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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 »

Donald Trump Is No Longer a Birther

Candidate admits Obama was born in US

(Newser) - After five years of promoting the idea that President Obama wasn't born in the United States, Donald Trump reversed course on Friday. "President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period," Trump said in televised remarks, per the AP . "Now we all want to get... More »

No, Hillary Clinton Didn't Start the Birther Movement

Fact-checkers say Trump is wrong

(Newser) - In defending himself after his recent birther controversy , Donald Trump raised eyebrows with this assertion about President Obama's citizenship: "Just remember, the birther movement was started by Hillary Clinton in 2008. She was all in!" Clinton called the allegation "ludicrous," prompting the fact-checkers at PolitiFact... More »

Ted Cruz Giving Up Canadian Citizenship

Move nothing to do with presidential bid, he says

(Newser) - Ted Cruz is still a Canadian but he promises he's taking steps to change that, the Dallas Morning News finds. The Texas senator and rumored 2016 hopeful says he has hired lawyers to help him renounce the Canadian citizenship he gained when he was born in Alberta to a... 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 »

GOP's Cruz Tries to Silence Own Birthers

Ted Cruz releases birth certificate and, you guessed it, he's Canadian

(Newser) - In an effort to silence the whispers about his presidential eligibility, Ted Cruz released his birth certificate yesterday, and sure enough, he's Canadian. The Texas senator gave the certificate to the Dallas Morning News , which reveals that Cruz was born to an American mother and Cuban father in Canada.... More »

Judge Fines Birther $177K for Wasting Court's Time

Suggests great name for the movie

(Newser) - A judge who rejected a lawsuit questioning President Obama's citizenship has ordered the birther who filed it to pay $177,000 in legal fees, reports the New York Daily News . But Brooklyn Judge Arthur Shack didn't just slam the allegations made by Christopher Earl Strunk as “fanciful,... More »

Trump's Kids Stage Intervention

They tell dad to ease up on Obama; the Donald denies it, of course

(Newser) - Donald Trump's anti-Obama campaign has apparently reached "embarrassing dad" status, because his three eldest kids recently staged an intervention of sorts advising him to tone it down, reports the New York Daily News . Eric, Donald Jr., and Ivanka "showed a lot of respect" during the mid-October meeting,... More »

Trump's Obama 'Bombshell:' I'll Give You $5M ...

If Obama forks over his college transcripts, passport applications. Woot.

(Newser) - Donald Trump's Obama bombshell ? Not so much a bombshell. It's really just Trump sitting at his desk, very loudly and vehemently declaring his opinion that the president isn't transparent enough ... so Trump is pulling out his checkbook. In his promised big announcement , which he made via... More »

Kansas Birther Drops Challenge to Obama

Move had threatened his place on the ballot

(Newser) - It appears Kansas will allow the sitting president to appear on November's ballot after all. A man who filed a challenge questioning his citizenship has decided to drop it because of the backlash, reports the Topeka Capital-Journal . "There has been a great deal of animosity and intimidation directed... More »

Kansas May Kick Obama Off the Ballot

GOP-led election board wants more birth certificate evidence

(Newser) - If you thought birther-ism was dead, we've got some bad news. The Kansas State Objections Board is considering kicking Barack Obama off the ballot unless it finds more evidence he was born in the US, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. The all-Republican board agreed yesterday to investigate a ballot challenge... More »

Tea Party 'Birther Fest' a Bust

Event starring Sheriff Joe, Pat Boone called off

(Newser) - If a "birther" jamboree starring Pat Boone and Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio sounds like your idea of a good time, you should have bought a ticket sooner. The September 22 event, organized by Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots, has been called off due to poor ticket sales, reports... More »

In Appeal to Working Class, Romney's Tone Sharpens

Campaign thinks it not enough to criticize Obama's economics

(Newser) - Still narrowly trailing President Obama, Mitt Romney is hardening his message in an attempt to nail down the white working-class vote, reports the New York Times . Now concluding that it is not enough to campaign on Obama's economic failings, Romney and his advisers are trying to add edgy overtones... More »

Supreme Court Kills Birther Lawsuit

It also ignores pleas of Guantanamo detainees

(Newser) - The Supreme Court put the kibosh on a lawsuit questioning whether Barack Obama was born in the United States today, shooting down the appeal without comment. The suit was brought by Alan Keyes and Wiley Drake, third-party presidential contenders who argued Obama wasn't eligible to compete, the AP reports.... More »

Blitzer to Trump: You Look 'Ridiculous' on This Birther Stuff

Trump's response: No, you do

(Newser) - Mitt Romney must be thrilled: On the night he is to clinch the GOP nomination, Donald Trump is stealing some of the thunder with his birther conspiracies, notes the Los Angeles Times . Just hours before Trump was to host a fundraiser in Vegas with the candidate himself, Trump went on... More »

Romney-Trump Fundraiser Keeps 'Freakshow' Alive

Conservatives not happy about tonight's event

(Newser) - Mitt Romney and Donald Trump will appear together at a Las Vegas fundraiser tonight, a controversial move causing pundits to raise their eyebrows:
  • "There was a certain freakshow atmosphere to the Republican primaries of the past six months or so. Now that is kind of over. The show is
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Hawaii Verifies Obama Birth Records Yet Again

This time, to Arizona

(Newser) - We somehow doubt that this will finally put the birther brouhaha to bed, but: After what the AP describes as "a nearly three-month back and forth," Hawaii has verified President Obama's birth records to Arizona. Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett had threatened to remove Obama from... More »

Barack Obama: The Original 'Birther'

Mark Steyn: Obama let his rep promote the 'Kenyan birth' notion

(Newser) - So the earliest "birther" of all was actually—President Obama! Or at least his literary rep, who promoted the notion of a Kenyan birth up until 2007. To Mark Steyn, it's a clear case of postmodern self-invention: "To 99.99 percent of people, Hawaii is a luxury-vacation... More »

Arizona Official Threatens to Take Obama Off Ballot

Secretary of state wants proof of birth from Hawaii

(Newser) - Arizona's secretary of state insists he's not a birther—"I believe that the president was born in Hawaii," says Ken Bennett, "or at least I hope he was." Nevertheless, Bennett says that if he does not get confirmation from Hawaii that Barack Obama was... More »

1991 Obama Author Bio Gets Birthers Excited

Promotional booklet claimed he was born in Kenya

(Newser) - "Birther" conspiracy theorists have received a treat from Breitbart . The website has obtained a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by literary agency Acton & Dysel, which describes Barack Obama as "born in Kenya, and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii." Obama, who was one of the agency's... More »

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