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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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Stephen Colbert is hurt that former Godfather's Pizza CEO and Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain canceled on him. The GOP contender was slated to appear on the Colbert Report Thursday, but pulled out due to a "last minute scheduling conflict."

"Herman Cain, I am not some pizza crust you can leave on your plate and move on to a hotter slice," Colbert said last night. "You can't cancel on me, because I'm canceling on you!"

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Stephen Colbert on Monday night forgave the news media for quickly jumping to the conclusion that Islamic terrorists were responsible for Friday's bombing and mass shooting in Norway.

The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin, commenting on the attacks while they were still underway, wrote: "there is a specific jihadist connection here." Even the New York Times briefly reported that a group known as "Helpers Of Global Jihad" claimed responsibility.

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Jon Stewart last night had some tough words for Congress, berating politicians' inability to broker a deal to raise the debt limit.

Responding to the latest debt limit offers from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Stewart compared Congress to a skunk with its head stuck in a jar of peanut butter.

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Stephen Colbert has only one explanation why politicians he doesn't vote for are elected: voter fraud!

Colbert on Wednesday addressed the rise of restrictive voter ID laws around the country, saying they ensure only the right people vote. Take New Hampshire Republican House Speaker Bill O'Brien. Back in March, TPM reported that he wanted to disenfranchise students who "just vote their feelings."

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Jon Stewart on Wednesday was giddy over British Prime Minister David Cameron's appearance before a rowdy special session of Parliament.

The House of Commons grilled Cameron over his hiring of former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, who has been implicated in the ongoing News Corp phone hacking scandal. The hearing became quite heated at moments, with Cameron telling Labour leader Ed Miliband to "stop hunting feeble conspiracy theories and start rising to the level of events."

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