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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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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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Here's a fun detail from Herman Cain's instant classic, "Imagine There's No Pizza," the video from 1991 unearthed on Monday. At the end of the performance, it looks like a certain Blue Dog Democrat is giving Cain a rousing round of applause.

The video quality is not great, but Sen. Ben Nelson's press secretary, Ron Eckstein, told TPM it "certainly looks like then-Governor Nelson" in the audience. We thought so, too.

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In an ambitious move to try to give "another perspective" on the United States, PBS is launching a new channel in the United Kingdom.

PBS chief executive Paula Kerger tells The Guardian she hopes the new UK channel -- sans Sesame Street -- will "give people here in the UK a sense of how news is reported in the United States," as well as the big issues affecting Americans.

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