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2:55 PM 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 …
Tristero / Hullabaloo:
How Quickly We Forget  —  While this is a pretty good editorial, this paragraph: … is sloppy and misleading.  Portraying Democratic presidents as the invidious “other” is what the extreme right always does.  And it's not only quote mainstream unquote Republican leaders who go along with it.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Eschaton
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rand Paul has ‘birther’ demand for Trump: Prove you're a Republican  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday took a swipe at billionaire businessman Donald Trump, demanding to see his “Republican registration.”  —  While speaking at a breakfast with New Hampshire Republicans one day after …
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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.
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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Lrathke / This Just In:
Live blog: Storms kill 162 in Alabama, 247 across South
Discussion: Gothamist, Salon and JammieWearingFool
The Atlantic Online:
Storms, Tornadoes Devastate the South
Discussion: The Agonist, Guardian, Shakesville and DCist
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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Great news: Superman to renounce his U.S. citizenship
Scott Thill / Underwire:   Superman Defies God, USA in Action Comics' Landmark 900th Issue
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.
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Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
New Jersey NIMBYs Mad That Photovoltaic Panels Are Marring Their Previously Pristine Utility Polls  —  One of the most insane things about the contemporary United States of America is the ferocious small-c conservatism that people have adopted about aesthetic matters in which seemingly any change to the built environment is an outrage:
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and Eschaton
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
Eric Bolling And The Case Of The Time Traveling Doctor  —  Last night on Fox Business, Eric Bolling hosted Pamela Geller to discuss in all seriousness whether Obama's long-form birth certificate was “photoshopped.”  Geller has been making a fool of herself over Obama's birth certificate for three years now …
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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 …
Lynn Sweet:
Valerie Jarrett shutting down Trump: No college transcript release.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Tory Dunnan / WPBF West Palm Beach's Channel 25:
Several Tossed From Congressman's Town Hall Meeting  —  Heated Debate Stems From West's Position On Medicaid  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. — Police escorted a number of people out of a town hall meeting Wednesday night — the second night in a row that U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., held what became a heated event.
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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
U.S. Economic Growth Slows to 1.8% Rate in Quarter  —  The American economy slowed to a crawl in the first quarter, but economists are hopeful that the setback will be temporary.  —  Total output grew at an annual pace of 1.8 percent last quarter, the Commerce Department said Thursday …
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Oklahoma GOP Lawmaker Sally Kern: ‘Blacks’ Don't Work As Hard As White People  —  The Republican-controlled Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a proposed constitutional amendment yesterday that would eliminate Affirmative Action in state government.  The offical GOP reasoning for the change …
Rasmussen Reports:
National GOP Primary Poll: Trump 19% Romney 17% Huckabee 15%  —  Republican primary voters at this early stage of the game now give billionaire developer Donald Trump the edge over presumptive favorites Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee in the race to be the GOP's presidential nominee in 2012.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney leads by smaller margin in Nevada
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Daniels faces difficult decision on Planned Parenthood funding  —  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who irked many conservatives last year with his call for a “truce” on social issues, has been thrust into the debate over federal funding for Planned Parenthood.  —  The state's Republican-led legislature …
Discussion: CNN, The Note and The Page
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Indianapolis Star:
Governor weighs signing abortion bill
Marist Poll:
4/28: Obama's Handling of the Economy at All-Time Low  —  Registered voters nationally are not satisfied with how President Barack Obama is handling the nation's economy.  According to this McClatchy-Marist Poll, four in ten voters — 40% — approve of how the president is dealing …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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: Hot Air, GOP 12 and The Politico
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.
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
Keenan Steiner / Political Party Time:
Wasserman Schultz will not be taking PAC money  —  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., is pledging not to accept PAC money in her personal campaign account to be consistent with the practices of the Democratic National Committee, where she will take over as chair on May 4, her spokesperson said.
Discussion: The Hill and Ben Smith's Blog
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCain, Graham, Lieberman: Obama should say Syrian leader must go
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Beth Reinhard / Hotline On Call:
Gingrich Unlikely To Participate In S.C. Debate
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Aljazeera:
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Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Afghan pilot kills 9 U.S. trainers
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Ashley Parker / City Room:
Rough Homecoming for a Washington Lawmaker
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Bill Barnhart / The Atlantic Online:
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Barton Gellman / Time:
FBI Director Bob Mueller glanced at the black chronograph …
Gallup:
More Than Half Still Say U.S. Is in Recession or Depression
Discussion: The Raw Story and Clusterstock
The Huffington Post:
Swiped: Banks, Merchants And Why Washington Doesn't Work For You
David Weigel / Slate:
Birtherism Is Dead. Long Live Birtherism.
Discussion: pandagon.net and Washington Post
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNBC's Burnett Is Said Ready to Jump to CNN
 

 
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