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Protesters in Kuwait on Wednesday stormed the parliament building and protested outside of it, calling for Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah to step down, Reuters reports, citing local media and witnesses.

Gov. Scott Walker did a radio interview Wednesday morning on NPR's Tell Me More, responding to the recall drive that was officially launched Tuesday as a backlash against his anti-public employee union laws.

During the interview, Walker stood by his policies as an important set of fiscal reforms and changes in government flexibility for the state. Later on, host Michele Martin asked Walker what the appropriate role should be in the recall campaign for interest groups outside Wisconsin, both those who favor and oppose him.

Walker began by demurring on the matter of the appropriate role for outside groups, correctly pointing out that it will happen no matter what. And then he ripped into the unions, accusing them of artificially kicking up the recall campaign from out of state.

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Quiz time. Does the following quote sound like a presidential candidate or a Hollywood starlet having a bad day: "Who brought me the water that I did not get?"

Herman Cain's interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel just won't go away. Though most in the press continue to focus on the enormous gaffe he made concerning Libya, Business Insider has keyed in on another interesting part of the interview.

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A new Fox News poll shows Newt Gingrich essentially tied with Mitt Romney for the lead, at 23 precent to 22 percent.

Cain garners 15 percent in the poll.

Acting on information generated by agents in the Secret Service's Pittsburgh field office, a Pennsylvania police officer arrested Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez at a hotel near Indiana, Pennsylvania, the agency said Wednesday.

Ortega-Hernandez was taken into custody around 12:35 p.m. and is currently in the custody of state police. Authorities believe he is the individual who fired two bullets at the White House on Friday night.

The controversial House hearing over the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act on Wednesday was criticized in advance for featuring only one witness against the legislation: a representative from Google.

But Katherine Oyama, Google's policy counsel, certainly made the most of her time in front of lawmakers, arguing that as written, the SOPA legislation would infringe upon Americans' Constitutionally-protected Free Speech rights and would make the Internet less secure for all users.

"We are concerned that the bill sets a precedent in favor of Internet censorship and could jeopardize our nation's cybersecurity," Oyama said in her prepared statement.

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Michele Bachmann has pounced on revelations that Newt Gingrich, one of her rivals for the GOP presidential nomination, took in roughly $1.6 million while working for the housing and mortgages giant, Freddie Mac.

According to the National Journal, the Minnesota congresswoman accused Gingrich of ‘shilling’ for the company.

“Whether former Speaker Gingrich made $300,000 or whether he made $2 million, the point is that he took money to influence senior Republicans to be favorable toward Fannie and Freddie,” she reportedly told an Iowa audience.

Gingrich has denied that he did lobbying work for Freddie Mac, saying instead that he was being paid for his ‘strategic advice’ as ‘an historian.’

Democratic aides were paying close attention to Super Committee co-chair Jeb Hensraling's appearance on CNBC Tuesday night. For them, the most worrying thing was this part:

"We have gone as far as we feel we can go," Hensarling said. "We put $250 billion of what is known as static revenue on the table, but only if we can bring down rates. We believe we can bring the top individual rate down to 28, 29, maybe at most 30 percent, bring the corporate rate down to the median of the EU, 25 percent. And on balance, we think that would be pro growth. But, listen, any penny of increased static revenue is a step in the wrong direction."

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The Democratic National Committee has a new web video out, slamming Mitt Romney for his having floated an idea for privatizing veterans' benefits via health care vouchers.

The video demonstrates that despite the various explosions in popularity (and subsequent implosions) for right-wing candidates like Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, the Dems are not taking their eyes off the candidate that most pundits still expect to be the Republican nominee.

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