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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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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' (D-AZ) husband Mark Kelly today said he's "extremely hopeful" Giffords will make a full recovery after the mass shooting in Tucson almost two weeks ago.

"I mean, she is a fighter like nobody else that I know," Kelly said during a press conference. "I am extremely confident that she's going to be back here, and back at work soon."

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) apparently never spoke with local NAACP organizers over visiting black prisoners in jail, the Portland Press Herald reports. That conversation had served as the supposed justification for LePage's eventual "kiss my butt" diss to the NAACP.

LePage says the NAACP invited him to meet with black prisoners at a state prison on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, an offer he declined. He said he would only go if he could meet with all prisoners, but that it wasn't acceptable to them. When the NAACP criticized his non-participation, he told them to "kiss my butt."

But Maine NAACP director Rachel Talbot Ross told the Press Herald that the invitation fiasco never even happened.

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This song is about to be stuck in your head.

Set to the tune of the Civil War-era "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," this Sarah Palin Battle Hymn is credited to Tom Dempsey and Gary McVay. The lyrics compliment Palin on everything from her common sense to her lack of a Harvard Law degree.

Complete with a slide guitar solo and spoken-word monologue, the song asserts that "with God and the tea party," Palin is going to take back Washington. It appears the video was recorded in a church, but the exact location is uncertain.

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1||January 19, 2011: Rep. Mike Pence's (R-IN) ambitions beyond Congress are well known. In November, Pence stepped down from his position in the House Republican leadership, leaving some wondering if he planned to run for governor of Indiana, or even president. He also won the Values Voter straw poll for both president and vice president in September. The Indianapolis Star reports that Pence will decide on a presidential bid this month.

May 11, 2010: Pence gives a tour of his office in Washington.||newscom/Tom Williams/Roll Call Photos&&

2||September 12, 2009: Pence at a tea party event organized by FreedomWorks at the U.S. Capitol.||newscom/Alexis C. Glenn/UPI&&

3||March 17, 2010.||newscom/CD1&&

4||Pence as a candidate for Congress in August 1988, meets with President Ronald Reagan in the White House's Blue Room. Pence reportedly said meeting Reagan "felt like I was talking to Mt. Rushmore!"||newscom/Mike Pence Office/Roll Call Photos&&

5||November 3, 2009: Pence marks up the House health care reform bill.||newscom/Bill Clark/Roll Call Photos&&

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7||August 3, 2009: Pence visits Cottrell's Learning Academy in Indiana.||flickr/mikepence&&

8||December 28, 2009: Pence and Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan.||flickr/mikepence&&

9||August 19, 2004: Pence during the House International Relations Committee hearing about diplomacy in the era of terrorism.||newscom/Roger L. Wollenberg/UPI&&

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11||March 26, 2009: Pence with Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) during the announcement of the Republicans' budget alternative.||newscom/Kevin Dietsch/UPI&&

12||October 25, 2009: Pence runs the Marine Corps marathon in Washington.||flickr/mikepence&&

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16||December 28, 2009: Pence visits troops at the Forward Operating Base in Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan.||flickr/mikepence&&

17||April 23, 2010: Pence visits Muncie Southside High School in Indiana.||flickr/mikepence&&

Stephen Colbert last night celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, saying the Civil Rights hero has finally received the reverence he deserves.

Colbert sees signs of progress all around him, not least of all in department stores' "rock bottom prices" on the national holiday. A Ford dealership in New York celebrated with an MLK Day "Sell-A-Bration" and Sears had a mattress sale.

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