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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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Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and Fox News' Megyn Kelly this afternoon spent the better part of 10 minutes talking over each other on the White House's compromise with Republicans to temporarily extend the Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans.

Weiner lamented the fact that the House in the past two years has sent more than 200 bills to the Senate only to see them "die," which he said makes it essentially impossible to get much of anything done.

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1||House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday evening lit the Capitol's Christmas tree -- a 67-foot Engelmann Spruce from Wyoming. Joined by fellow members of Congress, and even a 6th grader from Wyoming who helped her light the tree, Pelosi said, "through the gift and the lighting of this magnificent tree and its ornaments, we are showcasing the beauty of the Equality State for the entire nation to see."||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

2||The massive Engelmann Spruce arrives in Washington.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

3||Jeff Underwood and his famiy with Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY). Underwood drove the tree to Washington.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

4||The crew begins to unload the 67-foot Engelmann Spruce.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

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8||House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

9||Members of the Cheyenne All City Children's Choir performed a medley of carols during the tree-lighting ceremony.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

10||Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY).||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

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Like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Stephen Colbert is a staunch proponent of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, saying it "is a testament to the American tolerance of all people we never find out are gay."

"In fact," Colbert added, "I bet I'm tolerating unknown gays in my audience right now. Let's see, if you're gay, don't tell me. It could be all of them ... yet I'm fine with not knowing that.

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Apparently nothing says patriotism like the cold, hard steel of an M1911, .45-caliber handgun -- designed with love by a local gunmaker.

Which is probably why Utah state Rep. Carl Wimmer (R) wants to make it Utah's official state firearm.

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Elizabeth Edwards -- the wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards -- died Tuesday after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 61. In a heartfelt farewell message on her Facebook, Edwards wrote: "It isn't possible to put into words the love and gratitude I feel to everyone who has and continues to support and inspire me every day. To you I simply say: you know." Here are more pictures of Edwards' life.

John and Elizabeth Edwards on their wedding day in 1977.


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The Edwards in 2003 at a campaign stop in Bedford, New Hampshire.


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The Edwards, left, in Pennsylvania with then-presidential nominee John Kerry.


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Elizabeth Edwards in September, 2010.


Newscom/Zuma Press



The Edwards family during happier times at their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


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Edwards, Patrick Swazye's widow Lisa Niemi and Maria Shriver in 2009 at a Women's Conference in Long Beach, CA.


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Edwards testifying before Congress on the cost of medical debt in 2009.


Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Newscom



Edwards making a solo campaign stop for her husband in Bedford, New Hampshire in 2007.


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Edwards leaving "The Daily Show" after promoting her book, Resilience in 2009.


Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Newscom



Edwards discussing the U.S. health care system in 2008.


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The Edwards family at a 2008 campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa.


John Sommers II/UPI/Newscom



The then-presidential candidates' spouses Jeri Thompson, Michelle Obama, Ann Romney, Elizabeth Edwards and Cindy Hensley McCain at the 2007 Women's Conference in Long Beach, California.


Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Newscom



Edwards testifying before Congress on the challenges and opportunities of cancer in 2008. Joining her were Tour de France-winner Lance Armstrong and former America Online CEO Steve Case.


John Sommers II/UPI/Newscom



Edwards in high spirits after her husband's campaign speech at a 2007 town hall forum in Concord, New Hampshire.


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John and Elizabeth Edwards at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.


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Edwards at a Borders bookstore in New York City in 2007, signing her book, "Saving Graces."


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Elizabeth Edwards in August, 2007.


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Gov.-elect Paul LePage (R-ME) on Monday tried to walk back his claim that if 35 states join a lawsuit against the federal government, the health care law "dies automatically."

It turns out it's not quite that simple. No such provision exists in the Constitution. So LePage's spokesman Dan Demeritt explained what he really meant to say.

As the Portland Press Herald reports

"His intent was to discuss the concept of broad-based political opposition, rather than a nonexistent statutory or constitutional trigger."

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