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11:05 AM ET, April 27, 2011

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Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog:
President Obama's Long Form Birth Certificate  —  In 2008, in response to media inquiries, the President's campaign requested his birth certificate from the state of Hawaii.  The state sent the campaign the President's birth certificate, the same legal documentation provided to all Hawaiians …
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama releases his Hawaii birth certificate  —  President Obama said today he released new copies of his Hawaii birth certificate today because the flap over his birthplace threatens to overshadow the “enormous challenges” facing the nation.  —  “We're not going to be able to solve our problems …
Washington Post:
From gulf spills to White House frills, Trump has it covered  —  Birther madness buried an intriguing part of potential presidential candidate Donald Trump's chat with ABC News reporter George Stephanopoulos last week.  —  In the interview, Trump, the billionaire business mogul …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Wonkette
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
CNN's Ed Henry Asks Jay Carney Birther Questions 1 Day After CNN Broadcasts ‘Definitive Investigation’ … On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney had to address the mind-numbing birther issue, because Franklin Graham had spit some birther nonsense on ABC's This Week program the day before.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Obama Releases “Long Form” Birth Certificate?
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama releases birth certificate; blasts ‘carnival barkers’
Discussion: Right Wing News and alicublog
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Reports: Panetta to be tapped for Pentagon, Petraeus for CIA  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta will be nominated to head the Defense Department and Gen. David Petraeus is the pick to replace him at the intelligence agency, according to reports Wednesday.  —  The Associated Press and ABC News reported the news, citing anonymous sources.
Discussion: The Politico, The Page and Shakesville
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: Obama's new Afghanistan ambassador is ... Bush's old Iraq ambassador
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Panetta to succeed Gates at Defense
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Local police arrested a woman who appears to be former liberal radio network Air America host Nicole Sandler while she was disrupting Rep. Allen West's Tuesday town hall event in Fort Lauderdale and harassing the Congressman's wife.  According to video obtained by Florida blogger Javier Manjarres …
Discussion: Post on Politics and Verum Serum
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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Nick Paton Walsh / CNN:
Afghan official: Man opens fire on Americans in Kabul; 9 dead  —  Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Eight coalition troops and a civilian were killed Wednesday in a shooting at an Afghan air force compound in Kabul, officials said.  —  The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force …
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Matthew Rosenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Karzai Told to Dump U.S.
Discussion: Fox News and The Page
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, Moe Lane and Weasel Zippers
Mark Schlueb / Orlando Sentinel:
Dan Webster confronted by angry town hall crowd  —  (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel / April 26, 2011)  —  A town hall meeting held in Orlando by U.S. Rep. Dan Webster degenerated into bedlam Tuesday, with members of the crowd shouting down the freshman Republican congressman and yelling at one another.
Tom Murray / Today's TMJ4:
‘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!”
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
From a Qaddafi Daughter, a Glimpse Inside the Bunker  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Aisha el-Qaddafi, the daughter of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya, likes to tell her three young children bedtime stories about the afterlife.  Now, she says, they are especially appropriate.
Dan Riehl / Big Government:
College Course: US Flag Is Racist, How-To Defeat America In Iraq And Afghanistan  —  While claiming the American flag represents racism and discussing today's Progressive Movement's efforts to defeat America both at home and abroad, including on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to help …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Holder: DOJ nixed CAIR leader's prosecution  —  Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed Tuesday that on his watch the Justice Department decided not to prosecute a key leader of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.  However, confirming a report last week on this blog …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Holding Bernanke Accountable  —  On Wednesday at 2:15 p.m., Ben Bernanke will do something that previous Federal Reserve chairmen considered a terrible idea.  He will hold a news conference.  —  Mr. Bernanke spent much of his academic career arguing that the Fed should be less opaque …
The Hill:
Tax reform a lucrative business for K Street  —  Corporate tax reform has been big business for K Street this year.  —  A review of lobbying disclosure records shows that more than 80 companies, lobby firms and trade groups have lobbied on plans that could lower corporate tax rates …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Tdickens / WISGOP:
Dems Committing Fraud, Harassment in Green Bay  —  [Madison] - The Democrat Party of Wisconsin is using a fraudulent tactic to harass and intimidate constituents who favor recalling Democrat Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay.  —  The Democratic Party has targeted for harassment people …
 
 
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