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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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David Letterman and Bill O'Reilly assessed a number of potential 2012 presidential candidates on the Late Show last night, disagreeing over whether Sarah Palin will end up running.

Letterman acknowledged Palin could raise the necessary money to run, but he's not convinced she'll do it. "She knows that the second a person puts their hand on the bible and takes the oath of office, the stock starts to drop," he said.

"I disagree," O'Reilly said, adding that she could be a viable candidate.

They both agreed, however, that it would be entertaining if she did ... and good for both of their shows.

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Jon Stewart last night was aghast over Senate Republicans blocking the 9/11 responders bill, part of the GOP's vow to block all legislation until the Bush-era tax cuts deal is passed.

"You couldn't even get 60 senators to agree to vote on the 9/11 responders bill, because the top 2 percent of Americans haven't officially received their engraved notifications that their taxes won't go up 4 percent?" Stewart asked. "That's the principled pledge you want to stand by? 'Bros before heroes?' "

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Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) has some tough words for President Barack Obama -- who this week reached across the aisle to strike a deal with Republicans over extending the Bush-era tax cuts -- calling him "politically immature."

How does he figure? "By using rhetoric that calls us 'hostage-takers,' he believes, somehow, that the Left will give him some credit for hating us, or putting us in a bad light. But it just lowers him," Graham told the National Journal Online. "He is whining, and no one likes a whining president. ... There is a lot of disappointment on our side. Quite frankly, this is going to be hard to forget."

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It's no secret that Fox News' political coverage isn't always quite "fair and balanced." But emails obtained by Media Matters show that Fox News' Washington managing editor Bill Sammon urged his staff to actually echo Republican talking points on the health care debate.

According to the emails, Sammon directed his staff to use specific wording when describing the health care debate, preferring the term "government option" over "public option."

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Stephen Colbert last night gave a "tip of his hat" to incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) for threatening to defund the Smithsonian National Portrait Museum over a video installation titled "Fire in My Belly."

The Smithsonian eventually removed the piece, which briefly shows ants crawling over a crucifix, and the decision drew criticism from some art critics. But Colbert thinks the critics "just don't get" Cantor's work.

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The Pew Research Center released a big study focused entirely on Twitter. According to its findings, 8% of American adults that are online are now using Twitter. Below is a breakdown from Pew about how those people are actually using Twitter.





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Jon Stewart last night debated whether Wikileaks found Julian Assange is a villain or super hero, saying "he seems to combine the technical expertise of a Steve Jobs, with the cunning of a Lex Luthor, the aggressive free-speech passions of a Larry Flint and the hair of a Martina Navratilova."

But since Assange recently turned himself in to the police, Stewart said he can't really be a villain. And Assange's legions of supporters around the world make him out to be a hero. Ultimately, Stewart was stumped on how to frame his coverage.

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Bryan Fischer, the "Director of Issues Analysis" for the conservative Christian group the American Family Association, wrote on his blog this week that gays -- not Julian Assange -- are responsible for the thousands of government documents released by Assange's WikiLeaks.

More specifically, Fischer assumes that the alleged WikiLeaks source Private Bradley Manning was "at minimum" seriously confused about his sexuality. He then really stretches things when he suggests that Manning leaked the documents to wage war on the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

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