigarette and talking about taking the country back.

"Cain is a true rebel," Colbert said Tuesday. "I was so inspired by the way Herman Cain's ad sticks it to the East and West Coast elites, that I've made some Herman Cain ads of mine [sic] own."

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