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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Rick Sanchez thinks you've got him all wrong.

And on Thursday night at a synagogue on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the former CNN anchor engaged in a dialogue with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach to set the record straight. Sanchez was fired from CNN in October after saying on a radio show that Daily Show host Jon Stewart is a "bigot" and suggesting that Jews run CNN. Sanchez later apologized for his remarks.

His friends recently launched the website Friends of Rick Sanchez to further clear his name.

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Vice President Joe Biden today announced Bruce Reed as his new chief of staff, saying that "he brings a unique blend of experience and perspective to this position."

"His leadership will be a tremendous asset to my office," Biden added.

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Jon Stewart last night took on Fox News' "veiled criticism" of the Tucson memorial service.

Pundits from both side of the political aisle praised President Barack Obama's Wednesday memorial speech for about "two or three minutes," Stewart said, before allowing "politics, points scoring and pettiness to kick off its reunion tour."

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1||January 14, 2011: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is no stranger to the national stage. He won a number of Republican primaries during his 2008 presidential campaign, and in the end garnered about 4.6 million votes. While he hasn't formally declared a 2012 bid for president yes, he has reportedly hired a pollster and a political director -- and is widely expected to run.||newscom/Red Carpet Pictures&&

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3||Romney organized the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, after becoming CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the games.||newscom/Dean Rutz&&

4||Romney as a gubernatorial candidate in 2002 at the Massachusetts Republican Convention.||newscom/Picture Desk Photos&&

5||Romney in 2003 serves steak and eggs to veterans at the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Boston.||newscom/Picture Desk Photos&&

6||March 15, 2007: Mitt and Ann Romney on Larry King Live.||newscom/Prouser Rose/SIPA&&

7||February 4, 2002: Romney unveils the Olympic torch on the U.S. Capitol steps.||newscom/Scripps Howard Photo Service&&


9||Romney and other 2008 Republican presidential candidates. From left, John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, Sam Brownback, Tommy Thompson and Romney.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

10||September 27, 2007: Misti Weatherford serves Romney the "Presidential Special" at an IHOP in Natomas, California.||newscom/Brian Baer/MCT&&

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12||November 28, 2007: Romney plays touch football with his five sons and supporters at Flora Wylie Park in St. Petersburg, Florida.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

13||Romney talks to supporters at a campaign rally at the CNL Center in Orlando, Florida.||newscom/Joe Burbank/MCT&&

14||January 26, 2008: Romney holds up two twin brothers at a campaign stop in Lakeland, Florida.||newscom/Ramin Talaie Photography&&

15||January 30, 2008: McCain and Romney during the CNN/Los Angeles Times Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.||newscom/Jim Ruymen/UPI&&

16||January 2, 2007: Romney at a campaign rally in West Des Moines, Iowa.||newscom/Ramin Talaie&&

17||February 19, 2010: Romney during his speech at the CPAC 2010 conference in Washington.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

18||Romney at the women's hockey game between the U.S. and China at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

See more of our 2012 GOPer slideshows here: Tim Pawlenty.||newscom/John Lok/MCT&&

The doctors who are treating Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and other victims of the mass shooting in Arizona said today that "everyone is making fantastic forward progress."

Dr. Michael Lemole confirmed that Giffords has opened her eyes, saying he's glad people heard the news from President Barack Obama because it puts a "real human side to this progress." Lemole said the "unexpected familiarity" of having friends and family visit is potentially what caused Giffords to open her eyes.

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During a debate about the size and scope of government, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said on the Daily Show last night that there is a "continuum between liberty and tyranny," adding that the march toward the latter happens incrementally.

Pawlenty -- a potential 2012 presidential candidate -- and Stewart spent the better part of 20 minutes discussing the long-bubbling unrest on the right over President Barack Obama's initiatives over the past two years. Not surprisingly, Stewart defended the left's civility, while Pawlenty claimed conservatives' rhetoric is no worse than liberals'.

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