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1||On Friday, Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton, will officially tie the knot. Like past royal weddings, this one has captivated Britains and foreigners alike, and has drawn no small share of media coverage. || Richard Pohle/THE TIMES/Newscom&&

2||Almost a century ago, in 1923, the Duke of York, Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon and their bridesmaids posed for this photo after their wedding. ||Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

3||Thousands of spectators turned out to catch a glimpse of Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth, and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947. ||Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

4||Then-Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip looked out from a Buckingham Palace balcony in 1947. ||Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

5||A boy tried to get a better view of the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947. ||Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

6||In 1981, Prince William's mother, Diana, married Prince Charles of Wales. ||e30/e30/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

7||The wedding of Diana and Charles drew an international television audience of around 750 million viewers. ||k98/k98/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

8||Princess Diana with her father, Earl Spencer, at St. Pauls Cathedral, where the wedding was held. ||Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

9||Prince Charles and his brothers Edward (left) and Andrew (right) at the altar in St. Pauls Cathedral. ||Kent Gavin Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

10||Prince Charles and Princess Diana, with a long wedding gown train extending down the aisle. ||k09/k09/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

11||Members of the royal family, with newlyweds Princess Diana and Prince Charles at center. ||k98/k98/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

12||Queen Elizabeth II and Diana's father, Earl Spencer, on wedding day 1981. ||k98/k98/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

13||Prince Charles and Princess Diana. ||Daily Mirror Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

14||Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the altar in St. Paul's Cathedral. ||Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

15||Prince Charles and Princess Diana, with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their wedding in July 1981. ||BOCCON-GIBOD/SIPA/BOCCON-GIBOD/SIPA/Newscom&&

16|||| Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

17||Princess Diana and Prince Charles, in an open-air buggy after their wedding. || Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) welcomed the release of President Obama's long-form birth certificate on Wednesday, after suffering what he said had been "arrogant condescension" from Obama's supporters. And he said the redundant proof that Obama was indeed born where everyone knew he was born shows that Congress really needs to pass a law requiring presidential candidates to produce their birth certificates.

"It is truly distressing that the administration would wait so long to release such an important piece of documentation, when such a simple act was all it required," Gohmert said in a statement. "In my mind, a critically important action we could take in Congress is to eliminate similar controversies arising in future elections."

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After flirting with birtherism in the past, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), told reporters Wednesday that Obama's long form birth certificate was "two years overdue" while insisting he was focused on the economy instead.

"I am more interested in President Obama producing a budget that actually cuts spending and removes the regulatory burden on small businesses so they can create jobs and grow our economy," Broun said in a statement. "Or perhaps he can produce a realistic energy policy to help ease the pain at the pump Americans are feeling by reducing our dependency on foreign sources. Regardless, until the President is ready to produce something that isn't a 'commission', political speech, or a document two years overdue - Republicans in Congress will continue to work tirelessly to produce the kind of economic solutions that the American people are demanding."

In 2010, Broun told a radio host that he did not know if President Obama was an American citizen or a Christian. A spokesman for Broun told Politico shortly after the incident that he wasn't questioning Obama's birthplace or religion, he simply didn't want to speculate.

The defense fund for birther and former Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin put out a statement on Wednesday in response to the release of President Obama's long-form birth certificate, asking that Lakin, a doctor, be given a "full and complete presidential pardon" for his court martial conviction of six months, "including restoration of pay, benefits, and service."

The reasoning? If only Lakin had seen this birth certificate a year ago he would have never refused his orders to deploy to Afghanistan!

"This document which was so casually dropped on the news corps could just have easily been provided twelve months ago or two years ago," the statement said. "Even six months ago, it would have prevented LTC Lakin being manacled and hauled away to Fort Leavenworth prison for standing up for the Constitution, consistent with the oath he took as an officer, and the rule of law."

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For those Tea Partiers on the edge of their seats, waiting to find out what happens in the next two installments of the Atlas Shrugged movie series -- they may not want to hold their breath.

John Aglialoro, the producer, distributor, and financier of the first Atlas Shrugged movie, says he's reconsidering his plans, thanks to scathing reviews from movie critics (and TPM). "Critics, you won," he told the Los Angeles Times. "I'm having deep second thoughts on why I should do Part 2."

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Sharron Angle, the former Nevada state representative and unsuccessful 2010 Republican Senate nominee, is committing to run for Nevada's open (and soon to be vacant) House seat as a Republican -- after some speculation that she might launch an independent bid if the party leaders did not select her for the special election.

At the same time, the Las Vegas Review Journal reports, Angle pledged to continue running in the Republican primary for the 2012 cycle, and she criticized the fact that party leaders, rather than voters, could end up picking the candidate -- a pretty clear hint that she could potentially challenge any Republican who does get elected, if she were passed over.

"I look forward to running in a legitimate campaign cycle where all registered voters are able to participate in both a primary and general election," Angle said in a statement released on Tuesday. "A special election free-for-all, or a situation where party insiders nominate a candidate, does disservice to our representative democracy."

On Wednesday, Rep. Dean Heller (R) was officially announced as the new appointee to the Senate after the resignation of Sen. John Ensign. Heller had already been running for the seat, following Ensign's earlier announcement that he would not run in 2012, which led Angle to declare her candidacy in her home House district that she had carried in the 2010 Senate race.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was traveling on an official trip to China last week when his scandal-scarred Nevada GOP colleague, John Ensign, announced his resignation so he hasn't had a chance to comment until now.

Reid told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that he thinks the Senate Ethics Committee will issue a final report on the charges surrounding Ensign's affair with a top staffer's wife and the creative steps he took to keep it quiet.

In fact, he said, the panel doesn't have a choice.

"They are obligated to come up with a report," he said, noting that he had previously served as chairman of the ethics panel for many years.

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