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Apr 28, 2011 at 11:41 am

Today’s big Obama news is that the president of the United States was born in Hawaii. Obama yesterday presented a copy of his birth certificate after getting permission from the state of Hawaii to make it public. Obama hopes to put an end to all the talk about his eligibility to be president, which became a hot topic thanks to Republican presidential hopelesses Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. "We're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshow and carnival barkers," Obama said.—-

The GOP must now look for another focal point to build its campaign around for the 2012 election. "It may have a short-term payoff for a handful of Republicans. But for the party as a whole, it is a terrible long-term issue to build a campaign around," said Todd Harris, a Republican consultant.

Trump is getting a head start on the rest of the GOP by taking Obama’s intelligence and education to task. Trump said in response to the birth certificate, “I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can't get into Harvard. We don't know a thing about this guy. There are a lot of questions that are unanswered about our President.” Last night, Bob Schieffer, the host of Face the Nation, appeared on The CBS Evening News and said that that was Trump’s way of saying “[Obama] got into a law school because he’s black.”

Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, said yeah, so he’s got a birth certificate, but why doesn’t he tell everyone about how he was a foreign student on scholarship? In an interview released yesterday, Jud said that Obama needs to release the rest of the records and noted that there’s a, “rumor that Obama attended Occidental [College] on a scholarship reserved for foreign students.” Said rumor actually originated from a chain e-mail based on a fake AP story.

And where was Obama when JFK was killed? Or when Pepsi Twist came out? This guy’s got secrets.

Obama today will announce his new national security team. In Afghanistan, he plans to name Ryan Crocker, former chief diplomat in Iraq, as the new ambassador to Kabul and Lt. Gen. John Allen as the next military commander there. According to officials, sitting Defense Secretary Robert Gates will step down in late June when CIA Director Leon Panetta will take over as Defense Secretary and Gen. David Petreus, Afghanistan commander, will take Panetta’s place.

What was first met with rage and wonder will soon be over. No, not Jersey Shore. The final installment of Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be released in the U.S. on June 15. Finally. The series, which has spawned seven books and eight films, will come to an end after a decade of wizardry and witchcraft.

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