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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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Sunday said his state will not "subsidize" anyone's drug addiction, defending recent legislation requiring welfare applicants to undergo drug testing.

Scott told CNN anchor T.J. Holmes he isn't sure how many welfare recipients are using drugs in Florida, but said "I know it's not right for taxpayer money to be paying for someone's drug addiction."

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1||Following a two-year investigation, a federal grand jury on Friday indicted John Edwards on six criminal counts. The charges include: conspiracy to violate federal campaign finance laws, accepting and receiving illegal campaign contributions and trying to conceal those donations from the FEC.

TPM takes a look back at the two-time presidential hopeful's rise and fall.||Dennis Van Tine/ABACAUSA.COM/Newscom&&

2||Edwards won his first senate bid in 1998 in North Carolina, defeating incumbent Republican Lauch Faircloth. Edwards spent $8.3 million on the campaign, much of it his own money, the New York Times reports.||o81/o81/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&


4||During the 2004 presidential election, John Kerry tapped Edwards to be his running mate. Kerry and Edwards work the crowd after Kerry's nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.||Mark Avery/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

5||Edwards and Kerry in 2004 at Kerry's farmhouse outside Pittsburgh.||ARCHIE CARPENTER/UPI/Newscom&&

6|| ||Mark Avery/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

7|| Edwards in 2007 announces his intention, if elected president, to launch an initiative to reduce global poverty and educate poor children worldwide.||Chris Fitzgerald/CandidatePhoto/Chris Fitzgerald/CandidatePhotos/Newscom&&

8||Edwards in 2007 on the campaign trail in Manchester, New Hampshire.||Marlene Karas-PHOTOlink.net./Newscom&&

9||Edwards shows off his book, "Ending Poverty in America," which he also edited.||Chris Fitzgerald/Chris Fitzgerald/CandidatePhotos/Newscom&&

10||January 19, 2008: Edwards at the Carpenters Hall in St. Louis. He withdrew his presidential bid later that month.||MARK COWAN/UPI/Newscom&&

11||Edwards speaks at a house party in Salem, New Hampshire. The event was designed for voters to meet him up close and personal.||Chris Fitzgerald/CandidatePhoto/Chris Fitzgerald/CandidatePhotos/Newscom&&

12||Then-Democratic candidates for president Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Edwards participate in a debate in Las Vegas on January 15, 2008.||DANIEL GLUSKOTER/UPI/Newscom&&

13||Edwards in 2007 with his wife, Elizabeth, and son, Jack, on a campaign stop at Manchester, New Hampshire City hall. Elizabeth Edwards died December 7, 2010 after a battle with breast cancer.||Marlene Karas-PHOTOlink.net/Newscom&&

14||January 3, 2008: John and Elizabeth Edwards at a caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa.||BRIAN KERSEY/UPI/Newscom&&

15||The Edwards family at their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.||Splash News/Newscom&&

16||After dropping out of the 2008 presidential race, Edwards endorsed Obama. "There is one man who knows in his heart that it is time to create one America -- not two -- and that man is Barack Obama," Edwards said.||LANCE WYNN/Rapport Press/Newscom&&

17||August 6, 2009: Rielle Hunter, Edwards' former mistress, leaves the federal courthouse in Raleigh, North Carolina.||SHAWN ROCCO/MCT/Newscom&&

18|| December 11, 2010: Edwards with his children, Emma Claire and Jack, after Elizabeth Edwards' funeral.||COREY LOWENSTEIN/MCT/Newscom&&

19||Edwards and his daughter, Cate, on Friday leave the federal building in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, after his indictment.||CHUCK LIDDY/MCT/Newscom&&

20||Edwards on Friday talks to the press, denying he broke the law.||Edwards Family/Zuma Press/Newscom&&

Things got personal Friday on CNN.

A leading opponent of circumcision and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach sounded off over the merits of a proposed ban on circumcision being considered in San Francisco.

Lloyd Schofield, director of the San Francisco office of the Male Genital Mutilation Bill organization, says his proposal is intended to "protect the rights of men to choose for themselves when they're old enough if they want to become circumcised."

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Sarah Palin's getting ready to pound the pavement on an East Coast bus tour, bringing her potential 2012 ambitions back into the spotlight. But Fox News -- where Palin serves as a contributor -- isn't ready to cut ties just yet.

"We are not changing Sarah Palin's status," Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming at Fox News, said in a statement.

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Controversial preacher Bradlee Dean's morning prayer on the Minnesota House floor Friday has garnered him so much attention he's now asking supporters for money to hire a publicist.

"WOW! Did you ever think going to the Capitol to give a prayer paying homage to the Founders, the Veterans and Christ could be so offensive to our politicians?" Dean wrote to supporters, the Minnesota Independent reports. "We certainly didn't start this fight but we are more than willing to respond! Our small ministry team has been going non-stop the past 72 hours to not only defend the truth but to continue fighting for the foundation that made this nation so great."

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A controversial anti-gay preacher questioned President Obama's Christianity Friday morning, when he delivered the morning prayer on the Minnesota House floor.

"I know this is a non-denominational prayer in this chamber and it's not about the Baptists and it's not about the Catholics alone or the Lutherans or the Wesleyans," Bradlee Dean said, sporting a track suit and long ponytail, "or the Presbyterians, the evangelicals or any other denomination, but rather the head of the denomination and his name is Jesus. As every President up until 2008 has acknowledged. And we pray it. In Jesus' name."

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