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12:40 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
Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
Orly Taitz: Obama's Long-Form Birth Certificate Should Say ‘Negro’ Not ‘African’
Emily Ramshaw / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Pol Still Isn't Satisfied on Obama Birthplace
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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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The Atlantic Online:
Storms, Tornadoes Devastate the South  —  Powerful storms swept through the South and Midwest regions of the United States over the past several days, bringing with them heavy rainfall, flooding, hailstorms, lightning, and hundreds of devastating tornadoes.  As of this morning …
Discussion: Shakesville and DCist
Kim Seversonand Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:
Tornado Ravages Alabama City; Storm Toll Grows
Associated Press:
Dozens of tornadoes kill 214 in South
Discussion: News Desk and USA Today
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: 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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Indianapolis Star:
Governor weighs signing abortion bill  —  Legislation would take away $2 million of $3 million that Planned Parenthood receives  —  9:23 AM — Governor weighs signing abortion bill  —  Gov. Mitch Daniels said this morning he does not know yet if he will sign House Bill 1210 …
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Daniels faces difficult decision on Planned Parenthood funding
Discussion: The Note and The Page
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Alabama death toll hits 128 — Dems aim to marginalize Trump; Robert Gibbs demands 10 years tax returns — Panetta-Petraeus announcement: Rose Garden, 3:10 pm — Reid plans vote on Ryan plan  —  SUNDAY SO FAR: Sen. Marco Rubio on “Meet.”  —  DCCC invites you to the “R-Oil Wedding.” www.roilwedding.com
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.
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Daily Caller
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 …
 
 
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The Economist online / Daily chart:
The cost of trade  —  Rich countries are outsourcing carbon-dioxide emissions
Lrathke / This Just In:
Live blog: 25 bodies found in Alabama parking lot
Discussion: Gothamist, Salon and JammieWearingFool
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
A 9/11 Judge Sets a Timer for a Month
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Barton Gellman / Time:
FBI Director Bob Mueller glanced at the black chronograph …
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
Gallup:
More Than Half Still Say U.S. Is in Recession or Depression
Discussion: The Raw Story and Clusterstock
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
FBI serves Grand Jury subpoena likely relating to WikiLeaks
Discussion: Mediaite and TalkLeft
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
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Falling Between Two Stools
Discussion: Politics and The Glittering Eye