- - Thursday, May 10, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS — Rep. Michele Bachmann ended her Swiss citizenship less than diplomatically Thursday, saying she was giving it up to prove she is a “proud American citizen.”

The Minnesota Republican said Thursday that she had written to the Swiss Consulate asking to withdraw her citizenship just two days after it was first reported that she had taken steps to affirm it.

“I took this action because I want to make it perfectly clear: I was born in America and I am a proud American citizen. I am, and always have been, 100 percent committed to our United States Constitution and the United States of America,” she said.

The move came two days after Swiss TV broke the news that she had registered for Swiss citizenship, which she initially dismissed as a “non-story.” The campaign of her Democratic opponent for re-election, businessman Jim Graves, insinuated she might have divided loyalties.

“Earlier this year, Rep. Michele Bachmann was Iowan, earlier this week she was Swiss and today she’s an American,” Graves campaign spokesman Donald McFarland said in a statement Thursday.


Warren didn’t cite Indian past, but Penn said she had one

BOSTON — Records show that a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in Massachusetts identified her race as “white” on a University of Texas employment record and declined to apply for admission to Rutgers Law School under a program for minority students.

But after leaving Texas in 1987, she joined the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where a report by a committee reviewing the status of minority faculty identifies Ms. Warren as a minority.

The Associated Press obtained the records Thursday on Elizabeth Warren. Her heritage has been under scrutiny after it surfaced that she had listed herself in law school directories as having American Indian heritage.

Incumbent Sen. Scott P. Brown has called on Ms. Warren to release all law school applications and personnel files from the universities where she taught.


Military suspends class with harsh views on Islam

A course for U.S. military officers has been teaching that America’s enemy is Islam in general, not just terrorists, and suggesting that the country might ultimately have to obliterate the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina without regard for civilian deaths.

The Pentagon suspended the course in late April when a student objected to the material. The FBI also changed some agent training last year after discovering that it, too, was critical of Islam.

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