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Trump: I'll Release Tax Returns When Obama Releases Birth Certificate

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump has promised to disclose the details of his finances if he decides to run for president, but not necessarily his tax returns.

In an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos Monday, he laid out a new condition for their release.

“Maybe I’m going to do the tax returns when Obama does his birth certificate…I’d love to give my tax returns.  I may tie my tax returns into Obama’s birth certificate,” Trump said.

Despite Obama having a certificate of live birth, which is recognized by the State Department and meets the agency's standard for citizenship, Trump believes that is not enough.

"He doesn’t have a birth certificate or he hasn’t provided.  He’s given a certificate of live birth.  It’s a much different instrument," he said.

Earlier this month, Trump said he sent investigators to Hawaii to dig up evidence that the president is lying about being born there.

When asked what they have found, he said, "That’s none of your business right now.  We’re going to see what happens."

Trump said the birther controversy is not his "main issue" and said he "hopes" Obama has his birth certificate.  But this issue is one reason Trump may be sky-rocketing to the top of national polls and is now interviewing candidates for campaign manager, such as Ralph Reed, formerly of the Christian Coalition.

“I’m looking at the poll numbers.  I see what’s happening with this country.  This country is in such trouble,” Trump said.

So what are the odds he’ll run?

“Well, I don’t want to say odds.  I don’t want to put myself in that position I don’t want to put you in that position.  But I will tell you, I love this country.  I hate what’s happening to it and you may very well be surprised,” he said.

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Arizona Governor Vetoes Presidential Birth Certificate Bill

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill Monday that would have required President Obama and all other presidential candidates to prove U.S. citizenship before their names could be placed on the state’s ballot.

She also vetoed legislation that would have allowed individuals to carry weapons on college campuses in the state.

The birth certificate veto comes amid new calls from so-called “birthers,” people who continue to claim that Obama was not born in the U.S. and therefore not eligible to be president.  Hawaii has long certified that the president was born in that state, and courts have rebuffed efforts to allegedly prove otherwise.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports the bill would have required candidates to present certain information to Arizona’s secretary of state.  In announcing her veto, Gov. Brewer said the person holding that office should not have that much authority, adding, “It could lead to arbitrary or politically motivated decisions.”

Concerning the weapons bill, the Daily Sun reports Gov. Brewer vetoed it because she declared it was “poorly written.”  The measure would have allowed persons to carry weapons in the public rights of way going through college campuses, but the governor said the bill never defines what those “public rights of way” are.

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President Obama’s Half-Sister Addresses 'Birther' Conspiracy

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- With businessman and possible GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump resurrecting the birther conspiracy theory, the president’s half-sister has weighed in, saying, “It’s unfortunate.”

“He was born in Hawaii,” President Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, said in an interview with CNN. “There is a tremendous amount of proof that has already been presented. I think that it is time for people put that to bed, to rest completely.”

Soetoro-Ng’s comments come amid a renewed focus on the well-trod ground of the president’s birth certificate.

Trump, the real estate mogul and reality TV star flirting with the idea of a presidential run, has used conspiracy theories surrounding the birth certificate issue to gain publicity. Trump has fanned the flames by falsely claiming the president’s certificate of live birth doesn’t have a serial number or the signature of an official. It has both.

A Fox News poll this month showed 37 percent of Republican voters don’t believe the president was born in the United States.

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Palin Supports The Donald's Birther Efforts

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump has at least one high profile supporter when it comes to his loud and frequent questioning of the circumstances of President Obama’s birth: Sarah Palin.

"I appreciate that the Donald wants to spend his resources on something that so interests him and so many Americans,” the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate said on Fox News. “You know – more power to him.”

For Palin, who is a paid contributor to Fox News, this seems to be a shift in her opinions on the so-called “birther” issue, and its relevance.

"I think that he was born in Hawaii,” Palin told FOX News, “because there was the birth announcement put in the newspaper.  But obviously there is something there that the president doesn't want people to see on that birth certificate, that he sees going to great lengths to make sure it isn't shown.  And that's perplexing for a lot of people."

