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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Climate change is a "human" -- not "political" -- issue, former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday at an event concluding his 24-hour Climate Reality Project intended to convert skeptics of global warming.

In order to have an intelligent conversation about climate change, Gore said, we need to "to start with an acceptance of what the reality is that we are actually facing." Gore compared the controversy and skepticism over global warming to tobacco companies that would manufacture public doubt about the harm of their product.

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Jon Stewart is famous for his legendary take-downs of Fox News, but in an interview with Rolling Stone, he says The Daily Show and Fox are not so different from one another.

"We're both expressions of dissatisfaction," Stewart said. "[Roger Ailes'], I think, happens to be a slightly more powerful version. ... Ailes was a strategist for Nixon. He comes from the seat of power, and he understands how important the narrative is. We come from comedy, so our natural instinct is not to understand that, and to be bratty. That goes a long way towards explaining the difference between the two organizations."

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Today in Some Crazy Person Asked Pat Robertson for Advice, we learn that the firebrand cleric doesn't merely dislike Alzheimer's -- "I hate Alzheimer's," he says -- but he thinks it's totally cool for you to divorce your spouse over it. A man wrote to Pat seeking advice for his friend, whose wife has Alzheimer's and no longer recognizes him. Pat's response, from Tuesday's 700 Club:

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Jon Stewart on Wednesday turned his attention to a local story: the special election in New York's 9th district for a House seat that most recently belonged to Anthony Weiner.

The district includes parts of Brooklyn and Queens and has long been a Democratic stronghold. It hasn't sent a Republican to Washington since 1923.

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A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a Florida law that restricts doctors -- namely pediatricians -- from asking their patients about guns.

"At issue in this litigation is a law directed at maintaining patients' privacy rights regarding firearm ownership within the context of the doctor-patient relationship," the ruling reads. "In effect, however, the law curtails practitioners' ability to inquire about whether patients own firearms and burdens their ability to deliver a firearm safety message to patients, under certain circumstances."

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The Guardian -- the UK newspaper that has dominated with its coverage of the ongoing News of the World phone-hacking scandal -- is expanding its presence in the states with the launch of a new U.S. homepage, and expanded U.S. staffing to match.

The Guardian's U.S. editor in chief, Janine Gibson, told TPM she hopes the site will behave "like a start-up and be a bit disruptive," starting small and learning and responding to readers as it grows.

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Highly unpopular Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) sat down with the folks of Morning Joe on Wednesday to discuss the Republican presidential candidates' chances in Florida as well as some of his state's own issues.

Asked how Mitt Romney and Rick Perry would do in Florida, Scott said he thinks either candidate could win in a general election. And Scott doesn't think Perry will be in much trouble for calling Social Security a "monstrous lie" and a "ponzi scheme."

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Monday night's Republican presidential debate was truly "an historic event," Jon Stewart said, with a "truly remarkable pairing."

"A fringe, often derided, incompetent bunch of yahoos was finally granted legitimacy by pairing with the tea party," Stewart said.

CNN's "Ameri-gasm" kicked off in true reality-show fashion, dubbing Michele Bachmann the "firebrand" and Jon Huntsman the "diplomat." But after meeting the candidates for the first time, CNN thought it appropriate to introduce them again.

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