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Law or Lies? Rumors Question Eligibility of Obama and Clinton


Did you guys hear? Barack Obama can't be president because he's not a natural US citizen, and the constitution says Hillary Clinton can't be Secretary of State! Well both rumors have nearly zero chance of becoming reality, but that won't stop people from trying!

A case questioning Barack Obama's US citizenship made it to the US Supreme Court today, where the justices decided against hearing the case in full. But more challenges to his citizenship follow, including a lawsuit filed by Alan Keyes, Obama's opponent in the 2004 Illinois Senate race. Obama, Hawaii, and other experts agree that the president-elect was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born citizen. To find out the questions surrounding the validity of Hillary's appointment, read more.

As for Hillary's eligibility, Article I, Section 6 of the Constitution says:

No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time.

Huh?! To boil the drama down, some say that because the salary for Secretary of State has increased from $186,600 to $191,300 since Hillary got reelected in 2006, she cannot hold the position. Congress is on track to cut the salary back to the $186,000 level and let everyone carry on.

While it looks like there won't be an issue, does it even matter if some legal technicality could disqualify Obama and Clinton so long as they're within the spirit of the Constitution?

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