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

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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Welfare recipients should be treated like truck drivers, tea partying Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) says. Or, in other words, he wants to randomly drug test welfare recipients.

At a business chamber breakfast in Jay, Maine, LePage said, "I'm going to ask the Legislature to do what every truck driver in the United States of America has to do, take a random test," Maine Today reports. "I think if we're going to take our own limited resources, we ought to be able to test 'em on occasion."

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Embattled Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has no greater defender than Stephen Colbert. And this faux-pundit is fed up with the media "hounding" Cain.

"We all know these (sexual harassment) accusations are only about one thing," Colbert said, referring to right-wing commentators claiming the media's scrutiny of Cain is unfair criticism of a black conservative.

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Politicians love to talk about jobs. Democrats, of course, have one approach to creating jobs, while Republicans have ... well, another.

So, Jon Stewart challenged Congress Thursday, "let's see you guys put the money we're not making where your mouths are."

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