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Judge says McCain is a 'natural born citizen'
A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit seeking to remove John McCain from the California ballot because he was born in the Panama Canal Zone.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit seeking to remove John McCain from the California ballot because he was born in the Panama Canal Zone.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled late Tuesday that the law at the time of McCain's birth automatically granted citizenship to offspring of U.S. citizens.

McCain's parents were both citizens when McCain was born Aug. 29, 1936, in the Panama Canal Zone, a U.S. territory where his father was stationed with the U.S. Navy.

Alsup said Congress passed a law the following year specifically to "remove any doubt as to persons in Sen. McCain's circumstances in the Canal Zone," thus "retroactively rendering Sen. McCain a natural born citizen, if he was not one already."

The Constitution requires that only "natural born" citizens hold the presidency, a term on which the Founding Fathers did not elaborate.

The judge also said the plaintiff, Markham Robinson, chairman of the American Independent Party, had no standing to file the lawsuit because he is not a candidate for president.

McCain said last February that the issue was put to rest 44 years ago when Republican Barry Goldwater sought the presidency. Goldwater was born in Arizona when it was a territory.

 
Panama's Torrijos Sees No `Impediment' to U.S. Trade Accord
 Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Panama's President Martin Torrijos said there was ``no impediment'' to the U.S. Congress passing a trade agreement with his country following the resignation of a political ally wanted for the murder of an American soldier.

Torrijos, in an interview with Bloomberg Television today, also said he was ``concerned'' about inflation, now at its fastest in 27 years. He said food and transport subsidies, as well as lower taxes, will shield the country's poor from the worst effects without reducing growth that may reach 8 percent to 9 percent this year.

U.S. lawmakers have held up the accord with Panama, in the works for at least four years, after the election of National Assembly President Pedro Miguel Gonzalez, who is under indictment in the U.S. for killing an American soldier in 1992. Gonzalez resigned Sept. 1, clearing a major obstacle to congress' approval of the trade agreement with the Central American nation.

``There's no longer any impediment for looking at a free trade agreement with Panama,'' Torrijos said.
 
Panama Recognizes Cuba’s Dignity and Sovereignty

Panama City, Sept 12, (RHC).— Panama´s National Solidarity with Cuba Committee praised on Thursday the Cuban people´s dignity and sovereignty above any personal and material well being.

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Panama Must Remilitarize to Strengthen Regional Security

Monday, September 15, 2008

Panama Must Remilitarize to Strengthen Regional Security

By Jerry Brewer

Panama's pivotal role within Latin America, as it pertains to its homeland security, has now reached a crescendo.  After all, the unique geographical position of the isthmus nation makes it the hub and gateway from South to Central America.  The importance, strategic location, and security of the Panama Canal also call for critical attention. 

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Panama Canal Renews Alliance With Georgia Ports Authority

The Panama Canal Authority on Sept. 9 moved to renew its strategic partnership with the Georgia Ports Authority for three more years.

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