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Recently the Supreme Court dismissed birthright challenges to Obama’s presidency. Other states’ court challenges have also failed. Regardless of lawsuit failures, birtherism is alive and well. Embraced by bigotry, and not logic, it will never end.

 

On Monday, June 11, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal challenging President Obama’s citizenship. The 9th District Court of Appeals, which serves as final arbiter in such matters, ruled that the challengers did not have legal standing, according to the Associated Press.

The lawsuit was initiated by the American Independent Party. Specifically its 1995 presidential candidate Alan Keyes, its 2008 vice-presidential candidate and Southern Baptist minister Wiley Drake, and American Independent Party chairman Markham Robinson.
Originally, the far-right American Independent Party was founded in 1967 to support the presidential candidacy of Alabama’s segregationist Governor George Wallace.

In November 2008, soon after Obama won the election, Keyes …

Read article here: Birtherism, Bigotry, and the Obama Presidency

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Former Obama Chief of Staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has it right when he said “Who is going to fight for who [sic] in that Oval Office? The 2012 election boils down to two different people …. And they’re really different people with different experiences with different views about how to shape the future of this country. And I think that’s going to be the fundamental core piece of what this election is about.”

The significant word that Emanuel used to describe the role of the President of the United States best is “fight.” It is what this election is all about! From the bully pulpit of the presidency, just who, Romney or Obama, is going to take a stand for the wellbeing of Americans?

You see it’s important to understand that the most significant presidential power is the soft power of swaying public opinion from the bully pulpit. In other words, to “fight” for you and me.

The perception is that any United States President …

Read article here: Who Will Fight For You and Me: Romney or Obama

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On Sunday’s Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer interviewed Newsweek’s Daniel Klaidman, author of “Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency,” and New York Times reporter David Sanger, author of “Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power.” Schieffer discussed with them Obama’s increasing use of drones and Special Operations Forces to carry out targeted killings of terrorist on CIA’s  hit list, and his use of cyberwarfare to hinder Iran’s nuclear development efforts.

Klaidman explained that the use of drones and Special Operations were a way to engage terrorist without involving the United States in another war like Afghanistan or Iraq. He explains how the president became so personally involved in the CIA’s “Kill List.”

In a book excerpt for Newsweek, Klaidman writes that Obama’s decision …

Read article here: Obama’s Kill List and New Phase of American Foreign Policy

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On Saturday, Harvard Professor and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren secured her place on November’s Massachusetts ballot for U.S. Senator at the state’s democratic convention. Warren, known for her contributions in setting up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, garnered the nomination by 95 percent of the delegates.

Warren and incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown are vying for a six-year term as U.S. Senator. In January 2010, Brown won a special election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy.

Lately, Warren has been hindered in tackling the important campaign issues because of the controversy surrounding her claim of Native American ancestry, which created questions of her character and credibility, and now hopes that will abate.

In recent polling Warren and Brown are at a statistical tie.

Scott Brown, who has never denied his republicanism, claims …

Read article here: Consumer Advocate Elizabeth Warren Is Democratic Nominee for 2012 Massachusetts Senate Race

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