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OPINION
July 31, 2009 | Bill Maher, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Never underestimate the ability of a tiny fringe group of losers to ruin everything. For the last couple of weeks, we've all been laughing heartily at the wacky antics of the "birthers" -- the far-right goofballs who claim Barack Obama wasn't really born in Hawaii and therefore the job of president goes to the runner-up, former Miss California Carrie Prejean. Also, when Obama was sworn in as president, he forgot to give his answer in the form of a question. And yet, every week, the chorus of conservatives demanding to see his birth certificate grows.
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NATIONAL
December 13, 2013 | Soumya Karlamangla
When President Obama marched into the White House briefing room with his Hawaiian birth certificate in April 2011, he said: "I know that there's going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest. " How right he was. The release of his long-form birth certificate did not eliminate the "birther" movement, which contends that Obama was born in Kenya is therefore ineligible to be president. Although conspiracists had demanded its release, once he made public the document it merely shifted the debate.
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OPINION
August 3, 2009
Re "Speaking truth to the 'birthers' " Opinion, July 31 It is bad enough that many in the lunatic fringe continue to harp on this issue of President Obama's birth certificate. At the end of the day, I don't think that any proof will satisfy these people, for the simple reason that this isn't about facts -- it's about their implacable animosity toward Obama. Is it because he's black, or a Democrat, or perhaps more liberal on some issues than they are? I don't know, but the real issue is not Obama's birthplace but their anger toward him. They just can't accept that this man is president of the United States.
NATIONAL
May 31, 2012 | By David Horsey
Donald Trump has taken Mitt Romney into his oily embrace, and let's hope it makes Romney's skin crawl because, if it turns out he actually does like hanging out with The Donald, we should fear for our country. Can you say “Vice President Donald J. Trump?” Kind of burns in the throat, doesn't it? To Trump's list of identities -- real estate shark, casino owner, reality TV star, serial monogamist and grandly self-impressed comb-over king - we can add his stint as the weirdly entertaining clown who refuses to quit the 2012 election circus.
NEWS
May 1, 2011 | By James Oliphant
President Obama had much to say about the controversy surrounding his birthplace, as well as about Donald Trump, the man who has been driving that controversy, Saturday night at the White House correspondents dinner. He also managed to take gentle shots at Matt Damon, Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman and Fox News. And he showed what he claimed was unseen footage about his origins. Watch the president's remarks here:  
OPINION
February 21, 2011
Buying into Social Security Re "Worth fighting for," Opinion, Feb. 14 The talk of Social Security being part of our deficit problem is as mistaken as the talk of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was. Sen. Bernie Sanders is absolutely correct: The major portion of our current deficit is a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tax breaks for the rich and the Wall Street bailout. Social Security is a very successful government program that must be protected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Just when it seemed the controversy over President Obama's birthplace had been laid to rest, a group of Southern California "birthers" had a rare day in federal court Monday to make their case that the president isn't a natural-born American and should be removed from office. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted Buena Park minister Wiley Drake and leading birther litigator Orly Taitz a chance to challenge the summary dismissal of the case by a Santa Ana federal judge two years ago. Unmoved by the release last week of Obama's official long-form birth certificate showing he was born in Honolulu, the birthers descended in force on the Pasadena federal courthouse, wielding fold-out displays of the president's identity documents they contend prove a lifelong pattern of covering up his foreign origins.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
A group of Southern Californians who insist that President Obama was born in Africa and should be ousted from the Oval Office had their case thrown out by a federal appeals court Thursday, but vowed to press their conspiracy theory with judges at the top of the judicial chain. None of the "birthers" who filed suit on Inauguration Day 2009 can show that they suffered any harm from the Obama presidency that would give them the right to sue him, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in dismissing the lawsuit brought by dozens of opponents.
OPINION
April 29, 2011
Born in the U.S.A. Re "President moves to end 'sideshows' over his birth," April 28 Donald Trump, Sarah Palin and Orly Taitz? If President Obama didn't think up this whole "birther" escapade himself as a way to bring down the Republican Party in the most spectacular and thorough manner possible, then he is the luckiest politician to have ever been elected to office in the great U.S. of A. On the other hand, if birtherism is...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2011 | JAMES RAINEY
Back in the summer of 2008, as a furious presidential race ramped up to full hurricane force, the blogosphere unleashed its own series of ugly storm fronts. Something about those Obamas wasn't right, the narrative went. A video would drop, any moment, showing Michelle Obama exploding in a racist rant, so multiple blog posts contended. The radical ghost author of Obama's autobiography would emerge. And the candidate's citizenship couldn't be confirmed. Where was his birth certificate?
NEWS
May 30, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
We might have spoken too soon. On Monday, we wrote that “birther” conspiracies about President Obama had mostly been laid to rest when the White House released his long-form Hawaiian birth certificate last April, but that some detractors are focusing on his college transcripts, hoping to prove Obama is not as smart as he seems. But it turns out there's a subset of Americans (and we have heard from many of them) who fervently wish to read President Obama's college transcripts for a different reason.
