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Google will launch an official rival to Apple’s “Siri” digital assistant, the Daily Mail reports. And it will be named after the voice of Star Trek’s Starship Enterprise, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry.

Former Jon Huntsman advisor David Fissher endorsed Mitt Romney Thursday. According to Politico, Fischer commented earlier this year that Huntsman’s campaign was in disarray. Fischer is a former special assistant in the Reagan administration.

The Mitt Romney campaign recently surfaced footage of Newt Gingrich praising Romney’s “job creation” during his Bain Capital years. Now they’re pushing it in a web video. This shows Gingrich at variance with his recent description of Romney’s time at Bain as involving making a fortune by “laying people off.”

Watch below:

Last night, while Newt Gingrich spoke gave an anti-abortion speech at Mike Huckabee’s premier of his pro-life movie “The Gift of Life,” people distributed pamphlets accusing Newt of being pro-choice.

From The Note:

But outside a historic auditorium in downtown Des Moines where Gingrich promised to support Congressional action to pass a bill that “defines personhood,” critics of the former House Speaker placed pamphlets on car windshield that attacked Gingrich as a “a pro-life fraud."

Speaking from the floor of the Senate this morning, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said that the Senate will begin consideration of the Defense authorization conference report with a three hours of debate and a final vote at 4 p.m. EST.

The second House hearing on the controversial ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’ kicked-off Thursday morning at 10 am ET with a with a tense verbal confrontation between the bill’s prominent supporters and opponents.

One of the bill’s most vehement opponents, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) forced the House clerk to conduct a full reading of an amendement introduced by the bill’s principle author and the leader of the hearing, House Judiciary Chair Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX).

The full reading is clearly a tactical offensive, forcing the hearing to be delayed for 45 min to an hour while the entire 70-page amendement is read word for word. You can read Chairman Smith’s amendement here.