The president has released a "certificate of live birth," a document that carries the same legal weight as a birth certificate in Hawaii.

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Donald Trump Sends Investigators in Search of Obama's Birth Certificate

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Determined to prove that President Obama wasn't born in the United States, Donald Trump said Thursday that he has sent investigators to Hawaii to dig up evidence that the president is lying about being born there.

The Celebrity Apprentice host, who's toying with the idea of seeking the GOP presidential nomination, has raised a stir by adding his voice to the those in the so-called "birther" movement who believe Obama was born outside the U.S., and therefore, is ineligible to be commander in chief.

Trump told NBC's Today show Thursday, "I have people that actually have been studying it and they cannot believe what they're finding."

While Hawaii officials have certified that Obama is a native-born citizen, Trump mused, "His grandmother in Kenya said he was born in Kenya, and she was there and witnessed the birth.  He doesn't have a birth certificate or he hasn't shown it.  He has what's called a certificate of live birth.  That is something that's easy to get."

The real estate mogul claims the president has spent $2 million in legal fees to cover up the truth.  Still, Trump says he hopes that Obama can produce an authentic birth certificate.

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Donald Trump Steps Up Calls for Obama to Release Birth Certificate

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As multimillionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump mulls a presidential bid, he has turned up the volume on his calls for President Obama to release his own birth certificate. Trump has become so dead set on this issue that on Monday he released a copy of his own birth certificate to Newsmax, a conservative website. It shows that Donald John Trump was born at Jamaica Hospital in New York June 14, 1946, at 10:54 a.m.

"This guy either has a birth certificate or he doesn't," Trump said in an interview on Fox News Monday. "I didn't think this was such a big deal, but I will tell you, it's turning out to be a very big deal because people now are calling me from all over saying please don't give up on this issue."

Trump didn't stop there. In the interview he also called for an investigation into Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who is close to the Obama family and led an unsuccessful effort to make public a copy of the president's birth certificate.

"I think this guy should be investigated," Trump said. "He remembers when Obama was born? Give me a break -- he's just trying to do something for his party."

Abercrombie's efforts were stymied by a Hawaii privacy law that forbids the release of such records without Obama's consent.

The Obama campaign released a "certification of live birth," which is a shorter document that carries the same legal weight as the long one, in 2008.

Trump has brought up the issue again and again. In a recent interview with ABC's The View, he said that Obama has "a terrible pall that's hanging over with him" because of his refusal to release the document.

In 2008, the Obama campaign circulated a "certificate of live birth" showing that the president was born in Hawaii in 1961, but the "birthers" are not convinced. Many continue to believe that Obama, who had an American mother and Kenyan father, was born outside the United States.

In an interview Monday with ABC News, Michael Cohen said what concerns Trump is transparency.

"He made a statement only because it's an issue that has been around now for over four years, and one would think that the president of this great country would pull out his long-form birth certificate, put the entire issue to rest," Cohen said. "But this president who ran on a platform of transparency has decided not to do that."

Cohen, who has been handling some political matters for Trump, including reaching out to Republican leaders and activists in such early nominating states as Iowa, also took issue with comments made by View host Whoopi Goldberg, who suggested that Trump's insistence that Obama release his birth certificate may be racially motivated.

"It's not 'cause he's black, is it?" Goldberg asked Trump last week, "Because I've never heard any white president asked to show the birth certificate." (In his Fox and Friends interview Monday morning Trump said, "I like Whoopi" but called the racism suggestion "insulting.")

Cohen predicted that Trump would continue to bring up the birth certificate issue as he makes up his mind about running for president.

"Mr. Trump always holds people accountable -- that's what he does," Cohen told ABC News, "whether it's a real life business transaction or on The Apprentice."

