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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CNN on Tuesday announced its new morning show will be called "New Day," and it is set to premiere on June 10. 

Chris Cuomo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's brother, and Kate Bolduan will co-host the weekday early-morning program from New York, the network said in a release.

More from CNN on the new show here.

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President Obama is scheduled to hold a press conference at 10:15 a.m. ET on Tuesday at the White House, spokesman Jay Carney tweeted.


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According to a memo obtained by BuzzFeed, Twitter has warned a number of news organizations that it expects attacks on their accounts to continue.  

"Please help us keep your accounts secure. There have been several recent incidents of high-profile news and media Twitter handles being compromised. We believe that these attacks will continue, and that news and media organizations will continue to be high value targets to hackers," Twitter said in the memo, published by BuzzFeed on Monday.

Last week, the Associated Press' main Twitter account was hacked. A tweet about explosions in the White House injuring President Obama briefly sent the stock market tumbling. The pro-Bashar al-Assad group The Syrian Electronic Army apparently took credit for the attack, according to Quartz

The same group later hacked Twitter accounts operated by the Guardian. And in August 2012, the group also compromised Reuters' technology Twitter feed and blog platform, according to the New York Times

Read Twitter's full memo here

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The Washington Post's Erik Wemple on Monday dug into the New York Review of Books' exclusive interview with "Misha," who was allegedly a mentor to Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Christian Caryl, who interviewed "Misha" and wrote it up for the NYRB, told the Post that he got a tip from Review editor Robert Silvers. He followed subsequent leads and eventually showed up at the man's address in Rhode Island and knocked.

Read Caryl's description of the interview with "Misha," whose actual name is Mikhail Allakhverdov, here

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Newt Gingrich opened up to TIME about the prospect of reviving the political talk show "Crossfire" on CNN, telling the magazine that the prospect is "serious enough that I feel comfortable telling you about it."

Gingrich, who is reportedly in talks with CNN to join former Obama campaign adviser Stephanie Cutter in relaunching the program, discussed two recent topics in the news that would make good fodder. From TIME's interview, published on Monday:

“People forget but for the first 10 years it was a very serious program,” he says of the Tom Braden and Pat Buchanan years. “I remember doing it as a junior member — it was a real workout. It was a destination for people to hear both sides discuss serious issues in an entertaining way.”


Musing about potential topics, Gingrich says, “the controversy over the FAA and even Syria would be great Crossfire.”

h/t Politico.

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Veteran NBA player Jason Collins, the first U.S. major league athlete to come out as gay, opened up to "Good Morning America" about the experience, telling George Stephanopoulos that he's surprised no one else came forward first.

"That's kind of mind-boggling," he said in the interview, which was set to air Tuesday on "GMA." "I think I talk about that. That, you know, I never set out to be the first."

Collins also addressed the huge response his announcement generated. Kobe Bryant, former President Bill Clinton, President Obama and many others celebrated Collins' decision.

"It's incredible," he said in the interview. "You just try to live an honest, genuine life and next thing you know you have the President calling you."

Read more from the interview here

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President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday discussed the ongoing crisis in Syria, including Obama's concern about the use of chemical weapons there, as well as the Boston Marathon bombing, according to a White House readout of the call between the two world leaders. 

Full details from the White House:

President Obama spoke by phone today with President Putin of Russia to convey his condolences on the tragic hospital fire outside of Moscow that killed dozens last week, and to reiterate his appreciation for the close cooperation that the United States has received from Russia on the Boston marathon attack.  The two Leaders discussed cooperation on counterterrorism and security issues going forward, including with respect to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.  President Obama and President Putin reviewed the situation in Syria, with President Obama underscoring concern over Syrian chemical weapons.  The Presidents agreed to stay in close consultation and instructed Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Lavrov to continue discussions on Syria.  Finally, both Presidents noted that they look forward to meeting in person in June at the time of the G-8 meeting in Northern Ireland and again in September for a bilateral Summit in Russia.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday responded to one of President Obama's jokes from the weekend's White House Correspondents Dinner

Obama said at the dinner that even with his recent outreach to congressional Republicans, some people don't believe he reaches across the aisle enough. "'Why don't you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?' they ask," Obama said. "Really? Why don't you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?"

The Twitter account managed by McConnell's senate campaign tweeted a photo of the senator having a drink next to an empty chair, meant to represent Obama -- an allusion to Clint Eastwood's performance at the Republican National Convention. McConnell has a beer in front of him. A glass of red wine appears to be on the bar in front of the empty chair.

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"Good Morning America" has landed an interview with Jason Collins, the NBA center who came out as gay on Monday. ABC said in a statement that the interview will air on Tuesday. 

Collins came out in a Sports Illustrated op-ed, making him the first athlete in U.S. major league sports to do so. "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay," he wrote in the piece.

"GMA" co-host George Stephanopoulos was soliciting questions on Monday afternoon on Twitter:


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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Monday declined to comment on a New York Times article that reported bags of money from the CIA have been secretly delivered to the office of Afghan President Hamid Karzai for more than a decade. 

Carney referred reporters in the daily press briefing to the CIA for questions about the story and declined to answer several questions about the report's claims.




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