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California sec. of state race: Birther leader vs. man who rarely votes

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Update: California bar now considering disciplinary action against birther lawyer Orly Taitz

The Republican primary race for California’s secretary of state is turning unusual — to put it mildly.

The Orange County registrar has confirmed that Orly Taitz — the de facto leader of the “birther” movement trying to prove President Obama wasn’t born in the United States — has qualified to run for secretary of state. And her main opponent is a man who has only ever voted once.

Taitz’ move appears to be related to her campaign to have Obama disqualified as president. Secretaries of state are responsible for elections.

Taitz, who has filed and so far lost numerous lawsuits challenging Obama’s eligibility for the presidency, told WorldNetDaily that if elected, she will use her office to pursue an investigation of Obama’s citizenship.

Taitz has criticized the current secretary of state, Debra Bowen, for not investigating Obama’s citizenship, reports the OC Register.

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But Obama isn’t the only politician Taitz is challenging on the grounds of eligibility. She is using the same tactic against her Republican primary opponent for secretary of state, Damon Dunn. Taitz filed a criminal complaint against Dunn, claiming he is ineligible to run in the GOP primary because he hasn’t been registered as a Republican long enough.

Taitz asserted that Dunn “is really a Democrat trying to fraudulently run on a Republican ticket in order to prevent a Bona fide [sic] Republican from running against a Democrat.”

An investigation by Spencer Kornhaber at OC Weekly into her claims concluded they were “false.”

Kornhaber can’t help but notice that both Obama and Dunn are black. “Orly Taitz seems to have a thing for raising questions about black politicians’ eligibility for office,” he quips.

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And Dunn himself is also no stranger to controversy. It emerged last fall that the former NFL receiver had only ever voted once.

“Dunn, who has never run for public office and aims to become the state’s chief elections official, said he voted for the first – and only – time in his life in May 2009,” reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

Dunn is contrite about his shortcomings. He told the Chronicle he grew up in poverty in a Texas trailer park, where voting was not a priority.

“No one in my family voted,” he said. “I was not involved in the process … I have seen how my errors have cost me.”

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Earlier this week, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a $20,000 fine slapped on Taitz by a federal judge in Georgia last year, who described one of her lawsuits challenging Obama’s eligibility as “frivolous.”

The California bar has now begun to investigate the possibility of disciplinary action against Taitz. According to Talking Points Memo, “When Clay Land, the judge in the Georgia case, imposed the fine on Taitz in October, he also directed that a copy of his scathing 43-page order be sent to the California bar ‘for whatever use it deems appropriate.'”

Disciplinary actions can range from private reproval to disbarment if a lawyer is considered to have a “history of misconduct” or to have engaged in a “serious violation.”

“Mandela had to spend years in prison, fighting corruption in the government,” Taitz told Talking Points Memo in an email. “Responding to an inquiry from the bar is not that bad in comparison.”

And, in a sign that at least Obama’s home state is getting tired of “birtherism,” Hawaii is debating legislation that would allow it to stop responding to requests for Obama’s birth certificate. Officials say they still receive 10 to 20 such requests per week.

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John Oliver perfectly explains the Mueller report in a way all Americans can understand

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The overwhelming majority of Americans have not read the 400-plus-page report from special counsel Robert Mueller.

As it stands, it's unclear how many elected officials have either. It's become a problem for Democrats, who would like to impeach the president but can't get the American people to pay attention long enough.

"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver has a solution. In his Sunday show, Oliver outlined a vital piece of the report that outlined just one of many obstructions of justice at the hand of President Donald Trump.

After he outlined what impeachment is, he showed Trump talking about the law that claims it's for "high crimes and misdemeanors." According to Trump, he has to be accused of both because it says "and." An annoyed Oliver corrected the president's incorrect assessment.

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Fox News host Brian Kilmeade took German as his foreign language in high school. If you didn't know that, then you likely don't watch Fox News, because the host has made a claim several dozen times.

HBO host John Oliver spent a few moments out of his Sunday episode of "Last Week Tonight" to mock Kilmeade for his desire to remind people of his three years of classes frequently.

Kilmeade has talked about it so many times that his co-hosts began preempting his comment every time the country of Germany is mentioned, or the German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears on the screen.

Watch the hilarious mockery below:

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Trump thinks he can create his own healthcare law that will take the issue off the table for Democrats

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One of the significant issues Republicans lost on in 2018 was their nearly decade-long crusade to unmake the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

This week Trump will announce that he's running for president again, and he promises a surprise announcement while there. While it's unclear what he intends for the surprise, one thing he is talking about is a better healthcare law than the Democratic one.

According to The New York Times, Trump is "vowing to issue the plan within a month or two, reviving a campaign promise with broad consequences for next year’s contest."

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