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Scotus rejects appeal on Obama's "natural-born"-ness

The NY Times reports: Without comment, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up an appeal by a New Jersey man who questioned President-elect Barack Obama’s eligibility for the presidency, based on his birth to a father from Kenya and a mother who was a United States citizen.

The case, originally brought in New Jersey courts by Leo Donofrio of East Brunswick, contended that Mr. Obama could not be considered a “natural-born citizen” — a constitutional ground for becoming president of the United States — contending that he had dual nationality at birth.

State health officials in Hawaii have declared that Mr. Obama was born there in August 1961, and is a United States citizen, but that has not stopped a small squall of Internet-fueled rumors that are trying to debunk his citizenship. -- Justices Turn Back a Challenge on Obama

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