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Today's Headlines for October 2, 2009


U.S. advice for anxious Gulf states: Buy our missile defense system

EU Diplomat: Iran, 6 World Powers to Meet Again in October

Pentagon Officials Say Missile Defense Shift 'Not About Russia'


Another Chicago boy critically beaten: 'Blood all over street'

White House Blogs About Glenn Beck NewsBusters, By Noel Sheppard-- Just how afraid of Glenn Beck are Barack Obama and Company? So afraid they've actually started blogging about him to refute statements made on his program by either himself OR his guests.

Palin cover unveiled... She just doesn't take a bad picture!!!

Frantic search as Indonesia quake toll tops 1,000...

Millionaire Michael Moore: 'Capitalism Did Nothing for Me'...

'Hammer and sickle' Obama billboard draws attention...

Taiwan unveils hydrogen-powered cellphone chargers...


Michigan: Record low temps -- breaks 1935 cold...

Record low tied at Daytona Beach...

Cold snap fills up homeless shelters in Idaho...

Defining Natural-Born Citizen

By P.A.Madison

UPDATED 3/4/09

What might the phrase “natural-born citizen” of the United States imply under the U.S. Constitution? The phrase has always been obscure due to the lack of any single authoritative source to confer in order to understand the condition of citizenship the phrase recognizes. Learning what the phrase might have meant following the Declaration of Independence, and the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment, requires detective work. As with all detective work, eliminating the usual suspects from the beginning goes a long way in quickly solving a case.

What Natural-Born Citizen Could Not Mean

Could a natural-born citizen simply mean citizenship due to place of birth?

Unlikely in the strict sense because we know one can be native born and yet not a native born citizen of this country prior to the year 1866. There were even disputes whether anyone born within the District of Columbia or in the territories were born citizens of the United States (they were generally referred to as “inhabitants” instead.) National Government could make no “territorial allegiance” demands within the several States because as Madison explained it, the “powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”

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