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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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In the hot seat on Sunday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was asked by Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer, "Do you believe that God does use the weather to send people messages here on Earth?"

Bachmann said late last month that the one-two punch of a rare east coast quake followed in short order by Hurricane Irene was a wake-up call from God to Washington. Here's her exact quote:

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It hardly seems a year has passed since last August when the "ground zero mosque" dominated the political news cycle. As summer winds down and Congress goes on recess, journalists are typically left wanting for hard-hitting stories. Not this August.

It's no secret the dog days of this year's summer saw big news. From the debt-ceiling fracas in late July, to the U.S. losing its AAA credit rating for the first time, to Muammar Qaddafi's 42-year rule crumbling in Libya, to a rare earthquake hitting the East Coast, all capped by a hurricane threatening the country's major population centers.

But the Wall Street Journal took what most journalists -- and news junkies -- could sense and crunched the numbers. From the WSJ's Zach Seward:

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Progressive heartthrob Keith Olbermann is tickled pink by Gawker's latest expose, tracking conservative pundit Bill O'Reilly's alleged steps to have local police investigate a detective his wife is allegedly having an affair with.

And that earned O'Reilly Olbermann's "worst person" title on Tuesday. "This is going to be easier if I just read the first paragraph," Olbermann said to introduce his segment. Here it is, from Gawker:

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Unilateralism is awesome!

Not sure? Just ask former Vice President Dick Cheney, who has been busy trumpeting the Bush administration's accomplishments while promoting his new memoir.

So it was with that presumption that Cheney sat down with the fine folks at Fox and Friends to discuss if President Obama's strategy of "leading from behind" was all that effective in Libya. Never mind that the Libyan rebels -- aided by NATO coalition forces -- have essentially deposed Col. Muammar Qaddafi, or that it was the U.S. who insisted NATO allies adopt a more robust military response to Libya. Cheney is "skeptical" of coalitions.

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Sticking to its motto of providing international news coverage for Americans, MHz Networks is offering yet another global voice.

China Central Television and CCTV Documentary will be available in Washington, D.C., metro area on October 1. The programming will be available on the MHz Networks -- a broadcaster launched by a well-intentioned entrepreneur promoting international views.

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Just days after Hurricane Irene swept up the East Coast, causing massive flooding in Vermont and leading to almost 40 deaths, Fox Business Network personality Charles Payne just had to ask, is global warming really to blame?

His guest, Bill Nye "The Science Guy," said there is evidence to suggest it is a result of global warming, but that climatologists will need more time to fully connect the dots. Nye went on to lay out in plain terms some of the facts of climate change, including rising temperatures in the Pacific ocean. The two debated a Newsweek story claiming radical weather is the "new normal," with Payne asking Nye if that was "irresponsible, or is there any science behind it?"

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Fresh off conservative criticism of President Obama's Midwest bus tour, the Tea Party Express is kicking its own tires. Leading up to the CNN/Tea Party Express Republican presidential debate Sept. 10, the tea party group on Saturday launched a bus tour in Napa, California.

"We want Washington to live within its means, just like we do," Tea Party Express chairwoman Amy Kremer told Reuters. "We're in an economic downfall. Meanwhile, politicians are busy attending cocktail parties instead of focusing on the issues."

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