NEWS
May 29, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Donald Trump, brought back into the Mitt Romney political fold for a Las Vegas fundraiser, refused to back down Tuesday on his belief that President Obama wasn't born in the United States. Trump, who has been a persistent advocate for the "birther" cause, said in an interview with CNBC that "nothing's changed my mind," even after Obama released his long-form birth certificate last year. "And by the way, you know, you have a huge group of people. I walk down the street and people are screaming, 'Please don't give that up.' Look, a publisher came out last week and had a statement about Obama given by them to Obama when he was doing a book as a young man a number of years ago in the '90s: 'Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia,'" Trump said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2012 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Undeterred by documentary evidence and repeated judicial rejection, a group of conspiracy theorists who say President Obama was born in Africa have sued the California secretary of state to demand that she verify the eligibility of all presidential candidates before putting them on the November ballot. Minor party politicians and voters aligned with the so-called birthers filed the lawsuit in Sacramento County Superior Court, noting that their action was on the advice of a federal appeals court ruling last year that they bring their suspicions about Obama's eligibility to a court's attention during an election, not after it. The lawsuit filed by Republican primary write-in candidate John Albert Dummett Jr., Markham Robinson of the American Independent Party of California and five others also alludes to "questions concerning the eligibility" of Mitt Romney to vie for the role of commander in chief.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
A group of Southern Californians who insist that President Obama was born in Africa and should be ousted from the Oval Office had their case thrown out by a federal appeals court Thursday, but vowed to press their conspiracy theory with judges at the top of the judicial chain. None of the "birthers" who filed suit on Inauguration Day 2009 can show that they suffered any harm from the Obama presidency that would give them the right to sue him, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in dismissing the lawsuit brought by dozens of opponents.
NEWS
October 25, 2011 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
Reporting from Gray Court, S.C, -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry calls lingering questions about President Obama's birth a "distractive issue," but it is one that he is choosing to keep alive -- threatening to steal attention from his unveiling of a sweeping tax-overhaul plan Tuesday. The Texas governor hopes to rebound after his abrupt fall from the lead in the polls in the 2012 race, and is counting on a victory in South Carolina's first-in-the-South primary to set up a two-man showdown with Mitt Romney.
OPINION
May 7, 2011
MOCA's can of worms Re "Tagging MOCA," Opinion, May 1 Heather Mac Donald was right on the mark. Like some others, the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles chooses to glorify vandalism instead of condemning the urban and suburban blight it has brought to the L.A. area. Now we are all paying the price for the proliferation of graffiti vandalism. Mac Donald also singled out the parents and their apparent and appalling lack of control as a major contributor to this plague.
OPINION
February 16, 2011 | Tim Rutten
Winston Churchill famously described fanatics as those who "can't change their mind and won't change the subject. " It's an appraisal that also could be applied to those deranged Americans who continue to insist that President Obama is neither a U.S. citizen nor a Christian. The so-called birther fantasy tends to go hand in hand with the belief that the president is secretly a Muslim militant scheming to impose Sharia law on the United States. American politics are no more immune to the corrosive effects of irrational and conspiratorial thinking than those of any other nation, which is why Republican leaders are courting the perilous and the unpredictable when they wink at this latest iteration of the paranoid style.
OPINION
April 30, 2011 | Tim Rutten
President Obama's decision this week to present a documentary rebuttal to stubborn suspicions that he was not born in the United States — and, therefore, is not a legitimate chief executive — is a sobering reminder that, for a significant number of Americans, their relationship with politics and media has entered an era of eerie uncertainty. Wild allegations about the president's birth and parentage have been around since the last general election, but — as The Times reported Thursday — Obama decided to address them directly and to release his long-form birth certificate when he saw that discussion of the economic crisis was being crowded out by commentary on the so-called birther phenomenon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Just when it seemed the controversy over President Obama's birthplace had been laid to rest, a group of Southern California "birthers" had a rare day in federal court Monday to make their case that the president isn't a natural-born American and should be removed from office. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted Buena Park minister Wiley Drake and leading birther litigator Orly Taitz a chance to challenge the summary dismissal of the case by a Santa Ana federal judge two years ago. Unmoved by the release last week of Obama's official long-form birth certificate showing he was born in Honolulu, the birthers descended in force on the Pasadena federal courthouse, wielding fold-out displays of the president's identity documents they contend prove a lifelong pattern of covering up his foreign origins.
NATIONAL
May 2, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
As Donald Trump boasted that he was "very proud" of prompting President Obama to release his long-form birth certificate, some Republicans on Sunday sharply criticized the flamboyant New York real estate magnate for pushing the "birther" issue. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that Trump — a potential candidate for the Republican presidential nomination — was hurting the party's chances of defeating Obama next year. "There's a lot of things Mr. Trump can be proud of, but some of his rhetoric and this focusing on the president's birth I do not think is the way for us to win the White House," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday.
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