August 30th, 2010
11:29 AM ET

Obama on his citizenship: 'The facts are the facts, right?'

Steve Brusk
CNN Political Coverage Manager

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(CNN) – President Obama dismissed on Sunday the results of recent polls that show a significant portion of the population have doubts about his citizenship and believe he is a Muslim.

In an interview with NBC's Brian Williams on Sunday, Obama said "the facts are the facts, right?" But said "there is a mechanism, a network of misinformation that in a new media era can get churned out there constantly."

"I can't spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead," the president added.

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Filed under: President Barack Obama • Steve Brusk
August 30th, 2010
10:33 AM ET

How to use frequent flyer miles for low-cost, high value trips

Chris Guillebeau
AC360° Contributor

As regular readers know, I use Frequent Flyer miles to go all over the world several times a year. I’ve written before about how to earn miles without flying, and how you can become your own travel ninja through mass mileage accrual.

Once you earn miles, however, you need to make a plan for using them. One of the saddest facts in the Frequent Flyer world is that every year, millions of miles go to waste. Help stamp out mileage expiration!

Use your miles… but use them wisely. Here’s how.

Filed under: Chris Guillebeau • Travel
August 30th, 2010
09:49 AM ET

Letters to the President #588: 'On Race: Two Roads Diverge'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

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Reporter's Note: President Obama has often talked about the need for our nation to engage the issue of race. Although I don’t suppose the shenanigans in DC this weekend is what he had in mind.

Dear Mr. President,

Of course, you know what happened in downtown DC this weekend: Conservative talk host, Glenn Beck, held a massive rally on the spot of Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and a liberal counter rally was organized to accuse him of hijacking black history. I haven’t wasted much time thinking about the whole circus, but I have been thinking about this notion of race once again. And that has me thinking about my wife and driving.

August 30th, 2010
09:08 AM ET

Glenn Beck's 'Honor' rally: What you missed

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(CNN) - Conservative commentator Glenn Beck says his revival-style rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday was about restoring America's honor and returning the country to the values on which it was founded.

Tens of thousands of people showed up for the event, which also featured former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Beck insists the rally was nonpolitical, but the event, which took place on the 47th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, and in the same place, was not without controversy.

The message: Support the troops; return to God.

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Filed under: Glenn Beck • Raw Politics • T1
August 30th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Marking anniversary, Obama praises NOLA's resilience

CNN Wire Staff

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) - Calling the federal response to Hurricane Katrina "a shameful breakdown in government," President Barack Obama said Sunday as rebuilding continues, officials are looking ahead to avoid a repeat when future disasters strike.

Speaking at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans to mark the fifth anniversary of Katrina, Obama said construction of a fortified levee system to protect the city is underway and will be finished by next year, "We should not be playing Russian roulette every hurricane season," he said.

"There is no need to dwell on what you experienced and what the world witnessed," the president said, speaking to a crowd that included current New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and members of Louisiana's Congressional delegation.

"We all remember it keenly - water pouring through broken levees; mothers holding their children above the waterline; people stranded on rooftops begging for help; and bodies lying in the streets of a great American city," Obama said. "It was a natural disaster but also a man-made catastrophe; a shameful breakdown in government that left countless men and women and children abandoned and alone."

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