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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1||December 14, 2010: A number of authors and journalists gathered at the Italian Embassy in Washington as part of a panel titled, "What's Next in U.S. Politics?"

Bill Schneider, second from right, is a contributor to CNN International. He currently serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow and Resident Scholar at Third Way, a Washington think tank.||Ryder Haske&&

2||Participating in the panel were: Richard Wolffe, author and MSNBC commentator; Helene Cooper, White House correspondent for the New York Times; Bill Schneider, Senior Fellow at Third Way and contributor to CNN International; and moderator Gerardo Greco, U.S. correspondent for RAI.||Ryder Haske&&

3||Stephen Hayes, right, with a member of the audience. Hayes is a senior writer at the Weekly Standard and author of two New York Times best-selling books. He is also a frequent Fox News contributor.||Ryder Haske&&

4||New York Times White House correspondent Helene Cooper, Richard Wolffe, MSNBC commentator and author of "Revival: The Struggle For Survival Inside The Obama White House," and Gerardo Greco, the panel's moderator.||Ryder Haske&&

5||The Italian Embassy press team: Andrea Sandre, Manuela Giordano, Simona Massobrio and Alessandra De Santis.||Ryder Haske&&

6||Panel moderator Gerardo Greco interviews Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata, the Italian ambassador to the U.S.||Ryder Haske&&

7||Richard Wolffe is an MSNBC commentator and the author of "Revival: The Struggle For Survival Inside The Obama White House."||Ryder Haske&&

8||Susanna Bonini, Niccolo and Tania Fontana and Thomas Botzios||Ryder Haske&&

9||A brief reception was held after the panel.||Ryder Haske&&

10||Stephen Hayes is a senior writer at the Weekly Standard and author of two New York Times best-selling books.||Ryder Haske&&

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12||Ezzat Ibrahim, left, is a correspondent for Al-Ahram and Carol S. Castiel is the director of current affairs programs at Voice of America.||Ryder Haske&&

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14||Bill Schneider is a contributor to CNN International. He currently serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow and Resident Scholar at Third Way, a Washington think tank.||Ryder Haske&&

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is calling off his plans to read every word of the START Treaty on the Senate floor, MSNBC and others report.

DeMint was planning to force a reading of the START Treaty, the nuclear arms reduction deal President Barack Obama negotiated with Russia earlier this year, and Sen. Daniel Inouye's (D-HI) omnibus bill. Reading both bills -- which are thousands of pages in length -- could have taken days.

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today called Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-SC) plans to force a reading of the START Treaty a "new low in putting political stunts ahead of our national security" and "exactly the kind of Washington game-playing that the American people are sick of."

"Every minute that the START Treaty is being read on the Senate floor increases the time that we lack verification of Russia's nuclear arsenal," Gibbs said in a statement, adding that the bill has already been the subject of almost 20 Senate hearings.

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Stephen Colbert last night was presented with the first-ever "Golden Tweet" award for his June 16 tweet on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: "In honor of oil-soaked birds, 'tweets' are now 'gurgles.'"

"It's official, I won Twitter!" Colbert declared. "I have harpooned the Fail Whale! Tonight, we dine on Kutcher!"

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Stephen Colbert last night piggybacked on Fox News' reporting of the nation's "war on Christmas," adding some original reporting of his own.

In late November, Fox & Friends' Gretchen Carlson picked up a story claiming that a Florida elementary school banned the use of red and green during the holidays, calling the decision "crazy." But the school district's spokesperson Regina Klaers told the Orlando Sentinel that the report was simply wrong.

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Jon Stewart last night took on Republicans' blocking of all legislation until the Bush-era tax cuts compromise is passed, focusing on the Don't Ask, Don't Tell debate, the DREAM act and the 9/11 responders bill.

"I get the other two, but since when does the Republican party make 9/11 first responders stand over in the corner with the gays and Mexicans?" Stewart said.

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Richard Holbrooke, President Barack Obama's special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, died on December 13, 2010. A top U.S. diplomat for years, Holbrooke achieved public prominence after brokering a peace agreement that ended the conflict in the Balkans.

Here, Holbrooke receives the Robert C. Frasure award for Operational Diplomacy in Washington in 1997.

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Holbrooke in 1999 addresses a National Press Club luncheon in Washington.

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Holbrooke and former President Bill Clinton in 2000 arrive at the United Nations.

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Holbrooke in 2000 hosts a tour of the USS John F. Kennedy in New York City.

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Holbrooke, in February 2009, meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul.

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Holbrooke, center, meets with Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), left, and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), right, before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Afghanistan.

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Holbrooke in 1997 with fellow U.S. diplomat Robert Gelbard at a press conference held by Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic.

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Holbrooke, left, in May 2009, meets with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office.

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Holbrooke in 2008 with former President George H.W. Bush in Berlin, where Bush received the Henry A. Kissinger Prize.

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Holbrooke in 2009 in Brussels, Belgium, before a meeting with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana.

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Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle may have gone down in the Nevada Senate race, but she's wasting no time ensuring Tea Party ideals are represented in 2012. According to Roll Call, she is joining Tea Partiers from 15 states to promote a political action organization.

The Patriot Caucus -- founded in December, 2009 -- will set up offices in many key battleground states, including Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida and Nevada in early 2011. The group will also launch what organizers call a "state-of-the-art" website that will serve as an online hub for the group.

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