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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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Maine Gov. Paul LePage garnered much media attention last week when he responded to the NAACP's criticism of his planned non-participation in certain Martin Luther King Day events with a terse "kiss my butt."

LePage -- who on Monday ended up paying a visit to an MLK Day event after all -- defended his decision last week by saying he has a black son.

"Tell them to kiss my butt. If they want, they can look at my family picture. My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they'd like about it."

This declaration drew focus onto LePage's relationship with the young man. And as the Portland Press Herald reports, the young man who LePage called his son -- Devon Raymond Jr. -- isn't technically his son. It remains unclear exactly how close the two are, or were -- or what the exact nature of their relationship is.

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1||Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is perhaps best remembered as President Bill Clinton's Republican foil in the 1990s. He's flirted many times over the years with a presidential run, but finally made the push for 2012. He struggled spectacularly in the early going, but has since -- sort of -- righted the ship. At least in so much as he's still around. Let's take a look at Gingrich over the past two decades.

October 25, 2011: Gingrich and his wife Callista wield a giant axe at an event in Concord, New Hampshire, after signing a pledge to cut taxes, spending, and government. ||Associated Press&&

2||May 7, 2009: From left, senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, Gingrich and Rev. Al Sharpton discuss education reform with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.||newscom/Pete Souza - White House via CNP&&

3||President Ronald Reagan and Gingrich in 1985.||Wikimedia&&

4||April 12, 1996: Gingrich answers reporters' questions while holding a python at the St. Louis Zoo.||newscom/Bill Greenblatt&&

5||December 22, 1996: Gingrich and President Bill Clinton during a meeting on the budget and partial shutdown of the government.||newscom/Ken Cedeno&&

6||February 6, 1996: From left, former First Lady Betty Ford, former President Gerald Ford, former First Lady Nancy Reagan and Gingrich at Ronald Reagan's 85th birthday. More than 500 attended the celebration at Chasen's, the restaurant where Reagan proposed to his wife.||newscom/Jim Ruymen&&

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8||September 17, 1996: Gingrich at a press conference in Tampa, Florida, holds an ice bucket to represent government waste, and how he saved money on ice being delivered to the House.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

9||October 21, 2010: Gingrich speaks at a Tea Party Express event in San Diego. ||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

10||Gingrich in 2004 discusses his book Grant Comes East at a Borders bookstore in New York City.||newscom/Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMA Press&&

11||August 13, 1996: Gingrich addresses the Republican National Convention in San Diego.||newscom/Jim Ruymen&&

12||July 17, 1997: From left, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), Gingrich and former Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) at a news conference.||newscom/Congressional Quarterly&&

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14||August 5, 1997: From left, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, Gingrich, President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore during a ceremony to sign budget reconciliation measures.||newscom/Congressional Quarterly&&

15||July 29, 1997: Gingrich greets Boy Scouts from New Orleans.||newscom/Congressional Quarterly&&

16||May 19, 2007: Gingrich delivers the commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.||newscom/ALEXIS C. GLENN/UPI&&

17||January 13, 1998: Bill Gates and Gingrich in Redmond, Washington.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

18||Gingrich and his wife, Callista, arrive at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington.

See more of our 2012 GOPer slideshows here: Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney.||newscom/Mike Theiler/UPI&&

Rick Sanchez thinks you've got him all wrong.

And on Thursday night at a synagogue on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the former CNN anchor engaged in a dialogue with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach to set the record straight. Sanchez was fired from CNN in October after saying on a radio show that Daily Show host Jon Stewart is a "bigot" and suggesting that Jews run CNN. Sanchez later apologized for his remarks.

His friends recently launched the website Friends of Rick Sanchez to further clear his name.

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Vice President Joe Biden today announced Bruce Reed as his new chief of staff, saying that "he brings a unique blend of experience and perspective to this position."

"His leadership will be a tremendous asset to my office," Biden added.

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