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This handout image provided by the White House shows a copy of the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii.

President Obama releases his birth certificate, hopes to move past "silliness"

04/27/11 03:39PM

In case you missed this morning's big news: President Obama responded to various critics today by releasing the long form of his Hawaiian birth certificate. The president then spoke briefly, for about five minutes, after the White House released the certificate.During his statement he said, "We do not have time for this kind of silliness." And he pointedly referred to the vocal critics by calling them "carnival barkers.""I'm confident the American people and America's political leaders can come together in a bipartisan way and solve these problems," he said. read more

Top Talker: Hands off my Medicare!

04/27/11 08:15AM

House Republicans are playing defense in their own backyards over their plans to overhaul Medicare. Angry voters are attacking Republicans at public meetings across the nation to voice their concerns about protecting their Medicare coverage. Yesterday, things got particularly rowdy at a packed town hall in Wisconsin with Congressman Ryan - the architect of the Republican budget proposal.Despite the backlash, the public still favors Republicans in their handling of the federal budget. read more

Sources say Petraeus to be nominated to CIA

04/27/11 08:07AM

NBC's Jim Miklaszewski joins Morning Joe to discuss news that current CIA director Leon Panetta will succeed Robert Gates as U.S. Defense Secretary, and Gen. David Petraeus will be nominated to CIA director. U.S. Ambassador to the U.K, Louis Susman, also joins the conversation. You can read more about the move HERE. read more

Morning headlines: Wednesday, April 27

04/27/11 06:42AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Sources tell the AP that CIA director Leon Panetta will take over at the Pentagon and Gen. David Petraeus is to be nominated to head the CIATornado hits east Texas; 100 homes damagedAfghan pilot shoots and kills six NATO troopsHouse GOP regroups amid Medicare angerTreasury Secretary Geithner plans for failure to raise the debt ceilingJapan's royal couple visited the area hardest hit by the earthquake and tsunamiGas exports cut after blast rocks Egypt terminalBy now you've probably heard about Katie Couric. read more