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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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For a CIA operative, Raymond Davis sure has trouble keeping a low profile.

Earlier this year Davis sparked a diplomatic standoff after shooting two men dead on the streets of Lahore, Pakistan.

Now Davis -- who was freed in March after two months in Pakistani custody only after a deal was reached to pay $2.34 million in 'blood money' to the victims' families -- on Saturday was arrested after a scuffle outside an Einstein Bagels south of Denver, the Associated Press reports.

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Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Saturday said he would be open to sending U.S. troops into Mexico to combat drug cartels.

Speaking in New Hampshire during a campaign stop, Perry said, "It may require our military in Mexico working in concert with them to kill these drug cartels and keep them off our border."

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My, how times change. Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsefeld, who was a vocal opponent of Al Jazeera, is now praising the Middle Eastern network.

Rumsfeld in 2004 called the network's coverage of the Iraq War "vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable." In 2003, a U.S. missile hit Al Jazeera's Baghdad offices, killing Al Jazeera correspondent Tariq Ayoub. And in 2005, the Daily Mirror reported that former President George W. Bush expressed interest in bombing the network's headquarters in a conversation with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

But now, as Al Jazeera has documented popular uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa, Rumsfeld says, "It's audience has grown and it can be an important means of communication in the world, and I am delighted you are doing what you are doing."

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If Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) wants to defend the merit of his state's welfare drug testing law, this might not be the best way to do it.

On CNBC's Squawk Box Thursday morning, Scott posed a hypothetical scenario, where he thinks welfare benefits can be fairly handed out. If "there are two parents, one uses drugs, one doesn't, you can go give the money to the one who doesn't use drugs," Scott said.

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Stephen Colbert has a -- to put it lightly -- extreme plan to address illegal immigration in America. It starts with pregnant illegal immigrants who, he says, are the most "devious kind."

"They sneak across our border with another immigrant hiding inside them," Colbert said. "For all we know, there's another one hiding inside the baby."

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Jon Stewart had his old pal Bill O'Reilly on The Daily Show Wednesday to talk taxes and $16 muffins.

Stewart, who had a bit of fun at O'Reilly's threat to quit his show if taxes become out of control, asked O'Reilly what is behind conservatives crying "class warfare" over President Obama's deficit reduction plan.

"What is this whole business with the poor, poor rich and wealthy in this country?" Stewart asked. "So unfair to them."

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It's no secret Texas Gov. Rick Perry performed poorly at last week's GOP debate. Even Stephen Colbert admits it, saying "that's what you get when your head speechwriter is magnetic poetry."

So Colbert piled on a number of other conservative pundits slamming Perry's performance. After a a graphic explanation of Perry's performance, Colbert surmised that the GOP frontrunner "defiled himself with every bodily fluid known to man, other than Santorum."

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