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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A Confederate group in Mississippi wants to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War ... from now until 2015.

The Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans is proposing a series of license plates to commemorate the war, with a new one being introduced every year, the Associated Press reports.

One of those designs -- slated for a 2014 release -- commemorates Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who served as a Ku Klux Klan grand wizard after the war.

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1||Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee -- who won the 2008 Iowa Republican caucus in an upset -- is already polling well for a 2012 presidential bid. Huckabee has written a number of best-selling books and is an ordained Southern Baptist minister.

January 6, 2007: Huckabee at a campaign stop at the Windham Center School in Manchester, New Hampshire.||newscom/Olivier Douliery/ABACAUSA&&

2||November 28, 2009: Huckabee signs a copy of his book, A Simple Christmas, in San Antonio, Texas.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

3||March 4, 2009: Huckabee at the Annual Conference of the American Medical Group Association in Las Vegas, Nevada.||newscom/&&

4||August 18, 2009: Huckabee near the Israeli West Bank settlement Har Bracha. ||newscom/Debbie Hill/UPI&&

5||September 28, 2007: Huckabee at Whippersnapper's restaurant while on a campaign stop in Londonderry, New Hampshire.||newscom/Chris Fitzgerald/CandidatePhotos&&

6||January 1, 2008: Huckabee at a rally in West Des Moines, Iowa.||newscom/s76/ZUMA Press&&

7||January 26, 2008: Huckabee at campaign stop at a pig fair in Lakeland, Florida.||newscom/Ramin Talaie&&

8||Huckabee and his wife, Janet, in 2000 talk to driver Danny Johnson. The trailer was one of three the Huckabees lived in during renovations at the governor's mansion.||newscom/Spence Tirey/ZUMA Press&&

9||Former President Bill Clinton and Huckabee in 2005 in New York announce an initiative to fight childhood obesity.||newscom/Bryan Smith/ZUMA Press&&

10||March 6, 2005: Huckabee runs the Little Rock Marathon.||newscom/Roll Call Photos&&

11||January 18, 2007: Huckabee with musician Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter, left, and Gibson guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, right, at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California.||newscom/Vaughn Youtz/ZUMA Press&&

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13||December 7, 2007: Mike and Janet Huckabee meet homeschoolers and their parents in Charlotte, North Carolina.||newscom/John D. Simmons/MCT&&

14||December 15, 2007: Huckabee and Chuck Norris meet voters in Littleton, New Hampshire.||newscom/Dennis Van Tine/ABACAUSA.COM/&&

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16||January 16, 2008: Huckabee at a rally at Greeville University in Tigerville, South Carolina.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

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18||January 19, 2008: Mike and Janet Huckabee in Columbia, South Carolina.||newscom/Nell Redmond/UPI&&

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20||February 29, 2008: Huckabee at the Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas.||newscom/Tom Pennington/MCT&&

21||November 30, 2010: Huckabee gives a tour of the Buck Owens Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

22||August 22, 2010: Huckabee and former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum in Jacksonville, Florida.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

23||January 12, 2011: Huckabee and Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen at the NAMM convention in Anaheim, California.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

24||December 4, 2010: Huckabee at a book signing in Ridgewood, New Jersey.||newscom/Paul Zimmerman/AdMedia&&

Austin, Texas is looking for a new name for its Solid Waste Services Department, something that "better reflects all of the services the department provides."

So who better to ask than the good people of Austin -- or, better yet, the entire population of the Internet? The department has put it to an online vote, and the leader, by a huge margin is "The Fred Durst Society of the Humanities and Arts." The FDSHA has garnered more than 25,000 votes. The runner up, the "Department of Neat and Clean" has just under 2,000 votes. In a distant third is "Ministry of Filth."

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A Connecticut man wasn't sure just how illegal growing a pot plant in his home is, so he did what any rational person would do: he called the authorities for more information.

"I was just growing some marijuana, and I was just wondering the... how much, you know, trouble you can get into for one plant," Robert Michelson said in a 911 call.

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Former President George W. Bush said recently he is concerned the U.S. is returning to a 'nativist' mindset.

To explain his concern, Bush spoke of three recurring "isms" in America: "One is isolationism, and its evil twin, protectionism, and its evil triplet, nativism," Bush said at Southern Methodist University in Dallas late last month.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who yesterday told the Radio-Television Correspondents Association he's willing to increase media access in the House, has denied C-SPAN's request to allow its cameras to cover House floor debates.

"I believe the American people -- and the dignity and decorum of the United States House of Representatives -- are best served by the current system of televised proceedings provided by the House Recording Studio," Boehner wrote to C-SPAN Chairman Brian Lamb.

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks the New Yorker magazine cover, showing him staring adoringly at his own reflection, is "great."

"I thought it was cute looking into the mirror," Bloomberg said.

The magazine cover -- titled "Bloom in Love" -- shows Bloomberg blushing into a mirror, red hearts floating above his head and a Valentine's day box of chocolates labeled "To: Me."

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In a letter to the Radio-Television Correspondents Association, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said he is willing to expand media access in the House of Representatives.

"I agree that enhancing opportunities for media coverage can make the House more open and transparent to the American people," Boehner wrote.

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday announced the results of an undercover investigation into a gun show in Arizona -- and that those results show just how simple it is to buy a gun there with minimal oversight.

According to the the Gun Show Undercover: Arizona report, undercover investigators successfully bought guns after telling unlicensed dealers, "I probably couldn't pass a background check." The investigation took place January 23 at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Phoenix.

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