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Prove Mitt's not a unicorn, group says in satirizing 'birthers'updated: Wed May 30 2012 15:29:00

Call them "unicorners." A liberal group says it has collected more than 19,000 e-mails requesting Arizona officials to confirm Mitt Romney is not a unicorn.

First man on moon gives rare interview to ... Australian accountant?updated: Fri May 25 2012 10:09:00

It was one small interview for astronaut Neil Armstrong ... and one giant scoop for an Australian accountant, of all people.

Crazy talk: Why the 'birthers' still don't believe Obamaupdated: Wed May 23 2012 10:24:00

Dark theories about President Barack Obama's citizenship show no signs of fading away.

NC candidate pushing birther theoryupdated: Wed May 23 2012 10:24:00

A candidate for Congress in North Carolina says President Obama's birth certificate is a forgery.

Syria denies involvement in Lebanon bombingupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 01:36:00

Syria on Monday denied involvement in last week's bombing that wounded French U.N. troops in Lebanon.

Birthers, smokers, jokers -- it's silly season in GOP politicsupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 15:32:00

Silly season has begun again. The sideshow is threatening to move into the big tent, and distraction will seem like it's the main event.

Herman Cain's smokin' new adupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 15:32:00

CNN's Erin Burnett takes a closer look at Herman Cain's new political campaign ad.

Wise up GOP: Ditch the tea partyupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 16:31:00

I guess if John Boehner enjoyed his party's in-fighting and hints of mutiny during the debt ceiling talks, then the 15 months leading to the general election will be pure ecstasy because it's likely going to be more of the same.

'Deathers' take over where 'birthers' left offupdated: Fri May 06 2011 16:19:00

With "birthers" mostly silent, "deathers" are now pushing a new conspiracy theory.

Pakistan students doubt bin Laden deathupdated: Fri May 06 2011 16:19:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh talks with university students in Pakistan for reaction to Osama bin Laden's death.

Obama's no-win decision on bin Laden photosupdated: Thu May 05 2011 11:05:00

President Barack Obama faced a no-win decision over whether to release photographs of Osama bin Laden's corpse. In the short term, the president was right not to make public the graphic images, because doing so might inflame public opinion in Muslim-majority countries and actually feed support for al Qaeda's agenda.

Media helped inflate the birther storyupdated: Mon May 02 2011 06:05:00

We witnessed a low point in American political discourse this week when President Barack Obama released his long-form birth certificate. While some might hail this as a show of transparency by the White House, we know the truth: President Obama was beaten down by conspiracy theory bullies who will never be satisfied by any sort of documentation, no matter how official.

Why conspiracy theories die hardupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 21:26:00

Recent polls have found that as much as 15% to 20% of the public, including about 30% to 45% of Republicans, falsely believe that President Barack Obama was not born in this country. Will Wednesday's release of Obama's long-form birth certificate put an end to the birther myth?

Trump: 'I have done a great service'updated: Thu Apr 28 2011 21:26:00

CNN's John King sits down with Donald Trump to discuss the president's birth certificate.

Some 'birthers' still not satisfiedupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 11:34:00

Brian Todd gets early reaction from so-called "birthers" to the release of President Obama's long-form birth certificate.

The birther movement: immune to facts?updated: Thu Apr 28 2011 11:34:00

Can the "birthers" ever be convinced that Barack Obama was born in America and is eligible to serve as president?

Obama certificate: Doubters respondupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 09:17:00

CNN's Brian Todd reports on how "birthers" and other skeptics responded to the release of Obama's birth certificate.

Will birther nonsense stop now?updated: Thu Apr 28 2011 06:09:00

In response to the increased heat of conspiracy entrepreneurs selling books and seeding presidential campaigns with "birther" theories, President Obama released his long-form birth certificate Wednesday.

Obama releases birth certificateupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 06:09:00

Hoping to put the "birther" issue to rest, the White House releases President Obama's long-form birth certificate.

The marginalization of a president: Will it end with Obama?updated: Thu Apr 28 2011 05:41:00

Once again, our country seems to be mired in a tired, frustrating conversation about President Obama's citizenship. Seems like we've been down this road before.

GOPer: No doubt Obama born in Hawaiiupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 10:56:00

CNN's Gary Tuchman speaks with a former Hawaiian official about President Obama's birthplace.

CNN investigation: Obama born in U.S.updated: Tue Apr 26 2011 10:56:00

Was Barack Obama really born in America?

