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6:20 PM ET, April 28, 2011

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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 …
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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.
Tristero / Hullabaloo:
How Quickly We Forget  —  While this is a pretty good editorial, this paragraph:
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Eschaton
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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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.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
CBS Reporter Talks About Her Assault in Egypt  —  Lara Logan thought she was going to die in Tahrir Square when she was sexually assaulted by a mob on the night that Hosni Mubarak's government fell in Cairo.  —  Ms. Logan, a CBS News correspondent, was in the square preparing a report for …
TMZ.com:
Donald Trump Bristles at Claim He's a Racist  —  Donald Trump says it's “terrible” the host of CBS' “Face the Nation” accused him of racism.  —  Trump tells TMZ ... “That is a terrible statement for a newscaster to make.  I am the last person that such a thing should be said about.”
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Trump To Black Journalist: 'I Know You're A Big Obama Fan'  —  Yesterday during his press conference in New Hampshire — after the cable news networks cut to President Obama's remarks regarding the release of his long form birth certificate — potential GOP presidential candiate Donald Trump spent …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Oklahoma GOP Lawmaker Sally Kern: ‘Blacks’ Don't Work As Hard As White People  —  The Republican-controlled Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a proposed constitutional amendment yesterday that would eliminate Affirmative Action in state government.  The offical GOP reasoning for the change …
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
Eric Bolling And The Case Of The Time Traveling Doctor  —  Last night on Fox Business, Eric Bolling hosted Pamela Geller to discuss in all seriousness whether Obama's long-form birth certificate was “photoshopped.”  Geller has been making a fool of herself over Obama's birth certificate for three years now …
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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
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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Tory Dunnan / WPBF West Palm Beach's Channel 25:
Several Tossed From Congressman's Town Hall Meeting  —  Heated Debate Stems From West's Position On Medicaid  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. — Police escorted a number of people out of a town hall meeting Wednesday night — the second night in a row that U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., held what became a heated event.
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John Bingham / Telegraph:
Calling animals ‘pets’ is insulting, academics claim  —  Animal lovers should stop calling their furry or feathered friends “pets” because the term is insulting, leading academics claim.  —  The researchers say ‘pet’ is demeaning  —  Domestic dogs, cats, hamsters or budgerigars should be rebranded as …
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 …
CNN:
Tornado scene described as ‘war zone’  —  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) — Public and private assistance — in the form of food, tarps and hugs …
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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
U.S. Economic Growth Slows to 1.8% Rate in Quarter  —  The American economy slowed to a crawl in the first quarter, but economists are hopeful that the setback will be temporary.  —  Total output grew at an annual pace of 1.8 percent last quarter, the Commerce Department said Thursday …
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Hamil R. Harris / Washington Post:
Shiloh Baptist Church receives threats after comments from Sean Hannity  —  Shiloh Baptist Church in the District said it has received threatening phone calls and e-mails after an Easter visit from President Obama and a conservative television commentator's subsequent playing of a videotape …
Bradley Keoun / Bloomberg:
Citigroup Drops Ben Stein Speech After Complaint Jokes Disparaged Women  —  Citigroup Inc. (C) canceled a planned keynote speech by writer, actor and TV personality Ben Stein after getting a complaint that he told jokes disparaging women at a private-equity conference in Dallas earlier this year.
RushLimbaugh.com:
Populism is Not Conservatism  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Libby in Miami.  Great to have you.  I'm glad you waited.  —  CALLER: Hey, Rush.  A pleasure speaking to you.  Thanks for taking my call.  —  RUSH: Yes, sir.  —  CALLER: Rush, I have to make a quick comment getting back to Trump.
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ
Parija Kavilanz / CNNMoney.com:
Wal-Mart: Our shoppers are ‘running out of money’  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Wal-Mart's core shoppers are running out of money much faster than a year ago due to rising gasoline prices, and the retail giant is worried, CEO Mike Duke said Wednesday.  —  “We're seeing core consumers under a lot of pressure …
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
The Speech Obama Could Give: ‘The Constitution Forbids Default’  —  Imagining a presidential address confronting Republicans who want to risk the nation's credit for political reasons  —  My fellow Americans, I am speaking to you tonight to let you know the steps I have taken to ensure …
Katie Zezima / New York Times:
The Case for Cursive  —  For centuries, cursive handwriting has been an art.  To a growing number of young people, it is a mystery.  —  The sinuous letters of the cursive alphabet, swirled on countless love letters, credit card slips and banners above elementary school chalk boards are going the way of the quill and inkwell.
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 …
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Pawlenty chides ‘birthers,’ defends ethanol subsidies  —  COLLINSVILLE  • Hours after President Barack Obama released his long-form Hawaiian birth certificate to silence stubborn doubts by some about his citizenship Wednesday, GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty implied criticism …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Boehner rejects Dems' request for vote to end subsidies for oil firms  —  As the country's largest oil companies report near-record profits, the office of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) rejected on Thursday Democratic calls to consider legislation eliminating billions of dollars in tax breaks for the same corporations.
Ann Friedman / GOOD:
Flowchart: Should You Pay Attention to the Royal Wedding? … - FOOD … - BUSINESS … - BUSINESS … - POLITICS … - MEDIA … - POLITICS … - GOOD BLOG … - GOOD BLOG … - ENVIRONMENT
Discussion: Yglesias and Lawyers, Guns & Money
 
 
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John Papola / EconStories.tv:
Fight of the Century  —  According to the National Bureau …
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Another GOP Congressman Touts Millions In Health Reform Money He Called ‘Socialized Medicine’ Last Year
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Hollie McKay / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Joey Lawrence Says Obama Didn't Bring Change, Endorses Donald Trump Run
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Jay Solomon / Washington Wire:
U.S. Protests Syrian Detainment of Diplomat
Discussion: MyFox Philadelphia
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Deal Is Reached to Revive and Expand Xanadu Project
Discussion: Gothamist
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House invites Hollywood stars to immigration meeting
Discussion: RedState, The Page and Fox Nation
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama to ‘frustrated’ supporters: Redouble efforts to reelect me
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Ashley Parker / City Room:
Rough Homecoming for a Washington Lawmaker
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Bill Barnhart / The Atlantic Online:
A Conversation With John Paul Stevens
Discussion: Law Blog, The BLT and Althouse
Mike Konczal / American Prospect:
Bernanke Gives a Press Conference
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes
Shawn Millerick / New Hampshire Journal:
Poll: Mass. Republicans want ‘RomneyCare’ repealed
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Daniels faces difficult decision on Planned Parenthood funding
Discussion: CNN, The Note and The Page
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNBC's Burnett Is Said Ready to Jump to CNN
The Daily Caller:
The demand threatened to open another yawning abyss …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Yglesias