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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Jon Stewart on Wednesday turned his attention to the ever-growing Occupy Wall Street protests, which he said have now caused the media to "move its coverage dial from blackout to circus."

Some are drawing parallels between the anti-Wall Street protests and the Tea Party -- a comparison the conservative organization loathes.

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Stephen Colbert could not be more excited about the 2012 Republican presidential field, comparing the candidates to "the perfect appetizer sampler platter."

"You've got pizza bites (Herman Cain), crazy bread (Michele Bachmann), boiled potato (Newt Gingrich), Texas toast (Rick Perry), foie gras (Mitt Romney), imitation foie gras (Jon Huntsman) un-inspected squirrel jerky (Ron Paul) all with a Santorum dipping sauce," Colbert said Tuesday.

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Jon Stewart isn't the least bit surprised that by Hank Williams Jr.'s harsh words on Fox and Friends this week, where the country music superstar compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler.

"Frankly, I'm surprised he didn't punctuate his Obama-Hitler metaphor with, 'I mean, shiiiiit,'" Stewart said on Tuesday. ... "When he talks, I can smell the Jack Daniels on his breath from the television."

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Stephen Colbert is "pumped" now that his favorite sport -- "Supreme Courting" -- is back in season.

And all eyes are on the this year's "big match-up": a Supreme Court decision on President Obama's health care law. The heart of the issue is the law's individual mandate, which requires uninsured Americans to purchase health care. Critics say the mandate is unconstitutional and represents government overreach at its worst. Colbert basically agrees.

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Rick Perry was doing so well. After launching a presidential campaign, he quickly catapulted to frontrunner status. But, Jon Stewart said, that all changed once Perry started talking.

"Watching Governor Perry, you really do picture a squadron of tiny little men inside his head, running around frantically, trying to find the right paper, one of them knocks over the coffee on the control panel," Stewart said on Monday.

But people can recover from a poor debate performance, Stewart said. "It's not like those words are written in stone."

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The GOP swept into the congressional majority during the 2010 midterm elections, but according to a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, a majority of Americans couldn't tell you what those three letters stand for.

Grumpy Old People? Gauntlet of Power? Try again. According to the poll, only 45 percent of Americans answered correctly: Grand Old Party. Other guesses included Government of the People (35 percent) and God's Own Party (wishful thinking, but only 3 percent).

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As the Occupy Wall Street protests reach their third week, mainstream media organizations are beginning to take notice. Here, courtesy of the New York Observer, comes an as yet unaired Fox News interview with outspoken protester Jess LaGreca.

LaGreca told the Fox reporter, who isn't identified, that the Occupy Wall Street protests are a "spontaneous movement" -- one he wouldn't like to see end.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a bill that prevents the state from banning the practice of male circumcision, Reuters reports.

An organization -- dubbed the Male Genital Mutilation Bill -- led an effort to make the practice of circumcising minors a misdemeanor crime. The group hoped to put the measure to a vote on a November ballot, and garnered thousands of signatures in support of the initiative.

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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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