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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A fictional article about New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ended up featured on Friday on The Drudge Report, according to Gawker

The story was originally published by the satirical news website The Daily Currant under this headline: "Bloomberg Refused Second Slice of Pizza at Local Restaurant." The fake news story reported that the mayor was denied a slice of pizza in Brooklyn over his proposed soda ban.

"NO PIZZA FOR YOU!" was the top headline on Drudge. As of this writing, the top story on Drudge was the monthly jobs report, and there was no mention of pizza anywhere on the page. To see a screen grab of Drudge's pizza page, see The Atlantic Wire's post.

Drudge is far from the first news site to be duped by The Daily Currant. In February, the Washington Post picked up a story from the site that claimed Sarah Palin was signing on with Al Jazeera English. And in March, a fake story claiming that Paul Krugman was filing for bankruptcy ended up on the Boston Globe website, under a partnership with a financial news content provider. The bankruptcy story originated on The Daily Currant.

h/t @nycsouthpaw.

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The U.S. economy added 165,000 jobs in April, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday. The unemployment rate is at 7.5 percent. 

Here are BLS' revisions for previous monthly jobs reports:

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for February was revised from +268,000 to +332,000, and the change for March was revised from +88,000 to +138,000. With these revisions, employment gains in February and March combined were 114,000 higher than previously reported.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talked up Hillary Clinton's presidential qualification during a speech on Thursday in LIttle Rock, Ark., the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

According to the report, Pelosi is even praying for Clinton to jump in the race:

"I pray that Hillary Clinton decides to run for president of the United States," Pelosi said, drawing loud applause from the crowd of several hundred at the Robinson Center. "... Nobody has been first lady and senator and now secretary of state. Putting everything aside that she is a woman, she'd be the best qualified person that we've seen [in recent years]."


Pelosi said Clinton getting elected would be "such a lift for our country" and the world.


"Think of the message it sends to women in the world," she said. "The most powerful figure in the world is a woman, and she also happens to be the most qualified for the job."

h/t Politico.

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Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak on Friday at the South Carolina Democratic Party's "Jefferson-Jackson Dinner" in Columbia, S.C. The group announced Biden's appearance back in March. 

After the dinner, according to the White House's schedule, Biden will attend a fish fry hosted by Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC). According to The State newspaper, Biden was at the congressman's fish fry back in 2007. 

President Obama is scheduled to speak at 10:15 a.m. ET Friday at the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, according to the White House's public schedule.

Later in the day, Obama is set to travel to Costa Rica. Obama is scheduled to hold a press conference with President Laura Chinchilla later in the evening.

David Corn's reporting on Mitt Romney's infamous "47 percent" comments has received another journalism prize. Mother Jones took home a National Magazine Award on Thursday in the video category.

In a written statement, Mother Jones co-editor Clara Jeffery said: "To be recognized by the American Society of Magazine Editors in this way is an incredible honor."

The 2012 campaign-defining scoop won Corn a George Polk award in February.

Read Corn's story and see the video here

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Howard Kurtz, The Daily Beast's Washington bureau chief, has left the company, editor-in-chief Tina Brown announced on Twitter Thursday. Daily Beast spokesman Andrew Kirk confirmed the news to TPM and forwarded Brown's memo to staff on the news:

“The Daily Beast and Howard Kurtz have parted company. Under the direction of our newly named political director John Avlon we have added new momentum and authority to our Washington bureau with columnists such as Jon Favreau, Joshua Dubois and Stuart Stevens joining our outstanding DC team of Eleanor Clift, Daniel Klaidman, Michael Tomasky, Eli Lake, David Frum and Michelle Cottle - giving us one of the best politics teams in the business which was instrumental in this week’s Webby win for Best News site.”  

Politico first reported news of Kurtz's ouster. Kurtz, a media critic for The Daily Beast and other news organizations, came under fire on Wednesday over a blog post in which he wrote that NBA player Jason Collins, who recently came out as gay, failed to mention he was once engaged. Collins did, in fact, disclose that detail in his announcement, and The Daily Beast has retracted the piece. 

"The piece contained several errors, resulting in a misleading characterization of NBA player Collins and the story he co-wrote in Sports Illustrated in which he came out as gay," The Daily Beast wrote in its retraction, adding that the site "sincerely regrets Kurtz’s error—and any implication that Collins attempted to hide or obscure the engagement."

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After two Kazakhstan citizens were charged in the Boston Marathon bombing case, the country's foreign ministry said it is cooperating with the U.S. in the investigation, Reuters reported

Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, friends of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were charged on Wednesday in connection to the case. Accounting to the criminal complaint, Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev have been accused of "knowingly destroying, concealing, and covering up" items belonging to Tsarnaev "with the intent to impede, obstruct, and influence" the investigation. 

"We would like to emphasize that our citizens did not receive charges of involvement in the organization of Boston marathon bombings," the foreign ministry said in a written statement posted online. "They were charged with destroying evidence."

The statement continued:

At present, our citizens receive the necessary consular assistance. Their guilt has not been proven and the investigation is ongoing. Both Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov cooperate with the investigative bodies and provide them assistance.


As we have repeatedly stressed, Kazakhstan strongly condemns any form of terrorism. The Kazakhstan side is cooperating with the U.S. law enforcement bodies in their investigation. 

 Read more here.

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