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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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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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today called Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-SC) plans to force a reading of the START Treaty a "new low in putting political stunts ahead of our national security" and "exactly the kind of Washington game-playing that the American people are sick of."

"Every minute that the START Treaty is being read on the Senate floor increases the time that we lack verification of Russia's nuclear arsenal," Gibbs said in a statement, adding that the bill has already been the subject of almost 20 Senate hearings.

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Stephen Colbert last night was presented with the first-ever "Golden Tweet" award for his June 16 tweet on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: "In honor of oil-soaked birds, 'tweets' are now 'gurgles.'"

"It's official, I won Twitter!" Colbert declared. "I have harpooned the Fail Whale! Tonight, we dine on Kutcher!"

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Stephen Colbert last night piggybacked on Fox News' reporting of the nation's "war on Christmas," adding some original reporting of his own.

In late November, Fox & Friends' Gretchen Carlson picked up a story claiming that a Florida elementary school banned the use of red and green during the holidays, calling the decision "crazy." But the school district's spokesperson Regina Klaers told the Orlando Sentinel that the report was simply wrong.

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Jon Stewart last night took on Republicans' blocking of all legislation until the Bush-era tax cuts compromise is passed, focusing on the Don't Ask, Don't Tell debate, the DREAM act and the 9/11 responders bill.

"I get the other two, but since when does the Republican party make 9/11 first responders stand over in the corner with the gays and Mexicans?" Stewart said.

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Richard Holbrooke, President Barack Obama's special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, died on December 13, 2010. A top U.S. diplomat for years, Holbrooke achieved public prominence after brokering a peace agreement that ended the conflict in the Balkans.

Here, Holbrooke receives the Robert C. Frasure award for Operational Diplomacy in Washington in 1997.

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Holbrooke in 1999 addresses a National Press Club luncheon in Washington.

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Holbrooke and former President Bill Clinton in 2000 arrive at the United Nations.

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Holbrooke in 2000 hosts a tour of the USS John F. Kennedy in New York City.

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Holbrooke, in February 2009, meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul.

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Holbrooke, center, meets with Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), left, and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), right, before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Afghanistan.

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Holbrooke in 1997 with fellow U.S. diplomat Robert Gelbard at a press conference held by Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic.

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Holbrooke, left, in May 2009, meets with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office.

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Holbrooke in 2008 with former President George H.W. Bush in Berlin, where Bush received the Henry A. Kissinger Prize.

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Holbrooke in 2009 in Brussels, Belgium, before a meeting with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana.

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Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle may have gone down in the Nevada Senate race, but she's wasting no time ensuring Tea Party ideals are represented in 2012. According to Roll Call, she is joining Tea Partiers from 15 states to promote a political action organization.

The Patriot Caucus -- founded in December, 2009 -- will set up offices in many key battleground states, including Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida and Nevada in early 2011. The group will also launch what organizers call a "state-of-the-art" website that will serve as an online hub for the group.

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1||November 22, 2010: President Barack Obama shares a lighter moment during a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House.

Here are more photos of late autumn with the Obamas...||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

2|| November 23, 2010: Obama stops to buy treats at the Gingerbread House Bakery in Kokomo, Indiana.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

3||November, 24, 2010: The Obamas prepare to distribute food at Martha's Table, a food pantry in Washington.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

4||November 30, 2010: Obama talks with former President Jimmy Carter, who was attending a meeting in National Security Advisor Tom Donilon's office at the White House.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

5||November 18, 2010: Obama meets in the Oval Office with Congressional Democratic leadership.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

6||November 7, 2010: Obama greets students following a town hall meeting at St. Xavier College in Mumbai, India.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

7||November 20, 2010: Obama talks with Gen. David Petraeus before holding a bilateral meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during the NATO Summit.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

8||November 22, 2010: First Lady Michelle Obama joins students for a "Let's Move!" Salad Bars to Schools launch event at Riverside Elementary School in Miami, Florida.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

9||November 29, 2010: Bo, the Obama family dog, is greeted by several of the President's Active Lifestyle Award achievers in the the White House.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

10||November 19, 2010: Obama participates in an arrival ceremony with President Cavaco Silva at Belém National Palace in Lisbon, Portugal.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

11||November 6, 2010: Barack and Michelle Obama tour Gandhi's room at the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum in Mumbai, India.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

12||November 11, 2010: Obama talks with U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk before bilateral meetings at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, South Korea.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

13||November 11, 2010: Obama greets Korean War veteran Private Hector Cafferata, who received the Medal of Honor for his heroic service at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

14||November 20, 2010: Obama walks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

15||November 29, 2010: Obama holds a meeting regarding the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Secretary Robert Gates.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

16||November 23, 2010: Obama greets children at Sycamore Elementary in Kokomo, Indiana.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

17||November 23, 2010: Obama talks on the phone with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in the Treaty Room Office at the White House.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&