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1:50 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 …
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
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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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Lrathke / This Just In:
Live blog: Storms kill 162 in Alabama, 247 across South  —  [Updated at 12:38 p.m. ET] The death toll from severe weather in Alabama has reached 162, Alabama Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Yasamie August said Thursday.  The overall death toll is as many as 247 people in six states.
Discussion: Gothamist, Salon and JammieWearingFool
The Atlantic Online:
Storms, Tornadoes Devastate the South
Discussion: Shakesville and DCist
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
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Daniels: No presidential decision yet  —  Washington (CNN) - Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says he still has not decided whether he will be running for the GOP presidential nomination.  —  On the timing of when his decision would be announced he told the Indianapolis Star Thursday don't expect it this weekend.
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Daniels faces difficult decision on Planned Parenthood funding
Discussion: The Note and The Page
Indianapolis Star:
Governor weighs signing abortion bill
Tim Alberta / Hotline On Call:
Daniels Faces Defining Decision On Abortion Bill
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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 …
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama Tells Untruth in Birth Certificate Press Briefing
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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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.
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Tory Dunnan / WPBF West Palm Beach's Channel 25:
Several Tossed From Congressman's Town Hall Meeting
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Focus on Medicare  —  Party Leaders Sense Advantage in Republicans' Proposed Overhaul of Program  —  Congressional Democrats, on the defensive for months on federal spending issues, see an opportunity to seize the political initiative by pushing to the forefront a House Republican plan to overhaul Medicare.
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Dems use royal wedding in effort to tie GOP to oil industry
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
 
 
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Oklahoma GOP Lawmaker Sally Kern: ‘Blacks’ Don't Work As Hard As White People
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
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: The BLT
The Economist online / Daily chart:
The cost of trade  —  Rich countries are outsourcing carbon-dioxide emissions
Barton Gellman / Time:
FBI Director Bob Mueller glanced at the black chronograph …
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: 
The Huffington Post:
Swiped: Banks, Merchants And Why Washington Doesn't Work For You
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: The Glittering Eye and Politics
The Daily Caller:
The demand threatened to open another yawning abyss …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Yglesias