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11:45 AM 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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, CNN and Harry's Place
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama's ‘Long-Form’ Birth Certificate Is Released  —  President Obama posted 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 asserted that he was not born in the United States and was not a legitimate president.
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.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Trump Is Doing Major Damage To Obama  —  The conventional wisdom is that Donald Trump is doing damage to Republicans by raising the birth certificate issue.  I think it's way too early to tell, but it is just as likely that Trump is doing major damage to Obama.
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and Scared Monkeys
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama releases birth certificate; condemns ‘carnival barkers’  —  President Obama said Wednesday that he released his long-form birth certificate to end the distraction and return the debate in Washington to fiscal matters.  —  Obama, appearing in the White House briefing room shortly …
Discussion: Right Wing News and alicublog
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama releases his Hawaii birth certificate  —  President Obama said today he released new copies of his Hawaii birth certificate today because the flap over his birthplace threatens to overshadow the “enormous challenges” facing the nation.  —  “We're not going to be able to solve our problems …
Dan Pfeiffer / The Politico:
White House release: Obama's long-form birth certificate
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Atlas Shrugs
Washington Post:
From gulf spills to White House frills, Trump has it covered
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Wonkette
David Weigel / Weigel:   The Long-Form Birth Certificate of Barack Obama
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Obama Releases “Long Form” Birth Certificate?
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
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.
Political Punch:
Panetta, Petraeus, Allen, Crocker: President Obama Orders National Security Team Reshuffle
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: Obama's new Afghanistan ambassador is ... Bush's old Iraq ambassador
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Panetta to succeed Gates at Defense
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 …
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Pushes Mike Huckabee on 2012 Decision  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  The network wants a yes or no on whether the governor-turned-TV host is running for the White House.  But Huckabee tells Howard Kurtz he feels no pressure at all.  —  Mike Huckabee may be running out of time to make a decision on running for president.
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Christian Heinze / The Hill:
Mitt Romney's primary problem
Discussion: AnyoneButMitt.com
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: Hot Air, Moe Lane and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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Matthew Rosenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Karzai Told to Dump U.S.
Discussion: Fox News and The Page
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin scoffs at Couric's departure from CBS  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) made it clear Tuesday night there is no love lost between her and soon-to-be-former “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric.  —  The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee scoffed when asked about the anchor's departure …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama, lost in thought  —  When I covered George W. Bush's White House, my job was made easier by the simplicity of the subject.  The president had a few defining mantras — Cut taxes!  Rally the base!  Terrorists hate freedom!  With us or against us! — and most of his decisions could be understood …
Tom Murray / 620WTMJ:
‘Heckler’ Security Issue at Ryan Town Halls  —  KENOSHA - Protesters waited for Congressman Paul Ryan outside a listening session at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, many of them were seniors holding preprinted signs that read ‘Hands Off My Medicare.’  —  They chanted, “Ryan stop lying!”
 
 
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