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 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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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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