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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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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who yesterday told the Radio-Television Correspondents Association he's willing to increase media access in the House, has denied C-SPAN's request to allow its cameras to cover House floor debates.

"I believe the American people -- and the dignity and decorum of the United States House of Representatives -- are best served by the current system of televised proceedings provided by the House Recording Studio," Boehner wrote to C-SPAN Chairman Brian Lamb.

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks the New Yorker magazine cover, showing him staring adoringly at his own reflection, is "great."

"I thought it was cute looking into the mirror," Bloomberg said.

The magazine cover -- titled "Bloom in Love" -- shows Bloomberg blushing into a mirror, red hearts floating above his head and a Valentine's day box of chocolates labeled "To: Me."

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In a letter to the Radio-Television Correspondents Association, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said he is willing to expand media access in the House of Representatives.

"I agree that enhancing opportunities for media coverage can make the House more open and transparent to the American people," Boehner wrote.

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday announced the results of an undercover investigation into a gun show in Arizona -- and that those results show just how simple it is to buy a gun there with minimal oversight.

According to the the Gun Show Undercover: Arizona report, undercover investigators successfully bought guns after telling unlicensed dealers, "I probably couldn't pass a background check." The investigation took place January 23 at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Phoenix.

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Saturday Night Live over the weekend gave Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) another chance to deliver her tea party response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

"Unfortunately, that response was marred by some technical difficulties, and it seems that its core message was not properly conveyed," said Kristen Wiig, playing Bachmann. "Accordingly, I have asked for this time tonight to try again."

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President Barack Obama today said he is "deeply saddened" by the murder of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato.

"In Uganda, David showed tremendous courage in speaking out against hate," Obama said in a statement. "He was a powerful advocate for fairness and freedom. The United States mourns his murder, and we recommit ourselves to David's work."

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Former MSNBC anchor David Shuster on Sunday sharply criticized Fox News over the network's lack of "journalistic standards."

In a roundtable discussion on CNN's Reliable Sources just days after Keith Olbermann's abrupt exit from MSNBC, Shuster dismissed the claim that there is a "moral equivalency" between Glenn Beck and Olbermann.

"When people say that MSNBC is the liberal antidote to Fox News, and that there's an equal balance there, that's simply not true," he said.

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Police have taken a "large amount" of weapons and revoked a firearms license from a man in Arlington, Massachusetts, after investigating potentially threatening comments he made online, the Boston Globe reports.

Travis Corcoran, who owns the online comic book store heavyink.com, allegedly wrote "one down 534 to go," in reference to the mass shooting in Arizona, causing police to investigate whether he poses a real threat to lawmakers.

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Stephen Colbert last night said Obama's lavish state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao might give China the wrong idea about America's debt issues.

"Is (Obama) crazy?" Colbert said. "President Hu knows full well that he's the one footing the bill for the duck pâté Lincoln Memorial. Think about it, if you're down on your luck, and you borrow a bunch of cash from your brother-in-law, you don't invite him over to check out your new 52-inch flat screen."

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