Explain it to me: 'Birthers'updated: Fri Apr 22 2011 14:54:00

Who is this group of people called 'birthers' who don't believe President Obama was born in the United States?

What the law says about 'birther' billsupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 14:54:00

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer this week vetoed a bill that would have required presidential candidates to produce specified documents to prove their qualifications for that office. Similar bills are being considered by a number of other states. Vetoing Arizona's bill was the right call, one that staved off a likely judicial challenge.

New 'birther' bill emerges in Louisianaupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 14:37:00

CNN's Randi Kaye speaks with Louisiana state Sen. A.G. Crowe about a "birther" bill he co-authored.

Louisiana legislature considers 'birther' billupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 14:37:00

It's not specifically called a "birther" bill and it doesn't mention President Barack Obama by name, but proposed state legislation in Louisiana appears to be the latest attempt to keep alive arguments over whether Obama can prove he was born in the United States.

11 political myths and conspiracy theories that still persistupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 10:00:00

Sex, lies and murder. Americans seem to love conspiracy theories and too-good-to-be-true rumors -- type "George W. Bush IQ" into Google and watch what you get -- especially when it comes to politics.

Bachmann joins GOPers distancing themselves from birther issueupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 18:38:00

Conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann Wednesday joined a growing list of Republican politicians and strategists distancing themselves from the "birther" issue that questions where President Barack Obama was born.

Vetoed 'birther bill' prompts talk of GOP divideupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 06:11:00

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's veto of her state's so-called "birther bill" could reflect part of a GOP shift away from a fringe but vocal group that claims President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, analysts say.

What is it about mid-April and violence in America?updated: Tue Apr 19 2011 10:21:00

Mid-April marks the anniversaries of several horrendous attacks in recent U.S. history:

Listen to FBI negotiations with Koreshupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 10:21:00

The FBI tries to convince Branch Davidian leader David Koresh to release the children from his Waco compound.

'Birther bill' vetoed by Arizona governorupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 07:12:00

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill late Monday that would have required President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove they were American citizens, born in the United States, before their names could have been placed on the state ballot.

America's first 'birther' billupdated: Sat Apr 16 2011 02:30:00

CNN's John King reports on a law passed by the Arizona legislature that might affect the 2012 presidential race.

Arizona lawmakers pass presidential 'birther' billupdated: Sat Apr 16 2011 02:30:00

The Arizona legislature has approved a bill that would require President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove they are American citizens, born in the United States, before their names could be placed on a state ballot.

Avlon: Colbert vs. Kyl on truthupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 13:40:00

CNN contributor John Avlon says Stephen Colbert is right to lampoon politicians who spread falsehoods.

Colbert vs. Kyl and spread of 'misinformation'updated: Fri Apr 15 2011 13:40:00

"Not intended to be a factual statement."

Whoopi Goldberg, Donald Trump and raceupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 10:46:00

Last Sunday morning my partner Steve, our 14-year-old son, and two of his teenage friends decided to hit the gym after a big breakfast.

2010: Trump: Disappointed in Obamaupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 10:46:00

HLN's Joy Behar talks with Donald Trump about Obama's tax cuts and Trump's plan for a possible presidential run.

Political Circus: Tea Partying at NASCARupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 11:23:00

Politics is serious business, but not all the time.

'Kryptos' sculptor inspires hope in weary code-breakersupdated: Thu Dec 30 2010 06:58:00

The creator of the enigmatic "Kryptos" sculpture at the CIA's headquarters is dangling a substantial clue before code-breakers eager to unravel the work's hidden messages.

WikiLeaks conspiracy theoriesupdated: Sun Dec 05 2010 11:02:00

CNN's Brian Todd reports on beliefs by Turkish and Iranian officials that the U.S. and Israel are behind WikiLeaks.

Beck's bizarre, dangerous hit at Sorosupdated: Sun Nov 14 2010 02:15:00

Creepy medieval puppets hung from the ceiling on the set of the "Glenn Beck Program" -- a conquistador, a squire, a witch, and a bearded guy who looked like a cross between Santa Claus and the Fiddler on the Roof.

SI.com: Michael Rosenberg: Sports conspiracy theoriesupdated: Fri Oct 29 2010 13:27:00

The last time Brett Favre missed an NFL start, Bill Clinton was the governor of Arkansas. Think about that. The man earns his living as a human piñata, but he never misses a day of work.

