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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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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On Monday night, while the Republican presidential contenders were busy debating one another on CNN, Bill O'Reilly was left with a need to fill airtime.

Luckily, it was the same day Glenn Beck kicked off GBTV, his new internet-only network. So O'Reilly aired a conversation with Beck -- sporting a newly grown goatee and tattered polo shirt -- from a few days earlier. Problem solved.

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Jon Stewart on Monday took on President Obama's ambitious push to promote major jobs legislation, concluding that "campaign Obama" is much cooler than "governing Obama." But, alas he said, it can't last.

As Obama took his jobs message on the road, Stewart had another idea: "Let us, as a nation, give up the pipe dream once and for all that an inspirational leader can challenge the status quo, remake Washington and govern successfully. It's not gonna happen."

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Bradlee Dean isn't just Minnesota's favorite anti-gay preacher -- he's also a concerned citizen. He's worried about the future of America, and so, he's decided to write President Obama a letter. And he apparently thinks the president might be interested in what he has to say.

In the rambling, three-page letter, Dean writes about his troubled past, his insecurities and the eventual path to his current faith. He writes about a "radical homosexual agenda" backed by the government. And while Dean didn't vote for Obama, he writes that he "rejoiced in heart" at Obama's election. But Dean's not impressed by the president's first term.

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) doesn't want Florida to have all the fun of drug testing suspicion-less citizens before receiving state benefits.

"I so want drug testing," Haley said on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. "It's something I've been wanting since the first day I walked into office."

And now Haley is trying to make that dream come true, pushing for people applying for jobless benefits to first pass a drug test before receiving any aid, the AP reports.

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A state technical college in Missouri has an unusual requirement for new students: pass a mandatory drug test.

Linn State Technical College -- a 1,200-student school in Linn, Missouri -- instituted the program this week, the AP reports. Associate Dean of Student Affairs Richard Pemberton said the drug tests are a way to prepare students for the professional world.

"They're going to be faced with this as they go into the drug-free workplace," he told the AP. "We want them to be prepared."

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