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The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, during a public appearance at the groundbreaking for a business in western Wisconsin, said he takes the recall campaign against him seriously.

“I’ve assumed from day one … between activists, and if they need to do so, paid circulators, they’ll get enough signatures,” he said. “I’m pretty sure that will happen.

“For me, I’m an optimist. I view it as an opportunity to reaffirm the good that we’ve done.”

Scribd is a four-year-old website that allows users to post, share and download documents in Word, PDF or text form. The site is phenomenally useful for journalism, and TPM has routinely relied on it to post a variety of documents.

But on Wednesday, we, and Scribd's 75 million other monthly readers, were greeted by mysteriously disappearing text on documents we tried to read and an alarming message: "Congress is pushing through legislation that threatens the future of the Internet. With this legislation in place, entire domains like Scribd could simply vanish from the Web. Call or write your Representative or Senator to STOP SOPA and PIPA."

Scribd pointed out in a separate release that "over a billion pages and nearly half a trillion words could simply disappear," due to the legislation.

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President Obama said the House needs to pass a short-term version of the payroll tax cut extension, and then work on a longer-term version.

“It’s the right thing to do for the economy, and it’s most importantly the right thing to do for American families across the country,” he said.

Obama said an extension of the payroll tax cut is an “insurance” that the country’s economic recovery continues. Obama added that the payroll tax cut issue is “exactly” the reason the American people are fed up with Congress.

President Obama said 30,000 people have written in, telling the White House how an expiration of the payroll tax cut would affect them.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asked House Republicans to pass a short-term payroll tax cut extension:



“As Senator McConnell’s statement today makes clear, the only thing standing between 160 million Americans and a tax increase is House Republicans’ refusal to act.

“Today, House Democratic leaders sent a letter to Speaker Boehner calling for swift and immediate passage of the Senate bill, preventing a middle class tax hike on January 1 and allowing us to work toward a yearlong extension.

“House Republicans now stand alone. It’s time to pass the bipartisan Senate compromise and give the gift of certainty and economic security to all American families in the new year.”

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) has apologized to First Lady Michelle Obama for telling constituents she has a “big butt.” From the Journal-Sentinel:



“I regret my inappropriate comment and I have sent a personal note to the First Lady apologizing,“ Sensenbrenner said in a statement today. His office declined to release the letter. The veteran congressman made reference to Michelle Obama’s "big butt” while talking to a group of church members at a Christmas bazaar at St. Aidan’s Episcopalian Church in Hartford earlier this month. He was suggesting it was hypocritical for her to launch a national campaign to combat obesity.

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