Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says the so-called “birther” issue is a potentially destructive issue for the country.
Brewer was interviewed on CNN on Monday about her decision a week ago to veto an Arizona bill that would have required President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove their natural-born citizenship.
Brewer reiterated her veto explanation that the bill was poorly drafted. She also said she believes there’s no question that it was directed at Obama though it’s clear he was born in Hawaii.
She told CNN interviewer John King that the birther issue is leading the nation “down a path of destruction.”
Brewer spokesman Matt Benson did not immediate respond to requests by The Associated Press for elaboration on that remark.
Donald Trump is upping the ante against President Barack Obama’s legitimacy, raising questions on Monday night about how the president was admitted to two Ivy League schools.
Trump openly questioned how Obama, who he said had been a “terrible student,” got accepted into Columbia University for undergraduate studies and then Harvard Law School.
“I heard he was a terrible student, terrible,” Trump told the Associated Press in an interview, a claim he’s made in the past but one he doubled down on by suggesting he’s probing that area of the president’s life.
“How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? I’m thinking about it, I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records,” he said, without providing backup for his claim.
Trump added, “I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can’t get into Harvard.”
“We don’t know a thing about this guy,” Trump said. “There are a lot of questions that are unanswered about our president.”
Obama transferred to Columbia University in 1981 from Occidental College, and graduated two years later. He graduated Harvard Law magna cum laude in 1991, after serving as editor of the prestigious Law Review.
Trump has already said he has investigators on the ground in Hawaii looking into proof of Obama’s birth in the state, which the real estate magnate has questioned repeatedly.
He’s suggested Obama ought to show his birth certificate and has rejected pushback that the certification of live birth that Team Obama made available in 2008, and which is what Hawaiian officials issue in response to requests for birth documents, serves as proof.
In a sometimes-testy exchange with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday night, Trump insisted he had heard the birth certificate is “missing” from official Hawaiian state records, and again called on Obama to produce it. He also accused reporters of giving Obama a pass on the issue
The Arizona Republican wildly exaggerated the family planning group’s abortion record. Now he’s striking his statement from the congressional record.
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Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) faced anger and ridicule after claiming earlier this month that abortions account for 90 percent of Planned Parenthood’s business — the actual figure is 3 percent. First, his office tried to calm the furor by saying that Kyl’s assertion, made on the Senate floor during debate over the group’s federal funding, was “not intended to be a factual statement.” Now Kyl has stricken what some called his “Planned Parenthood lies” from the congressional record. Is that fair?
Kyl should not get to cover up his lie: The Senate’s No. 2 Republican wants his “egregiously, ludicrously wrong not-intended-to-be-a-factual-statement” to magically disappear, says Rosie Gray at The Village Voice. But you can’t erase one lie by telling another. Kyl made up a statistic to get publicity for his attack on Planned Parenthood, but he’ll get more publicity — of the bad variety — for trying to whitewash what he said. “It’s as if Jon Kyl never even opened his mouth”
He’s merely setting the record straight: Kyl misspoke, and he’s embarrassed, Nick Carbone says at TIME. His critics might not like it, but the Library of Congress gives all senators the right to edit their remarks before they are printed in the permanent record. Now the record will reflect that Planned Parenthood does indeed perform abortions, but without any quantitative exaggeration. “Thank you for the factual statement, Sen. Kyl.” “From not factual to non-existent: Jon Kyl’s remark stricken from Congressional Record”
The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza has a lengthy piece out today exploring “how the Arab Spring remade Obama’s foreign policy.” The article outlines the President’s big foreign policy decisions throughout his young presidency — from the surge in Afghanistan and keeping a low profile during the Green Movement in Iran to participating in the UN mandated intervention in Libya — and ultimately ends with an interesting quote from one of Obama’s advisers:
Nonetheless, Obama may be moving toward something resembling a doctrine. One of his advisers described the President’s actions in Libya as “leading from behind.” That’s not a slogan designed for signs at the 2012 Democratic Convention, but it does accurately describe the balance that Obama now seems to be finding. It’s a different definition of leadership than America is known for, and it comes from two unspoken beliefs: that the relative power of the U.S. is declining, as rivals like China rise, and that the U.S. is reviled in many parts of the world. Pursuing our interests and spreading our ideals thus requires stealth and modesty as well as military strength. “It’s so at odds with the John Wayne expectation for what America is in the world,” the adviser said. “But it’s necessary for shepherding us through this phase.”
Predictably, the war hawks on the right picked up on this adviser’s “leading from behind” quote, and extrapolated something nefarious. War charging outfit Keep America Safe tweeted the quote and highlighted it on its website in mockery and AEI’s Danielle Pletka called it the article’s “best line.” And at Commentary, John Podhoretz claimed it damages Obama’s “chances for reelection” because it will be “thrown in his face.