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7:15 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.
Lynn Sweet:
Valerie Jarrett shutting down Trump: No college transcript release.  —  WASHINGTON—White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett said President Obama will not release his academic records, commenting a day after Obama put out his “long form” birth certificate and Donald Trump decided to press …
Tristero / Hullabaloo:
How Quickly We Forget  —  While this is a pretty good editorial, this paragraph:
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Eschaton
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
CBS Reporter Recounts ‘Merciless’ 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 …
Robin Bravender / The Politico:
Ryan calls for ending oil subsidies  —  House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan called for ending oil subsidies Thursday, further complicating Republican efforts to stay on message about rising gas prices.  —  The Wisconsin Republican told constituents at a Waterford, Wis. …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
McConnell Turns the Tables on Budget Vote
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Paul Ryan Endorses Ending Oil Subsidies, Even Though He Voted For Them
Discussion: The Hill, ThinkProgress and Swampland
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Boehner rejects Dems' request for vote to end subsidies for oil firms
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Dems use royal wedding in effort to tie GOP to oil industry
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.
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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Rachel Rose Hartman / Yahoo! News:
Birtherist response highlights racial undertones of ‘debate’
Brian Wedemeyer / AZ-Independent:
EXCLUSIVE: Dad's Immigration File Offers More Evidence Of Obama's Birthplace
Discussion: Guardian and Capital New York
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 …
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 …
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
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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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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
U.S. Economic Growth Slows to 1.8% Rate in Quarter
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 …
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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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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Laura Hudson / ComicsAlliance.com:
Superman Renounces U.S. Citizenship 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 …
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.
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 …
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
Economist:
Life in the slow lane  —  Americans are gloomy about their economy's ability to produce.  Are they right to be?  We look at two areas of concern, transport infrastructure and innovation  —  from the print edition  —  ON FRIDAY afternoons, residents of Washington, DC …
Discussion: Yglesias
 
 
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Tim Pawlenty / National Review:
The Federal Government vs. Job Creation
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McConnell pledges to force Senate vote on president's budget
John Papola / EconStories.tv:
Fight of the Century  —  According to the National Bureau …
Ann Friedman / GOOD:
Flowchart: Should You Pay Attention to the Royal Wedding?
Discussion: Yglesias and Lawyers, Guns & Money
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Pawlenty chides ‘birthers,’ defends ethanol subsidies
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Another GOP Congressman Touts Millions In Health Reform Money He Called ‘Socialized Medicine’ Last Year
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Hollie McKay / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Joey Lawrence Says Obama Didn't Bring Change, Endorses Donald Trump Run
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Deal Is Reached to Revive and Expand Xanadu Project
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House invites Hollywood stars to immigration meeting
Discussion: RedState, The Page and Fox Nation
Barton Gellman / Time:
FBI Director Bob Mueller glanced at the black chronograph …
Shawn Millerick / New Hampshire Journal:
Poll: Mass. Republicans want ‘RomneyCare’ repealed