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Obama Birthers

WATCH: Obama Takes On Birthers

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says Republicans who are sowing doubts about whether he is American-born may gain politically in the short t...

Donald Trump, Birthers, and O.J. Simpson

Michael Smerconish | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

Every time I hear Donald Trump talk about President Obama's birth certificate, I think of O.J. Simpson. The conspiracy theory invented by Simpson's defenders was every bit as loopy as the fantasies concerning Obama.

Citizenship, Faith & Irrationality

George Mitrovich | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics
George Mitrovich

A rational person might accept the president's testimony of faith, but it is strikingly evident that many refuse to grant him what they would grant anyone else: the right of self-determination in matters of religious beliefs.

Huckabee: Birther Issue Is 'Nonsense'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Monday that birthers are wasting "time and energy" with their insistence that President Obama was not actually...

Birther Bill Turns Up In Connecticut

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Connecticut recently became the latest state to tackle the Obama "birther" issue, as a GOP state senator introduced a piece of legislation that would ...

Jason Linkins

Hawaii Legislature Introduces Bill To Raise Revenues From Lunatics | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As you may have heard, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D), upon taking office, declared that he was going to be the guy to settle the whole "Obama birth...

WATCH: John Boehner Answers Birther Questions

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In his first interview since being sworn in as Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday he personally didn't believe the conspiracy t...

Jason Linkins

Neil Abercrombie Should Rethink His Decision To Take On The 'Birthers' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The flaw in Abercrombie's thinking is that he believes this is a matter that can be laid to rest. But the birthers already believe in an ornate conspiracy, spanning many generations of bipartisan officials on the local, state, and federal level, to conceal the heritage of a biracial child in order to install him in the White House for... well, for kicks, I guess! Given that they already successfully contain all that derangement inside their cranial cavities, there's really no big reveal Abercrombie can offer that won't simply be seamlessly incorporated as component of this bonkers theory.

Chris Matthews: Why Doesn't Obama Demand A Copy Of His Birth Certificate?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Chris Matthews waded into the birther controversy on his Monday show, wondering why President Obama has not demanded a copy of his full birth certific...

Orly Taitz Cheers As States Consider 'Birther Bills'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ultra-conservative website WorldNetDaily claims that it has succeeded in receiving confirmation from legislators in at least four states that bills co...

Amanda Terkel

Congressional Candidate To Birther: 'Those Questions Need To Be Asked' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During a recent town hall meeting, New Mexico Republican congressional candidate Steve Pearce cast doubt on President Obama's citizenship and said tha...

What We Know About Political Misperceptions

Brendan Nyhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan Nyhan

Elites often appear to play an important role in spreading false claims ranging from "death panels" to the Muslim myth and Obama supporting Islamic law.

Robert Gibbs On Newt Gingrich's 'Kenyan' Comments: He's Trying To Appeal To Birthers

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs responded Monday to recent claims by Newt Gingrich that President Obama was defined by a "Kenyan, anti-coloni...

'Birther' Poll Shows That More Than A Quarter Of Americans Think Obama Was Not Born In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll timed for release during President Obama's birthweek shows that more than a quarter of people don't believe Ob...

Sam Stein On 'Ed Show': Time For Birthers To 'Move On To The Real Issues' (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

HuffPost reporter Sam Stein joined guest host Chris Hayes and New York Times opinion columnist Ross Douthat for the "Rapid Fire" segment of Monday nig...

Sam Stein

Fox News To Gibbs: Does Birtherism Complicate Obama's Muslim Outreach? | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Scroll down to watch video of Gibbs' exchange with Fox News correspondent Wendell Goler. In between a wave of questions about the president's plans f...

Arizona House Passes Initial Provision For Obama Birther Bill

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House on Monday voted for a provision that would require President Barack Obama to show his birth certificate if he hopes t...

WATCH: Champaign Mayor Says He Does Not Believe President Obama Is An American

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Add Champaign mayor Jerry Schweighart to the short and oddball list of skeptics about Barack Obama's birthplace. In a video shot by YouTube user illi...

Lord Monckton, Birther: British Climate Change Denier Questions Obama's Citizenship

Washington Post | Dave Weigel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Look, I don't like writing "birther" posts. ... But it was jarring to hear Lord Monckton, the British politician who has become a celebrity in t...

Terry Lakin: Army Officer Joins Birthers, Defies Orders

Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, an Army physician, has refused to obey any orders from his commanding officers -- including President Obama -- until Obama produ...

Shadow Elite: March to War - Why the Neoconservatives Are Not a Cabal or Conspiracy

Stephen M. Walt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen M. Walt

I think there's no question that the neoconservatives played a central role in leading the United States into Iraq, but to characterize them as a cabal or conspiracy is misleading.

Molotov Mitchell Responds To HuffPo (Sort Of) -- And Still Can't Stop Misleading

Terry Krepel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Terry Krepel

Molotov Mitchell's latest WorldNetDaily video is a response to a letter from "Erin, a proud liberal," who wrote him after she "read about you in Huffi...

Orly Taitz, Head Of Birther Movement,To run For CA Secretary Of State

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Orly Taitz, Orange County based dentist/lawyer and leader of the of the birther movement, is planning to run for California Secretary of State. The SF...

Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia Attorney General, Clarifies Obama Birther Statements

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has clarified statements he made in which he appeared to question President Obama's citizenship. "I ...

Meet the Dualers: Birther Splinter Group Believes President Obama is not a Natural Born Citizen

Bart Motes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bart Motes

By now we've all heard of the "birthers" and their leader, the wackily accented dentist/lawyer/real estate agent Orly Taitz. The birther theory is sim...