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July 29, 2009 | Mark Silva
It is the Internet rumor that has been discredited but will not die: President Obama is not a naturally born U.S. citizen and therefore constitutionally is not qualified to serve. This week, months after the allegations first cropped up on the Web and talk radio, the White House and Hawaii officials addressed the rumor -- with the state's health director saying that she had reviewed the records in question and found that they verified Obama was born in Hawaii.
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.
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.
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.
August 23, 2009 | John Curran, Curran writes for the Associated Press.
Finding the "birthplace" of President Chester A. Arthur is easy: Turn left at Town Hall and it's Chester A. Arthur Conference Room, go past Chester's Bakery and turn right on Chester Arthur Road. Nearly five miles up the winding two-lane country road, past rolling hills and dairy farms, is the tiny Chester A. Arthur Historic Site, proclaiming the spot where the nation's 21st president was born in a cottage. Or was he? Nearly 123 years after his death, doubts about his U.S. citizenship linger, thanks to lack of documentation and a political foe's claim that Arthur was really born in Canada -- and was therefore ineligible for the White House, where he served from 1881 to 1885.
December 24, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Neil Abercrombie knew Barack Obama's parents when the future president was born here in 1961, and he has been aggravated by the so-called birther movement, which alleges Obama was not born in the United States and thus should be expelled from office. Now Abercrombie has an office of his own ? he became governor of Hawaii on Dec. 6. ? and he intends to do something about it. What, exactly, is unclear. But in an interview this week at the state Capitol, he left little doubt that torpedoing the conspiracy theorists was a priority.
December 29, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Andy Martin, a political gadfly who ran for President Obama's former Senate seat in 2010, announced Wednesday in New Hampshire that he will run for the Republican nomination for president on a "birther" platform. Speaking on WTPL radio, Martin cited the stated intention of Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie to settle questions about whether Obama was born in the state as one motivating factor. As one of the first candidates to announce his candidacy for the White House, Martin said he will force a broader discussion of the issue.
April 1, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
The heartburn that a prospective Donald Trump presidential bid gives to other Republican candidates will now be delivered on a weekly basis. The bombastic real estate mogul will now be joining the morning show "Fox and Friends" every Monday, the program announced. "The Donald now makes his voice loud and clear every Monday on Fox," asserts a promo, which was first reported by Mediaite, a news media website. Lately, Trump has been loud and clear on the you-can't-kill-it-no-matter-how-hard-you-try matter of President Obama's origins, producing his own birth certificate and daring the president to do the same.
April 13, 2010 | By Seema Mehta
Several California Republican political candidates, including Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina, were scheduled to share the stage this week with one of the leaders of the "birther" movement that claims President Obama was not born in this country and is thus ineligible for his elected office. Orly Taitz, an Orange County attorney who has gone to court many times to try to disqualify Obama, was invited to speak Thursday at a Tax Day Tea Party rally in Pleasanton, Calif., that is expected to draw thousands of people.
August 19, 2009 | TIM RUTTEN
Several weeks in rural Ireland may have softened the emotional carapace required for any extended immersion in American politics these days, but it's hard not to be taken aback by the televised images of people opposed to healthcare reform carrying guns to rallies at which President Obama is speaking. At least a dozen people openly displaying everything from an AR-15 assault rifle to 9-millimeter Beretta sidearms were in the crowd outside the hall where Obama spoke in Arizona on Monday.
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