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

He’s not with her?

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told CNN Tuesday that Democrats need a presidential candidate in 2020 who is a “realist and centrist,” adding that his state, which voted for Trump in 2016, won’t accept “extremes.”

CNN’s Jim Sciutto then brought up Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who kicked off her 2020 campaign in earnest with a swing through Iowa over the weekend.

“Elizabeth would have a hard time in West Virginia, she really would,” Manchin said. “But she’s welcome to come down. Maybe she can change her positions. These are all my friends. I’ve worked with everybody, from the right to the left, I’m able to work with everybody. But I want them to see the real world, to see real West Virginia, to see real rural America, to see people who really get up and work hard and don’t ask for anything.”


Read More →

President Trump will visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Monday. The government shutdown has dragged on over Trump’s insistence on more than $5 billion for a border wall.

Read More →

President Trump had a thought Friday morning: How do you impeach a President with so many accomplishments? He pointed to his electoral victory more than two years ago, among other things.

Read More →

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel called incoming Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-UT) op-ed criticizing President Trump “disappointment and unproductive.” McDaniel is also Romney’s niece.

Read More →

President Donald Trump is not one to leave a slight unaddressed.

After Sen.-elect Mitt Romney wrote in the Washington Post Tuesday that Trump “has not risen to the mantle of the office,” the President poked back on Twitter.

Trump’s tweet referenced outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), a frequent and vocal critic of the President who nevertheless often voted to advance the Trump agenda.

Romney penned the op-ed just days before he is set to be sworn into the Senate.

“With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring,” Romney wrote.

Read Romney’s op-ed here.

Read More →

Michael Cohen continued to claim that he has never been to Prague in a tweet on Thursday, hours after McClatchy reported that foreign intelligence services have data that places Cohen’s cellphone in the Czech capital in the summer of 2016:

Read More →