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Haley: Trump's Birther Nonsense Shows I'm a Threat

Spreading of false claim that Haley is ineligible for presidency viewed as 'all too familiar'

(Newser) - No, it's not 2011. But yes, Donald Trump is again spreading a baseless "birther" conspiracy theory about one of his foes. At a Thursday town hall with the former UN ambassador, CNN's Jake Tapper highlighted the former president's sharing of an article from a conspiracy-peddling website...

Harris Responds to Conspiracy Theory Floated by Trump

The vice presidential candidate calls it 'lies' and 'deception'

(Newser) - Kamala Harris, welcome to 2020 politics—and the need to refute a conspiracy theory in just your second public interview since joining Joe Biden's campaign. "They're going to engage in an attempt to distract from the real issues that are impacting the American people," Harris said...

Trump Brings Up Harris 'Birther' Conspiracy Theory

'I heard it today,' president says, though he adds he 'has no idea' if it's correct. (It's not)

(Newser) - "I heard it today that she doesn't meet the requirements. I have no idea if that's right." That's what President Trump had to say Thursday when asked about the racist conspiracy theory that Kamala Harris is ineligible for the vice presidency. He continued, per NPR...

Column on Harris' Eligibility Elicits Widespread Anger

Experts and voters answer professor's Newsweek piece on doubts about candidate born in Oakland

(Newser) - In her first full day as Joe Biden's choice to join the Democratic ticket in November, Sen. Kamala Harris had her right to be there publicly questioned. John Eastman wrote an op-ed piece for Newsweek headlined, "Some Questions for Kamala Harris About Eligibility." In it, the law...

Trump Reportedly Returns to Birther Stance

An unnamed senator tells the 'NYT'

(Newser) - President Trump is not only reportedly questioning the authenticity of a 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which he makes disparaging remarks about women but also former President Obama's birth certificate, as he did for years during Obama's tenure, according to the New York Times . Though Trump acknowledged Obama...

Clinton Hits Trump for 'Racist' Crusade Against Obama
Clinton Hits Trump for 'Racist'
Crusade Against Obama
debate 2016

Clinton Hits Trump for 'Racist' Crusade Against Obama

He says he's proud of getting Obama to release his birth certificate

(Newser) - Donald Trump may have tried to lay the birther issue to rest earlier this month, but it returned during Monday's presidential debate. "[Trump] really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen," the New York Times...

Donald Trump Admits It: Obama Was Born in US
Donald Trump Is
No Longer a Birther

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...

Trump Refuses to Say Obama Was Born in the US
Trump Refuses to Say
Obama Was Born in the US

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...

The Ted Cruz Birther Debate Is 'Pitch Perfect'

Here's what you need to know

(Newser) - It looks like this "Is Ted Cruz eligible to be president of the United States?" story isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Birther 2: Electric Cruzaloo was kicked off by Donald Trump this week, with the Donald repeatedly wondering aloud if Cruz's Canadian birth could keep him from...

Trump Fires Back: I'm Not 'Obligated' to Defend Obama

First time I'm in trouble for 'NOT saying something,' he complains

(Newser) - When Donald Trump initially took flak for not challenging a questioner's assertion that President Obama is a non-American Muslim, his campaign explained that he hadn't heard that part of the question. This morning, however, Trump himself took to Twitter in a far more defiant tone: "Am I...

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...

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....

Trump: What Birth Certificate?

Donald still doesn't know whether Obama's was the real deal

(Newser) - Good news, no one: Donald Trump's name is again appearing next to the term "birth certificate," and it seems he's still eager to gin up a little controversy over President Obama's. Asked today by ABC's Jonathan Karl whether his 2012 antics made him appear...

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...

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...

Now Obama Tells Birther Joke

Last month, Dems slammed Romney for making similar joke

(Newser) - Apparently Mitt Romney isn't the only presidential candidate who likes to make a birther crack, because President Obama chimed in with his own yesterday. While at a campaign stop in Orlando, Obama was told a 6-year-old boy at the table was born in Hawaii. "You were born in...

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

Romney: No One's Asked for My Birth Certificate

He cracks a birther joke on the trail

(Newser) - Mitt Romney gave something of a "birther" shout-out at a campaign stop in Michigan today. "I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born," he told a crowd at a rally in front of a farm. "...

Arizona Sheriff: Obama Birth Certificate Definitely Forged

95-year-old ex-registrar is Arpaio posse's smoking gun

(Newser) - Controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio's posse of volunteer investigators has concluded that President Obama's birth certificate is definitely ... a fake. Chief investigator Mike Zullo, revealing the investigation's findings yesterday, said he had contacted an "amazingly sharp" 95-year-old woman named Verna K. Lee, a local registrar who...

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....

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