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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The Florida ACLU has filed suit against a state law requiring welfare applicants to first pass a drug test before receiving benefits.

The suit claims the Florida law violates the Fourth Amendment by requiring welfare applicants to submit to "suspicionless drug testing." It's filed on behalf of Luis Lebron, a 35 year-old Orlando resident and Navy veteran, who applied for the benefits but refused to take the drug test, according to an ACLU release.

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Jon Stewart is back from vacation, and he's not too happy with the news coverage he missed during his time away.

Last week, President Obama proposed a jobs speech to take place before a joint session of Congress on the same night as a GOP presidential primary debate. A minor tiff broke out between Republicans and the president, and the White House agreed to reschedule. Sounds simple enough, right?

"Non-crisis averted," Stewart said. "It's the first installment of what I hope will be many in our new segment, 'Tales of Reasonable Accommodation.'"

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That was fast: the formidable -- and recently laid-off -- media critic Jack Shafer is heading to Reuters, Shafer confirms to TPM, where he will cover media and politics.

"It's a great operation with great people," Shafer told TPM, adding that he's "incredibly flattered."

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Former News International executives on Tuesday undermined James Murdoch's claim that he was unaware of phone hacking at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid.

Tom Crone, formerly News of the World's legal manager, told a House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee that he is "certain" James Murdoch knew of an email that implicated several reporters in phone hacking, the Guardian reports.

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Every day over the past two and a half years, 18 guns have gone missing from firearms manufactures without any record of being sold, according to a report from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. That adds up to 16,485 "missing" guns since 2009.

The report comes after a January 2011 report from the Brady Center that showed gun retail dealers "lost" more than 62,000 guns since 2008. The Brady Center cites data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in its analysis.

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In the hot seat on Sunday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was asked by Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer, "Do you believe that God does use the weather to send people messages here on Earth?"

Bachmann said late last month that the one-two punch of a rare east coast quake followed in short order by Hurricane Irene was a wake-up call from God to Washington. Here's her exact quote:

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It hardly seems a year has passed since last August when the "ground zero mosque" dominated the political news cycle. As summer winds down and Congress goes on recess, journalists are typically left wanting for hard-hitting stories. Not this August.

It's no secret the dog days of this year's summer saw big news. From the debt-ceiling fracas in late July, to the U.S. losing its AAA credit rating for the first time, to Muammar Qaddafi's 42-year rule crumbling in Libya, to a rare earthquake hitting the East Coast, all capped by a hurricane threatening the country's major population centers.

But the Wall Street Journal took what most journalists -- and news junkies -- could sense and crunched the numbers. From the WSJ's Zach Seward:

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