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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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After the 112th Congress convened yesterday, Jon Stewart celebrated his pick for the Senate's grumpiest member: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

"McCain's old-man crankiness has gone off the charts," Stewart said last night. "On the scale, he's clearly gone from a man of wisdom all the way to full Gran Torino."

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A Manatee County sergeant was suspended without pay after he highlighted an ominous verse in the Bible and dubbed it the "Obama Prayer."

According to the police report, Matthew Neu circled "Let his days be few, and let another take his office" -- from Psalm 109 -- and placed the "Obama Prayer" note in a bible on a colleague's desk. The "Obama Prayer" has been circulating around the Internet, and Neu received it in an email.

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Last night, Lawrence O'Donnell challenged Rep. Bob Goodlatte's (R-VA) knowledge of the Constitution, after Goodlatte boasted of his plans to read the document in its entirety on the House floor Thursday.

Goodlatte -- who will become the first congressman to read the Constitution in its entirety on the House floor -- says it will "begin the process of debating" the meaning and role of the Constitution today.

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Harvard professor Roy Y.J Chua and London Business School assistant professor Xi Zou found that people who live luxuriously may be psychologically different than everyone else.


More specifically, people who drive around in town cars and zip across the country in private jets make selfish decisions that enable them to do so. They make decisions that best benefit themselves and don't consider others as much. Chua says this could be the reason so many high-paid executives, like those on Wall Street, act irresponsibly.

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Stephen Colbert is worried about the long term value of the American dollar, which is why he's arguing for the return of the gold standard.

"Let's face it," Colbert said last night, "if there was a precious metals Olympics, who would win the gold? Gold would."

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Jon Stewart last night lampooned Monday's Republican National Committee chair debate, highlighting some of the candidates' better gaffes.

Stewart began by critiquing Ann Wagner's wardrobe. "Wagner, what are you doing?" Stewart asked. "The lady Dole train left the station in 2008. These are Palin days!" He then performed an impromptu makeover, adding some bangs, a flag lapel pin and a leather jacket, among other things.

"You just got grizzlied!" he added.

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Incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) -- who will officially take the gavel this afternoon -- will say in his opening speech that the American people voted to "end business as usual" and the 112th Congress can "no longer fall short."

In his prepared remarks, Boehner also said the American people have humbled the new Congress, and want their representatives to be honest and accountable.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight Jacob Volkmann was giving a snooze-inducing interview about his recent victory over Antonio McKee when things took a political turn for the worse. When Fanhouse's Ariel Helwani asked Volkmann whom he'd like to fight next, Volkmann said President Barack Obama.

"He's not too bright," Volkmann said. "Someone's gotta knock some sense into that idiot."

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1||January 5, 2011: As members of the 112th Congress are sworn in today, Republicans officially take control of the House. Some are familiar faces, others are freshmen legislators. Meet the members of the new Republican House leadership.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

2||House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)||newscom/Bill Clark/Roll Call Photos&&

3||House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)||newscom/Jeff Malet&&

4||Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI)||newscom/Tom Williams/Roll Call Photos&&

5||Homeland Security Committee Chair Peter King (R-NY)||newscom/Ron Sachs/CNP&&

6||Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair Darrell Issa (R-CA)||newscom/Jeff Malet&&

7||Energy and Commerce Chair Fred Upton (R-MI)||newscom/Ryan Kelly/Congressional Quarterly&&

8||Conference Chair Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)||newscom/Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly&&

9||Science and Technology Committee Chair Ralph Hall (R-TX)||newscom/&&

10||Armed Services Committee Chair Buck McKeon (R-CA)||newscom/Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly&&

11||National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Pete Sessions (R-TX)||newscom/Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly&&

12||Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas (R-OK)||newscom/Kevin Dietsch/UPI&&

13||Policy Committee Chair Tom Price (R-GA)||newscom/Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly&&

14||Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD)||newscom/Tom Williams/Roll Call Photos&&

15||Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC)||newscom/Bill Clark/Roll Call Photos&&

16||Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers (R-KY)||newscom/Tom Williams/Roll Call Photos&&

17||Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)||newscom/Kevin Dietsch/UPI&&

18||Education and Labor Committee Chair John Kline (R-MN)||newscom/Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly&&

19||Chairman of the Leadership Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)||newscom/Bill Clark/Roll Call Photos&&

20||Financial Services Committee Chair Spencer Bachus (R-AL)||newscom/Richard Clement&&

21||Judiciary Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX)||newscom/Bill Clark/Roll Call Photos&&

22||Natural Resources Committee Chair Doc Hastings (R-WA)||newscom/Ron Sachs/CNP&&

23||Small Business Committee Chair Sam Graves (R-MO)||newscom/MCT&&

24||Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair John Mica (R-FL)||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

25||Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair Jeff Miller (R-FL)||facebook.com/jeffmiller&&

26||Ways and Means Committee Chair David Camp (R-MI)||newscom/Ryan Kelly/Congressional Quarterly&&

27||Conference Vice-Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)||newscom/Bill Clark/Roll Call Photos&&

28||Conference Secretary John Carter (R-TX)||newscom/Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly&&

29||Rules Committee Representative David Dreier (R-CA)||newscom/Tom Williams/Roll Call Photos&&

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