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Obama Birth Certificate Fuss “Ridiculous”, August 16, 2008, CBS News Blog. Anti-Obama and right-wing bloggers have been throwing more and more criticism against the wall to see what sticks. One of their more fanciful charges is that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, born in Hawaii in 1961, is not a U.S. citizen and therefore cannot be elected president.

Obama’s Citizenship and Survival of the Fittest, October 23, 2008, FactCheck.org.Yesterday we posted something about the evolution of rumors. Here’s a postscript: Sometimes in addition to developing new eyespots or camouflage, they actually engage in a little adaptive development – rumors that aren’t working mutate into slightly altered versions that haven’t been debunked yet.

Born in the USA, November 1, 2008, FactCheck.org. FactCheck.org staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate.

Officials verify birth certificate of Obama, November 1, 2008, Honolulu Star Bulletin. Hawaii’s health director steps in after numerous requests for the document.

Obama’s Hawaii boyhood homes drawing gawkers, November 9, 2008, The Honolulu Advertiser. While most Obama residences can be traced, the hospital where he was born is difficult to document. The desire of historians to pinpoint where Obama’s life began has crashed head-on with the modern American propensity toward confidentiality.

Backstage Conversation, November 12, 2008, BillOreilly.com (YouTube). He’s legal.

Why the conspiracy theories about Barack Obama will never die, December 5, 2008, Salon.com. Barack Obama was, without question, born in the U.S., and he is eligible to be president, but experts on conspiracy theories say that won’t ever matter to those who believe otherwise.

Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull program, December 5, 2008, CNN.com. A new lawsuit questions Obama’s eligibility to serve by raising doubts about his citizenship. Also on YouTube.

Whispers persist despite election, December 8, 2008, Politico.com. Even with the election decided, the widely debunked whisper campaign claiming that Barack Obama is secretly not an American, and thus not qualified to be president, is going strong.

Supreme Court rejects Obama citizenship case, December 8, 2008, Politico.com. The court turned down a long-shot emergency appeal from a New Jersey man who claimed that Obama could not serve as president because he had dual nationality at birth.

Officer Calls Obama ‘Usurper’ President, February 25, 2009, Military.com. Using words such as “imposter” and “usurper,” an active-duty Army officer in Iraq has joined a California lawyer’s lawsuit intended to force President Barack Obama to prove he is a legal U.S. citizen, and therefore able to legally serve as the commander in chief.

Orange County’s Obama-Deniers Keep On Keeping On, March 5, 2009, Orange County Weekly, Maybe the dentist and her friends will get some traction later this month in Irvine when all those tax-deniers and 9/11 truthers get together and learn about about tooth-decay.

Born Identity, June 6, 2009, Honolulu Start Bulletin. No, you can’t obtain a “certificate of live birth” anymore.

Crazy right-wing myths about Obama 2.0, June 8, 2009, Salon.com. The post-inauguration edition of odd things conservatives believe about Obama. Teleprompters! Hitler Youth! Satan!

Obama birther billboard spotted. June 8, 2009, The Washington Independent, WorldNetDaily has been crowing about (and soliciting donations for) “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” anti-Obama billboards for months, but I hadn’t actually seen one. The first one’s finally up in Louisiana.

It Won’t End Until…, June 9, 2009, The Washington Missourian, There is a group called the United States Justice Foundation (USJF) that has called the Barack Obama birth certificate the “biggest political cover-up in American history.” It will not put this issue to bed!

Rachel Maddow (via YouTube) , (unknown date), MSNBC, There is a factinating fringe movement in American politics that is becoming known as “The Birthers”. More from Rachel Maddow.

Shepherd Smith, June 10, 2009, Fox News Network. More and More Frightening (video).

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