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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If Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) wants to defend the merit of his state's welfare drug testing law, this might not be the best way to do it.

On CNBC's Squawk Box Thursday morning, Scott posed a hypothetical scenario, where he thinks welfare benefits can be fairly handed out. If "there are two parents, one uses drugs, one doesn't, you can go give the money to the one who doesn't use drugs," Scott said.

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Stephen Colbert has a -- to put it lightly -- extreme plan to address illegal immigration in America. It starts with pregnant illegal immigrants who, he says, are the most "devious kind."

"They sneak across our border with another immigrant hiding inside them," Colbert said. "For all we know, there's another one hiding inside the baby."

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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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