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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1||Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour hasn't formally declared he's running for president. But he has made a number of high-profile hires, including former Mitt Romney adviser Sally Bradshaw, and is floating an anti-Afghan War platform as of late.

March 5, 1996: Barbour addresses an event honoring Dewitt L. Fortenberry as the 200th person to switch to the Republican Party after President Bill Clinton took office. ||newscom/Ken Cedeno&&

2||January 29, 1993: Barbour after being elected chairman of the Republican National Committee||C-SPAN&&

3||February 22, 1993: Barbour discusses Clinton's first month as president.||C-SPAN&&

4||Barbour in 2005 surveys Hurricane Katrina damage in Gulfport, Miss. ||newscom/Suzi Altman/ZUMA Press&&

5||Sept. 2, 2005: President George W. Bush in Biloxi, Miss., with Mayor A.J. Holloway, left, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Barbour.||newscom/Tim Isbell/KRT&&

6||Nov. 1, 2003: President Bush stumps for Barbour as a gubernatorial candidate in Washington, Miss.||newscom/w85/ZUMA Press&&

7||January 9, 1988: Barbour at the closing session of the Southern Republican Exchange.||C-SPAN&&

8||Barbour in 2005 testifies in Washington before a bipartisan committee investigating the preparedness for and response to Hurricane Katrina.||newscom/Tom Williams/Roll Call Photos&&

9||June 23, 2009: Then-House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), Barbour and Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) before a news conference in Washington discussing health care reform.||newscom/Bill Clark/Roll Call Photos&&

10||February 23, 2009: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Barbour before President Barack Obama addresses the National Governors Association in the White House's State Dining Room.||newscom/Dennis Brack/CNP&&

11||June 14, 2010: Obama joins a roundtable discussion at Combs Pier in Gulfport, Miss., to assess the BP oil spill's damage to the Gulf of Mexico. Adm. Thad Allen, Barbour, Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel and local business owners were among those in attendance.||newscom/z03/ZUMA Press&&

12||June 2, 2010: Haley and Marsha Barbour examine a tarball found on the beach at Petit Pois Island off the Mississippi coast.||newscom/Drew Tarter/MCT&&

13||||newscom/Tim Isbell/MCT&&

14||Barbour in 2006 in Seattle at the 96th annual National Governors Association meeting.||newscom/Daren Fentiman/ZUMA Press&&

15||November 4, 2003: Barbour thanks a friend after voting in Yazoo City, Miss.||newscom/w85/ZUMA Press&&

16||Nov. 4, 2003: Barbour and his wife, Marsha, celebrate his election as governor of Mississippi.||newscom/w85/ZUMA Press&&

17||||newscom/w85/ZUMA Press&&

18||March 18, 2005: Barbour in Jackson, Miss., during a St. Patrick's Day parade.||newscom/a17/ZUMA Press&&

19||Barbour in 2006 testifies in Washington on "Hurricane Katrina: The Role of the Governors in Managing the Catastrophe."||newscom/Tom Williams/Roll Call Photos&&

Since the Japan earthquake hit, it seems like the story surrounding the Fukushima Nuclear Power plant has changed every 10 minutes, making it tough to keep up on the latest developments. Luckily there's no shortage of informed individuals and organizations keeping track of what's going on.

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CNBC host Larry Kudlow apologized Friday for a startling remark made after the devastating earthquake in Japan.

"The human toll here looks to be much worse than the economic toll, and we can be grateful for that," Kudlow said.

Kudlow tweeted his apology later on Friday:

I did not mean to say human toll in Japan less important than economic toll. Talking about markets. I flubbed the line. Sincere apology.

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New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley on Friday tried to calm people's nerves about rising food prices by reminding them that other products -- like iPads -- are getting cheaper.

"Today you can buy an iPad 2 that costs the same as an iPad 1 that is twice as powerful," Dudley said in Queens, Reuters reports. "You have to look at the price of all things."

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If at first you don't secede ... rally at the Texas Capitol and try again.

That's how the Texas Nationalist Movement on Saturday celebrated Texas Independence Day, the AP reports:

"Texas can take better care of itself than Washington," said Lauren Savage, vice president of the movement. "We are here to raise interest in the Legislature of the possibility of secession to cure the ills of America."

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An African-American studies professor at Columbia University on Wednesday took to task a Texas student who is organizing scholarship exclusively for white men.

Marc Lamont Hill on MSNBC told Colby Bohannan -- who came up with the scholarship idea -- that "being white is itself a form of scholarship." He said that white Americans have better access to health care, criminal justice and housing, among other things.

"There's no need," he said. In fact, Hill called it a "spectacle that we see every year with Affirmative-Action bake sales, with now whites-only scholarships, which only draw attention to white folk who are becoming increasingly frustrated that the world is becoming a little more fair."

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Members of the Texas nonprofit group Former Majority Association for Equality are on a media blitz defending their scholarships exclusively for white males.

William Lake -- the group's treasurer and an MBA candidate at Texas State University in San Marcos -- told MSNBC Tuesday afternoon that white men are "one group that just doesn't have any support."

How does he figure? "We saw opportunities for just about every demographic, as far as paying for college goes, except for this one," Lake told TPM.

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A volunteer group in San Marcos, Texas has set up scholarships for a group of students they think is underrepresented: white men.

A student formed the "Former Majority Association for Equality" to organize the scholarships. Colby Bohannan -- a senior at Texas State University in San Marcos and the group's president -- told the Austin American-Statesman the lack of white-only scholarships made him feel "excluded."

"If everyone else can find scholarships, why are we left out?" he said.

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