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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A U.S. district judge on Monday ordered an injunction on a Florida law requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving state benefits.

An ACLU lawsuit filed in September claimed the Florida law violates the Fourth Amendment by requiring welfare applicants to submit to a "suspicionless" drug test. The suit was filed on behalf of Luis Lebron, a 35-year-old Orlando resident and Navy veteran who applied for welfare benefits but refused to take the drug test.

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Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) wants Libya to pay the U.S. back.

In a letter to President Obama released Saturday, Welch wrote, "We believe it is essential that Libya reimburse the American taxpayer for the cost of our participation in the NATO mission."

Welch told TPM that repaying the U.S. would be a great way for Libya to build self-confdience and really "own their success," adding that the oil-rich country has the financial resources to do so.

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The details of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's final moments are still sketchy. Several graphic images emerged Thursday, some showing a bloodied Qaddafi appearing to be alive in rebel hands, others showing him apparently dead in the street.

In short, it's unclear exactly how Qaddafi was killed. His burial is being postponed until the circumstances of his death can be further investigated, the AP reports.

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The death of former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi sparked celebrations in Libya and congratulations from world leaders. But one group of American lawmakers were cautious to give the Obama Administration any credit.

Enter Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) who heaped praise on the British and French efforts in Libya. And while Sen. John McCain commended the administration, he also focused on the European efforts.

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Stephen Colbert loves the "action packed" 2012 Republican presidential primary. With so many characters and twists, "it's like a Mexican telenovela that wants to deport itself," he said Tuesday.

But all eyes have been on Herman Cain recently, as the former Godfathers Pizza CEO enjoys a surge in the polls. But Cain stumbled a bit recently when he claimed to "joke" about an electrified border fence that could kill illegal immigrants.

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Jon Stewart on Tuesday set his sights on Republicans' calls for Americans to "take this country back." And what do you know? It's happening now in anti-Wall Street protests in lower Manhattan and elsewhere.

So an epic Daily Show mash-up of sound bites from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and others once calling for a popular uprising contrasted nicely with new cries of "class warfare" at President Obama and Occupy Wall Street protesters.

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Here's a sobering bit of news from Tennessee: A state lawmaker who sponsored legislation allowing gun owners to carry firearms in bars resigned on Monday as chairman of the House State and Local Government committee following his DUI arrest with a gun.

"Today, I told Speaker Harwell (R) that I would step aside as Chairman of the House State and Local Government Committee until this matter is resolved and she has accepted it," Rep. Curry Todd (R) said in a statement. "The Committee's work is an important aspect of the General Assembly and I do not want my actions to distract from that."

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Stephen Colbert has an idea to get America out of its current jobs crisis: look out for the little guy.

Enter Florida state Rep. Ritch Workman (R), who is fighting to repeal Florida's 22-year-old ban on "dwarf tossing." Workman claims he's just looking to create jobs in Florida. "All (the ban) does is prevent some dwarfs from getting jobs they would be happy to get in this economy," he has said.

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