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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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) hasn't had a long career in politics. He's a businessman who leveraged his private sector success and ended up in the governor's mansion. Just like, say, Herman Cain.

Wait, what? Scott appeared on Central Florida's Morning News on Monday and compared himself to the former pizza magnate and current Republican presidential candidate.

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Jon Stewart has lately been a proponent of Ron Paul's presidential bid, openly criticizing the media for writing off his candidacy. And during an extended interview on Monday, Stewart asked Paul why people think he's unelectable?

"Some people don't want to hear the message," Paul said, "because it's a threat to them. I'm a threat to the establishment."

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Teaparty.com might soon be on the auction block.

Registered in 1993, teaparty.com won't greet you with messages from the Founding Fathers or talk of government overreach. Instead you'll see reunion tour dates for a Canadian rock band, The Tea Party, and a note: "No politics... just rock and roll."

Bloomberg Businessweek's Joshua Green, who spoke to the band, reports that The Tea Party is considering selling. "So much damage has been done to our name by the political movement that we're considering selling," bassist Stuart Chatwood told Businessweek.

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Saturday Night Live is back, and they commemorated it by covering "the 7th or 8th" GOP debate. Bill Hader's  Shep Smith hosted this debate, which was between Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and "six other people who'll never be president!" Hader had some tough questons for Alec Baldwin's Perry, who reiterated that he thinks Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, and that 10-year-old girls should be vaccinated against HPV so they can "begin a meaningful sexual relationship." Jason Sudeikis's Mitt Romney maintained that he was the perfect Republican candidate...when you look at all the other crazypants Republican candidates. Taran Killan was also on hand to give his best offensive "John Huntsman spent two years in China" impression. You might not think that would be offensive, but you'd be surprised!

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"Kenyan delegate" Barack Obama wasted no time embarrassing the U.S. at the United Nations General Assembly this week, Stephen Colbert said.

And the proof is in the picture: Obama's hand totally obscured Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj's face in a group photo of world leaders. "No surprise there," Colbert said on Thursday. "Everybody knows Obama has no respect for our allies in Ulaanbaatar."

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Count Florida state Sen. Arthenia Joyner (D) as another opponent of a state law requiring welfare applicants to take a drug test.

This week, the senator filed a bill to repeal the law, saying the legislation "kicks people when they're down."

"This is not what America is supposed to be about," Joyner told TPM. The law is an "assault on poor people," she said, who need help and have swallowed their pride and asked for assistance. "And we denigrate them," she said.

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Keith Olbermann, Bill O'Reilly and Countdown's "Worst Persons" segment: it's almost too easy. But that doesn't mean it's not fun.

Olbermann on Wednesday pounced on Bill O'Reilly's threat to hang up the towel if taxes get too high. O'Reilly recently said if taxes become too "oppressive" under President Obama, he doesn't know how long he'll keep doing the show.

To which Olbermann responded: Do it!

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