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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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Obama Critic: I'll Pay $20K for His College Transcripts

Donald Trump accuses Obama of being 'a terrible student'

(Newser) - Critics of President Obama, rejoice: While "birthers" didn't give birth to much, "transcripters" have come to save the day. The Los Angeles Times coined the phrase for conservatives who want to see Obama's transcripts from Harvard Law School, Columbia University, and Occidental College. A website called... More »

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 »

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 »

GOP Rep: At Heart, Obama's 'Not an American'

Mike Coffman already backpedaling after bringing up birther issue

(Newser) - Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado is already backpedaling furiously after being caught on tape bringing up President Obama's citizenship and questioning his patriotism. "I don't know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don't know that," Coffman said at a... More »

Arizona GOP Makes New Push for Birther Law

Lawmakers, Sheriff Joe are pushing for a new bill

(Newser) - They're baaaaack: Arizona's GOP lawmakers are reviving the birther debate as they attempt to pass a law that would require presidential candidates to swear, via affidavit, that they are qualified to be president—ie, that they were born in the US—before the state will put them on... More »

Birthers Sue California ... to Verify Romney

Birther group suspicious because of his dad's time in Mexico

(Newser) - Long-form , schmlong-form . The birthers are at it again, and this time they're not just after Barack Obama—they're going for Mitt Romney, too. Republican primary write-in candidate John Dummett Jr. and six like-minded birthers have filed a lawsuit demanding the California secretary of state check the eligibility... More »

Sheriff Joe: Obama Birth Certificate Probably Fake

Selective service card looks dodgy, too, says Arizonan

(Newser) - Birtherism appears to be alive and well in Maricopa County, Arizona, where self-styled "America's Toughest Sheriff" Joe Arpaio has released the results of his investigation into President Obama's birth certificate , reports ABC . The probe found "probable cause exists indicating that forgery and fraud may have been... More »

Sheriff Joe to Unveil Results of Birther Inquiry

'I'm not going after Obama,' he insists, 'I'm just doing my job'

(Newser) - Joe Arpaio has never exactly shied away from the limelight, and he's stepping right into it once again today. The self-styled "toughest sheriff in America" has called a press conference for later today to reveal the results of his investigation into President Obama's birth certificate, the AP... More »

Birther Queen Running for Senate

Orly Taitz thinks she has a good shot in California

(Newser) - Orly Taitz, aka the "Birther Queen," has already lost one California election ... but she’s not letting that stop her. The dentist, lawyer, and preeminent Obama birth certificate doubter is running for US Senate. The Republican hopes to win her party’s nomination and then unseat California’s... More »

Trump Revisits Birther Issue at Bachmann Event

He's still not convinced by Obama's birth certificate

(Newser) - Donald Trump took part in a "telephone town hall" meeting with Michele Bachmann last night—and they both had plenty of praise for Donald Trump. The tycoon hasn't endorsed Bachmann, but the call marked his most extensive public event with a 2012 Republican candidate, the Los Angeles Times... 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 »

Sheriff Joe Sics 'Posse' on Obama Birth Certificate

Secret five-member team will investigate its authenticity

(Newser) - You thought the birther controversy was over, what with President Obama releasing his long-form Certificate of Live Birth ? Well, think again. Arizona’s fiery Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a secret five-member Cold Case Posse looking into the authenticity of said birth certificate, World Net Daily reports. Sheriff Joe explains... More »

Air Force Discharges Birther Sergeant

Daryn Moran taunted officials to arrest him

(Newser) - The Air Force is cutting loose a staff sergeant who championed the debunked “birther” conspiracy theory online. Daryn Moran says he stopped reporting for duty at an Air Force base in Germany, arguing that his orders were invalid because Obama was an invalid president. “Now it’s plain... 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 »

Maher: The Onion Stole My ‘Afterbirther’ Joke

The only problem: they made the joke first

(Newser) - Now that President Obama has turned the birther movement into an even bigger punchline than it already was, it’s no wonder that a cackling Internet has been bandying about an Onion article headlined, “Afterbirthers Demand to See Obama’s Placenta.” Pretty funny, right? Well, Bill Maher wasn’... More »

Racist Birther Debacle a ‘Low Moment’ for US

'New York Times' says country should be embarrassed

(Newser) - President Obama “stared deep into political irrationality” yesterday and offered up his long-form birth certificate —in what the New York Times calls “a profoundly low and debasing moment in American political life” in an editorial today. Here was a president who, more than halfway through his term... More »

Stewart: You Happy Now, Trump?

Of course, Trump not exactly 'eating crow' over birth certificate release

(Newser) - After President Obama released his long-form birth certificate yesterday, the media went ballistic over the "bombshell." But, noted Jon Stewart last night , "Wouldn't the bombshell have been him not being from America? Isn't this more of a non-shell?" Stewart was particularly interested in Donald Trump'... More »

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 »

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