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Birther Timeline
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September 13, 2005 Congressional Research Service publishes
US Citizenship of Persons Born in the United States to Alien Parents
.” Report.  “The Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Fourteenth Amendment, ratified in 1868, extended birthright citizenship to African-Americans, but the United States Supreme Court made clear that although
U.S.-born children of aliens were U.S. citizens regardless of the alienage and national origin of their parents, Native Americans still were not U.S. citizens under the terms of those laws. Native Americans were made U.S. citizens by statute.” February 10, 2007 Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) announces that he is a candidate for the office of President of the United States in the 2008 election. USA Today
March 01, 2007 Senator John McCain (R-AZ) announces on the David Letterman Show that he is a candidate for the office of President of the United States in the 2008 election. Fox News
February 13, 2008 claims John McCain is not eligible to run for President
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 February 21, 2008 (“Exposing and combating Liberal Media Bias”) poses the question: “Is John McCain a Naturalized Citizen, a US National, or a Natural Born Citizen?”
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February 25, 2008 publishes report on John McCain's eligibility February 28, 2008 NYT publishes  “McCain’s Canal Zone Birth Prompts Queries About Whether That Rules Him Out”  February 28, 2008 Jonathon Turley publishes Does John McCain Have an Alexander Hamilton Problem? A Constitutional Challenge May Loom Over McCain’s Eligibility for PresidentMarch 2008 Rumors start on the Internet that Senator Obama was born in Kenya. The posts are few and far between. See Secret Origin of the Birthers March 14, 2008
Hollander v. McCain et al 
 filed in New Hampshire Federal District Court. Docket. Plaintiff Fred Hollander challenges Sen. McCain's eligibility to serve as President of the United States, due to his birth in the Panama Canal Zone.
This is the first McCain Birther lawsuit.
 April 2, 2008 During a pause in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing [page 12] Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) tells Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff that he believes John McCain is a natural born citizen and eligible to serve as President and asks if that is Chertoff’s belief. Sec. Chertoff states “My assumption and my understanding is that if you are born of American parents, you are naturally a natural-born American citizen.” This is the
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only testimony on Sen. McCain’s eligibility in a Congressional Hearing. Video [38.05] April 10, 2008 Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Claire McCas
kill (D-Mo.) introduce a resolution expressing the sense of the U.S. Senate that presidential candidate and current Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) is a ‘natural born Citizen,’ as specified in the Constitution and eligible to run for President. Resolution and Press Release May 2, 2008 Michael Dobbs reports in the Washington Post that he was shown a copy of John McCain’s birth certificate by a McCain senior staffer. “Citizen McCain
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 May 2, 2008 debunks rumors that "His true name is Barak Hussein Muhammed Obama" and “Obama ... gave almost a million dollars to the (Kenya) opposition campaign who just happened to be his cousin, Raila Odinga.” Reveals that they had requested a copy of Senator Obama’s birth certificate to debunk the middle name rumors, but that “the campaign would not release it.” May 12th, 2008 addresses claim that John McCain isn’t a natural born citizen. June 3, 2008 Senator Obama clinches the Democratic nomination and becomes