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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Jon Stewart last night checked in with the 111th Congress, saying that the post-election lame duck session is a "legislative sweet spot."

"(It's) the three weeks out of every two years when people can actually do what's best for the country, because they're not preoccupied with getting reelected," Stewart said. "It's kind of like that five-minute window after you have an orgasm, when you're finally not thinking about sex and can actually get some work done."

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Aqua Buddhists need not apply: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) on Wednesday unveiled some interesting tourism plans for his state, announcing a plan to construct a "creationist theme park."

A joint project between Beshear and Answers in Genesis -- a Christian organization that also built a similar attraction, the Creation Museum -- the park will reportedly cost at least $150 million and create 900 jobs, according to the news release.

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Stephen Colbert stepped out of character during his Thanksgiving break to answer questions from reddit.com users, explaining the frustrations of being in character, the insecurities of being a novice actor and his view of the mainstream media.

Colbert agreed to answer questions after users of the social bookmarking reached a fundraising goal of $500,000 for DonorsChoose, a charity organization that allows people to donate to public schools.

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Stephen Colbert interviewed Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack last night, and discussed the nutritional value of school lunches, subsidizing corn and the food pyramid. But it wasn't all serious. Before he left, Vilsack gave Colbert a 25-pound block of organic Wisconsin cheddar in the shape of Colbert's head.

"It may be cheddar, but I have to say, 'I look Gouda,' " Colbert said.

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Jon Stewart last night opened his program by focusing on the ongoing coverage of WikiLeaks' release of secret State Department cables, and addressed Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) call for WikiLeaks to be declared a terrorist organization.

Clearly, Jon Stewart said, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is "Osama bin Laden, crossed with Magneto, and the albino from the matrix with more than a scootch of the Dyson vacuum guy."

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Jon Stewart last night did was he does best: poke fun at the media. He premiered a new segment, an assault on puns in cable news, aptly titled "You're Not Punny."

"They're not just painful and unpleasant, they take us out of the newscast," Stewart said. "It's like in the movies, when people start phone numbers with '555.' It's completely unnecessary."

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