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Articles are listed in order of date of publication.

My score for Barack Obama’s first year? A solid, satisfied B, January 1, 2010, North Country Public Radio. Avoiding scandal. A++. There’s a reason Republicans have had to gin up scandals over Obama’s birth certificate. By all accounts, he seems to be a decent, grounded family man, with a great wife and solid public ethics. That makes the other team squirm.

Tusk Editor’s Note: 12/30, January 1, 2010, Tuscaloosa (AL) News. “something called an Orly Taitz, which sounds awfully like an embarrassing medical condition.”

Paranoid style is in again, January 1, 2020, Toronto Globe and Mail. At the party’s meeting this month in Hawaii – which, at least if you believe what’s written on his birth certificate, is where Mr. Obama came into the world – Republicans will decide whether to impose a “purity test” on prospective candidates seeking the GOP nomination in the 2010 congressional elections. If adopted, those who fail to profess their faith in at least eight of 10 core beliefs would be deprived of RNC backing and money.

Reporters, gathering facts, checking them are vital to American society, January 2, 2010, The Erie (PA) Times-News. To preserve our history, we definitely need fact-checkers. Yes, they are human, and they do make errors, but when that occurs, respected newspapers and magazines print corrections or fire the reporter. As Ellen Goodman pointed out, “When was the last time an Internet birther ran a correction or lost his job?”

Glenn Beck’s great attack on birthers, January 6, 2010, The Kansas City Star. Give him credit when he deserves it: Normally paranoid Glenn Beck delivered both barrels Tuesday to the inane birther movement.

Cochran: New Year’s Resolutions to burn after reading, January 7, 2010, The Aurora (OH) Sentinel. … I fearlessly predict that if you ever doubted the birth certificate of Barack Obama, you are highly likely to doubt global warming.

White House confirms receipt of Nathan Deal letter questioning birthplace of Barack Obama, January 8, 2010, The Atlanta Journal Constitution. The White House on Thursday confirmed receipt of a letter from U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal that formally asks Barack Obama to address questions about his place of birth – and thus, whether he is qualified to be president.

Trentonian editorial: ‘Birther’ kooks — shocking details, January 8, 2010, The Trentonian. For it turns out that this founding father [Philip J. Berg] of the birther movement also believes that 9/11 was an inside job pulled off by our own government.

The Barack Obama Nationality Question Heats Up, January 9, 2010, The Barack Obama nationality scandal is refusing to burn itself out and seems to be gathering even more speed with Congressman Nathan Deal questioning the eligibility of Obama to hold the presidency.

Yes, It Would Be Different for a Republican, January 11, 2010, The New York Observer. No, not all (or even most) Republicans are closet racists. And plenty of Democrats are. But it is the G.O.P. that has willfully built its modern foundation on the lingering racial and cultural resentments of the South, not the Democrats.

Obama’s Presidential Eligibility Scandal? January 12, 2010, News. Having a legal background, I decided to do my own research to satisfy my curiosity and it became abundantly clear that legitimate questions existed and continue to exist.

Bill stems from Obama ‘birther’ controversy, January 12, 2010, The East Valley Tribune. If Barack Obama wants to run for re-election he would need to produce proof of both his U.S. birth and citizenship to get on the ballot in Arizona, at least under a measure being pushed by a state legislator.

New Voices: Forget ‘infotainment,’ let’s read for a change, January 16, 2010, The Orlando Sentinel. Conspiracy theories like this one have been promoted by Americans of every political stripe and would be quite humorous if there weren’t