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 the wake of the mass shooting in Arizona over the weekend that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords hospitalized in critical condition, Jon Stewart last night traded quick quips for a warning: "I would love to say that we've got a great show for you tonight; not sure that's the case."

"How do you make sense of these types of senseless situations?" Stewart asked. Both sides of the political aisle are trying to exonerate themselves from blame, or implicate the other side, he said.

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Fox News President Roger Ailes -- who is no stranger to making incendiary comments -- recently told globalgrind.com's Russel Simmons that both the right and the left are wrong in their response to the mass shooting in Arizona.

"This is just bullshit.  This goes on ... both sides are wrong, but they both do it," Ailes said on the media's using maps that target Congressional districts in their coverage. Ailes cited the map former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) used that put targets over Democratic Congressional districts, and also a Democratic Party map that he said put targets over Palin's district.

Ailes also said he gave instructions to Fox employees to dial back their rhetoric: "I told all of our guys, shut up, tone it down, make your argument intellectually. You don't have to do it with bombast. I hope the other side does that."

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During a town hall segment for a talk show in Abu Dhabi today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton labeled alleged Arizona shoot Jared Lee Loughner an "extremist," National Journal reports.

"Look, we have extremists in my country," Clinton said. "A wonderful, incredibly brave young woman Congress member, Congresswoman Giffords was just shot in our country. We have the same kinds of problems. So rather than standing off from each other, we should work to try to prevent the extremists anywhere from being able to commit violence."

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Meet your newest nemesis, Batman: the right-wing American blogosphere.

First, a little back story. In the December issues of the Batman comics, the superhero has set up Batman Incorporated to recruit an ally in cities across the globe, the AFP reports.

Enter Nightrunner -- the alter ego of Bilal Asselah -- the 22-year-old Muslim son of immigrants who seeks to make things right in his riotous neighborhood of Paris. He's trained in parkour acrobatics, and his Muslim upbringing encourages him to reject hate and fear.

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Jon Stewart was excited to hear that the Constitution would be read in its entirety on the House floor yesterday, but he ended up being less pleased with the results.

"Well, you've done it," Stewart said last night. "You've managed to make the reading of one of our nation's most treasured and sacred founding documents and combined it with the efficiency of the DMV and the dramatic chops of family members who demand to be called to the bima during your bat mitzvah."

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A former CIA officer was arrested in St. Louis today on charges that he improperly disclosed classified information.

According to the release, Jeffrey Sterling faces "six counts of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information, and one count each of unlawful retention of national defense information, mail fraud, unauthorized conveyance of government property and obstruction of justice."

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Paging Jon Stewart: Vice President Joe Biden has only a few words of advice for the daughters of the new members of Congress: "No dates until you're 30."

As he greeted families yesterday at the swearing in of the new Congress, he made a point to repeat himself over and over again.

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Confused about all this talk about raising the country's debt ceiling? Don't worry, MSNBC has you covered, and this time, actions speak louder than words.

Instead of just saying it's the maximum amount the federal government can borrow, this morning MSNBC's Richard Lui donned a "spending" t-shirt, stood in a money-lined box and bumped his head against a foam "debt ceiling."

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