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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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"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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It's no secret the United States' economy is down in the dumps. But across the Atlantic, the European Union is dealing with its own massive debt crisis. And somewhere between the two, Stephen Colbert sees the solution to America's economic woes.

Poland's finance minister says the debt crisis could lead to war in "10 to 20 years," Colbert reported on Wednesday -- a timeline that's just too long for Colbert.

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America's vulnerable millionaires are at risk, with nowhere to turn if President Obama raises their taxes.

"Every day, America loses more and more millionaires to abusive individual and corporate tax rates," Jon Stewart said Wednesday. "Their habitats (expensive yachts) are slowly disappearing, their watering holes (champagne fountains) are drying up. "If we don't act quickly, these once plentiful creatures will be relegated to zoos and heartbreaking documentaries."

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has had a tumultuous first term, often coming under fire for his conservative policies.

But a new Quinnipiac poll shows Florida voters overwhelmingly support at least one of the governor's initiatives: a law that requires welfare applicants to pass a drug test.

Voters support the law 71 percent to 27 percent, according to the poll. And while voters are split on partisan lines, both genders support the law equally, more or less. Republicans support the law 90 percent to 8 percent, while democrats are split 49 percent to 50 percent.

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Jon Stewart on Tuesday celebrated the official end of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Gays and lesbians can now serve openly in the military, and those who were discharged over their sexuality can now re-enlist. "That's how ridiculous this policy was," Stewart said, "the apology for the affront is, 'alright, sorry, you can go to Afghanistan and fight for your country.'"

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Al Jazeera's top executive on Tuesday announced he's stepping down after eight years at the helm of the Middle Eastern network.

Wadah Khanfar, who served as the network's director general, praised Al Jazeera's growth amid challenging circumstances.

"Al Jazeera gained the trust of its audience through consistently speaking truth to power, and channeling peoples' aspirations for dignity and freedom," Khanfar writes in his resignation letter. "Our audience quickly saw that Al Jazeera was of them and their world - it was not a foreign imposition nor did it seek to impose a partisan agenda. We were trusted to be objective and to be the voice of the voiceless."

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