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Arizona Passes 'Birther' Bill

PHOENIX, Ariz - The Arizona Legislature gave final approval to a proposal that would require President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove they are U.S. citizens before
their names can appear on the state's ballot.

Arizona would become the first state to require such proof if Gov. Jan Brewer signs the measure into law. Thirteen other states have considered similar proposals this year.

So-called "birthers" have argued since the last presidential election that Obama is ineligible for the nation's highest elected office because he was actually born in Kenya, his father's
homeland.

Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama's citizenship, and his Hawaiian birth certificates have been made public. The bill won final approval from the state House in a 40-16.

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