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WATCH LIVE: Obama discusses his birth certificate

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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…

White House rebukes Graham over Obama comments

WASHINGTON — The White House scolded evangelical preacher Franklin Graham for making “preposterous charges” on Easter Sunday, after he cited conspiracy theories over President Barack Obama’s birthplace. Graham, son of famed pastor Billy Graham, an advisor to presidents for decades, described Obama as a “very nice man” but appeared to…

State Department wants passport applicants to reveal lifetime employment history

The U.S. Department of State has proposed a new questionnaire that would make it almost impossible for some people to get a passport. The new document (PDF) would require that certain applicants submit a list of every residence and every job they’ve ever had since birth. In February, the department…

Bloomberg: ‘Birther’ talk a ‘terrible mistake’ for Republicans

Publicly questioning whether President Barack Obama is a natural born citizen of the United States will hurt Republican candidates in the 2012 elections, according to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “Look, anybody can run for president if you’re 35 and an American citizen and born here,” Bloomberg said on…

German baby survives record premature birth

BERLIN (AFP) – A German baby born after only 21 weeks and five days in the womb has equalled a world record for surviving premature infants, the hospital said Saturday. When Frieda was born on November 7 she measured 11 inches (28 centimetres) and weighed only one pound (460 grammes).…

Palin defends Trump’s birther talk, plays coy on candidacy

One-time Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is no stranger to the spotlight — most would say, by choice. She’s also familiar with the spotlight’s frequent companion: criticism. Now, possible GOP presidential contender Donald Trump seems to be following in Palin’s 24/7 media circus footsteps. Trump is all but unavoidable…

Poll: Nearly half of Iowa Republicans are birthers, but many dislike Trump

Nearly half of Republican voters in Iowa said they don’t think President Barack Obama was born in the United States, but despite the large “birther” presence in the state, many had negative views of real estate mogul Donald Trump. Forty-eight percent of Iowa Republicans said they don’t believe that Obama…

Jindal will sign ‘birther’ bill if he gets the chance

A bill that would require candidates to prove they are natural born U.S. citizens before qualifying for the Louisiana ballot wasn’t Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s idea but he will gladly endorse it if he gets the chance. Jindal press secretary Kyle Plotkin told The Times-Picayune Tuesday that the governor will…

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoes ‘birther’ bill

Legislation that requires presidential candidates to prove they are natural born American citizens before their names can appear on the Arizona ballot was vetoed by the state’s Republican governor on Monday. “I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for President of the greatest and most…

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