July 29, 2009
Posted: 1452 GMT

Hello again, everyone...

First of all, Isha Sesay is pulling double-duty today. So, she'll be presenting both editions of the I-Desk.

On today's rundown, we're expecting to go live to Nigeria, where the bloodshed continues. Hundreds are dead. And, there does not seem to be any end in sight.

Also, a HUGE online search coup by Microsoft and Yahoo. The two major internet companies are joining forces. So, what does that mean for you? And, what does it mean for Google, which has dominated online searches in recent years? Our Correspondent, Nicole Lapin, is joining us to help figure things out.

Speaking of the internet, there's an on-going debate raging online about Pres. Barack Obama's birthplace. By all accounts, he was born in Hawaii in 1961. In fact, we have the updated computer printout of his "certificate of live birth" from Hawaii, to prove it. BUT, opponents on the right are raising questions about the legitimacy of those documents. They claim Mr. Obama was born in Kenya, which according to the U.S. Constitution, would not make him eligible to become president. We're bringing you both sides of this heated debate... and, we invite you to comment on it below.

That's it... See you tonight, at the I-Desk.

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UKUTEGBE ELTON   July 29th, 2009 3:42 pm ET


kola Emmanuel. NIGERIA.   July 29th, 2009 4:42 pm ET

Those disputing with the originality of the president's birth certificate should go contact his mother in the grave yard if they are not satisfied. ILORIN, NIGERIA.

roya   July 29th, 2009 5:34 pm ET

Hello; why doesnt CNN give coverage on killing, wounding and kidnapping the Mojahedin in Ashraf camp in Iraq...we did not give our sons and daughters as soldiers to bring this kind of democracy to Iraq...please give coverage and tell Kurds to back off...or Pahlavi or regime of Iran...whoever has a hand in CNN with them by not giving coverage? thanks

grover   July 29th, 2009 7:23 pm ET

I think google is too dominating so together [yahoo + microsoft] could give them a good competetion leding to more innovative tools.

Daniel Ndiomo   July 29th, 2009 7:43 pm ET

hi there am just worried about the situation now with the obama birth place shame. i think they should just let him rule in peace, he is trying to move the country out of its deepest recesson.

Jerry   July 29th, 2009 7:43 pm ET

If Obama was born Barry Obama, why does his birth certificate say Obama? He never showed us his real certificate, only a copy. Anyone can make a fake copy... Barry is hiding something. He needs to come clean. America has been duped.

Jeff C   July 29th, 2009 7:44 pm ET

Do American's have anything else to do but complain and try to find ways to get rid of a president that seems to actually be doing what he can to help them? Boggles my mind. Even if he is not a born and bred American... he could obtain his citizenship and fulfil the the requirement. Sigh.... support the man and stop being so petty.... and bigoted!

Bola Owolabi   July 29th, 2009 7:44 pm ET

Birth Certificate issue? LOL!!! This is nothing more than clutching at straws for a dying republican party .

Nick   July 29th, 2009 7:45 pm ET

I'm sorry but this just proves the right wings bitterness that Obama is now president. That women who claimed he was a citizen of Kenya clearly is just basing evidence on hear-say instead of genuine fact. Their is evidence supporting his birth on US soil and just speculation that he isn't, their is no debate, just a bunch of people who just don't want him President

Bob   July 29th, 2009 7:46 pm ET

President Obama has been proven, beyond reasonable doubt, that he was born in Hawaii. There is no debate. This is not news. Stop giving it airtime.

shamir   July 29th, 2009 7:47 pm ET

why this debate now they should have done this quite along time ago.I bet if it were a genuine concern they wouldnt have let him run for the presidency anyway.lets all shut up and give him all of our support

zebber   July 29th, 2009 7:49 pm ET

Why doesn't president Obama just show everyone his Birth Certificate? The "Certificate of Live Birth" is NOT a Birth Certificate, there is a difference. Basically, the difference is that a mother may request a "Certificate of Live Birth" for children not born in the state. Note on a Birth Certificate, the attending physician is named, as is the hospital where the baby is delivered; this is NOT named on a "Certificate of Live Birth" as it is not a Birth Certificate.
So to quiet all the claims, and to dismiss all legal challenges, why doesn't president Obama simply show everyone his Birth Certificate, rather than continuing to spend money (to date over one million dollars has been spent on lawyers by president Obama) and fight in the courts?

