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Sheriff Joe Still Thinks Obama's Birth Certificate Is Forged

'I'm not going to give up,' says Joe Arpaio

(Newser) - Donald Trump may have finally given up on the birther debate , but Joe Arpaio sure hasn't. The Arizona sheriff who organized a volunteer posse that claimed President Obama's birth certificate was a fake back in 2012, says he's still investigating the document. "I don't care... More »

Trump Refuses to Say Obama Was Born in the US

His campaign blames Clinton for birtherism

(Newser) - Donald Trump covered a lot of ground—including his wife's immigration status—during a Washington Post interview published Thursday, but the part that made headlines was his refusal to admit that the president of the United States is an American. "I'll answer that question at the right... More »

Woman Gets Birth Certificate at 117, Immediately Dies

Trinidad Alvarez Lira never got to enjoy her full old-age benefits

(Newser) - A 117-year-old woman in Mexico City finally received her birth certificate, and died a few hours later. The AP reports Trinidad Alvarez Lira had waited years for proof that she had been born in 1898. She hadn't received all the government old-age benefits she was entitled to because she... More »

Trump Won't Hand Over His Birth Certificate

The 'Guardian' asked, and even provided a fax number

(Newser) - In the fall of 2012, Donald Trump shared a "big surprise": an offer to donate $5 million to the charity of Obama's choice if the president released "his college records and applications" and "his passport applications and records." Fast forward roughly three years, and there'... More »

Mexicans Can Now Get Birth Certificates —in the US

Consulates stateside will begin issuing them

(Newser) - The Mexican government today will start issuing birth certificates to its citizens at consulates in the United States, seeking to make it easier for them to apply for US work permits, driver's licenses, and protection from deportation. Until now, Mexico has required citizens to get birth certificates at government... More »

Ted Cruz Will Renounce Canadian Citizenship

...which he really didn't think he had

(Newser) - Ted Cruz will renounce his Canadian citizenship ... if in fact he is a Canadian citizen. The US senator made the announcement last night, after releasing his birth certificate yesterday in an effort to quiet his own "birther" controversy. His office initially wouldn't acknowledge the fact that his being... More »

Supreme Court to Rule on Ariz. Voter Registration Law

Law requires would-be voters to prove their citizenship

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today agreed to consider reinstating a controversial Arizona law requiring people to prove they are US citizens before registering to vote. Lower court rulings rejected the law, saying that it was superseded by federal law, which requires voters to swear on the penalty of perjury that they... More »

Romney: Birther Joke Wasn't Dig at President

It's just a little humor, he says, but White House isn't laughing

(Newser) - Mitt Romney's joke at a rally today that "no one's ever asked to see my birth certificate" is living on. (It was "off the cuff," an aide tells BuzzFeed .) Some reaction:
  • Obama campaign: Romney has long "embraced the most strident voices in his
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Romney Releases Birth Certificate, Stirs Dad's Controversy

A reminder of George Romney's brouhaha over birth in Mexico

(Newser) - Mitt Romney's campaign has released a birth certificate that details a foreign-born presidential candidate: Mitt's father, George. Romney's birth certificate, which his campaign has released to Reuters , states that Mitt was born in Detroit in 1947 and his father, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in 1968,... More »

Obama to Betty White: Let's See Your Birth Certificate

President tapes a birthday greeting

(Newser) - If you missed NBC's tribute to Betty White for her 90th birthday, a taped message from President Obama is worth a look. He pens a note asking to see her long-form birth certificate and later dons headphones to nod along to the theme from Golden Girls. "Thanks, and... More »

Perry: I Have 'No Doubt' Obama Is a US Citizen

Says he was just having a little fun with Donald Trump

(Newser) - Rick Perry made clear today he is not in the birther camp—and he says was never there to begin with. "I have no doubt about it," he tells Florida's Bay News 9 when asked whether President Obama is a citizen. Pressed on his recent comments, here... More »

GOP Staffers Meet With 'Birther Queen'

Orly Taitz says top aides receptive to her concerns

(Newser) - Even a birth certificate can’t stop the Birther Queen. Orly Taitz, who literally made a name for herself in the heyday of Birtherism, is still pushing her message—and it seems that top GOP congressional aides are listening. She tells Justin Elliott of Salon that she headed to Washington... More »

Pat Boone on Obama Birth Certificate: Photoshopped

Fifties crooner also says president is Muslim

(Newser) - Yep, it’s official: The birther movement is still not dead . Pat Boone, who was a heartthrob in the ‘50s and who more recently led an evangelical Christian tour of the holy land with Mike Huckabee, proudly came out as a birther to the San Francisco Chronicle at the... More »

Obama Hawking Birth Certificate T-Shirts

'Made in the USA' they snarkily proclaim

(Newser) - Now that he's finally put the birther conspiracy to rest, President Obama has decided to rub it in a little. His campaign is selling snarky T-shirts that say "Made in the USA" on the front and have the president's long-form birth certificate on the back, Politico observes.... More »

Bobby Jindal Releases His Birth Certificate, Too

And guess what, he's a U.S. citizen

(Newser) - Keep your hands off Bobby Jindal, birthers. The Louisiana governor has released his birth certificate to prove he is a US citizen, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune . The certificate shows that Jindal—given the first name Piyush— was born in Baton Rouge on June 10, 1971, to Indian immigrants. Both... More »

Birthers' Ranks Plunge: Poll

Percentage who believe Obama is foreign-born falls by half

(Newser) - A year ago, 20% of Americans thought the president was foreign-born; now, it’s half that, a Washington Post poll finds. Surveyed after President Obama released his “long-form” birth certificate , just 10% of Americans now believe he was likely born outside the US. What's more, 70% say he’... More »

Obama Zings Trump

President doesn't shy away from would-be birther candidate

(Newser) - Don't go to Vegas with Donald Trump these days: The would-be presidential candidate was betting last night that "I wouldn't think [Obama] would address me" in his speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. No such luck, reports Politico:
  • Trump's "taken some flak lately but
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The Day America Lost Its Mind

And it's all caused by 'puffed up bullfrog' Donald Trump: Independent

(Newser) - The British newspaper the Independent for one is shocked, shocked that President Obama finally succumbed to birther mania and released his long-form birth certificate to shut up the fringe ( a strategy already failing ). "Has there ever been a more absurdly surreal moment, even in US politics, that... More »

Move Over Birthers, Here Come the ‘Schoolers’

New focus will be on college records: Alex Pareene

(Newser) - The White House release of President Obama's birth certificate won't satisfy all the birthers, with charges of the document being a Photoshopped forgery already surfacing, notes Alex Pareene at Salon . Other diehards will accept it but develop new lines of attack, arguing that Obama is disqualified by his... More »

Obama to Birthers: ‘We Don’t Have Time for This Silliness’

We have better things to do, explains Obama

(Newser) - Barack Obama followed the release of his "long-form" certificate this morning with his two cents on the matter, which he says he has followed for the last two and a half years "with amusement." He says he realized, after giving his budget speech, that "the dominant... More »

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