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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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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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George Soros has responded to Glenn Beck's extensive criticism of him, in which Beck calls Soros a "puppet master" trying to overthrow governments around the world.

"I would be amused if people saw the joke in it," Soros said in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria that aired Sunday.

Soros added that News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch is actually responsible for spreading anti-government falsehoods, and Beck is echoing his ideals on TV. "He has a media empire that is spreading falsehoods," Soros said.

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Some frequent visitors to the Texas Capitol in Austin are obtaining concealed handgun licenses in order to gain quicker access through the building's security screening, Reuters reports.

Concealed handgun license holders can enter the Capitol via an expedited "CHL access" line, while "schoolchildren and tourists" have to pass through metal detectors, according to the report.

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A Confederate group in Mississippi wants to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War ... from now until 2015.

The Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans is proposing a series of license plates to commemorate the war, with a new one being introduced every year, the Associated Press reports.

One of those designs -- slated for a 2014 release -- commemorates Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who served as a Ku Klux Klan grand wizard after the war.

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