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1:35 PM ET, April 27, 2011

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Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog:
President Obama's Long Form Birth Certificate  —  Ed. Note: Read the transcript of the President's remarks following this release or watch the video below:  —  var params = { allowscriptaccess: “always”, allowfullscreen: “true” }; swfobject.embedSWF("http://www.youtube- nocookie.com/v …
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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.
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 …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama Releases ‘Long-Form’ Birth Certificate  —  President Obama on Wednesday posted online 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 have asserted that he was not born …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Obama Releases “Long Form” Birth Certificate?  —  So much for our media, which has been telling us — contrary to the actual law as I explained previously— that Obama could not obtain original documents of his own birth records.  —  Succumbing to the realization — which I also predicted …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
More Fact Check  —  Breaking.  Sorta: … My understanding was that it was against the law for a person to give out copies of the literal birth certificate.  I just looked up the law: … The law then goes on to define “tangible interests” as essentially the registrant, an agent of the registrant …
Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Birthers unmoved  —  The theories about President Barack Obama's birth — as we reported last week — have evolved over time from the idea that he was a Muslim to the modern incarnation that he was smuggled into the U.S. from Kenya.  With the release of his long-form birth certificate today, they've evolved again.
Discussion: Weigel and Daily Kos
David Weigel / Weigel:
The Long-Form Birth Certificate of Barack Obama  —  Here it is, after Barack Obama himself requested it from the state of Hawaii on April 22.  —  If you've done something with your life since 2008, and haven't tilled the vineyards of birtherism, I will explain why this matters.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Washington Post
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Fox News: White House Releases ‘What It Says’ Is The President's Birth Certificate  —  Earlier this morning, the White House distributed copies of President Obama's “long form” birth certificate, an effort to quiet anyone in the delusional birther movement who claims that the President was not born in the United States.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Trump Adviser: Even If Long-Form Birth Certificate Is Genuine, It Doesn't Prove Anything
Discussion: Daily Kos and CNN
The Note:
Donald Trump: ‘China Is Raping This Country’
Discussion: Salon and Oliver Willis
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Trump Gets Results!
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Why Did Obama Wait So Long?
Discussion: Salon
Washington Post:
From gulf spills to White House frills, Trump has it covered
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Wonkette
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Eric Cantor Criticizes President Obama For Addressing Birth Certificate Controversy
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama releases birth certificate; condemns ‘carnival barkers’
Discussion: Indecision Forever
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Latest state to curtail PEU bargaining rights is ... Massachusetts?
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.
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: The heat is on  —  The town hall heat is on …
Discussion: Gallup and Ben Smith's Blog
Phillip V. Caruso / People.com:
FIRST PHOTO: Julianne Moore As Sarah Palin  —  Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in Game Change  —  Donning the trademark eyeglasses and up 'do, Julianne Moore is proving she's more than all right as former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.  —  The The Kids Are All Right actress, 50 …
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Lindsay Powers / Hollywood Reporter:
Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin: First Photo … Check out the first photo of Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in the upcoming HBO film, Game Change.  —  The actress nails Palin's look with a bright suit, patriotic flag pin and similar glasses.  She also ditched her trademark red hair for Palin's brown style …
The Shark Tank:
Allen West- “You're Not Going to Intimidate Me”, Heckler Arrested at Townhall  —  Immediately after Allen West took the stage at his Town Hall meeting on Tuesday Evening in Fort Lauderdale, several hecklers who were planted in the crowd began to jeer and interrupt his remarks …
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
‘Disturbing’ revelations in probe of possible gas price manipulation  —  An investigation into possible manipulation of gasoline prices has uncovered “disturbing” revelations, Attorney General Eric Holder said today.  —  “There are a couple things that ... are disturbing,” Holder said, declining to elaborate.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jeff Burnside / NBC Miami:
Police Confront Broward Judge at Gunpoint  —  Confusion on Easter Sunday leads BSO to wrong house  —  Broward Circuit Court Judge Ilona Holmes, her sister and her sister's family says they were ordered at gun point by several Broward Sheriffs Deputies on Easter Sunday to come out of her sister's home with their hands up.
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Newt Gingrich's Opponents Accused Him Of Wanting Medicare to “Wither On the Vine” Because That's What He Said He Wante  —  As others have noted, this bit of Rick Klein concern-trolling is a disaster.  My own unique contribution to the genre comes from his retroactive concern-trolling about an incident from 15 years ago.
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE QUESTION FOR BERNANKE THAT MATTERS MOST.... In just a couple of hours, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will do something no Fed chair has ever done: he's going to host a press conference.  The point, by all accounts, is to make the Fed more transparent, less secretive, and more accountable.
Apple:
Apple Q&A on Location Data  —  Apple would like to respond to the questions we have recently received about the gathering and use of location information by our devices.  —  1. Why is Apple tracking the location of my iPhone?  —  Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone.
 
 
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