Obama: Ahmadinejad's speech 'offensive' and 'hateful'updated: Sat Sep 25 2010 10:41:00

President Barack Obama blasted his Iranian counterpart Friday for what he called offensive and hateful remarks about the September 11 attacks.

GOP knows Obama's not a Muslim, but what's a little misunderstanding?updated: Fri Aug 20 2010 12:07:00

As the mosque debate dominates the summer spin cycle, a new Pew Research Poll shows that an increasing number of Americans believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim -- now up to 18 percent from 11 percent in March 2009. At the same time, only a third of Americans say Obama is a Christian, down from nearly 50 percent last year.

President Obama's religious faithupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 12:07:00

CNN's John Roberts and his panel discuss President Obama's religious faith and the role Islam plays in the U.S.

People.com: 5 Things to Know about Kate Hudson's New Guyupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 19:30:00

The actress has been spending quality time with Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy

Russians insist skull fragment is Hitler'supdated: Thu Dec 10 2009 18:46:00

Nearly 65 years after his demise by his own hand in a bunker beneath the streets of Berlin, Adolf Hitler is still managing to cause controversy.

SI.com: Mark Beech: NASCAR conspiracy theorists wrong about Jimmie Johnson, moreupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 17:59:00

SI.com's Mark Beech takes a spin around the racing world for the most intriguing stories in and out of the garage.

Van Jones controversyupdated: Mon Sep 07 2009 18:25:00

An administration official fuels controversy for links to 9/11 conspiracy theories. CNN's Mary Snow reports.

Moon walk video enhancedupdated: Fri Jul 17 2009 10:11:00

"One small step" like you've never seen before. NASA releases enhanced footage of the original moon walk.

Could moon landings have been faked? Some still think soupdated: Fri Jul 17 2009 10:11:00

It captivated millions of people around the world for eight days in the summer of 1969. It brought glory to the embattled U.S. space program and inspired beliefs that anything was possible.

Some suspect conspiracy in Holocaust Museum caseupdated: Tue Jun 16 2009 19:34:00

To most, the evidence against alleged Holocaust Museum shooter James von Brunn may seem overwhelming.

People.com: Angels and Demons: What's Fact - or Fiction?updated: Mon May 18 2009 14:01:00

Does Antimatter really matter? And other burning questions

'Angels & Demons' actors: What controversy?updated: Wed May 13 2009 20:12:00

Three years ago, the film based on Dan Brown's novel "The Da Vinci Code" was the focus of protest and controversy, with a Vatican archbishop calling for a boycott and Catholics at many levels refuting plot points.

King conspiracy theories still thrive 40 years laterupdated: Mon Dec 29 2008 13:38:00

Even the FBI thought at first there must have been a conspiracy behind the murder of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

SI.com: Arash Markazi: Donaghy claims force media to rethink '02 West finalsupdated: Sat Jun 14 2008 22:55:00

If the headlines after Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference finals were any indication, no one should really be surprised by Tim Donaghy's claim that the Lakers' 106-102 win over the Kings was fixed.

SI.com: Phil Taylor: NBA's perception problem keeps growingupdated: Wed Jun 11 2008 15:09:00

It's a lot harder to laugh at the NBA conspiracy theorists today, isn't it?

Time.com: Indiana Jones: Smart, Sleek, Familiarupdated: Sun May 18 2008 12:25:00

At its premiere, the new Indy gets more cheers at the start than the end. But TIME finds the old franchise winningly updated

Report: Anti-Semitism on the rise globallyupdated: Fri Mar 14 2008 10:45:00

A report from the U.S. State Department details "an upsurge" across the world of anti-Semitism -- hostility and discrimination toward Jewish people.

Time.com: Al Fayed's Diana Day in Courtupdated: Mon Feb 18 2008 17:00:00

A brokenhearted father takes over the proceedings, calling the Royals insulting names and pressing a bizarre conspiracy theory that he holds to be fact

Firm: Ship's anchor cut Mideast Internet cable updated: Mon Feb 11 2008 09:43:00

A telecommunications company on Friday blamed a ship anchor for cutting one of three severed undersea cables that snarled Internet traffic throughout the Middle East last week.

Cut cables disrupt Internetupdated: Mon Feb 11 2008 09:43:00

CNN's Alphonso Van Marsh reports on how damaged undersea cables disrupted Internet service in the Middle East and beyond.

