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1:05 PM 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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The Politico:
A new era of accusation and innuendo  —  President Barack Obama's appearance Wednesday in the White House briefing room to present a documented rebuttal of suspicions that he was not really born on U.S. soil was more than just a surprise.  It was a decisive new turn in the centuries-long American history …
Rachel Rose Hartman / Yahoo! News:
Birtherist response highlights racial undertones of ‘debate’  —  During the 2008 campaign, questions about John McCain's birth in the Panama Canal Zone on a U.S. military base prompted some to ask whether McCain was eligible to be president, since the Constitution stipulates that anyone …
Tristero / Hullabaloo:
How Quickly We Forget  —  While this is a pretty good editorial, this paragraph: … is sloppy and misleading.  Portraying Democratic presidents as the invidious “other” is what the extreme right always does.  And it's not only quote mainstream unquote Republican leaders who go along with it.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Eschaton
Emily Ramshaw / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Pol Still Isn't Satisfied on Obama Birthplace
Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
Orly Taitz: Obama's Long-Form Birth Certificate Should Say ‘Negro’ Not ‘African’
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rand Paul has ‘birther’ demand for Trump: Prove you're a Republican  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday took a swipe at billionaire businessman Donald Trump, demanding to see his “Republican registration.”  —  While speaking at a breakfast with New Hampshire Republicans one day after …
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Rand Paul Questions Trump's Republican Credentials  —  CONCORD, N.H. - Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, opened a breakfast speech here Thursday at the Merrimack County Republican Committee with a new demand for proof - not of President Obama's citizenship, but of Donald Trump's Republican credentials.
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:
At least 247 killed in Southern storms  —  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.  —  Tuscaloosa, Alabama (CNN) — Daylight illuminated a scene of utter devastation across many areas …
The Atlantic Online:
Storms, Tornadoes Devastate the South
Discussion: Shakesville and DCist
Lrathke / This Just In:
Live blog: Storms kill 162 in Alabama, 247 across South
Discussion: Gothamist, Salon and JammieWearingFool
Kim Seversonand Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:
Tornado Ravages Alabama City; Storm Toll Grows
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
Scott Thill / Underwire:   Superman Defies God, USA in Action Comics' Landmark 900th Issue
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.
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Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
New Jersey NIMBYs Mad That Photovoltaic Panels Are Marring Their Previously Pristine Utility Polls  —  One of the most insane things about the contemporary United States of America is the ferocious small-c conservatism that people have adopted about aesthetic matters in which seemingly any change to the built environment is an outrage:
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and Eschaton
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
Gross Domestic Product, 1st quarter 2011 (advance estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2011 (that is …
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Daniels faces difficult 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: CNN, The Note and The Page
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Indianapolis Star:
Governor weighs signing abortion bill
Tim Alberta / Hotline On Call:
Daniels Faces Defining Decision On Abortion Bill
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Marist Poll:
4/28: Obama's Handling of the Economy at All-Time Low  —  Registered voters nationally are not satisfied with how President Barack Obama is handling the nation's economy.  According to this McClatchy-Marist Poll, four in ten voters — 40% — approve of how the president is dealing …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Rasmussen Reports:
National GOP Primary Poll: Trump 19% Romney 17% Huckabee 15%  —  Republican primary voters at this early stage of the game now give billionaire developer Donald Trump the edge over presumptive favorites Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee in the race to be the GOP's presidential nominee in 2012.
New York Times:
Honoring Those Who Said No  —  IN January 2004, Spec.  Joseph M. Darby, a 24-year-old Army reservist in Iraq, discovered a set of photographs showing other members of his company torturing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison.  The discovery anguished him, and he struggled over how to respond.
Shawn Millerick / New Hampshire Journal:
Poll: Mass. Republicans want ‘RomneyCare’ repealed  —  A majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in Massachusetts would like to see the 2006 health care law enacted by then-Gov. Mitt Romney and the state legislature repealed and replaced with something else …
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Politico
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Yglesias
Barton Gellman / Time:
FBI Director Bob Mueller glanced at the black chronograph he wears Marine-style, the face inside his wrist.  It was 7:38 a.m. Not quite time.  He reviewed his inbox.  Drummed a four-fingered staccato on the desk.  Consulted his wrist again: 7:39.  —  Mueller had already slashed through …
 
 
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Jo Swanson / CNN:
Rep. Ron Paul announces his presidential exploratory committee; writes about abortion
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Focus on Medicare
Discussion: MyFox Philadelphia
The Economist online / Daily chart:
The cost of trade  —  Rich countries are outsourcing carbon-dioxide emissions
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
A 9/11 Judge Sets a Timer for a Month
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Mike Konczal / American Prospect:
Bernanke Gives a Press Conference
Stephen Kirkland / Bloomberg:
Stocks Fall, Dollar Weakens on GDP, Jobs Reports; Gold Advances
Discussion: Washington Post and Scared Monkeys
 Earlier Items: 
Gallup:
More Than Half Still Say U.S. Is in Recession or Depression
Discussion: The Raw Story and Clusterstock
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama at record-low approval in Pa.; tied with generic opponent
David Weigel / Slate:
Birtherism Is Dead. Long Live Birtherism.
Discussion: pandagon.net and Washington Post
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNBC's Burnett Is Said Ready to Jump to CNN
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Falling Between Two Stools
Discussion: Politics and The Glittering Eye