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The GOP's Hidden Campaign Against Obama
Bill Boyarsky

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If the election is tight, two Republican tactics -- one well known and the other just emerging from the political sewer -- could be enough to defeat President Barack Obama. If the election is tight, two Republican tactics—one well known and the other just emerging from the political sewer—could be enough to defeat President Barack Obama.

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The "Real Time" host battles the birthers, "the far-right goofballs who claim Obama wasn't really born in Hawaii and therefore the job of president goes to the runner-up, Miss California Carrie Prejean." [Video fixed]

Anti-Obama Author Deported From Kenya

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Jerome Corsi's scheduled visit to Kenya to promote his latest book, "The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality," was cut short after local authorities, who claimed that Corsi didn't have the right permit, arrested the author and sent him packing on a plane to Europe on Tuesday.

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Here come the goons, right on schedule. The "author," and I use the term loosely, whose vicious lies damaged John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign has crawled back out from under his rock to spew vicious lies about Barack Obama.

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There are two major veterans groups trying to make a splash in this year's election, one conservative and the other broadly liberal. Both, says NPR's Peter Overby, will attempt to have an impact on the order of the 2004 efforts of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. It sounds like the anti-war group will have the edge this year.

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The Democratic race for president has descended to "a level of meanness and acrimony that is damaging to American politics," the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth said today.

Kucinich Under Fire

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Rep. Dennis Kucinich is back in Cleveland and fighting for his political survival as his longtime corporate opponents finance a Swift-boat-style media onslaught to take over his congressional seat. Here he fires back and makes his case for why Cleveland, and the country, needs his voice in Congress now more than ever.

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Conspirators with a "Swift boat" style are looking at the Illinois senator and sharpening their knives. One of their delicious subjects of attention is the candidate's provocative spiritual adviser.

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