Guilliano Kamstra (Holland)   July 29th, 2009 7:49 pm ET

Racism still exist around the world, my opinion is, it doesnt matter where peoples come from or where they are born to be president. If they do a good job, why should you be worried!?,
Do you think john mc cain should have done a better job then this president? Barack obama didnt say its easy to fix this job, he said he will try.. atleast he is honest.. some president say false promises to the citizens. I love this president, hes new in the white house, just give him some time. Would you have done a great job, if you are new as a president? everybody starts with no experience and they built up experience over time.. thanks

Matt Bennett   July 29th, 2009 7:50 pm ET

Re the birth debate and the 'stupidly' comment ..... Why does America and the media focus on comments from small right wing extremists and cover events that would gain little interest in other countries – there is a much more important issue of healthcare which could potentially extend and even save the lives of millions in America. Is it that the average American lacks intelligence ?

Doug   July 29th, 2009 7:50 pm ET

It is like my favorite line from Beetlejuice-"I'm going crazy and I'm taking you with me." It seems to me that there is a lot of wishful thinking on the part of the "Wing Nuts", but not a whole hell of a lot of common sense. The good news in all of this is that the Republican Party seems to be coming apart at the seams with no leadership to speak of. Maybe the next seven and a half years will bring the election of another Democrat to follow President Obama. That would really be nice to have common sense leadership for 16 years in a row.

Keith (I)   July 29th, 2009 7:50 pm ET

The birth debate would have been overlong ago if Obama had presented the necessary evidence during the campaign when all of this started. This is obviously more than right-wing fanatics with conspiracy theories; this is in, and has been, in court since last year. If Obama was born in Hawaii, then he should (A) produce a birth certificate "we can believe in," and (B) get his story straight with his sister as to which hospital he was born in.

Esther Agbon   July 29th, 2009 7:51 pm ET

i think this is just cheap blackmail, and it is racist. i am glad the birth certificate is in the public domain and hopefully will put a stop to this ugly trend.

Kayode   July 29th, 2009 7:53 pm ET

"I want my country back"... sounds irrational ! I think the GOP is going too radical and it makes them look absolutely racist. This is heading to a point of breaking the fundamentals of US rule of law and true justice. If GOP didn't believe in the rule of law that certified Obama birth certificate, then they should go to hell...

haroni   July 29th, 2009 7:53 pm ET

I always watch CNN and i think it is the best

Rosanne, The Netherlands   July 29th, 2009 7:54 pm ET

Ah, you have to give the conspiracy theorists a little bit of credit! If you have a bad day just read of few theories and your day is a lot better! LOL, the things they come up with. It is just laugheble.

LIBBY GADSEN   July 29th, 2009 7:55 pm ET

Lou Dobbs and the “Birthers” are just a distraction for what really matters like Audit the Fed and the Neocons wanting to invade Iran. CNN should fire Lou Dobbs. Obama’s birth certificate and birth announcement is all over the internet; oh please get over it.

Jessica Weeks   July 29th, 2009 7:59 pm ET

Hello, I'm a ninetheen year old University student studying in the netherlands. I make it my business to follow amercan news and think it's utterly ridiculous that there is still any question as to the president's birthplace. It has already been confirmed by the officials and should be put to rest . How much longer wil the republicans let there own personal feelings about the President cloud thier minds and Judgment to the truth. the fact that this, is still an issue is beyond me and this just proves that even thought the american poeple have called for change, the politics in America is still THE SAME.

