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.

Articles by David

For the right price, a bronze buttock of the toppled Saddam Hussein statue from Baghdad's Firdos Square could be yours.

Sound too good to be true? A piece of the infamous statue is set to be auctioned in Britain at the end of October. A journalist working in Baghdad during the U.S. invasion got permission to remove the buttock from the toppled statute, using a hammer and crowbar, the AFP reports. Nigel Ely said U.S Marines had blocked off access to the statue, but when Ely asked for a piece of the statute, they said "No problem, buddy -- help yourself."

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Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will host a new prime-time show starting January 2012 on the expanding Current TV network.

"The War Room will be a nightly show for political junkies like me and anyone who cares about the future of our country, focusing on the 2012 election from all angles," Granholm said in a statement on Wednesday. "We will actively engage viewers with a blend of smart analysis and relevant commentary from guests on the cutting edge of politics, business and entertainment."

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Updated Oct. 12 10:50 a.m.

A Tennessee lawmaker who is a major proponent of legislation allowing gun owners to carry firearms in bars was arrested on Tuesday and charged with driving under the influence and possession of a handgun while under the influence, Davidson County Sheriff's Office confirmed to TPM.

Rep. Curry Todd (R) was pulled over around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to the local Fox affiliate. Todd allegedly failed a roadside sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer test, the Associated Press reports. The gun -- a Smith & Wesson 38 Special -- was holstered next to the driver's seat and loaded.

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You're probably familiar by now with the trifecta of tragicomic outbursts from the last three Republican debates: cheering for Rick Perry's 234 executions, cheering for uninsured sick people to die, and booing a gay soldier. So what terrible thing will happen at tonight's Washington Post/Bloomberg debate from Hanover, New Hampshire? Nothing, if the Dartmouth's powerhouse newspaper editorial board has anything to do with it!

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Hank Williams Jr. has been at the center of a controversy after he likened a golf game between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner to a meeting between Adolph Hitler and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an appearance on Fox and Friends. Since then, he has been fired by ESPN as a pregame questioner of the nation's readiness for football, and has released his own song which raises his middle fingers to to his foes (in particular Fox and Friends and ESPN.) Today he appeared on The View to explain himself in a roller coaster of a segment.

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Hank Williams Jr. just can't quit President Obama. After the country music star compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler on Fox and Friends, which led to ESPN booting him from Monday Night Football, Williams apologized. His analogy was "extreme," he said, "but it was to make a point."

But Bocephus can't leave well enough alone, releasing a song, "Keep the Change" that really encapsulates the singer's outrage.

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Stephen Colbert on Thursday paid tribute to the late tech "visionary" Steve Jobs, whose Apple products Colbert has often longed for on his show.

"No one else could make me beg quite like him," Colbert said. But Colbert often received the shiny Apple products he asked for, waving them around proudly on his show. "Most people have to pay for that kind of product placement," Colbert said. "And as a testament to Steve Jobs' generosity, and my celebrity, that everything I asked for, I got."

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Last week on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart wondered what Sarah Palin was doing touring the country and speaking at tea party rallies. Either she's running for president, he said, or she's a crazy person.

Well, Palin announced on Wednesday she won't enter the race. "So, I'm ready to call it with 100 percent of Sarah Palins reporting tonight, 'crazy person,'" Stewart said.

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