Daily Archives: December 8, 2008

>Breaking News: Courts won’t review Obama’s eligibility to serve

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The following news flash puts to rest the the Obama birth certificate controversy for good! The suit brought by Leo Donofrio of East Brunswick NJ, was not considered for arguments today.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has turned down an emergency appeal from a New Jersey man who says President-elect Barack Obama is ineligible to be president because he was a British subject at birth.
The court did not comment on its order Monday rejecting the call by Leo Donofrio of East Brunswick, N.J., to intervene in the presidential election. Donofrio says that since Obama had dual nationality at birth—his mother was American and his Kenyan father at the time was a British subject—he cannot possibly be a “natural born citizen,” one of the requirements the Constitution lists for eligibility to be president.

Donofrio also contends that two other candidates, Republican John McCain and Socialist Workers candidate Roger Calero, also are not natural-born citizens and thus ineligible to be president.

At least one other appeal over Obama’s citizenship remains at the court. Philip J. Berg of Lafayette Hill, Pa., argues that Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii as Obama says and the Hawaii secretary of state has confirmed. Berg says Obama also may be a citizen of Indonesia, where he lived as a boy. Federal courts in Pennsylvania have dismissed Berg’s lawsuit.

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Breaking News: Courts won’t review Obama’s eligibility to serve

The following news flash puts to rest the the Obama birth certificate controversy for good! The suit brought by Leo Donofrio of East Brunswick NJ, was not considered for arguments today.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has turned down an emergency appeal from a New Jersey man who says President-elect Barack Obama is ineligible to be president because he was a British subject at birth.
The court did not comment on its order Monday rejecting the call by Leo Donofrio of East Brunswick, N.J., to intervene in the presidential election. Donofrio says that since Obama had dual nationality at birth—his mother was American and his Kenyan father at the time was a British subject—he cannot possibly be a “natural born citizen,” one of the requirements the Constitution lists for eligibility to be president.

Donofrio also contends that two other candidates, Republican John McCain and Socialist Workers candidate Roger Calero, also are not natural-born citizens and thus ineligible to be president.

At least one other appeal over Obama’s citizenship remains at the court. Philip J. Berg of Lafayette Hill, Pa., argues that Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii as Obama says and the Hawaii secretary of state has confirmed. Berg says Obama also may be a citizen of Indonesia, where he lived as a boy. Federal courts in Pennsylvania have dismissed Berg’s lawsuit.

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>Whisper campaign persists despite election

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Politico.com’s Andy Barr has written a great article about the persistent whispers about Barack Obama’s birth certificate and whether or not he meets the qualifications to be President. 

He addresses the various groups and individuals that are attempting to have Obama’s election as president over-turned by the Supreme Court, by showing how these people are motivated by their ultra right-wing views and how their claims have been debunked by the facts.

“I think there are just a lot of people who just want to believe it,” said Paul Waldman, who has studied the conspiracy theories over Obama’s citizenship for Media Matters.

Waldman said that like with the claims that the Clintons killed White House Counsel Vince Foster, a certain segment of the population will continue to believe Obama won on illegitimate grounds no matter how often the claim is disproved.

“When something gets refuted there a certain number of people that just won’t believe it,” he said. “If they are predisposed to believe it, refuting it will have no impact.”

For those who believe the story, Obama’s electoral victory is a constitutional and legal crisis of epic proportions that is not being given its fair due in the press or in the courts.”… 


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Whisper campaign persists despite election

Politico.com’s Andy Barr has written a great article about the persistent whispers about Barack Obama’s birth certificate and whether or not he meets the qualifications to be President. 

He addresses the various groups and individuals that are attempting to have Obama’s election as president over-turned by the Supreme Court, by showing how these people are motivated by their ultra right-wing views and how their claims have been debunked by the facts.

“I think there are just a lot of people who just want to believe it,” said Paul Waldman, who has studied the conspiracy theories over Obama’s citizenship for Media Matters.

Waldman said that like with the claims that the Clintons killed White House Counsel Vince Foster, a certain segment of the population will continue to believe Obama won on illegitimate grounds no matter how often the claim is disproved.

“When something gets refuted there a certain number of people that just won’t believe it,” he said. “If they are predisposed to believe it, refuting it will have no impact.”

For those who believe the story, Obama’s electoral victory is a constitutional and legal crisis of epic proportions that is not being given its fair due in the press or in the courts.”… 


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Obama Introduces Gen. Shinseki as Secretary of Veterans Affairs

President-elect Barack Obama announced today that General Eric Shinseki will be his nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs. General Shinseki is a former Army Chief of Staff and 38-year Army veteran who served two combat tours in Vietnam. He understands the changing needs of our troops and their families and shares President-elect Obamas commitment to modernizing the VA to meet the challenges of our time.

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Obama Introduces Gen. Shinseki as Secretary of Veterans Affairs

President-elect Barack Obama announced today that General Eric Shinseki will be his nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs. General Shinseki is a former Army Chief of Staff and 38-year Army veteran who served two combat tours in Vietnam. He understands the changing needs of our troops and their families and shares President-elect Obamas commitment to modernizing the VA to meet the challenges of our time.

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>Kilroy win gives Dems 79-seat House majority

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The Hill- Leading the News

Ohio Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy has won the last outstanding House race, handing her party a 79-seat majority and putting its gains for November’s general election at 21 seats.

House Democrats’ majority now stands at 257-178.

Kilroy was declared the winner over Republican state Sen. Steve Stivers after the counting of outstanding provisional ballots put her up more than 2,000 votes. Stivers has conceded.

Kilroy, a Franklin County commissioner, will replace retiring Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio). Kilroy fell just short of unseating Pryce in 2006.

“In Washington, I will work together with Democrats, Republicans, and President-elect Obama to tackle the real problems that our community faces,” Kilroy said in a statement. “Over the next few days I will be in contact with Rep. Deborah Pryce to begin a smooth transition so that no constituent services are delayed during these tough economic times.”

Stivers said in a statement: “While I am extremely proud of the race I ran, ultimately, [it] was not enough. I have called Commissioner Kilroy to congratulate her for her hard-fought victory, and I wish her well in Washington.”

Republicans stole a seat from Democrats on Saturday in the delayed congressional races in Louisiana, when GOPer Joseph Cao shocked indicted Rep. William Jefferson (D) in a low-turnout affair.

In the other Pelican State race delayed by Hurricane Gustav, Republican John Fleming holds a 356-vote lead with all precincts reporting and appears to have defeated Democrat Paul Carmouche, but there might be a recount.

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