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Apr 28th, 2011

Summary: The White House produced a copy of President Barack Obama’s detailed Hawaii birth certificate after obtaining a special waiver from the state to make it public. Recent polling had shown two-thirds of Republicans (and smaller percentages of independents and Democrats) believing Obama was born overseas or voicing uncertainty about his place of birth — and celebrity developer Donald Trump, who had taken the lead in sowing doubts about Obama’s birth, was gaining a following as he flirted with a Republican presidential bid. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 28, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that an increase in terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan triggered a sharp rise in the number of civilians killed or wounded there in 2009, pushing South Asia past the Middle East as the top terror region in the world, according to figures compiled by National Counterterrorism Center.