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9:00 AM ET, April 28, 2011

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Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
Orly Taitz: Obama's Long-Form Birth Certificate Should Say ‘Negro’ Not ‘African’  —  In a development that will surprise no one, it turns out that President Barack Obama's decision to release his long-form birth certificate hasn't quieted members of the “birther” movement who promote …
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Emily Ramshaw / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Pol Still Isn't Satisfied on Obama Birthplace  —  Keywords:  —  Enlargephoto illustration by: Bob Daemmrich / Jacob Villanueva  —  State Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, has checked out the birth certificate President Barack Obama released this morning — and he's not satisfied.
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Robert Gibbs to Donald Trump: Where are the tax returns?  —  Former White House press secretary and Obama confidante Robert Gibbs is throwing down the gauntlet on Donald Trump.  —  “Donald Trump said he'd release his tax returns as soon as the president released his birth certificate …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama Tells Untruth in Birth Certificate Press Briefing  —  ABC News' Jake Tapper reports:  —  It was about my birth certificate.  And that was true on most of the news outlets that were represented here."  —  But the president was wrong.  —  According to Pew's Project …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama to Oprah: I knew I was born in Hawaii, ‘I was there’  —  President Obama tried to keep answers about his newly released long-form birth certificate light on Wednesday.  —  “Can I just say?  I was there, so I knew that — I knew I had been born,” Obama said while taping an interview …
Discussion: CNN
E.D. Kain / Balloon Juice:
Why Obama Waited  —  The answer to the many questions surrounding …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama jokes about ‘birther’ controversy at fundraisers
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
On Trail, Trump Basks in Spotlight
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
David Frum / FrumForum:
The Birther Disgrace  —  Even for the small band that sustained the phony controversy until now, the birth certificate so-called issue ends today.  —  Any last lingering doubts that maybe, perhaps, a pregnant Stanley Anne Dunham in the summer of 1961 boarded a propeller plane from Honolulu to Los Angeles …
CNN:
Mayor: Parts of Tuscaloosa ‘obliterated’  —  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 on Thursday …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Replay
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Kim Seversonand Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:
Tornado Ravages Alabama City; Storm Toll Grows
Discussion: The Page and newsfeed.time.com
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  —  The bad news: He's supposed to be an immortal symbol of truth, justice, and the American way.  Or at least he was before that line got written out of the script in order not to offend foreign audiences.  The good news: Isn't he ... an illegal alien?
Discussion: Underwire and Right Wing News
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Reid: The Senate Will Vote On Paul Ryan's Budget … WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced on Wednesday that he would host a vote on Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget as a means of forcing moderate GOP senators to weigh in on the legislation's controversial proposals.
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Ken Cohen / ExxonMobil's Perspectives Blog:   Gas prices and industry earnings: A few things to think about the next time you fill up
Dan Berman / Reuters:
ExxonMobil: Don't hate our profits
Discussion: The Hill, The Politico and Daily Kos
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.
Ralph Nader / Bloomberg:
Why Obama Will Get Second Term in White House: Ralph Nader  —  The stars are aligned for Barack Obama's re-election in November 2012.  He won't join Jimmy Carter to be the second Democrat in 120 years to lose a second term.  —  Five things are playing in Obama's favor.
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Ralph Nader: Pressure Obama with primary
Discussion: TBogg
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Panetta nomination may signal deeper cuts for Pentagon  —  The Obama administration is portraying CIA Director Leon Panetta, the president's pick to replace Robert Gates as Defense secretary, as a veteran Washington hand with a mix of operational expertise and management savvy.
Discussion: The Politico
Bob Sullivan / msnbc.com:
Advocates: Consumers ‘betrayed’ by high court ruling on class-action suits  —  Fine print in everyday consumer contracts can include provisions that require Americans to surrender their rights to file class-action lawsuits, the U.S Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, overturning a lower court ruling.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:   Companies can block customers' class-action lawsuits, Supreme Court rules
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.
Chicago Tribune:
Cardinal suspends Pfleger: ‘You are not able to pastor a Catholic parish’  —  Citing what he called threats from the Rev. Michael Pfleger to leave the church, Cardinal Francis George has removed the outspoken priest from St. Sabina parish and has suspended his “sacramental faculties as a priest.”
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Discussion: protein wisdom
Donehuedirectstaff / Process Story:
Huckabee releasing S.C. team  —  We've been told that former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee, a rumored candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, is giving his former S.C. supporters the nod to seek work on other presidential campaigns.  The word is that he's told South Carolina staffers …
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Huckabee camp shoots down rumor he won't run in 2012
Discussion: The Hill, GOP 12 and Weasel Zippers
 
 
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The Daily Caller:
Hmm.  First thought: Didn't Obama just elevate Donald Trump?
Discussion: Politics and GayPatriot
Gabrielle Saveri / Reuters:
San Francisco may vote on banning male circumcision
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Victoria Ward / Telegraph:
Muslim group claims royal wedding is legitimate terror target
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Skin in the Game, Continued
Frank Tantillo / Front Row Washington:
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Discussion: Wonkette, Crooks and Liars and Gawker
Andrew Goldman / New York Times:
Nobody Puts Condoleezza Rice in a Corner
Discussion: The Politico and Eunomia