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||With this year's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner coming up Saturday, TPM takes a look at past dinners' highlights.

Stephen Colbert entertains the crowd at the 2006 WHCA Dinner.||newscom/Roger L. Wollenberg- pool via cnp&&

2||Then-Sen. Joe Biden and MSNBC's Hardball host Chris Matthews at the 2004 dinner.||newscom/Dan Herrick KPA/zuma press&&

3||Bill Maher at the dinner in 2005.||newscom/CD1/wenn photos&&

4||Matt Drudge at the 2004 dinner, which was held at the Washington Hilton Hotel.||newscom/Dan Herrick KPA/zuma press&&

5||President Bill Clinton speaks at the 1998 dinner.||newscom/Michael Smith/upi photo service&&

6||Donald Trump and Melania Knauss -- whom Trump later married -- at the 2001 dinner.||newscom/Michael Springer/zuma press&&

7||Tucker Carlson, co-founder and editor in chief of The Daily Caller at the 2005 dinner.||newscom/Laura Farr/admedia/&&

8||Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the 2004 dinner.||newscom/Dan Herrick KPA/zuma press&&

9||Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after the Bloomberg News party following the 2006 dinner.||newscom/Ron Sachs/ron sachs-cnp&&

10||Fox News host Greta Van Susteren at the 2004 dinner.||newscom/Nancy Kaszerman/zuma press&&

11||CNN anchor Anderson Cooper at the 2004 dinner.||newscom/Nancy Kaszerman/zuma press&&

12||Las Vegas crooner Wayne Newton at the 2004 dinner.||newscom/Nancy Kaszerman/zuma press&&

13||Paula Jones, who famously sued President Clinton for sexual harassment, and her husband, Steven, before the 1999 dinner.||newscom/Shana Raab/upi photo service&&

14||Jerry Springer at the 2003 dinner.||newscom/newscom/Oliver Douliery krt&&

15||Sharon and Ozzy Osborne after the 2002 dinner.||newscom/Ron Sachs/ron sachs-cnp&&

16||Ralph Nader at the 2004 dinner.||newscom/Ron Sachs/ron sachs-cnp&&

17||Kathleen York and Richard Schiff, stars of the Emmy-winning series The West Wing, at the 2003 dinner.||newscom/Oliver Douliery krt&&

18||Then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his wife, Joyce, at the 2004 dinner.||newscom/Ron Sachs/ron sachs-cnp&&

19||CNN's Wolf Blitzer at the 2004 dinner.||newscom/Ron Sachs/ron sachs-cnp&&

Minnesota state Sen. David Hann (R) says health care decisions should be made within the family, not by "strangers." So he's sponsored a bill that would change a current law that allows minors to see a doctor without their parents' consent.

The bill would require minors to get parental consent before seeking medical care for sexually transmitted diseases, drug abuse and pregnancy. It would also allow parents to have access to their child's medical records. The bill has been approved by the Minnesota Senate Health and Human Services Committee, which Hann chairs. No action has yet been taken by the House.

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The president famous for his BlackBerry adoration is apparently not impressed with the Oval Office's landlines. In an unscripted moment caught on tape by CBS, President Barack Obama last week asked of his White House: where are the "cool phones"?

"You know the Oval Office always thought I was going to have like real cool phones and stuff," Obama said at a fundraiser in Chicago last week. "You know, we can't get our phones to work!  I'm like 'come on guys, I'm the President of the United States.'  Where's the fancy buttons and stuff, and the big screen comes up? It doesn't happen."

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Every one of Detroit's public school teachers is receiving a layoff notice -- but that doesn't mean they will all be fired.

The layoff notices were sent to the 5,466 unionized teachers "in anticipation of a workforce reduction to match the district's declining student enrollment," according to a Detroit Public Schools statement. The layoff notices are required as part of the Detroit Teachers Federation collective-bargaining agreement. Non-Renewal notices have also been sent to 248 administrators, and the layoffs would go into effect by July 29.

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The White House has released the text of President Obama's speech on the deficit, as prepared for delivery. Here's the full text:

Good afternoon. It's great to be back at GW. I want you to know that one of the reasons I kept the government open was so I could be here today with all of you. I wanted to make sure you had one more excuse to skip class. You're welcome.

Of course, what we've been debating here in Washington for the last few weeks will affect your lives in ways that are potentially profound. This debate over budgets and deficits is about more than just numbers on a page, more than just cutting and spending. It's about the kind of future we want. It's about the kind of country we believe in. And that's what I want to talk about today.

From our first days as a nation, we have put our faith in free markets and free enterprise as the engine of America's wealth and prosperity. More than citizens of any other country, we are rugged individualists, a self-reliant people with a healthy skepticism of too much government.

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