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In another speed bump for the Wisconsin Supreme Court race, the election officials in Dane County (Madison) are saying that they are unlikely to finish their part of the recount within the allotted two weeks.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports:

"We only have 13 days, and I believe ours will take longer," said clerk Karen Peters.

...In Dane County, Peters said the county Board of Canvassers will work from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day thereafter until the job is done.

The state Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections, set the deadline but left open the possibility that it could be extended for some counties.

Liberal-backed challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg formally requested the recount last week, with incumbent conservative Justice David Prosser ahead by 7,316 votes, or 0.488%. This is within the 0.5% margin that entitled Kloppenburg to request a recount at state and local government expense -- and followed the controversial announcement by the county clerk in heavily Republican Waukesha County that she had discovered un-tabulated votes that were not properly added to the county's database, putting Prosser ahead after trailing in the initial numbers.

Beaming with pride, Donald Trump took credit on Wednesday for President Obama releasing a copy of his long-form birth certificate -- but with some qualifications.

"I'm very proud of myself because I've accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish," he said in press conference in New Hampshire. "I'm really honored."

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But, Trump said, "we have to look at it. We have to see, is it real? Is it proper?" He added: "It is rather amazing that all of a sudden it materializes." And, Trump said, there are still questions about President Obama's background. "The word is," Trump told the press, Obama "was a terrible student when he went to Occidental [College]. He then gets to Columbia. He then gets to Harvard."

"I don't know why he doesn't release his records," Trump said. "Why doesn't he release his Occidental records?"

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TPM just caught up with Newt Gingrich after his address at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday morning. We asked about the news of the moment, the release of President Obama's long-form birth certificate.

Gingrich was in the breakfast all morning, so he appeared to be hearing the news for the first time. He laughed when asked for his reaction and cautioned, "I haven't even looked at it yet."

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President Obama, in a rare public appearance on a personal issue Wednesday, scolded the media and those consumed with trying to prove he was not born in the United States.

"I know that there's going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest ... ," Obama told reporters. "We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We've got better stuff to do. I've got better stuff to do. We've got big problems to solve. And I'm confident we can solve them, but we're going to have to focus on them -- not on this."

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With the release of President Obama's long form birth certificate on Wednesday, many are wondering why the White House decided to even bother wading into the birther debate long after it had been proven to be a red herring.

One reason, as noted by Obama in a press conference Tuesday morning, is that while the birther controversy is largely considered a fringe issue, it's actually mainstream within Republican ranks, according to several recent polls.

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President Barack Obama formally ordered up to $25 million in urgent -- but non-military -- aid for Libyan rebels fighting Muammar Qaddafi as a fears of a open-ended stalemate escalated.

Obama granted the funds to Libya's Transitional National Council in a memo from the President to Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton early Tuesday evening.

In addition to noting that Congress must raise the debt limit, and quickly, Doug Holtz-Eakin also vouched for the House GOP Budget, and in particular its prescription to privatize and cut the cost of Medicare.

In a brief interview Tuesday, Holtz-Eakin -- who headed the Congressional Budget Office during the Bush administration, and was John McCain's chief economic adviser during the 2008 presidential campaign -- called the plan "a significant and serious proposal."

"The most important thing about what's in the House plan is in fact we finally have a budget limit," he said. "For Medicare you say here's the budget, go be efficient. For Medicaid you cap the taxpayers exposure and you give it to the states with a lot of flexibility and say go be efficient and those may not be perfect proposals, but we do in fact ultimately force our decision-making into a budget."

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President Obama plans to tap CIA Director Leon Panetta to head the Defense Department to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and David Petraeus will succeed Panetta at the CIA, according to media reports.

Petraeus, 58, currently serves as the commander of allied forces in Afghanistan and previously led operations in Iraq from 2006 to 2008.

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