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‘Proud’ Trump takes credit for Obama releasing birth certificate

Donald Trump took credit Wednesday as President Barack Obama released his long-form birth certificate. “Today, I am very proud of myself, because I have accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish,” Trump told reporters. “I was just informed while on the helicopter that our president has finally…

Obama releases long-form birth certificate

WASHINGTON – The White House released President Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate Wednesday, in an attempt to quiet conspiracies that he’s not a natural-born citizen. In a press gaggle, White House staffers handed out copies of Obama’s long-form birth certificate to reporters. It confirms what his other birth certificate released…

Obama criticizes new Georgia immigration law

ATLANTA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday criticized an immigration bill passed by Georgia’s Legislature that would give police authority to question suspects about their immigration status. Obama also defended his administration’s record on securing U.S. borders and repeated his call for comprehensive immigration reform. The Georgia bill is…

White House eyes Warren associates for consumer job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is zeroing in on close associates of law professor Elizabeth Warren, an outspoken critic of Wall Street, to head the new U.S.consumer financial agency, a source with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters. Warren has long been considered a front-runner to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which will…

U.S. denies considering tougher visas for Chinese officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department denied a newspaper report on Wednesday that Washington could respond to a series of Chinese diplomatic snubs by making it more difficult for senior Chinese officials to secure visas. “The U.S. has not contemplated, nor is it considering any changes to our visa policies in China,” State…

Schumer: GOP is ‘playing with fire’ by threatening not to raise debt ceiling

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joined an MSNBC panel Wednesday morning to discuss backlash at town halls over the GOP plan to end Medicare, suggestions that Republicans might not allow the debt ceiling to be raised and House Speaker’s John Boehner’s statement that oil companies need to “pay their fair share.”…

Bernanke seen indicating no haste to tighten Fed policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday will likely use his first-ever news conference on monetary policy to hammer home the case for a patient approach to withdrawing the central bank’s extensive support for theU.S. economy. Following a two-day Fed policy meeting, Bernanke will face the press in the first regularly…

GOP Reps Ryan, Webster face furious voters at town halls

In the words of MSNBC host Rachel Madddow, House Republicans are in the midst of a “collective freakout” over the public’s reaction to Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget plan, which cleared the House right before Congress went on vacation. Among other items, Ryan’s budget would significantly cut Medicare spending, eventually…

Obama to name Panetta Defense Secretary, Petraeus to lead CIA: report

President Barack Obama was expected to announce that he’s appointing Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta to lead the Department of Defense, and Gen. David Petraeus, who currently leads the Afghan occupation, to replace him. News of the major shift in the administration comes from unnamed sources close to the…

Doctors turned ‘blind eye’ to Guantanamo torture: study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Department of Defense doctors and psychologists whose duty was to care for inmates at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, concealed evidence of intentional harm and torture, said a study. The findings, published in the peer-reviewed journal PloS Medicine, come in the wake of a host of secret US…

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