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April 25th, 2011
11:59 PM ET

Trump claims Obama birth certificate 'missing'

Editor's note: Tune in to AC360° Tuesday beginning at 10 p.m. ET to see the remainder of Gary Tuchman's investigation into President Barack Obama's birthplace. Tuchman speaks with Hawaii’s Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie who says he knew Obama’s parents decades ago. Abercrombie weighs in on the controversy over Obama’s birthplace and explains why he has not released Obama’s birth certificate like he said he would.

(CNN) – Real estate mogul Donald Trump's latest claim about President Obama's birth certificate is that it's missing.

"Well I've been told very recently, Anderson, that the birth certificate is missing," Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday. "I've been told that it's not there or it doesn't exist. And if that's the case it's a big problem."

When asked from whom he received the information, Trump said he didn't want to say and that he feels bad about the situation.

"I'd love for him to produce his birth certificate so that you can fight one-on-one," Trump said in an interview set to air Monday. "If you look at what he's doing to fuel prices, you can do a great fight one-on-one, you don't need this issue."

CNN's Gary Tuchman also interviewed the former director of the Hawaii Department of Health, who said she has seen the original birth certificate in the vault at the Department of Health.
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April 25th, 2011
09:48 PM ET

Birthplace Facts, Not Birther Fiction: Join the Live Chat

A 360° investigation tonight. Keeping Them Honest, out Gary Tuchman went to Hawaii and chased down the facts on Pres. Obama's birthplace. Plus, we talk to perhaps the best-known 'birther,' Donald Trump. Hear what he has to say about our investigation. And, the inside scoop on the royal wedding. An up close look at designer of Kate Middleton's gown.

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April 25th, 2011
07:43 PM ET

AC360 Preview: Was Pres. Obama born in the United States?

New York (CNN) - Even though there is ample evidence to establish that President Obama was born in Hawaii, the questions and doubts about Obama’s birthplace – and, therefore, his constitutional eligibility to serve in the nation’s highest office - have continued to come up in the two and half years since his inauguration. Most recently, outspoken real estate developer and potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has raised serious doubts about Obama’s birthplace and now is even suggesting that the president’s original Hawaii birth certificate is missing.

So we headed to Hawaii to see for ourselves what hard evidence we could find that would prove once and for all that President Obama was born in Honolulu on August 4th, 1961.
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April 25th, 2011
06:45 PM ET

Witnesses: Libyan government forces shelling civilian areas of Misrata

Tripoli, Libya (CNN) - Libyan government forces directed their assault Monday on civilian areas of Misrata, resulting in a number of civilian casualties, witnesses said.

"It's just hell," said Marie Colvin, a foreign affairs correspondent for the Sunday Times of London, who has been in the city for a week. "Civilian neighborhoods are being decimated as we speak." She said that at least 10 people had been killed and at least 30 others wounded.

But figures were difficult to confirm; CNN was not in the city.

A resident of Misrata who asked to be identified only as Mohammed said Monday that six people were killed in the morning.

A doctor at a hospital in Misrata put the number of dead Sunday at 16, with 71 wounded.

The indiscriminate shelling began after rebel forces routed forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi from the city center early Sunday, Colvin said. The rout came after rebels moved from building to building along Tripoli Street, the main boulevard, ousting government forces, she said. Twenty-five rebels were killed in one day, and an undetermined number of Gadhafi soldiers were killed, she said.

Asked about the rebel army, she laughed. "We're talking about an army of shopkeepers, engineers, car mechanics," she said. "Very, very few trained military."

At the fruit and vegetable market, government tanks that had been hidden under loading bays were set afire over the weekend. Their position there underscored the difficulty of NATO airstrikes in discriminating between government forces and civilians.

Since then, stationed on the city's edge, government forces have been firing shells randomly into residential neighborhoods of the city, she said.

"It's a free-fire zone on civilians," she said from the hospital, where she said she had seen casualties that ranged "from loss of limbs to an 8-year-old boy struck in the ankle by shrapnel. He'll keep the foot, but he was in bad shape."

Outside, a white tent served as a triage area; a refrigerator truck was packed with bodies.

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April 25th, 2011
04:45 PM ET

Letters to the President: #826 'When is war the answer?'

Reporter's Note: President Obama has been trying to pressure some world leaders who are leading their portions of the world in dangerous directions. As I note in today’s letter, that leads inevitably to a very difficult question.

Dear Mr. President,

Around my neighborhood over the past several years I have seen signs posted in yards, which say “War is not the answer.” And every time I find myself muttering, “That depends on the question.”

Yes, I’m being snarky, and I’m sure that many folks would be hugely insulted, but it is on my mind lately as I’ve watched you wrestle week after week with events in the Middle East. In a practical sense, each time that you decide whether we should take diplomatic, economic, or military action against some reprehensible regime, you are considering whether war might, in fact, be the answer.

And in my experience, there are times when common sense tells you that sometimes it is. Tragic? Certainly. Avoidable to a point and to be avoided as long as possible? Yes. A measure of our failure to settle disputes by more reasonable means? Absolutely.

And yet, in the end, at times war is the answer nonetheless.
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April 25th, 2011
03:45 PM ET

Royal wedding brings back memories of Princess Diana

Editor's note: Bonnie Fuller is the president and editor-in-chief of HollywoodLife.com and HollyBaby.com. She was formerly the chief editorial director of American Media Inc. and the editor-in-chief of Us Weekly, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and YM magazines.

(CNN) - I'll never forget watching Lady Diana Spencer tie the knot with Charles, the Prince of Wales, on July 29, 1981. Like most women in the Western world, I'd been obsessed with "The Royal Engagement" since the shocking announcement that Charles was finally giving up his single status at the fairly old age of 32, to marry the adorable 20-year-old Diana.

I was as naïve as the poor unsuspecting Diana and had no idea that this wasn't a real fairy tale romance. I breathlessly read the stories about how the pair had met through her older sister, Sarah Spencer, whom Charles had once dated! And I closely followed the endless speculation about who would design Diana's dress.

If you think that the media and the public have gone hog wild over Prince Williams' wedding to Kate Middleton, you'd be surprised by how we were whipped into even more of a royal frenzy by the Diana and Charles nuptials.

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