Taintor-headshot_a9okdm

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.

Articles by David

Just days after Hurricane Irene swept up the East Coast, causing massive flooding in Vermont and leading to almost 40 deaths, Fox Business Network personality Charles Payne just had to ask, is global warming really to blame?

His guest, Bill Nye "The Science Guy," said there is evidence to suggest it is a result of global warming, but that climatologists will need more time to fully connect the dots. Nye went on to lay out in plain terms some of the facts of climate change, including rising temperatures in the Pacific ocean. The two debated a Newsweek story claiming radical weather is the "new normal," with Payne asking Nye if that was "irresponsible, or is there any science behind it?"

Read More →

Fresh off conservative criticism of President Obama's Midwest bus tour, the Tea Party Express is kicking its own tires. Leading up to the CNN/Tea Party Express Republican presidential debate Sept. 10, the tea party group on Saturday launched a bus tour in Napa, California.

"We want Washington to live within its means, just like we do," Tea Party Express chairwoman Amy Kremer told Reuters. "We're in an economic downfall. Meanwhile, politicians are busy attending cocktail parties instead of focusing on the issues."

Read More →

As TPM reported recently, emails sent and received by Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) transition team were accidentally deleted, apparently in violation of state standards. But it wasn't clear when they were deleted, or how.

Now the Miami Herald reports some new details: Scott's transition team knew the emails were missing as early as March. Rackspace, a private company handling the emails, notified the transition team that no records existed from almost all the accounts that had been closed, including Scott's, the Herald reports. Scott has said he only learned within the past couple weeks that the emails couldn't be recovered.

Read More →

The first images to come from the Libyan rebels' ransacking of deposed leader Muammar Qaddafi's compound in Tripoli were fun but fairly benign: fighters brandishing their spoils including his cherished cap, gold chain and a golf cart.



But also discovered in the compound is a photo album of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. As MSNBC reports, Rice visited Tripoli in 2008. She and Qaddafi ate dinner during a brief time where Qaddafi was being welcomed back into the international community.

Read More →

Emails sent and received during Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) transition into the governor's mansion were accidentally deleted soon after he took office, the Miami Herald reports.

Scott's office acknowledged last week that the emails were inadvertently deleted. But it's not exactly clear how many emails were deleted, or how exactly it happened.

Read More →



It's a good bet that, when challenged to defend the Tea Party, Sarah Palin won't balk from the challenge. Tonight, however, that challenge came in the name of a conservative, as Greta Van Susteren pointed out the group is targeting conservative stalwart Sen. Orrin Hatch for being too liberal. Van Susteren asked Palin how she would respond to their attempt to unseat him, to which Palin replied that she had admiration for the "good things" Sen. Hatch had done, and extremist elements were in "every group."

Read More →

In these down times, America needs a president who is a "bad ass," Stephen Colbert said on Thursday.

So it was with disappointment he reported that the U.S. is falling behind Russia in "inspirational leadership." Case in point: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitri Medvedev on Wednesday appeared in a rugged front-page photo in the New York Times.

Read More →

In one of his signature Fox News montages, Jon Stewart on Thursday highlighted the hypocrisy of conservative commentators railing against Warren Buffett's call to tax the super-rich.

It's "class warfare!" they claim. Because, you see, closing corporate tax loopholes and raising the marginal tax rate would only raise a meager $700 billion over 10 years, Stewart said. And as one conservative commentator noted, that's only a small fraction of the federal deficit.

Read More →

LiveWire