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Wisconsin Democrats announced Tuesday that they have collected over a million signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker — nearly twice the 540,208 signatures, or 25 percent of the total votes in the previous election for governor, needed to trigger a new election.

The signatures will now go through a lengthy review process by state election officials, before an election will go forward later in the year.

A man accused of shooting at the White House and attempting to kill President Obama was formally charged Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez faces 17 counts, including attempting to assassinate the president and doing more than $1,000 of damage to the White House.

A new PPP survey of likely Republican primary voters in Texas shows Rick Perry with the support of just 18 percent of respondents. That places the Texas governor third behind Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, who tally 24 and 23 percent respectively. That’s a huge drop in home state support for Perry, who led with 49 percent when PPP polled Texas in September.

From PPP:

Romney even leads Perry in a head-to-head matchup among Republican Texas Primary voters, 46-45 – a striking reversal from our last poll when Perry led 72-18. Romney also leads Gingrich head-to-head (43-42) and Paul (a whopping 64-25). The only candidate who beats Romney head-to-head in Texas is Rick Santorum (45-42), but it’s unclear if he’ll ever get the chance to do battle with Romney with the Republican field sufficiently narrowed.

Google is the latest company to come forward against anti-online piracy bills in Congress. The search giant on Wednesday will place a link on its homepage to highlight the opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, Business Week reports.

“We oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet,” Google spokeswoman Samantha Smith told BW.

Wikipedia and Reddit are planning to go dark on Wednesday to protest the bills.

After taking over Stephen Colbert's Super PAC, Jon Stewart has found himself suddenly in the money. And what to spend it on?

Except for a bejeweled crown, Stewart on Monday was stumped. Since he can in no way "coordinate" with Colbert, who is exploring a White House bid, Stewart was forced to listen to Colbert on television and try to read between the lines. From Colbert's apperance on This Week, Stewart got the message.

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Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker will serve as “senior adviser on urban policy” for Mitt Romney’s national campaign, the Tampa Bay Times reports:

“Mitt Romney is the strongest Republican candidate and he is the only person capable of defeating Barack Obama in 2012,“ Baker said in a statement. "Mitt Romney has the experience, the vision and the commitment to conservative values that our Republican nominee will need to draw bold contrasts with the President’s failed, big government agenda. It is an honor to join his team and I look forward to working to ensure that he is elected the next President of the United States.”

A new Ron Paul ad called “Three of a Kind” lumps together Gingrich, Santorum, and Romney as three big-government conservatives who have supported policies like an individual mandate and TARP. After attacking all three, the ad touts Paul as the true fiscal conservative.


A gripping audio recording reveals a conversation between the Italian coast guard and the captain of the Costa Concordia. In the tense conversation, the coast guard appears to order the captain to return to the ship and help with the evacuation. On Monday, five more bodies were discovered aboard the ship, bringing the death toll to 11. Listen to it below:

An Iranian company is producing miniature versions of the wayward U.S. drone that crashed in Iran, capitalizing on the frenzy that followed the crash, the Washington Post reports.

A pink model is being saved for President Obama, according to the report.