Bodyguard threatened after Diana's deathupdated: Wed Jan 23 2008 11:28:00

The sole survivor of the crash that killed Princess Diana has told a court he still cannot remember the incident but does not support the conspiracy theories surrounding it.

Bhutto conspiracy theoriesupdated: Sat Jan 19 2008 20:54:00

CNN's Frederik Pleitgen explores the conspiracy theories that surround the death of Benazir Bhutto.

Time.com: The Destroyed Tapes: A Boon for Conspiracy Theoristsupdated: Fri Dec 07 2007 13:00:00

Erasing interrogation tapes, says Robert Baer, will only fuel suspicion that the CIA is hiding something about September 11

Conspiracy theory?updated: Wed Nov 21 2007 10:16:00

Mitt Romney says the idea that his campaign is behind push-polling that raises doubt about his faith is 'silly.'

Princess Diana inquestupdated: Tue Oct 02 2007 19:47:00

British authorities look into the 10-year-old case of the death of Princess Diana. CNN's Alphonso Van Marsh reports.

A decade on Diana theories spiralupdated: Fri Aug 24 2007 04:58:00

Two major investigations by French and British police concluded that Princess Diana's death in a Paris car crash was a tragic accident, but 10 years on many remain convinced she was murdered in a sinister plot.

Former Gonzales aide gets immunity updated: Wed Apr 25 2007 16:53:00

A House panel granted immunity Wednesday to a former Justice Department aide in its probe of the firings of eight U.S. attorneys, while senators authorized a subpoena for the White House's political director.

Business 2.0: Why Google isn't the next Microsoftupdated: Wed Apr 11 2007 19:04:00

At the Googleplex in Mountain View, in one of the foyers of the ever-growing number of new buildings, you'll find a giant whiteboard with the heading "Google's Master Plan."

Gore Vidal Talk Asia Interviewupdated: Tue Apr 03 2007 05:46:00

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SI.com: Fuel to the fireupdated: Tue Mar 20 2007 10:28:00

My cell phone started bleating the moment the checkered flag waved in Atlanta on Sunday. Why were so many of the callers irate with NASCAR? Well, it has to do with the first of five things we learned during the Kobalt 500.

SI.com: It's a wonderful townupdated: Wed Feb 28 2007 14:00:00

It's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to play there.

Diana: No murder, no pregnancyupdated: Thu Dec 14 2006 05:38:00

Claims that Diana, Princess of Wales, and her lover Dodi Fayed were murdered were unfounded, according to the official Scotland Yard inquiry released on Thursday.

Diana: Princes 'disgusted' with paparazziupdated: Thu Dec 14 2006 04:52:00

Princes William and Harry are "deeply upset" at the behavior of the paparazzi as their mother Princess Diana lay dying, British media reports say.

Will Diana inquiry end conspiracy theories?updated: Wed Dec 13 2006 10:28:00

More than nine years after Princess Diana's death, British authorities have finally released the long-awaited official findings from an investigation into the 1997 Paris car crash that killed her.

Fortune: Why gas prices droppedupdated: Mon Oct 16 2006 11:35:00

If the recent plunge in gas prices is the result of a conspiracy by President George W. Bush to help the Republicans retain control of Congress, as 42 percent of Americans believe, according to one...

The insider's guide to talking to aliensupdated: Tue Oct 10 2006 10:44:00

A laser time capsule is to be beamed into space from the the top of a pyramid in Mexico in a bid to make contact with extra-terrestrial life. Here's all you need to know about our ongoing efforts to prove we are not alone.

Robertson: Al Qaeda slicker even with bin Laden out of sightupdated: Thu Sep 07 2006 20:56:00

So much has changed since the days after 9/11, when I watched first-hand inside Afghanistan as al Qaeda was blasted out of its terror training camps by U.S. warplanes.

'Pierre Salinger Syndrome' and the TWA 800 conspiraciesupdated: Wed Jul 12 2006 12:07:00

Bolstered by eyewitness accounts and the Internet, the explosion of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of New York 10 years ago spawned a slew of sinister conspiracy theories, most notably the belief that a missile from a U.S. Navy ship was responsible.

First video of Pentagon 9/11 attack releasedupdated: Tue May 16 2006 11:43:00

Video showing a plane crashing into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, was released publicly for the first time Tuesday, a judicial watchdog group said.

MI6 goes online in plea for spiesupdated: Thu Oct 13 2005 04:39:00

Britain's foreign spy service MI6 has turned to the Internet in an attempt to recruit real-life James Bonds and dispel myths about the secretive agency.

