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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In these down times, America needs a president who is a "bad ass," Stephen Colbert said on Thursday.

So it was with disappointment he reported that the U.S. is falling behind Russia in "inspirational leadership." Case in point: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitri Medvedev on Wednesday appeared in a rugged front-page photo in the New York Times.

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In one of his signature Fox News montages, Jon Stewart on Thursday highlighted the hypocrisy of conservative commentators railing against Warren Buffett's call to tax the super-rich.

It's "class warfare!" they claim. Because, you see, closing corporate tax loopholes and raising the marginal tax rate would only raise a meager $700 billion over 10 years, Stewart said. And as one conservative commentator noted, that's only a small fraction of the federal deficit.

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Stephen Colbert says Texas Gov. Rick Perry has the biggest "huevos rancheros" in the 2012 Republican presidential race. So, naturally, he's long been beating back all those "wannabe Super PACs to become Rick Perry's official unofficial, non-connected, independent expenditure, all-you-can-eat money trough."

While there's no official connection between Colbert's PAC and Perry's campaign, Colbert said on Wednesday night, "I think he likes me back."

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Jon Stewart on Wednesday night slammed the media's horse-race approach to political coverage.

Sunday, fresh off her Iowa straw poll win, belonged to Michele Bachman. Her strong showing in Ames "vaulted" her to the front of the GOP pack, Stewart said. But that was Sunday.

Then, "after careful reflection," the media decided to dedicate Monday and Tuesday to Texas governor and newly minted presidential candidate Rick Perry, whose "stunning entrance" vaulted him to the front of the race.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has taken his executive authority a step too far, according to a state supreme court ruling this week.

When Scott took office in January, one of his first initiatives was issuing an executive order temporarily barring state agencies from creating new rules or regulations. It further created the Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform within the governor's office to review any rules that stifle job creation or "impose burdensome costs on businesses."

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On the same day a report suggested that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is exploring a presidential bid, the ratings agency Fitch downgraded the state's credit rating from AA to AA-.

As the Wall Street Journal reports, the state's budget needs more funding to meet growing needs of pension and worker-benefit liabilities:

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President Obama is "spinning his lies again," Stephen Colbert said on Tuesday night.

"First it was whoppers like 'I love America' and 'I'm the president,''' Colbert said. "Now he's spinning giving Americans health care into something positive!"

Obama, appearing in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, on Monday, tried to reclaim the derogatory term "Obamacare"-- a term conservatives use to describe his health care reform law. "I have no problem with folks saying 'Obama cares,'" he said. "I do care."

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Today in slow news days, "the best political news team on television" took on this pressing question: Is Warren Buffett's tax "compromise" good or just plain politics?

Never mind that Buffett is not, in fact, a politician, CNN devoted its "talkback" segment to this pressing issue. Buffett, the mega-rich CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, in a New York Times op-ed on Monday called on Congress to raise his taxes and those of his super-rich friends.

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