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10:10 AM ET, April 28, 2011

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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.
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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 …
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.
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama Tells Untruth in Birth Certificate Press Briefing
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama jokes about ‘birther’ controversy at fundraisers
E.D. Kain / Balloon Juice:
Why Obama Waited  —  The answer to the many questions surrounding …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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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 …
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
Associated Press:
Dozens of tornadoes kill 194 in 5 Southern states  —  PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. (AP) — Dozens of tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out entire towns across a wide swath of the South, killing at least 194 people, and officials said Thursday they expect the death toll to rise.
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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 …
Kim Seversonand Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:
Tornado Ravages Alabama City; Storm Toll Grows
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
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.
The Daily Caller:
The demand threatened to open another yawning abyss, the debate over affirmative action and race, and black leaders sharply rebuked Trump.  —  “Trump and the rest have played a very divisive card from the fact of his birth to now implying that he got into two Ivy League schools …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Gov. Daniels faces decision on Planned Parenthood funding  —  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who irked many conservatives last year with his call for a “truce” on social issues, has been thrust into the debate over federal funding for Planned Parenthood.  —  The state's Republican-led legislature …
Discussion: The Note and The Page
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
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Civil Liberties Primary: What Issues Matter Most?  —  Voters should prioritize executive power and privacy in 2012, a high-ranking staffer at the ACLU says  —  Which issues should civil libertarians prioritize as Election 2012 approaches?  In order to find out, I spoke with Michael W. Macleod-Ball …
Mireya Navarro / New York Times:
Solar Panels Rise Pole by Pole, Followed by Gasps of ‘Eyesore’  —  ORADELL, N.J. — Nancy and Eric Olsen could not pinpoint exactly when it happened or how.  All they knew was one moment they had a pastoral view of a soccer field and the woods from their 1920s colonial-style house; the next all they could see were three solar panels.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama at record low approval in Pa.; tied with generic opponent  —  A new poll released Thursday showed President Obama statistically tied with a generic Republican challenger among Pennsylvania voters, despite having his lowest approval rating ever in the Keystone State.
Discussion: GOP 12, CNN and PoliticsPA
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Army invites press to Manning prison  —  Looking to quash complaints of Pfc. Bradley Manning's mistreatment, Army officials are inviting reporters to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to visit the military prison where the man accused of sharing classified documents with WikiLeaks is being held.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Falling Between Two Stools  —  President Obama is now passing through what one must hope for both his sake and ours are the worst moments of a presidency no longer young.  Abroad, the intervention in Libya has not had the quick and clear results he had hoped.
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNBC's Burnett Is Said Ready to Jump to CNN  —  The CNBC anchor Erin Burnett is poised to sign a long-term contract with CNN, according to three people with knowledge of her plans.  —  The signing will represent a shift to general news anchoring for Ms. Burnett, who has shown interest …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama to Oprah on birthplace: ‘I was there’  —  President Obama joked to Oprah Winfrey on Wednesday that he knows he was born in the U.S. and is eligible to serve as president.  —  “Can I just say?  I was there, so I knew that — I knew I had been born,” Obama said while taping an interview with Winfrey on her talk show in Chicago.
Discussion: CNN
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
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Discussion: protein wisdom
David Weigel / Slate:
Birtherism Is Dead.  Long Live Birtherism.  —  The history of a national embarrassment, and why it's not over yet.  —  President Obama did not end the “birther” movement today.  Hours after the president released his long-form birth certificate—years after releasing the short-form …
Discussion: pandagon.net and Washington Post
 
 
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New York Times:
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John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Panetta nomination may signal deeper cuts for Pentagon
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The Daily Caller:
Hmm.  First thought: Didn't Obama just elevate Donald Trump?
Discussion: Politics and GayPatriot
Chicago Tribune:
Cardinal suspends Pfleger: ‘You are not able to pastor a Catholic parish’
Victoria Ward / Telegraph:
Muslim group claims royal wedding is legitimate terror target
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Martin Bentham / This Is London:
Being too PC led us to shelter terrorists, says ex-minister
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 Earlier Items: 
Ken Cohen / ExxonMobil's Perspectives Blog:
Gas prices and industry earnings: A few things to think about the next time you fill up
Discussion: The Politico, Reuters and Daily Kos
New York Times:
The Incredible Shrinking New York Times
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Power Line
ABCNEWS:
First Pictures of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Since Shooting, Walking on Her Own
Discussion: Wonkette, Crooks and Liars and Gawker
Ralph Nader / Bloomberg:
Why Obama Will Get Second Term in White House: Ralph Nader