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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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In what promises to be a bizarre pairing, CNN and the Tea Party Express are joining forces to co-host a Republican presidential primary debate in September 2011.

The Tea Party Express' hits have been no stranger to TPM's pages. Over the summer, for example, Tea Party Express' Mark Williams said the NAACP's use of the word "colored'" makes the organization racist. Williams, who was an occasional guest on CNN, was eventually forced to resign from the Tea Part Express.

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Stephen Colbert last night continued his coverage of the nation's war on Christmas, calling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) -- who is urging Congress to continue working through the holidays -- the "albino raisin who stole Christmas."

Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) has said it would be impossible to complete all the work Reid wants to accomplish during the holidays "without disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians, and the families of all the Senate." And Colbert agrees.

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1||December 15, 2010: Politico hosts its "A Toast to the Holidays" party at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington.||Ryder Haske&&

2||Politico chief Washington correspondent Mike Allen. Allen pens Politico's "Playbook," a morning roundup of news around Washington.||Ryder Haske&&

3||Tom WiIliams, staff photographer for Roll Call, and Susan Davis, Congressional correspondent for National Journal.||Ryder Haske&&

4||Colin Crowell, of Crowell Strategies, Ana Marie Cox, Washington correspondent for GQ, and Gerard J. Waldron, a partner at Covington and Burling.||Ryder Haske&&

5||Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Joel Davidson, an MBA candidate at George Washington University.||Ryder Haske&&

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7||Dan Balz, political columnist for the Washington Post, and Roger Simon, chief political columnist for Politico.||Ryder Haske&&

8||Joe Williams, deputy White House editor for Politico, and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan.||Ryder Haske&&

9||Scott Conroy, White House reporter for Real Clear Politics, Alex Conant, communications director for Tim Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC, and David Mark, senior editor for Politico.||Ryder Haske&&

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11||Frank Fahrenkopf Jr., president and CEO of The American Gaming Association and Lloyd Hand, senior counsel for King and Spalding.||Ryder Haske&&

12||C-SPAN producers Lauren Pulte and Austen Williams.||Ryder Haske&&

13||Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Politico reporter Chris Frates, Rebecca Cooper, anchor/reporter for ABC 7 in Washington, and Kathy LaHood.||Ryder Haske&&

14||Tony Podesta, Norm Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Mary Fahrenkopf and Frank Fahrenkopf Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, and Lloyd Hand, senior counsel at King and Spalding.||Ryder Haske&&

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1||December 14, 2010: A number of authors and journalists gathered at the Italian Embassy in Washington as part of a panel titled, "What's Next in U.S. Politics?"

Bill Schneider, second from right, is a contributor to CNN International. He currently serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow and Resident Scholar at Third Way, a Washington think tank.||Ryder Haske&&

2||Participating in the panel were: Richard Wolffe, author and MSNBC commentator; Helene Cooper, White House correspondent for the New York Times; Bill Schneider, Senior Fellow at Third Way and contributor to CNN International; and moderator Gerardo Greco, U.S. correspondent for RAI.||Ryder Haske&&

3||Stephen Hayes, right, with a member of the audience. Hayes is a senior writer at the Weekly Standard and author of two New York Times best-selling books. He is also a frequent Fox News contributor.||Ryder Haske&&

4||New York Times White House correspondent Helene Cooper, Richard Wolffe, MSNBC commentator and author of "Revival: The Struggle For Survival Inside The Obama White House," and Gerardo Greco, the panel's moderator.||Ryder Haske&&

5||The Italian Embassy press team: Andrea Sandre, Manuela Giordano, Simona Massobrio and Alessandra De Santis.||Ryder Haske&&

6||Panel moderator Gerardo Greco interviews Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata, the Italian ambassador to the U.S.||Ryder Haske&&

7||Richard Wolffe is an MSNBC commentator and the author of "Revival: The Struggle For Survival Inside The Obama White House."||Ryder Haske&&

8||Susanna Bonini, Niccolo and Tania Fontana and Thomas Botzios||Ryder Haske&&

9||A brief reception was held after the panel.||Ryder Haske&&

10||Stephen Hayes is a senior writer at the Weekly Standard and author of two New York Times best-selling books.||Ryder Haske&&

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12||Ezzat Ibrahim, left, is a correspondent for Al-Ahram and Carol S. Castiel is the director of current affairs programs at Voice of America.||Ryder Haske&&

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14||Bill Schneider is a contributor to CNN International. He currently serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow and Resident Scholar at Third Way, a Washington think tank.||Ryder Haske&&

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is calling off his plans to read every word of the START Treaty on the Senate floor, MSNBC and others report.

DeMint was planning to force a reading of the START Treaty, the nuclear arms reduction deal President Barack Obama negotiated with Russia earlier this year, and Sen. Daniel Inouye's (D-HI) omnibus bill. Reading both bills -- which are thousands of pages in length -- could have taken days.

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