Winston T. Grant   July 29th, 2009 8:03 pm ET

The stupidity and innate racism of MY native country manifests itself -AGAIN-to our public chagrin and disgrace.
How many of us have to die defending the 'land of the free, and the home of the brave'–before we are considered GOOD ENOUGH to LEAD?The males in my family have fought for THE FREEDOM OF THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS SINCE BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR-BEFORE WE WERE CONSIDERED HUMAN!!-Doubtless I have younger cousins, nieces and nephews who are fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq,East Timor, the horn of Africa,Korea,Eastern europe..
In another land , 400 years would have been enough vetting time–clearly there are those, even in the (arguably) most advanced society on Earth, who continue to wait for proof.
What ELSE must we do for you?
Obama is the BEST our country has at this time-otherwise, he wouldn't have WON.
His vanquished opponents can't seem to get past the idea that he is an even PARTIALLY Black man- and that they owe him respect -and that speaks VOLUMES about who "americans' actually ARE, versus who they SAY they are. Sad day for the" United " States of America.

Abdul ireland   July 29th, 2009 8:07 pm ET

Those that think President Obama is not American should go and find something better do, instead of trying to stir unecassary trouble

jeffrey   July 29th, 2009 8:14 pm ET

The current debate on the birthplace of Obama when evidence clearly points to his citizenship is a clear example of racism still rooted in the American culture. It is clear to me that some white racists are not comfortable with a black man in White house.

Nina, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.   July 29th, 2009 8:21 pm ET

I am rather surprised and dissappointed that the Republican party is indulging in this fruitless debate over Barak Obama's birthplace especially when the fact is so readily verifiable.
I would rather they spend the time in constructive analysis of the future of their party and re-strategise on presenting a more focused challenge to the Democratic party come next election.
This debate is petty and an unnecessary distraction to the business at hand of shoring up American's economy, which Obama seems to have got a good grip on.

Micheal   July 29th, 2009 8:23 pm ET

This is nothing but outright anti black. They are pained that president Obama has made alot of progress since coming into office against their expectation. The woman at the town hall meeting is a racist and white supremist who thinks the only good president in America is a white man even if he makes the Americans beggers and a nobody in the world as long as he or she is white then he is the best. It is time such people grow up and see the good in president Obama and not the 'PHD' attitude. (PHD) means pull him down.

Bernardo Lopez   July 29th, 2009 8:30 pm ET

What a FAKE! Typeface is obviously from a modern computer. Would have been typwritten in 1961.This is not the a real birth certificate. It all modern type form and no hospital is listed; Mine shows the hospital ,time ,date, mother maiden name and father name and their occupation and nation of origin of those parents.Much more complete than that fake . And also, mine is from 1967 and looks alot more of that time period (the typewriter was the only device used at that time)

G. PATRICK   July 29th, 2009 8:32 pm ET

I want to comment here///

It goes to show what the Right Wing. Has done here is set a agenda, after all we went throught to get this man Elected. It's WRONG....
Hannady and Combs. Pat Bucannon etc. all those eve. talk shows done every eve. on national TV! is spread their Hate about this president. lever mind the Henry Louis Gates Jr B&W Case! who really has an agenda here in America.!

The R,Wing Sore Loosers...

Roland Egenolf (Germany)   July 29th, 2009 8:45 pm ET

One´s more you have shown the ugly face of the biased liberal mainstream-media! Frankly, the evidences that Barack Hussein Obama was born in Africa are overwhelming:
First, there´s a difference between a "Certification of Live Birth" and the "Birth Certificate"! Barack Obama has still not published his birth certificate, only an easily-forged electronic copy of a short-form document that is not even officially accepted in Hawaii, called "Certification of Live Bearth".
Second, there´s the contention by Barack Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, that Mr. Obama was born in a particular Hawaiian hospital, only to claim that it was in a different hospital several years later. And, most recently, Barack Hussein Obama has contradicted himself, in writing, regarding the name of the hospital where he claims to have been born.
Fourth, there´s the posting of law enforcement personnel at the two hospitals in Honolulu mentioned by Ms. Soetoro-Ng in an effort to block the press from discovering the truth about the birth certificate.
Fifth, there´s a taped phone conversation with Mr. Obama's step-grandmother in Kenya, who claims that she was present at his birth... in what is now called Kenya!
And sixth is the "Certification of Live Birth" posted on the Obama campaign website and other liberal websites itself. Since Barack Obama was born in 1961, long before laser printers and office computers, his original birth certificate would be typewritten ... unlike the laser printed "copy" purported to be genuine.

