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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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Newspapers really are a bummer, aren't they? Always informing readers of news from far-away places, of local legislatures and even governors, like Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who it turns out couldn't care less.

"I don't read newspapers in the state of Ohio," Kasich said Monday at a college in Columbus. "Very rarely do I read a newspaper. Because ... reading newspapers does not give you an uplifting experience. ... I have found my life is a lot better if I don't get aggravated by what I read in the newspaper."

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That's a lot of money down the toilet.

The Miami Herald reports that three people in south Florida allegedly conned elderly customers into buying more than 70 years-worth of toilet paper in a $1 million scam involving dozens across the country.

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Stephen Colbert this holiday season is most thankful for Mitt Romney, who on Monday got a tip of Colbert's hat.

A new Romney ad "nails" President Obama using his own words, Colbert said. Actually, the ad shows Obama quoting former Republican presidential candidate John McCain. But who cares! They're Obama's words now.

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UC Davis student government president Adam Thongsavat was in a meeting on Friday when he received an urgent text message: riot police were on the campus mall, pepper spraying a group of sitting protesters. You have to get down here, the message read.

When he arrived on the quad, people were yelling and had their cameras out. Some were crying, others were coughing.Thongsavat went up to a couple campus police lieutenants -- including Lt. John Pike, one officer implicated in the pepper spraying -- and asked what was going on and who gave the order. "It wasn't us," one of the officers replied. Pike was silent.

"I took a deep breath, and said, 'It's going to be a really different campus," Thongsavat told TPM by phone Tuesday evening.

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