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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…

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…

Obama: ‘Birther’ claims will hurt Republicans in 2012

President Barack Obama dismissed conspiracy theorists, known as “birthers,” who have recently been brought back into the media spotlight by billionaire real estate mogul and television celebrity Donald Trump. During an interview with ABC News Chief Political Correspondent George Stephanopoulos on Thursday, Obama suggested the majority of Americans would not…

American being held in North Korea

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US State Department said Tuesday that an American is being held in North Korea and called for the person’s release on humanitarian grounds. Swedish officials, who represent the United States in the absence of diplomatic ties between Pyongyang and Washington, “have been able to visit” the…

Poll: Nearly half of New Hampshire Republicans are birthers, and many support Trump

Donald Trump’s play into the fictional world of birther politics seems to have paid tremendous dividends in New Hampshire, where a poll this week found that nearly half of likely Republican primary voters don’t believe the president is a U.S. citizen. With Trump pitching himself as the candidate of these…

Boehner: ‘Not my job’ to correct the birthers

Many Americans believe that President Barack Obama is a Muslim who is also not a US citizen, and House Speaker John Boehner isn’t about to correct them. The Speaker told NBC’s David Gregory Sunday that people have a right to their beliefs and it wasn’t his job to tell them…

Update: Bradley Manning is American, not British, lawyer says

UPDATE: Bradley Manning, the Army private allegedly behind the Wikileaks release of State Department cables, doesn’t consider himself a UK citizen and won’t be pursuing that avenue in his effort to be released from solitary confinement, Manning’s lawyer said Wednesday. In what was widely seen as an attempt to gather…

Heckling ‘birther’ disrupts Congress

WASHINGTON — A woman screaming that President Barack Obama was not legitimately elected to the White House disrupted a symbolic reading of the US Constitution in the House of Representatives on Thursday. Capitol police removed the protester, who shouted “Except Obama! Except Obama! Help us Jesus!” as Democratic Representative Frank…

Mexican troops killed US citizen, documents show

MEXICO CITY – Joseph Proctor told his girlfriend he was popping out to the convenience store in the quiet Mexican beach town where the couple had just moved, intending to start a new life. The next morning, the 32-year-old New York native was dead inside his crashed van on a…

Swedish bomber ‘planned Christmas carnage’

A suicide bomber who blew himself up in Stockholm at the weekend was carrying a cocktail of explosives and probably meant to wreak carnage among Christmas shoppers, investigators said Monday. As police searched the father-of-three’s home near London, Sweden’s chief prosecutor confirmed investigators believed the bomber was a Swedish citizen…

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