Marian Nielsen   July 29th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

What a nonsense. If there were any doubts that should have been checked before he was sworn in or even stood for President. It's indeed very sad and opportunistic for the extremists in the Republican Party who know they stand no chance and are just trying different diversionary tactics. No wonder they covered/obscured their faces in shame as they could not face the world. Poor loosers! The man is doing a lot of what he promised and needs everyone's support. He is focused as he should be on what he came into office to do.

Bode Faleti   July 30th, 2009 5:55 am ET

The debate about the birthplace of President Barack Obama should have started and ended before his inauguration as President...why does this become an issue now...Let every American allow his presidency without all sorts of "debates"....LAGOS, NIGERIA

Md. Aseer Jubair Khan Majlish.   July 30th, 2009 6:50 am ET

I think President Obama's real birth place is hawai. Though I think that there should be more debate to clear this thing out.

Red, Philippines   July 31st, 2009 6:51 am ET

In Regards to the Presidents Nationality Dispute in my opinion this is just some people not willing to accept their defeat in the election, also this is starting to look to me as a racist action in which they do not want and African-American President all in all. These sorts dirty politics is what America does not need right now.

sandra warner   July 31st, 2009 7:55 pm ET

Why is this now after the election and why was it not way before ?it just seems to me that people still dont get it president Obama was voted in by the people and lots of them so let him do his job for the next four years and then you will have another chance and stop this.

Seyi   July 31st, 2009 8:24 pm ET

The blood shed experienced in Nigeria is not a religious unrest by Islamic militants but a political issue which 'unfortunately, the Hausa tribe whom most are muslims' were used as tools.

However, it has been reported today that the leader of the gang was shot dead by the government forces

Hishambnlz   August 2nd, 2009 7:45 pm ET

Hi everyone,
well roya,your point of view i not true,everyone can prove it . cnn is the only channel that does believe in honnest journalism,it takes to say it is not.
we have to "create a balance"between what we have in mind and what is going on in reality.

The King Of The World   August 4th, 2009 1:32 pm ET

About "Google". Why google is dominated?

Why? Because Im using google for enything. The King Of The World using Google for enything, so they are dominated.

Google is shy, but very creative and hard-working.

Fawad Ali   August 4th, 2009 2:41 pm ET

Those who are disputing over President's birth certificate are just exhibiting how pathetic losers they are. Is there any thing left in their repertoire of lies which they can use against the President, how about accusing him for being an actual alien from Mars.

Maureen Dowd will probably write an entire sitcom on that.

Louis   August 7th, 2009 11:24 pm ET

People are ignoring the fact that Obama is hiding his personal records. No president in modern times has done that. He is hiding not only his birth certificate but also his college records at three universities, his medical records, his records in former political office, and his political donor list. He is not just hiding them, he has paid lawyers a million dollars so far to make sure they stay hidden. Don't you want to know why he is hiding these things? As a college student he traveled to Pakistan at a time when no one could travel to that country on a US passport. So what passport did he use? You don't want to know? You think it doesent matter? He is leading this country into an explosion of civil unrest, not a unifier but the most divisive leader in my lifetime (60+years). Don't you want to know who he is?

mehran   August 8th, 2009 3:47 pm ET

The reasons to name fraud the election:
1- Befor election khamenei told to 9th military- intellegent government : go and plan for next 4-year governing.
2- before counting the votes, governmental journals stated ahmadinejad became president. Before confirmation of guard council, khamenei approved the election and say congardulate the nation which was against the law.
3- Document from inside the government overtured that mousavi was winer, but they killed the man who overtured the document pretending it was an accident.
4- if the government is right why they dont even permit one time people can protest in the streets. and why Hesbollah from lebanon are killing Iranians in Iran.
5- if they are right why do they kill brave unarmed people with the guns and kinves?.
6- It is impossible that most people vote somebody and tell them the other man is elected, ahmadinejad is selected, and khamenei is sunken and is drunk of dictatorism. he cant even stand the selected religious people, confimed by regime like mousavi and karubi.

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