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9:40 AM ET, April 28, 2011

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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 …
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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.
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Robert Gibbs to Donald Trump: Where are the tax returns?  —  Former White House press secretary and Obama confidante Robert Gibbs is throwing down the gauntlet on Donald Trump.  —  “Donald Trump said he'd release his tax returns as soon as the president released his birth certificate …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama to Oprah: I knew I was born in Hawaii, ‘I was there’  —  President Obama tried to keep answers about his newly released long-form birth certificate light on Wednesday.  —  “Can I just say?  I was there, so I knew that — I knew I had been born,” Obama said while taping an interview …
Discussion: CNN
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama Tells Untruth in Birth Certificate Press Briefing  —  ABC News' Jake Tapper reports:  —  It was about my birth certificate.  And that was true on most of the news outlets that were represented here."  —  But the president was wrong.  —  According to Pew's Project …
E.D. Kain / Balloon Juice:
Why Obama Waited  —  The answer to the many questions surrounding …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama jokes about ‘birther’ controversy at fundraisers
David Weigel / Weigel:
Birther Legislator in Texas Not Convinced by Long-Form Certificate
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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and RedState
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Kim Seversonand Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:
Tornado Ravages Alabama City; Storm Toll Grows
Discussion: The Page and newsfeed.time.com
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.
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
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.
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 …
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Discussion: protein wisdom
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
Discussion: The Hill, GOP 12 and Weasel Zippers
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.
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 …
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
Daily Mail:
Gaddafi's daughter taunts Obama and Hillary Clinton and says: ‘You never know when a rocket or a bomb might hit you’  —  The daughter of Colonel Gaddafi has taunted President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, saying the President has ‘achieved nothing’ while chastising Mrs Clinton for not leaving her husband after he had an affair.
Chicago Tribune:
Cardinal suspends Pfleger: ‘You are not able to pastor a Catholic parish’  —  Citing what he called threats from the Rev. Michael Pfleger to leave the church, Cardinal Francis George has removed the outspoken priest from St. Sabina parish and has suspended his “sacramental faculties as a priest.”
 
 
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Mark Mazzettiand Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Obama's Pentagon and C.I.A. Picks Show Shift in How U.S. Fights
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John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Panetta nomination may signal deeper cuts for Pentagon
Discussion: The Politico
The Daily Caller:
Hmm.  First thought: Didn't Obama just elevate Donald Trump?
Discussion: Politics and GayPatriot
Gabrielle Saveri / Reuters:
San Francisco may vote on banning male circumcision
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Victoria Ward / Telegraph:
Muslim group claims royal wedding is legitimate terror target
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Skin in the Game, Continued
Ken Cohen / ExxonMobil's Perspectives Blog:
Gas prices and industry earnings: A few things to think about the next time you fill up
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Ralph Nader / Bloomberg:
Why Obama Will Get Second Term in White House: Ralph Nader