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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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday told reporters that the so-called Hastert Rule "was never a rule to begin with."

"And certainly my prerogative, or my intention, is to always pass bills with strong Republican support," Boehner said at a Capitol Hill press conference. 

The New York Times on Thursday published a report on the House of Representatives' violations of the rule. According to the Times' tally, the House has passed legislation without majority Republican support four times so far in 2013.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday told reporters that he disagrees with the criticism of President Obama's budget from Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), who called the President's proposal "a shocking attack on seniors."

"I've made it clear that I disagree with what (National Republican Campaign Committee) Chairman Walden said," Boehner said at a press conference. "He and I have had a conversation about it. This is the least we must do to begin to solve the problems in Social Security."

Walden criticized Obama's proposed adoption of Chained CPI, which essentially cuts Social Security benefits. Walden has faced criticism from the right, including from the Club for Growth. The NRCC on Thursday said that Walden stands by his comments

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday slammed President Obama's budget proposal, saying at a press conference "it's just not serious."

It's not a compromise, it's a step backwards," Boehner said of the President's plan, adding that it's not a compromise because it doesn't address "the spending problem in Washington."

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) on Thursday applauded Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) for voting to consider gun control legislation


Proud of my senators @senjohnmccain & @jeffflake for voting yes to continued debate on reducing gun violence.Tucson deserves a vote.Thanks.

— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) April 11, 2013

Americans for Responsible Solutions, the pro-gun control group formed by Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, praised the Senate vote and also warned the lawmakers who voted against the bill. "Americans deserve better than the loyalty to the corporate gun lobby that you displayed today. With our help, your constituents will be educated and reminded of your actions today and in the coming weeks ahead," the group said in a written statement

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Thursday commended the Senate's vote to consider gun control legislation. "We certainly welcome this development," Carney said during the White House briefing. 

While Carney said the White House welcomes the vote, he called it a first step, according to several tweets from reporters:




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Phoenix residents Caren and Tom Teves, whose son, Alex, was killed last year in the Aurora, Colo. movie theater massacre, have invited Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) over for dinner to share their son's story. 

"Yeah, we invited him over if he wanted to see what it was like to sit at a dinner table without your child," Tom Teves told Phoenix's KPNX in a report that aired Wednesday.  

"To sit in Alex's seat," Caren Teves added.

The couple supports stricter gun control measures in the wake of their son's killing, including a ban on assault weapons. KPNX's Brahm Resnik reported that Flake has reached out to Tom Teves twice, but they haven't connected yet. Resnik added that Flake's spokeswoman told him the senator will keep trying and they'll discuss meeting. 

TPM reported in February that Tom Teves had sent a letter to Flake and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), urging them to take action on guns. What he received from the senators were impersonal form letters that didn't even mention the Aurora shooting. They referred instead to the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. 

Flake spokeswoman Genevieve Rozansky apologized for the impersonal letter Tom Teves received. “While the letter from Senator Flake outlines his position on gun control as requested, Mr. Teves absolutely should have received a personalized response acknowledging his deep loss, and we’re very sorry that he received a form letter,” she told TPM in a written statement. 

Watch the KPNX report: 

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Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Thursday gave his endorsement to former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), who has admitted that he is thinking about running for mayor of New York this year. 

"Nobody here is perfect," Ellison said on "The Bill Press Show." "Anthony was a great congressman, in my opinion. And, you know, he's dealt with his … issues, and, and everybody has issues. So I'd love to see Anthony Weiner be mayor of New York. I hereby endorse Anthony!"


h/t Politico.

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Another news organization has revised its editorial style on immigration terminology. USA Today, according to a memo obtained by Jim Romenesko, will stop using the term "illegal immigrant" unless it is used in a direct quote.

"The term illegal immigration is acceptable, but do not label people as illegal immigrants, except in direct quotes," William Coon wrote in a memo to staff Wednesday evening. "Undocumented immigrant, undocumented worker and unauthorized immigrant are acceptable terms — depending on accuracy, clarity and context — for foreign nationals who are in the country illegally. An alternative is to use a phrase such as “people who entered the U.S. illegally” or “living in the country without legal permission.”

USA Today's decision comes on the heels of a similar move by the Associated Press, which dropped the phrase from its stylebook earlier this month.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday stopped by a Republican leadership meeting, CNN reported, warning lawmakers of the threat that North Korea poses. "We're in deep doo doo," Cheney reportedly said.

Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) told CNN that Cheney spent about 10 minutes in the meeting. Cheney also addressed how little the U.S. knows about North Korea's young leader, Kim Jong Un. 

Read more at CNN.

h/t Political Wire.

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The New York Post's "wood" -- a term that refers to the front page of a tabloid newspaper -- on Thursday carried a bold headline on the news that former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) is considering a bid in the New York City mayoral race.

During the sexting scandal that led to Weiner's resignation from Congress, the Post ran numerous eye-popping headlines, including, "WEINER'S RISE AND FALL" and "FALL ON YOUR SWORD, WEINER."

(Image via The Newseum)

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