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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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It looks like Rachel Maddow's career is not over. MSNBC has extended her contract well beyond the 2012 election, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

It's likely no one was too worried about Maddow's career. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, Maddow's ratings continue to grow. And she is MSNBC's highest rated anchor, the Huffington Post reports. But there remains one small -- well, maybe tiny -- thorn in her side: a $50 million lawsuit for slander and false light.

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Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) knows how to throw a party. The conservative governor on Saturday hosted pro-life activists and Florida lawmakers at the governor's mansion to celebrate a handful of new anti-abortion laws, the Miami Herald reports.

But the laws actually went into effect about a month ago, so why host the ceremonial bill-signing event now?

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Jon Stewart Thursday night took on a colorful detail to come out of Congress' debt ceiling negotiations. House Republicans, whipping support for Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) debt limit plan, used a clip from the Ben Affleck bank heist movie "The Town" to rally the troops.

The clip shows Affleck's character asking for a friend's aid in order to "hurt some people."

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Rachel Maddow's career is over. At least that's what Larry Klayman -- the lawyer for controversial preacher Bradlee Dean, and founder of Freedom Watch -- said will come of a lawsuit filed against Maddow and MSNBC.

Bradlee Dean, a conservative preacher who is known for his incendiary, anti-homosexual rehetoric, and his ministry are seeking damages in excess of $50 million from Maddow and MSNBC for slander and false light.

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Conservatives hate it when liberals play the "victim card," Jon Stewart says, because it distracts from the real victims: conservatives.

In an epic montage of Fox News clips showing conservative pundits railing against liberal attacks on the right, Stewart last night admitted he had "no idea life for conservatives was so difficult in this country."

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Stephen Colbert is hurt that former Godfather's Pizza CEO and Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain canceled on him. The GOP contender was slated to appear on the Colbert Report Thursday, but pulled out due to a "last minute scheduling conflict."

"Herman Cain, I am not some pizza crust you can leave on your plate and move on to a hotter slice," Colbert said last night. "You can't cancel on me, because I'm canceling on you!"

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