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Saturday, den 1. September 2012

Tampa, Florida — As Republicans gathered for the final day of their national convention here in Tampa, a small but vocal group of doctors, medical students and patients marched in the heat to deliver thousands of petitions in support of the Affordable Care Act. One of the marchers, Kenya Wheeler, was a grad student last year when he was diagnosed with CNS lymphoma, a form of blood cancer in his brain.

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Monday, den 6. August 2012

Russian Prime Minister calls for personal responsibility for forest fires – @ria_novosti.

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Saturday, den 4. August 2012

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Wednesday, den 1. August 2012

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer was right to apologize to Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer after he mistakenly chastised the columnist for claiming that a bust of Winston Churchill that sat in the Bush Oval office had been returned to the British government. Contrary to Pfeiffer’s claim that it had never left the White House, that bust was indeed returned and a different bust of Churchill that predated both Obama and George W

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Friday, den 27. July 2012

By Amitabh Pal, July 26, 2012 The “Anglo-Saxon” remark fits snugly into a broader GOP racial framework. read more

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Friday, den 29. June 2012

In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of health care reform, the Drudge Report is smearing Chief Justice John Roberts over the possibility that he might use epilepsy medication and suggesting that it affected his judgment. Drudge linked to a Real Clear Politics post that contains a clip of right-wing radio host Michael Savage claiming that “if you look at Roberts’ writings you can see the cognitive disassociation in what he is saying.” Roberts had a seizure in 2007, after suffering one 14 years earlier. The Washington Post reported this month that Roberts has not publicly addressed whether he has epilepsy

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Wednesday, den 30. May 2012

During today’s Squawk Box , CNBC co-anchor Joe Kernen assisted guest Donald Trump’s effort to push debunked claims about President Obama’s birthplace by citing a supposed quote from Obama in which Obama purportedly suggested that he wasn’t born in the United States. The quote is an internet hoax and was never said by Obama, who was born in Hawaii. After reading the fake quote, Kernen said that “the question is whether there was a time in Obama’s life where he thought it was, I don’t know, more attractive to be a more international type guy and maybe didn’t change the impression that he wasn’t. I don’t know.” He sourced the quote to a “report that was on some of the conservative websites” and added that he hasn’t “even confirmed it.” Watch: KERNEN: There is a weird — in that same report that was on some of the conservative websites and I haven’t even confirmed it, Donald, but there was a quote from one of his debates when he was running for state senator, I believe, and one of his opponents said, well, you know, you weren’t — this was at the time when it still — the Kenya thing was still on some of his biographies or something and the guy said, ‘Well, you know, you weren’t even born here,’ and he said, ‘Well, it doesn’t matter if I wasn’t born here, I’m running for — I’m not running for president’ at the time. And it was a quote that looked like it was right from a debate. I don’t know whether you saw it. I’m going to look it up right now. TRUMP: There was a quote — KERNEN: — but from him. And almost so — but the question is whether there was a time in his life where he thought it was, I don’t know, more attractive to be a more international type guy and maybe didn’t change the impression that he wasn’t. I don’t know. The CNBC anchor appears to be referring to an internet rumor about an exchange that allegedly happened during a 2004 Illinois debate between Alan Keyes and then-state senator Obama during their campaign for the state’s U.S. Senate seat. However, an adviser to the 2004 Keyes campaign who attended the Keyes-Obama debates told Media Matters that the purported exchange is a “hoax.”

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Wednesday, den 30. May 2012

During today’s edition of Fox News’ The Five , the co-hosts spent a ten-minute segment talking about Donald Trump and his impact on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign with only a ten-second mention of Trump’s birther conspiracies. Actually, no one on the show even mentioned birtherism. The only discussion of birtherism during the segment came from a ten-second clip Fox played of MSNBC’s Michael Smerconish saying: “In an interview with the Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove, Donald Trump would not back down. He said that he was born in Kenya, raised in Indonesia.” Co-host Eric Bolling, who has a history of pushing conspiracy theories about President Obama’s birthplace, called Trump “provocative.” while guest co-host, Brian Kilmeade, who has also pushed birther conspiracies, called Trump an “American icon.” And co-host Andrea Tantaros, who previously declared Trump “the winner” of the birther issue, attacked George Will as “snobby” and “elitist” for criticizing Trump Their deflections from Trump’s birtherism came not long after Trump made an appearance on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and CNBC’s Squawk Box where Trump pushed more conspiracies about Obama’s birthplace. Here is The Five dancing around Trump’s birtherism:

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Monday, den 28. May 2012

The G8 scheme does nothing to address the problems that are at the core of hunger and malnutrition but will serve only to further poverty and inequality.

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Tuesday, den 22. May 2012

Press critics often use the term “false balance” to describe the practice of presenting a matter of clear-cut fact as the subject of dispute. Some media outlets have made progress on avoiding this problem in their reporting recently. The Wall Street Journal , however, published an egregious example of false balance in its May 21 edition. In a news article about Arizona’s secretary of state asking Hawaii to “verify it has” President Obama’s birth certificate, here’s how the Journal described the birther conspiracy theory (emphasis added): A spokesman for [Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett] said Sunday that his request was “simply done at the request of thousands of voters in Arizona.” A spokesman for the Obama campaign in Arizona said the secretary of state’s “flirtation with a conspiracy theory that has been debunked time and time again will have no bearing on the election.” The “birther” movement contends Mr. Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. or at least hasn’t shown beyond a doubt that he was born in Hawaii, as Mr. Obama and the state say. The U.S. Constitution requires that to be eligible for the presidency, a person needs to be a “natural born” U.S. citizen. Hawaii on its website links to a long-form copy of Mr. Obama’s birth certificate that he posted last year. That’s a ridiculous way to present this subject. Obama’s birth certificate was made public four years ago, and as noted , it “meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship.” The Honolulu Advertiser published a contemporaneous announcement of Obama’s birth. None of this is in dispute. Except, apparently, in the news pages of The Wall Street Journal .

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