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News Nuggets, 19 August 2009: Chaffee County gave away the water

Dug up fresh, daily. AWAY WENT THE WATER: The good news is that citizens made a stand. The bad news is that today they lost....

Forged Kenyan document splinters ‘Birther’ movement

WASHINGTON — Jon Chessoni, a first secretary at the Kenyan Embassy, can’t understand why his office gets so many baseless questions about whether Barack...

McCain campaign investigated and dismissed Obama citizenship rumors

In the final months of the 2008 presidential race, Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) campaign learned of a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania that asked the state to strip Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) of the Democratic nomination on suspicion that he was not an American citizen. The complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief was filed by Phil Berg, a former deputy state attorney general who left government in 1990 for a series of gadfly political campaigns. His last round of notoriety had come when he filed RICO complaints against George W. Bush, Saddam Hussein and multiple members of the Bush administration for “accountability” for the 9/11 attacks. Still, Berg’s complaint had gotten glancing local media attention, and the Democratic National Committee’s counsel had filed a motion to dismiss it. One lawyer who was doing some work for the campaign was tasked with reading Berg’s lawsuit and gauging its chances of success.

Red-herring birther movement dogging GOP officials

Six months into Obama’s presidency, after scores of embarrassing legal defeats, and even after tussles between the attoneys who’ve turned frivolous lawsuits about the...