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11:55 AM ET, April 28, 2011

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New York Times:
A Certificate of Embarrassment  —  With sardonic resignation, President Obama, an eminently rational man, stared directly into political irrationality on Wednesday and released his birth certificate to history.  More than halfway through his term, the president felt obliged to prove that he was a legitimate occupant of the Oval Office.
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The Politico:
A new era of accusation and innuendo  —  President Barack Obama's appearance Wednesday in the White House briefing room to present a documented rebuttal of suspicions that he was not really born on U.S. soil was more than just a surprise.  It was a decisive new turn in the centuries-long American history …
Rachel Rose Hartman / Yahoo! News:
Birtherist response highlights racial undertones of ‘debate’  —  During the 2008 campaign, questions about John McCain's birth in the Panama Canal Zone on a U.S. military base prompted some to ask whether McCain was eligible to be president, since the Constitution stipulates that anyone …
Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
Orly Taitz: Obama's Long-Form Birth Certificate Should Say ‘Negro’ Not ‘African’
Emily Ramshaw / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Pol Still Isn't Satisfied on Obama Birthplace
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama Tells Untruth in Birth Certificate Press Briefing
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Rand Paul Questions Trump's Republican Credentials  —  CONCORD, N.H. - Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, opened a breakfast speech here Thursday at the Merrimack County Republican Committee with a new demand for proof - not of President Obama's citizenship, but of Donald Trump's Republican credentials.
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Epic: Lawrence O'Donnell Hammers NBC; Demands They Reveal Trump's Future Plans
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Booman Tribune
Associated Press:
Dozens of tornadoes kill 194 in 5 Southern states  —  PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. (AP) — Dozens of tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out entire towns across a wide swath of the South, killing at least 194 people, and officials said Thursday they expect the death toll to rise.
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CNN:
Tornadoes ravage South; 231 dead  —  Read more about this story from CNN affiliates WBMA-TV and WIAT-TV.  Is severe weather affecting you?  Share stories, photos and video with iReport.  —  (CNN) — Daylight illuminated a scene of utter devastation across many areas of the South Thursday …
The Atlantic Online:
Storms, Tornadoes Devastate the South
Discussion: DCist
Associated Press:
Dozens of tornadoes kill 214 in South
Discussion: News Desk and USA Today
Kim Seversonand Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:
Tornado Ravages Alabama City; Storm Toll Grows
Laura Hudson / ComicsAlliance.com:
Superman Renounces [SPOILER] in ‘Action Comics’ #900  —  After recently undertaking a journey to walk — not fly — across the United States in the “Grounded” storyline and reconnect with the country and everyday Americans, Superman appears to be taking another step that could have major implications …
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CNBC:
Economic Growth Slow as Inflation Measure Spikes Up  —  U.S. economic growth slowed more than expected in the first quarter as higher food and gasoline prices dampened consumer spending, and sent a broad measure of inflation rising at its fastest pace in 2-1/2 years.
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Mireya Navarro / New York Times:
Solar Panels Rise Pole by Pole, Followed by Gasps of ‘Eyesore’  —  ORADELL, N.J. — Nancy and Eric Olsen could not pinpoint exactly when it happened or how.  All they knew was one moment they had a pastoral view of a soccer field and the woods from their 1920s colonial-style house; the next all they could see were three solar panels.
Indianapolis Star:
Governor weighs signing abortion bill  —  Legislation would take away $2 million of $3 million that Planned Parenthood receives  —  9:23 AM — Governor weighs signing abortion bill  —  Gov. Mitch Daniels said this morning he does not know yet if he will sign House Bill 1210 …
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Daniels faces difficult decision on Planned Parenthood funding
Discussion: The Note and The Page
New York Times:
Honoring Those Who Said No  —  IN January 2004, Spec.  Joseph M. Darby, a 24-year-old Army reservist in Iraq, discovered a set of photographs showing other members of his company torturing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison.  The discovery anguished him, and he struggled over how to respond.
Gallup:
More Than Half Still Say U.S. Is in Recession or Depression  —  Democrats rate the economy better than Republicans or Tea Party supporters  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More than half of Americans (55%) describe the U.S. economy as being in a recession or depression, even as the Federal Open Market Committee …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Clusterstock
Shawn Millerick / New Hampshire Journal:
Poll: Mass. Republicans want ‘RomneyCare’ repealed  —  A majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in Massachusetts would like to see the 2006 health care law enacted by then-Gov. Mitt Romney and the state legislature repealed and replaced with something else …
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Politico
Evan Axelbank / WPTV:
Rep. West says Medicare spells end of United States  —  Several booted from Boca town hall  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. - If those opposed to Rep. Allen West have their way, the 2012 election will be fought on his recent vote to privatize Medicare starting in 2023.
Allan Hall / The Sun:
Fanatics' fury at Muslim Playgirl  —  A MUSLIM actress has caused a storm by posing naked for Playboy.  —  Sila Sahin has been branded a “whore” and a “western slut” after appearing topless on the cover of the German edition of the men's magazine.  —  And Islamic fanatics have posted threatening internet messages.
The Daily Caller:
The demand threatened to open another yawning abyss, the debate over affirmative action and race, and black leaders sharply rebuked Trump.  —  “Trump and the rest have played a very divisive card from the fact of his birth to now implying that he got into two Ivy League schools …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Yglesias
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Trump's Birther Antics Are Driving Away His Liberal Audience  —  He may be dumber than you think: Exclusive research reveals “Celebrity Apprentice” viewers are the most Democratic in primetime TV.  —  Click to expand  —  He may have gotten President Obama's attention …
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Acclaimed Historian Douglas Brinkley Calls For NBC To Dump Trump, Corporate Sponsors To Pull Ads
 
 
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Stephen Kirkland / Bloomberg:
Stocks Fall, Dollar Weakens on GDP, Jobs Reports; Gold Advances
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
The Huffington Post:
Swiped: Banks, Merchants And Why Washington Doesn't Work For You
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
FBI serves Grand Jury subpoena likely relating to WikiLeaks
Discussion: Mediaite and TalkLeft
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama at record-low approval in Pa.; tied with generic opponent
David Weigel / Slate:
Birtherism Is Dead. Long Live Birtherism.
Discussion: pandagon.net and Washington Post
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Army invites press to Manning prison
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNBC's Burnett Is Said Ready to Jump to CNN
New York Times:
Aiming for One Percent Inflation?
Discussion: Yglesias, Economist's View and Eschaton
 Earlier Items: 
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Falling Between Two Stools
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and Politics
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama to Oprah on birthplace: ‘I was there’
Discussion: CNN
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Panetta nomination could signal deeper cuts for Pentagon
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Bush to ABC News: Just Because You're Reporting it Doesn't Make it True
Discussion: protein wisdom