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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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Friday said President Obama would sign legislation to ease air traffic control furloughs if the bill passes Congress. 

The Senate voted on Thursday to approve legislation to end the furloughs, which were triggered by the budget sequestration. The house was voting on the legislation at the time of this writing. 

President Obama on Friday at a Planned Parenthood gala in Washington said the women's health organization is "not going anywhere," despite GOP-led efforts to defund it. 

"It's not going anywhere today, it's not going anywhere tomorrow," Obama said, according to a rush transcript. "As long as we've got a fight to make sure women have access to affordable, quality health care, and as long as we've got to fight to protect a woman's right to make her own choices about her own health, I want you to know that you've also got a President who's going to be right there, fighting every step of the way."

President Obama on Friday at a Planned Parenthood gala in Washington criticized efforts -- led by Republicans -- to defund the women's health organization. 

"So when politicians try to turn Planned Parenthood into a punching bag, they're not just talking about you, but they're talking about the millions of women who they serve," Obama said, according to a rush transcript. "And when they talk about cutting off your funding, let's be clear, they're talking about telling many of those women, 'you're on your own.' They're talking about shutting those women out at a time when they may need it most. Shutting off communities that may need more health care options for women, not less."

The man whose Mercedes SUV was allegedly carjacked last week by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects described the traumatic episode in an interview with the Boston Globe published Friday. 

The man -- identified only as Danny -- relayed the conversations he had with Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a two-and-a-half hour interview with the paper. He said he got away from the suspects when the vehicle ran low on gas and needed to stop to refuel. The gas station only accepted cash, and the younger brother, Dzhokhar, went inside to withdraw money. That's when Danny made his move. From the Globe:

“I was thinking I must do two things: unfasten my seat belt and open the door and jump out as quick as I can. If I didn’t make it, he would kill me right out, he would kill me right away,” Danny said. “I just did it. I did it very fast, using my left hand and right hand simultaneously to open the door, unfasten my seat belt, jump out . . . and go.” Danny sprinted between the passenger side of the Mercedes and the pumps and darted into the street, not looking back, drawn to the Mobil station’s lights. “I didn’t know if it was open or not,” he said. “In that moment, I prayed.”

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Former Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), whose Senate campaign nosedived after he claimed the female body will reject pregnancy if a "legitimate rape" is committed, said in an interview that he has relived that infamous moment "too many times" and wishes he could take it back. 

"But that's not reality," Akin told KSDK in an interview published on Thursday. "All of us are fallible. We make mistakes, say things the wrong way. I've relived that moment many, many times."

Akin said he regrets the line, adding, "You think, well, what would it have been like if I hadn't done that?"

Despite bungling his last campaign, the former congressman said he isn't ruling out a return to politics in the future. "I don't rule anything out," he said. "I consider it kind of a bright, new future. And I'm interested to see what the possibilities are."


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Former President George W. Bush at the dedication ceremony of his presidential library commended Vice President Dick Cheney, drawing applause from the crowd.

"From the day I asked Dick to run with me, he served with loyalty, principle and strength," Bush said. "Proud to call you friend."

President Obama on Thursday at the dedication of former President George W. Bush's presidential library gave his predecessor a nod for the work he did on immigration reform. 

"We remember (Bush's) commitment to reaching across the aisle," Obama said in Dallas. "To unlikely allies like Teddy Kennedy, because he believed we had to reform our schools in ways that help every child learn, not just some. And that we have to repair a broken immigration system, and that this progress is only possible when we do it together. Now seven years ago, President Bush restarted an important conversation by speaking with the American people about our history as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. And even though comprehensive immigration reform has taken a little longer than any of us expected, I am hopeful that this year, with the help of Speaker Boehner and some of the senators and members of Congress who are here today, that we bring it home for our families, and our economy, and our security, and for this incredible country that we love. And if we do that, it will be in large part thanks to all the hard work of President George W. Bush."

Former President Bill Clinton on Thursday at the dedication ceremony for former President George W. Bush's presidential library joked that the new building is the "latest grandest example of the eternal struggle of former President's to rewrite history."

Clinton called the building a "beautiful library."