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.

Articles by David

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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Saturday Night Live over the weekend gave Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) another chance to deliver her tea party response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

"Unfortunately, that response was marred by some technical difficulties, and it seems that its core message was not properly conveyed," said Kristen Wiig, playing Bachmann. "Accordingly, I have asked for this time tonight to try again."

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President Barack Obama today said he is "deeply saddened" by the murder of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato.

"In Uganda, David showed tremendous courage in speaking out against hate," Obama said in a statement. "He was a powerful advocate for fairness and freedom. The United States mourns his murder, and we recommit ourselves to David's work."

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Former MSNBC anchor David Shuster on Sunday sharply criticized Fox News over the network's lack of "journalistic standards."

In a roundtable discussion on CNN's Reliable Sources just days after Keith Olbermann's abrupt exit from MSNBC, Shuster dismissed the claim that there is a "moral equivalency" between Glenn Beck and Olbermann.

"When people say that MSNBC is the liberal antidote to Fox News, and that there's an equal balance there, that's simply not true," he said.

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