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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Stephen Colbert made good on his promise. On the Colbert Report Monday, he promised to release his first television ad on Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa, and he has done just that.

The ad -- sponsored by Colbert's Super PAC, "Americans for a Better Tomorrow,Tomorrow" -- opens with an ominous Colbert voice over, warning of a "money storm" of conservative interest groups gathering over Iowa, each of them trying to influence voters to support Rick Perry at the Iowa straw poll this weekend.

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Sure, it's been hot this summer, but Stephen Colbert doesn't believe in the "myth" of global warming.

Take the heat index, for instance -- a combination of heat and humidity to describe how it actually feels outside. Colbert thinks that's just another number "big media" throw around to make us feel like this summer has been extra hot. And what's worse, these "hot heads have started to indoctrinate our kids," he said. Thankfully, we've got the folks at Fox and Friends to bring the truth to light. Last week, the program ran a segment claiming Nickelodeon's Spongebob Squarepants is pushing a global warming agenda.

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Newsweek should be ashamed of its cover photo of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Jon Stewart said Tuesday night, which shows the congresswoman in a, well, not-so-flattering light.

"Look, Newsweek, that's a shitty picture of Michele Bachmann," Stewart said. "And clearly not an accidentally shitty picture of Michele Bachmann. Because you can say a lot of things about Michele Bachmann. A lot of things. But here's what you can't say about Michele Bachmann: that she is not photogenic."

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A creationist theme park slated to be built in Kentucky has big ambitions, including erecting a full-size wooden ark, a walled city with plenty of outdoor parking. And now it's set to receive a 75 percent property tax discount to do it.

The 75 percent property tax break will span the next 30 years, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. Rick Skinner, the mayor of Williamstown -- in Grant County, where the park will be built -- said the offer will be followed by a formal deal in the coming months, according to the report. Skinner did not immediately return TPM's requests for comment.

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Less than two months after Keith Olbermann made his debut on Current TV, the progressive television network has made another high-profile hire.

David Bohrman, formerly CNN's vice president of programming and Washington bureau chief, has been tapped as president of Current TV. And he'll have his work cut out for him. The network is planning to build its programming around Olbermann's "Countdown" -- currently its flagship program.

After securing "Countdown" in the lineup, Current co-founder and CEO Joel Hyatt told TPM "we realized what we needed, at the senior level of leadership at the company ... someone with the expertise in TV news programming and production. We set out to find the very best person, and all roads led to David Bohrman."

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Sometimes -- well, a lot of times -- cable news networks have to fill air time. Like when they have to wait for President Obama to make a statement. And especially when those remarks are pushed back 30 minutes.

Enter Donald Trump, cable news' recent favorite financial analyst. While America waited for Obama to speak on Monday, as stock markets were cratering, Trump -- who, for a successful business mogul, seems to have a remarkable amount of free time to do interviews -- weighed in on everything from the United States' debt deal (which he says shows a lack of leadership), the president (whom Trump said earlier he is still no fan of) and China (America's "enemy").

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