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Birther Movement

Smiley Face Birtherism

Arthur Goldwag | Posted 12.04.2011 | Weird News
Arthur Goldwag

If you magnify Hawaii State Registrar Alvin T. Onaka's stamped signature 800 times, "the distinct form of a smiley face can be seen on the side of the 'A' in Onaka's first name.

What Is Palin Hiding in the 2000 Missing Emails?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Let's remember Sarah Palin's arrogant charge that Obama's "going to great lengths" to conceal his birth certificate from the public. Well it sure seems like she's going to great lengths to keep her emails from the public.

Why Did Birther Support Drop So Much?

Brendan Nyhan | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Brendan Nyhan

It is possible to convince people who aren't hardcore believers and conspiracy theorists. However, these conditions rarely materialize for prominent political misperceptions, which tend to be harder to definitively debunk.

50 Years Later: The Alan Shepard Freedom 7 Flight

Neal Thompson | Posted 07.03.2011 | Media
Neal Thompson

From the start, exploring space was all about the race, the competition between two superpowers, each flexing their nation's brains and brawn. Who wou...

PICTURE: Obama's Birth Certificate Through The Eyes Of A Birther

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 06.27.2011 | Comedy

The White House released President Obama's long form birth certificate to much fanfare, claiming that the media's attention on people like Donald Trum...

Some Thoughts on the Donald's Next Letter to the Editor

Dorian de Wind | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

After New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote a blistering yet candid column in the Times mocking Donald Trump's presidential aspirations and debu...

Trump Presidency Doesn't Have A Prayer

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 06.14.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

The insurmountable hurdle to a Trump presidency is religion. Like it or not, there is a spiritual litmus test for the presidency and Trump undoubtedly would not pass.

"I'm Not a Candidate, But I Play One on TV"

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

Democrats, no doubt, are enjoying the spectacle of Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. But even if it enhances Barack Obama's prospects for reelection, we should all worry about the celebrification and trivialization of politics.

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.

Birthers: Leonard Pitts Doesn't Mince Words

Dorian de Wind | Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

In my opinion, the birthers are not ''jackasses," "doofuses" or "pinheads." They are very astute people who know exactly what they are doing, and why.

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.

Fraudulent Birther Controversy Trump's Only Presidential Trump

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Donald Trump has managed to figure out one angle that's a surefire way to get attention: the birthers' lie about President Obama.

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...

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...

Birther Reportedly Arrested After Interrupting House Constitution Reading (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A supposed birther spectator interrupted the House's reading of the Constitution Thursday, as a representative read the natural born citizenship claus...

'King Of The Birthers' Announces Presidential Run

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A recent rekindling of "birther" news has compelled Andy Martin, who calls himself "king of the birthers," to announce a run for the White House in 20...

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.

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...

Yosemite Sam Hacks the Media

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
B. Jeffrey Madoff

Why did Terry Jones get media exposure? Media coverage is the oxygen that keeps these people alive and makes them seem to matter.

Hatred in Black and White at the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot

Will Bunch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Will Bunch

For some Tea Partiers, hard times, along with uncomfortable-for-some changes in an increasingly multicultural America, were not the result of sweeping social forces but a guy in the Oval Office who is modeling his rule after Hitler.

Jason Linkins

Birthers Plan To Storm Washington For March On 'Obama Birth Certificate,' 'Obamacare' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At long last the Birthers are coming to DC to have a protest. The date is Saturday, May 29. The cause is to jibber incoherently at the scores of media professionals who will be pointing cameras at them.

Jason Linkins

Anderson Cooper Confronts Birther Legislator (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Have you heard that the Birthers are making a comeback? They are, baby! Straight up passing laws in Arizona that would require presidential candidat...

Racist Birther Bill Makes Republicans Look Ridiculous

Lola Adesioye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lola Adesioye

Birthers - those who believe that President Obama isn't a natural born US citizen and have been demanding to see a physical copy of his birth certificate for the past three years - recently got a Birther Bill through the Arizona House of Representatives.

Obama Birth Certificate Bill Advances, Would Allow Hawaii To Ignore Requests

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are moving closer to passing a measure allowing the state to ignore repeated requests for President Barack Obama's b...

Kenyan Embassy Mocks Tea Party Movement, Promotes Kenyan Tea With Capitol Tea Party

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Kenyan Embassy is set to promote one of its biggest exports and mock the tea party movement at the same time. According to Talking Points Memo,...