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3:20 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.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Trump Adviser: Even If Long-Form Birth Certificate Is Genuine, It Doesn't Prove Anything  —  This morning, President Obama released his long-form birth certificate from Hawaii.  The conspiracy website World Net Daily has written over 600 articles in the last three years questioning Obama's birthplace.
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Why Did Obama Wait So Long?  —  So he had the power to get this into the public eye and yet resisted until the country's polity was almost paralyzed with distraction.  I know this was an ethically legitimate position after releasing the short-form document proving that he was indeed born in the US.
Discussion: Salon
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: Washington Post and The Daily Dish
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
TRUMP 1, OBAMA 0: So I was at the gym when they finally caved and released the birth certificate - and on both the Fox and the CNN monitors I saw Donald Trump, who quickly started talking about . . . gasoline prices.  See, he knows how to keep the pressure on.  Other GOP candidates might want to take a lesson.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Gingrich On Birth Certificate Release: ‘Why Did It Take So Long?’  —  TPM just caught up with Newt Gingrich after his address at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday morning.  We asked about the news of the moment, the release of President Obama's long-form birth certificate.
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 …
Discussion: Weigel and Daily Kos
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Trump Gets Results!
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Blaze
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Trump Is Doing Major Damage To Obama
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Divided Over Ryan vs. Obama Deficit Plans  —  Favor congressional Republicans over Democrats on federal budget, generally  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. adults are evenly split in their reactions to the major deficit-reduction plans being debated in Washington.
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Josh Kraushaar / Hotline On Call:
Gallup: Seniors Most Favorable To Ryan Budget  —  A new Gallup/USA Today poll contains a counterintuitive finding: the age group most receptive to House Budget Chair Paul Ryan's plan to deal with the budget - seniors.  —  The poll finds 48 percent of seniors (those 65 and over) …
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?
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 …
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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 …
Rebecca Keegan / 24 Frames:
‘Atlas Shrugged’ producer: ‘Critics, you won.’ He's going ‘on strike.’  —  EXCLUSIVE: Twelve days after opening “Atlas Shrugged: Part 1,” the producer of the Ayn Rand adaptation said Tuesday that he is reconsidering his plans to make Parts 2 and 3 because of scathing reviews and flagging box office returns for the film.
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Los Angeles Times:
Quick Takes: ‘Atlas’ shelved?
Discussion: Hit & Run and Gawker
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
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in March indicates that the economic recovery is proceeding at a moderate pace and overall conditions in the labor market are improving gradually.  Household spending and business investment in equipment and software continue to expand.
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 …
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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.
Holly Watt / Telegraph:
Al-Qaeda leader put jihad before a sex life  —  One of the most senior members of al-Qaeda held at Guantánamo took injections “to promote impotence” to avoid being “distracted” by women, according to evidence uncovered by investigators.  —  Abd al-Rahim Hussein Muhammad Abdah al-Nashiri …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Andrew Goldman / New York Times:
Nobody Puts Condoleezza Rice in a Corner  —  Much has been written about your unique relationship with George W. Bush.  You're a history buff — are you aware of any relationships like it?  —  Not really.  I think there have been other secretaries of state who were close friends, like James Baker and George H. W. Bush.
Discussion: The Politico and Eunomia
 
 
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