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Supreme Court rejects bid to disqualify Obama as president

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Seriously?  Birthers actually went that far…again?

The Raw Story 

The US Supreme Court Monday slapped down a new bid seeking to show that Barack Obama was ineligible to be elected president of the United States in the 2008 White House race.

The nation’s highest court refused to take up a case brought by three people “who claim President Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen of the United States of America and, hence, is ineligible to be the president,” court documents said.

The nine justices, meeting as they opened a new term, thus upheld a August 2010 California appeals court ruling which found that the “plaintiffs’ contentions lack merit.”

The appeals court also argued “the presidential nominating process is not subject to each of the 50 states’ election officials independently deciding whether a presidential nominee is qualified, as this could lead to chaotic results.”

Some right-wing conspiracy theorists have claimed that Obama, whose father was from Kenya, was not born on US territory, which would disqualify him for the presidency.

But official records show Obama was born in the state of Hawaii and the White House even released the official full version of his birth certificate in a bid to squash the debate.

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Shady: Koch Brothers Made Sales to Iran

The Daily Beast

A mammoth investigative report in Bloomberg Markets Magazinehas some devastating charges against one of the world’s largest private companies: The billionaire Koch Brothers allegedly made a ton of money off sales of petrochemical equipment to Iran.

A unit of their company, Koch Industries, dodged the U.S. trade ban using foreign subsidiaries. The company allegedly engaged in illicit payments in Africa, India, and the Middle East, and, from 1999 to 2003, had to pay more than $400 million in fines. The report quotes an employee saying that managers taught them how to steal and cheat. The technique was called the “Koch Method.”

Read it at Bloomberg News 

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JP Morgan Hearts The NYPD

Think ProgressMatthew Yglesias

Via Neil Sinhababu, this looks like a well-timed investment as direct action protests against banks gain steam:

JPMorgan Chase recently donated an unprecedented $4.6 million to the New York City Police Foundation. The gift was the largest in the history of the foundation and will enable the New York City Police Department to strengthen security in the Big Apple. The money will pay for 1,000 new patrol car laptops, as well as security monitoring software in the NYPD’s main data center.

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly sent CEO and Chairman Jamie Dimon a note expressing “profound gratitude” for the company’s donation.

To my way of thinking, this is a healthy dynamic. I’m not a radical anti-capitalist. But something you saw during the Cold War was that the possibility of radical anti-capitalists taking over helped create incentives for the business class to ensure that the “free world” organized market economies in a way that was broadly beneficial.

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