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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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A former CIA officer was arrested in St. Louis today on charges that he improperly disclosed classified information.

According to the release, Jeffrey Sterling faces "six counts of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information, and one count each of unlawful retention of national defense information, mail fraud, unauthorized conveyance of government property and obstruction of justice."

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Paging Jon Stewart: Vice President Joe Biden has only a few words of advice for the daughters of the new members of Congress: "No dates until you're 30."

As he greeted families yesterday at the swearing in of the new Congress, he made a point to repeat himself over and over again.

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Confused about all this talk about raising the country's debt ceiling? Don't worry, MSNBC has you covered, and this time, actions speak louder than words.

Instead of just saying it's the maximum amount the federal government can borrow, this morning MSNBC's Richard Lui donned a "spending" t-shirt, stood in a money-lined box and bumped his head against a foam "debt ceiling."

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After the 112th Congress convened yesterday, Jon Stewart celebrated his pick for the Senate's grumpiest member: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

"McCain's old-man crankiness has gone off the charts," Stewart said last night. "On the scale, he's clearly gone from a man of wisdom all the way to full Gran Torino."

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A Manatee County sergeant was suspended without pay after he highlighted an ominous verse in the Bible and dubbed it the "Obama Prayer."

According to the police report, Matthew Neu circled "Let his days be few, and let another take his office" -- from Psalm 109 -- and placed the "Obama Prayer" note in a bible on a colleague's desk. The "Obama Prayer" has been circulating around the Internet, and Neu received it in an email.

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Last night, Lawrence O'Donnell challenged Rep. Bob Goodlatte's (R-VA) knowledge of the Constitution, after Goodlatte boasted of his plans to read the document in its entirety on the House floor Thursday.

Goodlatte -- who will become the first congressman to read the Constitution in its entirety on the House floor -- says it will "begin the process of debating" the meaning and role of the Constitution today.

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Harvard professor Roy Y.J Chua and London Business School assistant professor Xi Zou found that people who live luxuriously may be psychologically different than everyone else.


More specifically, people who drive around in town cars and zip across the country in private jets make selfish decisions that enable them to do so. They make decisions that best benefit themselves and don't consider others as much. Chua says this could be the reason so many high-paid executives, like those on Wall Street, act irresponsibly.

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Stephen Colbert is worried about the long term value of the American dollar, which is why he's arguing for the return of the gold standard.

"Let's face it," Colbert said last night, "if there was a precious metals Olympics, who would win the gold? Gold would."

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Jon Stewart last night lampooned Monday's Republican National Committee chair debate, highlighting some of the candidates' better gaffes.

Stewart began by critiquing Ann Wagner's wardrobe. "Wagner, what are you doing?" Stewart asked. "The lady Dole train left the station in 2008. These are Palin days!" He then performed an impromptu makeover, adding some bangs, a flag lapel pin and a leather jacket, among other things.

"You just got grizzlied!" he added.

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