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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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Former House Speaker and possible Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has some advice for President Barack Obama: take most of the rest of the year off.

Gingrich, speaking to the Christian Broadcasting Network, reflected on the time former presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush spent away from the White House, saying it would be healthy for Obama to slow down and do the same.

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As Congress prepares to transition into its 112th session, C-SPAN is again pressing the House to allow its own cameras to cover floor debates.

Currently, the cameras used to cover House floor debates are owned and operated by Congress. Under the House rules, wide shots and reactionary shots are prohibited. Media outlets must rely on the feed provided by Congress. But C-SPAN argues that allowing its own cameras to televise floor debates would result in a more open, transparent government.

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It may not make Sarah Palin's tweets any easier to read, but maybe she was on to something when she combined the words "refute" and "repudiate" into the now infamous "refudiate."

The New Oxford American Dictionary has named 'refudiate' its 2010 Word of the Year, defining it as:

refudiate: verb used loosely to mean "reject": she called on them to refudiate the proposal to build a mosque. 
[origin -- blend of refute and repudiate]

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Daily Show Correspondent Olivia Munn last night had a satirical special investigative report on Missouri's Proposition B -- which narrowly passed on election day, and aims to ensure humane dog breeding conditions. And what did she find? That the law is actually pushing a radical socialist agenda on America.

According to Anita Andrews, the director of the Alliance for Truth, Prop B is actually much worse than health care reform, in that it expects breeders to pay for "exorbitant amounts of care that are not needed, such as adequate food, adequate water, adequate space."

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