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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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Bradlee Dean isn't just Minnesota's favorite anti-gay preacher -- he's also a concerned citizen. He's worried about the future of America, and so, he's decided to write President Obama a letter. And he apparently thinks the president might be interested in what he has to say.

In the rambling, three-page letter, Dean writes about his troubled past, his insecurities and the eventual path to his current faith. He writes about a "radical homosexual agenda" backed by the government. And while Dean didn't vote for Obama, he writes that he "rejoiced in heart" at Obama's election. But Dean's not impressed by the president's first term.

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) doesn't want Florida to have all the fun of drug testing suspicion-less citizens before receiving state benefits.

"I so want drug testing," Haley said on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. "It's something I've been wanting since the first day I walked into office."

And now Haley is trying to make that dream come true, pushing for people applying for jobless benefits to first pass a drug test before receiving any aid, the AP reports.

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A state technical college in Missouri has an unusual requirement for new students: pass a mandatory drug test.

Linn State Technical College -- a 1,200-student school in Linn, Missouri -- instituted the program this week, the AP reports. Associate Dean of Student Affairs Richard Pemberton said the drug tests are a way to prepare students for the professional world.

"They're going to be faced with this as they go into the drug-free workplace," he told the AP. "We want them to be prepared."

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When there's conflict, Jon Stewart said Thursday, there's a winner and a loser, and Mitt Romney clearly got "Rickrolled" in the Republican primary debate.

Romney painted himself as the intellectual candidate, referring to his 59 bullet-point jobs plan. Rick Perry, on the other hand, drew huge applause for being governor of a state which executed a couple hundred people and for declaring, "I hate cancer."

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Well, here's something: to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, former Florida congressman and current MSNBC host Joe Scarborough has spilled his heart out in the form of a song.

The Huffington Post caught up with Scarborough to get some insight into his country track "Reason to Believe."

"It's critical that we remember the heroes of 9/11 and those who are still fighting in an endless war," he said. "They need to come home. It's time."

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The Florida ACLU has filed suit against a state law requiring welfare applicants to first pass a drug test before receiving benefits.

The suit claims the Florida law violates the Fourth Amendment by requiring welfare applicants to submit to "suspicionless drug testing." It's filed on behalf of Luis Lebron, a 35 year-old Orlando resident and Navy veteran, who applied for the benefits but refused to take the drug test, according to an ACLU release.

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Jon Stewart is back from vacation, and he's not too happy with the news coverage he missed during his time away.

Last week, President Obama proposed a jobs speech to take place before a joint session of Congress on the same night as a GOP presidential primary debate. A minor tiff broke out between Republicans and the president, and the White House agreed to reschedule. Sounds simple enough, right?

"Non-crisis averted," Stewart said. "It's the first installment of what I hope will be many in our new segment, 'Tales of Reasonable Accommodation.'"

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