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12:35 PM ET, April 27, 2011

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Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog:
President Obama's Long Form Birth Certificate  —  Ed. Note: Read the transcript of the President's remarks following this release or watch the video below:  —  var params = { allowscriptaccess: “always”, allowfullscreen: “true” }; swfobject.embedSWF("http://www.youtube- nocookie.com/v …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
White House releases Obama's birth certificate  —  (CNN) - President Obama released his original birth certificate Wednesday, saying the controversy surrounding the issue had become a “sideshow.”  —  Obama's birth certificate  —  “We do not have time for this kind of silliness.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Trump: ‘Very proud of myself’  —  Real estate mogul and possible Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump claimed credit Wednesday for President Obama's decision to release his long-form birth certificate.  —  Trump, speaking in the key GOP primary state of New Hampshire …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama's ‘Long-Form’ Birth Certificate Is Released  —  President Obama posted a copy of his “long-form” birth certificate from the state of Hawaii, hoping to finally end a long-simmering conspiracy theory among some conservatives who asserted that he was not born in the United States and was not a legitimate president.
David Weigel / Weigel:
The Long-Form Birth Certificate of Barack Obama  —  Here it is, after Barack Obama himself requested it from the state of Hawaii on April 22.  —  If you've done something with your life since 2008, and haven't tilled the vineyards of birtherism, I will explain why this matters.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Washington Post
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Obama Releases “Long Form” Birth Certificate?  —  So much for our media, which has been telling us — contrary to the actual law as I explained previously— that Obama could not obtain original documents of his own birth records.  —  Succumbing to the realization — which I also predicted …
Bob Unruh / WorldNetDaily:
White House releases Obama ‘birth certificate’  —  Cites Kapiolani as location, father's race as ‘African’  —  The White House today released a copy of President Obama's “Certificate of Live Birth,” a document that for the first time claims Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital as the president's birth place.
Dan Eggenand T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
Trump's donation history shows Democratic favoritism  —  Billionaire Donald J. Trump, an early presidential favorite among tea party activists, has a highly unusual history of political contributions for a prospective Republican candidate: He has given most of his money to the other side.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Trump Is Doing Major Damage To Obama  —  The conventional wisdom is that Donald Trump is doing damage to Republicans by raising the birth certificate issue.  I think it's way too early to tell, but it is just as likely that Trump is doing major damage to Obama.
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and Scared Monkeys
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
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Washington Post:
From gulf spills to White House frills, Trump has it covered
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Wonkette
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama releases birth certificate; condemns ‘carnival barkers’
Dan Pfeiffer / The Politico:
White House release: Obama's long-form birth certificate
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama releases his Hawaii birth certificate
Discussion: CNN, Fox News, Sister Toldjah and Hot Air
Douglas Stanglin / USA Today:
AP: Panetta to take over Pentagon, Petraeus picked for CIA chief  —  CIA director Leon Panetta will be named to succeed Robert Gates as secretary of defense and Gen. David Petraeus will be nominated to replace him as CIA director, The Associated Press reports, quoting unidentified sources.
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New York Times:
Panetta and Petraeus in Line for Top Security Posts  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is expected this week to name Leon E. Panetta, the director of central intelligence, as defense secretary and Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in Afghanistan, as director of the C.I.A., administration officials said Wednesday.
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: The heat is on  —  The town hall heat is on …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Note
Political Punch:
Panetta, Petraeus, Allen, Crocker: President Obama Orders National Security Team Reshuffle
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
House votes to restrict unions  —  Measure would curb bargaining on health care  —  Robert J. Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, said the union would fight the legislation “to the bitter end.”  (M. McDonald for The Boston Globe)  —  House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Latest state to curtail PEU bargaining rights is ... Massachusetts?
Discussion: protein wisdom and Big Government
Jennifer Steinhauerand Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House G.O.P. Members Face Voter Anger Over Budget  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — In central Florida, a Congressional town meeting erupted into near chaos on Tuesday as attendees accused a Republican lawmaker of trying to dismantle Medicare while providing tax cuts to corporations and affluent Americans.
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The Shark Tank:
Allen West- “You're Not Going to Intimidate Me”, Heckler Arrested at Townhall  —  Immediately after Allen West took the stage at his Town Hall meeting on Tuesday Evening in Fort Lauderdale, several hecklers who were planted in the crowd began to jeer and interrupt his remarks …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE QUESTION FOR BERNANKE THAT MATTERS MOST.... In just a couple of hours, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will do something no Fed chair has ever done: he's going to host a press conference.  The point, by all accounts, is to make the Fed more transparent, less secretive, and more accountable.
Discussion: Economix
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Tom Murray / 620WTMJ:
‘Heckler’ Security Issue at Ryan Town Halls  —  KENOSHA - Protesters waited for Congressman Paul Ryan outside a listening session at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, many of them were seniors holding preprinted signs that read ‘Hands Off My Medicare.’  —  They chanted, “Ryan stop lying!”
Phillip V. Caruso / People.com:
FIRST PHOTO: Julianne Moore As Sarah Palin  —  Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in Game Change  —  Donning the trademark eyeglasses and up 'do, Julianne Moore is proving she's more than all right as former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.  —  The The Kids Are All Right actress, 50 …
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