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10:00 AM ET, April 27, 2011

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Dan Pfeiffer / The White House:
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:
BREAKING: White House releases Obama's birth certificate  —  (CNN) - The White House released President Obama's original birth certificate Wednesday.  —  The surprise release follows recent and sustained remarks by businessman Donald Trump, among others, that raised doubts as to whether the president was born in the United States.
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.
CNN:
White House releases original Obama birth certificate  —  Washington (CNN) — The Obama administration is releasing copies of President Barack Obama's original long-form birth certificate, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer announced Wednesday.
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
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
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:   Panetta to succeed Gates at Defense
David Jackson / USA Today:
AP: Panetta to Pentagon, Petraeus to CIA
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: Obama's new Afghanistan ambassador is ... Bush's old Iraq ambassador
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
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.
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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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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
The Politico:
Paul Ryan's plan puts 2012 elderly vote in play  —  Democrats still smarting from their 2010 mid-term defeat see Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's controversial plan to overhaul Medicare as political aspirin, a cure for just about everything that ails them.  —  But for Barack Obama it's more like Geritol …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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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 …
Discussion: The Page
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Matthew Rosenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Karzai Told to Dump U.S.
Discussion: Fox News and The Page
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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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: Weasel Zippers
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Sharron Angle won't launch independent bid  —  Nevada Republican Sharron Angle has no intention of running as an independent in a potential special election to fill Rep. Dean Heller's (R-Nev.) House seat, she said Tuesday.  —  Angle contradicted a story from the Las Vegas Review Journal …
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Angle commits to run as a Republican
Ben Evansky / Fox News:
Despite Reports of Brutality Toward Civilians, Syria to Join U.N.'s Human Rights Council  —  Oct. 2: Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, gestures, after he is awarded with Iran's highest national medal by his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in Tehran, Iran.
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.
Christian Heinze / The Hill:
Mitt Romney's primary problem  —  Mitt Romney is seizing the right kind of momentum at the wrong kind of time.  —  Over the past month, the former governor of Massachusetts has seen a dramatic rise in general-election match-ups with President Obama, even as he continues to underwhelm in GOP primary polls.
Discussion: AnyoneButMitt.com
Ace / minx.cc:
Hmmm: Harvard Adopted Affirmative Action Policy For Law Review Well Before Obama Matriculated There  —  This has been discussed, but I haven't seen a citation for it.  (Then again, I never really investigated it.)  —  JeffB. sends this along.  This is the Harvard Crimson, which should know about its own law school's policies.
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 …
The Hill:
White House seizes on Boehner's words  —  President Obama seized on a rare opening by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and urged Congress to eliminate subsidies for major oil companies.  —  With voters anxious over rising gas prices, the president fired off a letter Tuesday calling on congressional leaders to …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Note
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Lawmakers facing more threats  —  Lawmakers received more threats of violence in 2010 than any other year on record, according to interviews and FBI documents obtained by The Hill.  —  The surge of threats is mostly attributable to the contentious healthcare reform debate last year.
Discussion: USA Today
 
 
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