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Mike Huckabee Falsely Suggests Obama Grew Up in Kenya

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Potential 2012 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said he “would love to know more” about President Obama's birth certificate and mistakenly referred to the president’s experience “growing up in Kenya” in an interview on a New York radio station on Monday.

Huckabee made the comments in an interview with conservative talk radio host Steve Malzberg, who asked the former Arkansas governor whether he thought it was troubling that “we don’t have a health record, we don’t have a college record, we don’t have a birth certificate” for Obama.

“I would love to know more,” said Huckabee, who is a Fox News host and is currently in the midst of a nationwide tour for his new book. "What I know is troubling enough."

“If you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather,” Huckabee said, “their view of the Mau Mau Revolution in Kenya is very different than ours because he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather.”

Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961 and raised there, and spent several years in Indonesia. His father was from Kenya, but Obama did not travel there until later in life.

Hogan Gidley, the director of Huckabee's political action committee, sought to clarify the former governor's remarks on Tuesday.

“Governor Huckabee simply misspoke when he alluded to President Obama growing up in ‘Kenya.’ The Governor meant to say the President grew up in Indonesia," Gidley told ABC News. "When the Governor mentioned he wanted to know more about the President, he wasn’t talking about the President’s place of birth -- the Governor believes the President was born in Hawaii. The Governor would however like to know more about where President Obama’s liberal policies come from and what else the President plans to do to this country -- as do most Americans.” 

Huckabee’s most recent comments contradict statements he made in a Good Morning America interview last week with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. Then, Huckabee dismissed birther conspiracies as “nonsense.”

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Hawaii Legislators Propose Fee for Obama Birth Records

Photo Courtesy - Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images(HONOLULU, Hawaii) -- Five Hawaiian Democratic state legislators have introduced a bill that would allow anyone seeking an original, certified copy of Barack Obama's birth record to obtain one -- for $110.

The measure, introduced in the state legislature last week, would change a state law that currently limits the release of vital documents to persons with a "direct and tangible interest," such as family members.

"I'm hoping that it will also reduce the number of calls that we get and calm the birthers down," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Rida Cabanilla, in an interview.  "It may to a certain extent reduce the conspiracy theories, but at least the fee might reduce the number of frivolous calls asking for explanations about why a copy cannot be released."

The Obama campaign released an electronic copy of his "certification of live birth" in 2008.  But it didn't quiet skeptics who insist, without evidence, that Obama was born in Kenya.  They have flooded phone lines at Hawaii's health department with hundreds of requests for access to original documents.

The certified copy lists the date, hour and location of Obama's birth, as well as the names and races of his parents.  It includes an embossed seal of authenticity from the Department of Health, according to images posted online.

Cabanilla's bill would allow anyone to receive a physical copy of that certification for a fee.

Hawaii's Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, has said ending conspiracy theories surrounding President Obama's birthplace is a priority.  He has conducted his own investigation and recently attested that the original, hand-notated record of Obama's birth exists in state archives.

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Hawaii Gov. Says Proof of Obama's Birth Certificate Exists

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(HONOLULU) -- Officials in Hawaii say they have located President Obama's birth certificate indicating that he was born in the state, but have yet to produce the document at the heart of a long-simmering conspiracy theory.

"Our investigation is showing, it actually exists in the archives written down," Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie told Honolulu's Star-Advertiser.

"What I can do, and all I have ever said, is that I am going to see to it as governor that I can verify to anyone who is honest about it that this is the case," he told the paper.

Abercrombie said the controversy over publicly producing the document "has a political implication for 2012 that we simply cannot have."

It remains unclear if the document found in the archives was Obama's actual long-form birth certificate, which "birther" activists have clamored for, or if it was simply a record that such a document exists.

Since the 2008 election, conspiracy theorists and political opponents have suggested the president was not actually born in Hawaii and is therefore not a U.S. citizen eligible for the office.

The newly elected Democrat governor, and a college friend of Obama's parents, vowed soon after taking office in December that he would track down the birth certificate and lay the rumors to rest.

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