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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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Refreshing? A strong leader? Given Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) devastatingly low approval ratings, these may be words Floridians would have a hard time using to describe their state's chief executive. But don't worry, Florida -- Rick Scott's happy to help you out.

A new feature on the governor's website allows constituents to a sign a pre-written letter to the editor and send it to one of seven newspapers in Florida.

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Voyager 1, launched in 1977, is speeding away from the sun at more than 100,000 miles per hour. And as Popular Science writes, it may leave our solar system any day now. Its sister satellite, Voyager 2, is several billion miles behind, and will cross the boundary after Voyager 1.

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He's baaaack! After his ouster from MSNBC in late January, progressive pundit Keith Olbermann will debut his new Countdown on Current TV Monday night.

The show has bagged a number of high-profile guest hosts and commentators. David Shuster will be Olbermann's primary stand-in, according to a Current release from Friday. Other frequent contributors will include Rolling Stone's Matt Taibi, Mother Jones' Kate Shappard, and former Nixon White House counsel John Dean among others.

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Jon Stewart appeared in his first Sunday morning news show interview ever with Chris Wallace, and unlike his often entertaining and jovial encounters with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, this confrontation was a bit more heated. Wallace opened the segment suggesting to Stewart "you love to take shots at Fox News" and from there Wallace was determined to get Stewart to admit that the mainstream media has a liberal bias. Yet Stewart refused to believe that anyone in the media is as "relentlessly activist" as Fox News.

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Things are heating up in Minnesota this summer where the state government is facing a $5 billion deficit. If a budget deal isn't reached by the end of the month, it's lights out.

Gov. Mark Dayton (D) is looking to increase taxes on the top 2 percent of wealthy Minnesotans and cut spending, while Republicans propose balancing the budget entirely with spending cuts.

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1||May 6, 2011: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden walk across the tarmac before departing from Fort Campbell, KY.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

2||May 5, 2011: Obama and firefighters toast during a lunch at Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9 Firehouse in New York. The firehouse, known as the "Pride of Midtown," lost 15 firefighters on 9/11 -- an entire shift and more than any other New York firehouse. Obama visited New York to pay respects to 9/11 first responders after the death of Osama bin Laden. ||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

3||May 10, 2011: Obama shakes hands with people in the crowd following his remarks on immigration reform at Chamizal National Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

4||May 12, 2011: Obama and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) talk after a meeting with the Senate Republican Caucus in in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner stands to the right.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

5||May 12, 2011: Obama and Biden meet with members of the National Association of Police Organizations and TOP COP honorees in the White House's Roosevelt Room.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

6||May 12, 2011: Obama meets with the Congressional Black Caucus in the State Dining Room of the White House.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

7||May 12, 2011: Obama meets with Senate Republicans in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

8||May 11, 2011: First Lady Michelle Obama stands as the national anthem is played during the Senate Spouses luncheon at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington||Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy&&

9||May 9, 2011: Obama greets Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan during a meeting with heads of the Chinese Strategic Economic Dialogue delegation in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

10||May 9, 2011: Obama walks through the Rose Garden of the White House for an outdoor meeting with senior staff. Walking with Obama, from left, are: senior advisor David Plouffe, senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, Counselor to the President Pete Rouse, and outgoing White House counsel Bob Bauer.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

11||May 9, 2011: Michelle Obama participates in the "Pit Crew Challenge" during an event with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition on the South Lawn of the White House||Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy&&

12||May 7, 2011: Michelle Obama receives applause following her commencement address to the 2011 graduating class at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.||Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson&&

13||May 6, 2011: Obama disembarks Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, following his trip to Fort Campbell, Ky.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

14||May 6, 2011: Dr. Jill Biden walks down the Cross Hall en route to a Mother's Day Tea in the East Room of the White House. Michelle Obama and Jill Biden hosted the tea for military spouses, relatives and friends.||Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson&&

15||May 6, 2011: Michelle Obama greets guests in the Blue Room of the White House during the Mother's Day Tea.||Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson&&

16||May 5, 2011: A signed message from Obama is seen on a pamphlet during his meeting with 9/11 family members at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum preview site near Ground Zero in New York.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

17||May 4, 2011: Obama meets with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

18||May 4, 2011: Obama and Biden head towards the Oval Office Private Dining Room for lunch.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

19||May 3, 2011: Obama meets with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the State Dining Room of the White House.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

20||May 3, 2011: Obama and Cabinet members applaud Defense Secretary Robert Gates on the successful mission against Osama Bin Laden.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

21||May 3, 2011: Michelle Obama greets students at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington.||Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson&&

22||May 3, 2011: Michelle Obama dances during a Flash Mob Dance at Alice Deal Middle School.||Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson&&

23||Obama talks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) during a dinner with chairmen and ranking members of Congress in the East Room of the White House.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

24||Obama and Chief of Staff Bill Daley at a fiscal policy meeting in the White House's Roosevelt Room.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

Louisiana lawmakers are doing Moses a solid.

On Monday, the Louisiana state House approved a measure to install a monument to the Ten Commandments outside the capitol, Reuters reports.

The measure -- sponsored by state Rep. Patrick Williams (D) -- passed unanimously without debate. Williams took less than 30 seconds to describe the bill, the Times-Picayune reports.

The monument, according to Williams, is intended to be historical, not religious. A secular message, "Context for acknowledging America's religious history," with be printed on a plaque on the monument.

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