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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Daily Show Correspondent Olivia Munn last night had a satirical special investigative report on Missouri's Proposition B -- which narrowly passed on election day, and aims to ensure humane dog breeding conditions. And what did she find? That the law is actually pushing a radical socialist agenda on America.

According to Anita Andrews, the director of the Alliance for Truth, Prop B is actually much worse than health care reform, in that it expects breeders to pay for "exorbitant amounts of care that are not needed, such as adequate food, adequate water, adequate space."

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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert last night did their best to entice former President George W. Bush to come on their shows, offering easy interviews and tasty gifts.

Following the release of his memoir "Decision Points," Bush has embarked on a media blitz, and is set to appear on, as Stewart lamented, "NBC, CBS, Fox, Fox, Fox, and Fox and more Fox ... you get the point." But alas, not The Daily Show or The Colbert Report.

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Minnesota politics just got a bit more dramatic, with the introduction of "Michele! A Musical Bachumanntary," a satirical musical from left-leaning thespian James Detmar.

Detmar told TPM that the inspiration for "Michele!" came after being inundated by news stories about Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). Several months ago, he was driving home when another story about Bachmann came on the radio, and pushed him over the edge.

"It's not like I have a bunch of money to dump into the Tarryl Clark campaign to even things out," said the 30-year theater veteran, referring to Bachmann's Democratic challenger. "What I am good at is putting together a show."

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Jon Stewart last night lampooned the banks behind the 2008 financial crisis, latching on to reports that the banks themselves never read the fine print on many of their foreclosure agreements.

"The banks weren't reading the fine print? The banks? You're the fucking people who came up in with the fine print in the first place," Stewart said.

Later, Stewart succinctly addressed President Obama's veto of the bank foreclosure bill this week by saying, "It's crazy when getting us back to square one feels like victory."

"We're fucked," Stewart concluded.

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Stephen Colbert kicked off his show last night by showing anti-immigration campaign ads from Senate candidates Sharron Angle (R-NV) and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), that use the same stock photos.

"This is the most terrifying scenario of all: There aren't enough stock photos of scary minorities out there to represent all the scary minorities we know have got to be out there," Colbert said.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: The Whole Truthiness: Stephen Colbert Testifies On Capitol Hill]

Colbert also showcased his new "fear-based photo licensing service," dubbed fearstock.com, which offers one picture of Colbert in a vaguely threatening pose.

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The planned Park51 Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero has drawn the ire of many a conservative this election season. But several detailed drawings of the project released by the developer show a building that doesn't look much like a mosque at all.

SOMA Architects, Park51's architecture consultants, prepared the images, which were posted on Park51's website.

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A fun activity for tea party families everywhere: tea party coloring books.

The new coloring books -- published by the St. Louis-based Really Big Coloring Books Inc. and selling for about $4 each -- have been so popular that Wayne Bell, the publisher and author of the book, said he's having to reprint more books every day.

Bell has said he's not making a political statement with the book, but it hasn't been without controversy. He says he's received email and phone death threats in response to the book's publication.

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The White House released the following remarks on the economy that President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver this afternoon in Ohio.

Good afternoon, Ohio. It's good to be back. In the fall of 2008, one of the last rallies of my presidential campaign was here in the Cleveland area. It was a hopeful time, just two days before the election. We knew that if we pulled it off, we'd have the chance to tackle some big and difficult challenges that had been facing this country for a long time.

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