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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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&&

1||Thousands of students flooded the streets of London Thursday to protest a tuition hike approved by British lawmakers. Some protesters allegedly threw billiard balls, flares and paint bombs as police forces rushed to defuse the situation. Protesters, at one point, attacked the limousine carrying Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, shattering the car's rear windows.||Newscom/ZUMA Press&&

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3||Police stand outside the London Palladium after the Rolls-Royce carrying Prince Charles and Camilla was attacked.||Jeff Moore/Splash News/Newscom&&

4||The car's rear windows were shattered by the protesters' attack.||Newscom/ZUMA Press&&

5||The vehicle was driving on Regent Street in London at the time.||MSAA/ZOB/ZDS/Newscom&&


7||Prince Charles and Camilla leave the London Palladium after attending the Royal Variety Performance. They were taken away in a police van following the attack on their limousine.||MSAA/ZOB/ZDS/Newscom&&

8||Prince Charles meets singers Kylie Minogue and Gary Barlow at the Royal Variety Performance.||Photoshot/Newscom&&

9||||Facundo Arrizabalaga/Photoshot/Newscom&&

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11||||Robert Eames B433/Photoshot/Newscom&&

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13||Demonstrators lit a plastic box to protest the tuition hike.||Felipe Trueba/Photoshot/Newscom&&

14||A student is injured in the process of being arrested.||Newscom/ZUMA Press&&

15||Police stand guard on Oxford Street.||Newscom/ZUMA Press&&

16||Clean up efforts began Friday morning. Winston Churchill's statue was vandalized, and windows were smashed at the Treasury and the Supreme Court.||KWAA/ZDS/Newscom&&


The Department of Homeland Security this week stepped up its "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign, but you won't be seeing more ads in New York City subway cars. No, the public service announcements will be featured in a far different location: Walmart.

DHS Secretary Janet Naolitano recorded a video clip that will be looped over and over again at a total of 588 Wal-Mart stores nationwide.

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David Letterman and Bill O'Reilly assessed a number of potential 2012 presidential candidates on the Late Show last night, disagreeing over whether Sarah Palin will end up running.

Letterman acknowledged Palin could raise the necessary money to run, but he's not convinced she'll do it. "She knows that the second a person puts their hand on the bible and takes the oath of office, the stock starts to drop," he said.

"I disagree," O'Reilly said, adding that she could be a viable candidate.

They both agreed, however, that it would be entertaining if she did ... and good for both of their shows.

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Jon Stewart last night was aghast over Senate Republicans blocking the 9/11 responders bill, part of the GOP's vow to block all legislation until the Bush-era tax cuts deal is passed.

"You couldn't even get 60 senators to agree to vote on the 9/11 responders bill, because the top 2 percent of Americans haven't officially received their engraved notifications that their taxes won't go up 4 percent?" Stewart asked. "That's the principled pledge you want to stand by? 'Bros before heroes?' "

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Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) has some tough words for President Barack Obama -- who this week reached across the aisle to strike a deal with Republicans over extending the Bush-era tax cuts -- calling him "politically immature."

How does he figure? "By using rhetoric that calls us 'hostage-takers,' he believes, somehow, that the Left will give him some credit for hating us, or putting us in a bad light. But it just lowers him," Graham told the National Journal Online. "He is whining, and no one likes a whining president. ... There is a lot of disappointment on our side. Quite frankly, this is going to be hard to forget."

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It's no secret that Fox News' political coverage isn't always quite "fair and balanced." But emails obtained by Media Matters show that Fox News' Washington managing editor Bill Sammon urged his staff to actually echo Republican talking points on the health care debate.

According to the emails, Sammon directed his staff to use specific wording when describing the health care debate, preferring the term "government option" over "public option."

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Stephen Colbert last night gave a "tip of his hat" to incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) for threatening to defund the Smithsonian National Portrait Museum over a video installation titled "Fire in My Belly."

The Smithsonian eventually removed the piece, which briefly shows ants crawling over a crucifix, and the decision drew criticism from some art critics. But Colbert thinks the critics "just don't get" Cantor's work.

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