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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President Obama on Tuesday pledged to renew efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, asserting that the detention facility "needs to be closed."

"I'm going to go back at this," Obama said at a White House press conference, according to a rush transcript. "I've asked my team to review everything that's being done in Guantanamo, everything we can do administratively and I'm going to re-engage with Congress to try to make the case that this is not something that's in the best interest of the American people."

Obama added that the current system at Guantanamo is unsustainable. "The notion we're going to keep over a hundred individuals in a no-man's land indefinitely, even at a time when we have wound down the war in Iraq, we are winding down the war in Afghanistan, we have kept the pressure on these transnational terrorist networks, when we have transferred detention authorities to Afghanistan. The idea we would still maintain, forever, a group of individuals who have been not been tried, that is contrary to who we are and our interests and it needs to stop."

A hunger strike has gripped Guantanamo in recent weeks, leading to clashes with guards. According to The Guardian, 100 detainees are on hunger strike. Twenty-one of those inmates are being force-fed. "I don't want these individuals to die," Obama said of the hunger strike there. 

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President Obama on Tuesday criticized the deal reached by Congress to ease air traffic control furloughs imposed by budget sequestration. 

"The fact that Congress responded to the short-term problem of flight delays by giving us the option of shifting money that's designed to repair and improve airports over the long term to fix the short-term problem, that's not a solution," Obama said at a White House press conference, according to a rush transcript.

President Obama on Tuesday commended Russia's cooperation with the U.S. since the Boston Marathon bombing. Russia had asked U.S. authorities to investigate whether bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev had ties to extremist groups. 

"The Russians have been very cooperative with us since the Boston bombing," Obama said at a White House press conference, according to a rush transcript. "You know, obviously, old habits die hard. There's still suspicions sometimes between our intelligence and law enforcement agencies, 10, 20, 30 years back to the Cold War. They're continually improving. I have spoken to President Putin directly. He's working with me to make sure those who are working this are cooperating with us fully."

During a news conference Tuesday at the White House, President Obama said the U.S. needs to tread carefully in its response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. 

"It is important for us to do this in a prudent way," Obama said, according to a rush transcript. "What I've said to my team is we have to do everything we can to investigate and establish with some certainty what exactly has happened in Syria, what is happening in Syria. We will use all the assets and resources that we have at our disposal, we will work with the neighboring countries and we have called on the united nations to investigate." 

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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