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In a blog-driven world, truth is the first casualty

President Barack Obama‘s decision to release more information about his birthright than any elected leader in U.S. history speaks volumes about the out -of control conspiracy-driven culture that now drives American politics. “There are no more arbiters of truth,” former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs tells Politico.Com. “So whatever you can prove factually, somebody else can find something else point to it with enough ferocity to get people to believe it. We’ve crossed some Rubicon into the unknown.” Presidents have longed been dogged by unproven and often outlandish rumors but the blog-driven news cycle today puts undocumented speculation into
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Birth records: Obama had no choice

Confronting doubters who harbor questions about his place of birth, President Barack Obama chose to defy one of his White House’s own rules: Don’t get dragged into the news skirmish of the day. This time, he decided he had to. In an extraordinary step, the White House produced a copy of his detailed Hawaii birth certificate Wednesday after obtaining a special waiver from the state to make it public. For his allies and even many of his political critics, it was about time. The debate over his birth was becoming a media preoccupation. Celebrity developer Donald Trump, who took the
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Bernanke: Labor market in ‘very deep black hole’

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke signaled on Wednesday that the U.S. central bank is in no rush to scale back its support for the economy with the labor market still in a “very, very deep hole.”   The Fed trimmed its forecast for 2011 economic growth in a nod to a weak start to the year and bumped up its projections for inflation, which caused some jitters in financial markets. The central bank’s policy-setting committee said after a two-day meeting it will complete the purchase of $600 billion in bonds in June to support the economy’s recovery, and said it
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Obama releases full birth certificate info

President Barack Obama, recognizing that the outlandish claims of the so-called “birther” movement is sticking with the gullible American electorate, today released the full, long-form copy of his birth certificate, proving once and for all that he is an natural citizen of the United States. “We provided additional information today about the site of my birth,” Obama told reporters at the White House Wednesday morning. “I’ve watched with amusement and have been puzzled by how long this has been going on.” Obama said he made the decision to release the full birth certificate and the nation needs to concentrate on
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Panetta to Pentagon, Petraeus to CIA

President Barack Obama is shuffling his team, moving CIA Director Leon Panetta to Defense Secretary, replacing Bush holdover Robert Gates and appointing Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander in the Afghan war, to take Panetta’s old job at the intelligence agency. Obama, according to the Associated Press, will promote Lt. Gen. John Allen to take over the Afghan war operation and appoint diplomat Ryan Crocker as the new U.S. ambassador in Afghanistan. The moves, rumored in recent days, are seen as just the beginning of moves within the Obama inner circle. Reports the AP: The changes would probably take effect
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How did Donald Trump become a contender?

The tawdry tale of how professional celebrity Donald Trump became a player in the Republican Presidential Presidential sweepstakes is a sad commentary on the state of politics in America. Trump has no political experience, hasn’t voted in a primary election in 21 years, doesn’t have a campaign or even a real grasp of the many issues and problems facing the nation. Yet he’s dominating the media and political scene. How did it happen? Trump benefits from the pop culture that has replaced substance in American politics. His rise to prominence can be traced to the same shallowness that allow instant
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Couric ending her failed network anchor venture

Perky Katie Couric‘s failed five-year experiment as a national network news anchor is coming to a long-predicted end and she chose a celebrity-oriented gossip mag to formally announce her departure from the CBS Evening News. “I have decided to step down from the CBS Evening News,” Couric said in an interview with People magazine. ”  Her announcement wasn’t a surprise. CBS is expected to announce next week that Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes will replace Couric in the anchor chair. So what’s next for the Katie?  She’s not saying for sure. Some feel she will launch a syndicated talk show
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Olbermann returns to haunt the airwaves on June 20

Keith Olbermann, the unabashed liberal who likes to pretend he’s a newsman, returns to TV with a new show and old title — Countdown with Keith Olbermann — on Current TV. The show debuts on June 20 at 8 p.m. In February, after MSNBC sacked the difficult and ego maniacal Olbermann from his show of the same name a month earlier, Current TV announced that the bombastic host would have a new show on the air in late Spring. Late Spring is right. June 20 is the last day of Spring. “The show will combine familiar and popjular features with
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Shadow of Wisconsin union fight looms over local races

When the race for Green Bay mayor began months ago, the main issues looked clear-cut: planning downtown development, dealing with dwindling state aid and debating whether the city should have spent millions to build a replica of Elvis Presley’s favorite roller coaster. But after Republican Gov. Scott Walker‘s battle with public employee unions erupted, the constant uproar at the Capitol in Madison quickly became the only thing anyone wanted to talk about. Suddenly challenger Patrick Evans‘ campaign strategy fell apart. “The people calling me never said, ‘Hey, Pat, what do you think about the downtown?’ The electorate didn’t want to
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Ron Paul prepares another long-shot run for the White House

Twice failed Presidential candidate Ron Paul is planning another long-shot run for the White House. Paul will announce formation of an exploratory committee during a stop in Des Moines, Iowa, today, joining a crowded field of Republican candidates trying to knock off President Barack Obama in 2012. The Texas Congressman ran for President as a Libertarian in 1998 and received one-half of one percent of the popular vote. He ran again as a Republican in the 2008 primary and was running fifth when he pulled the plug on his campaign on June 12 — before the GOP nominating convention. Paul
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