EW review: Lurid, fascinating 'Tattoo'updated: Wed May 18 2005 10:14:00

Americans don't fare well in novelist John Burdett's Thailand.

Where the truth liesupdated: Wed Apr 20 2005 10:25:00

Hoaxes, urban legends, clever parody and flat-out lies are, of course, as old as humanity.

Pentagon: Rumsfeld misspoke on Flight 93 crashupdated: Mon Dec 27 2004 21:09:00

A comment Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made during a Christmas Eve address to U.S. troops in Baghdad has sparked new conspiracy theories about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Review: 'Evil Genius' amuses with strategy, satireupdated: Fri Oct 15 2004 09:37:00

If you subscribe to the '80s duo Tears for Fears' classic lyric, "everybody wants to rule the world," and you like computer games, check out "Evil Genius," a new strategy game where you assume the role of a criminal mastermind bent on world domination.

CNNMoney: Googling 'Schadenfreude'updated: Wed Aug 11 2004 14:48:00

For a company that says its No. 1 mantra is "Don't be evil," Google sure has engendered a lot of animosity over the past couple of weeks.

Berger gets fried updated: Wed Jul 21 2004 07:35:00

We doubt President Bush instructed daughter Jenna to stick her tongue out at news cameras in St. Louis yesterday.

Belgium child killing trial opensupdated: Mon Mar 01 2004 10:43:00

One of Belgium's most notorious men, alleged child-killer and pedophile Marc Dutroux, has arrived at a courthouse in Arlon where he is facing trial nearly eight years after his arrest.

Edwards, Dean and our Idaho conspiracy theoryupdated: Thu Feb 19 2004 05:51:00

John Kerry surrounds himself today with union leaders, many of whom differ with him on big issues like NAFTA but hate President Bush more than any one trade agreement.

Coroner: Diana was not pregnantupdated: Wed Jan 07 2004 03:47:00

Princess Diana was not pregnant when she died, a former royal coroner says, apparently ruling out one of the rumors which has swirled around her death in a car crash six years ago.

British inquests into deaths of Diana, Dodi openupdated: Tue Jan 06 2004 10:27:00

Britain's royal coroner opened inquiries Tuesday into the 1997 deaths of Princess Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, in a high-speed car accident in Paris, France.

Police to probe Diana death claimsupdated: Tue Jan 06 2004 04:18:00

The first coroner's inquest in Britain into the death of Princess Diana has opened on the same day that a newspaper named her ex-husband in connection with an alleged plot to kill her.

Money Magazine: Suspicious Mindsupdated: Mon Oct 01 2001 00:01:00

If you lost a pile of cash in last year's tech crash, you can at least hope the experience made you a wiser investor. But it's hard to learn from mistakes if--like the following conspiracy theorist...

Fortune: I Miss the Old Millennium It had so much history, especially that last part, and it was all so pre-virtual. Do updated: Mon Jan 10 2000 00:01:00

Something about Hastings...the French fighting the English for some reason...and then a couple of Italians figured out how to paint in three dimensions...and then there was some guy who discovered ...

Fortune: I Know What the Hedgies Did Last Summer MORE ECONOMICS: CONSPIRACY THEORYupdated: Mon Dec 21 1998 00:01:00

In spite of Gillian Anderson, I'm not much of a fan of The X-Files, or of conspiracy theories in general. I've met some of the world's leaders, and they seem a lot like the rest of us: Most of the ...

Fortune: HOW SAFE ARE YOUR SECRETS? IN THE INFOTECH AGE THEY'RE LESS SAFE THAN YOU THINK. NOW A NEW LAW PROTECTS THEM--BUT WATCH OUT. IF updated: Mon Sep 08 1997 00:01:00

Even the words sound antiquated: "trade" suggesting--what?--some leather-aproned craftsman at his bench; "secrets" conjuring up all manner of theatrical and flyblown things--sliding bookcases, invi...

Fortune: WHY THE FORTUNE 5O CLUB GETS NO RESPECT FROM CONSPIRACY BUFFS THE NATION'S BIGGEST COMPANIES JUST DON'T updated: Mon May 15 1995 00:01:00

Fortune rarely invokes the phrase "Fortune 50." Others use it all the time. In advertising, it denotes the companies that own the world's best brands--Coke and Pepsi, to name two. In banking, the F...

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