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Obama Looks to End Birthplace Debate With Release of Certificate

President Barack Obama yesterday sought to end persistent questions from some political opponents about his birthplace by releasing a copy of his long-form birth certificate and decrying the “silliness” of the controversy.

Obama said the issue should have been considered settled during the 2008 campaign and that he has been “puzzled at the degree to which this thing just kept on going,” even as the U.S. faces debates over such matters as the federal debt.