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Another Obama visit, another three violations of restricted airspace


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President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at LAX, Thursday, May 10, 2012. Obama left Los Angeles Thursday after a series of campaign fundraisers.

For breaking temporary no-fly zones in restricted areas, NORAD dispacted F-16 fighter jets to intercept three general aviation aircraft this week during President Barack Obama's short fundraising trip to Los Angeles.

On Thursday morning, two F-16 fighters, under the direction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, intercepted a single engine Cessna 206 around 9:00 am, and a single engine Cherokee PA 28 at approximately 9:30 am PDT.

On Wednesday, an F-16 fighter jet intercepted a Cessna 117 northwest of Los Angeles around 4:50 p.m. forcing the plane to land at Camarillo.

The FAA is investigating the incidents, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer in an email statement to the Associated Press.

Previous planes to violate the president's protected airspace include:


Obama-related traffic brings out 'The Californians' in us


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President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at Los Angeles International Airport, Thursday, May 10, 2012, in Los Angeles. Obama returns June 6 for a series of campaign fundraisers.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to attend fundraisers on Wednesday and Thursday in Los Angeles, bringing out The Californians in all of us. Translation: Let's talk about traffic.

In advance of LA Pride weekend, Obama is scheduled to arrive at LAX on Wednesday afternoon around 4:20 p.m. (provided no one violates his airspace again).

His two-day jaunt includes three re-election campaign fundraisers -- LGBT Leadership Council Gala in Beverly Hills, dinner at the home of "Glee'' co-creator Ryan Murphy, and a breakfast fundraiser at the home of developer Charles Quarles.

Westside traffic is expected to do the ol' jam and detour near Beverly Hills and Century City starting Wednesday afternoon, say police. The Beverly Hills Police Department is warning drivers of traffic delays and intermittent street closures.


Obama returns to Los Angeles for LGBT fundraisers


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President Barack Obama will be in Los Angeles tomorrow and Thursday to attend fundraisers for his reelection campaign.

President Barack Obama will be back in Los Angeles on Wednesday for a fundraiser with the LGBT Leadership Council.

The event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel will include remarks from talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and a performance from Darren Criss of FOX’s “Glee.” About 600 people are expected to attend the event, with tickets at $1,250 a pop.

Following the gala, Obama will attend a dinner at a private residence. Seventy guests will pay $25,000 a piece to meet the president. The two fundraisers coincide with LGBT Heritage Month.

It was just one month ago that Obama declared his support of same-sex marriage. In an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, the president said, “I have friends, I have people who work for me who are in powerful, strong, long-lasting gay or lesbian unions. And they are extraordinary people. And this is something that means a lot to them and they care deeply about.” 


Donald Trump still thinks Hawaii is lying about Obama's birth certificate

Donald Trump Addresses South Florida Tea Party Rally

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Billionaire Donald Trump at at 2011 Florida Tea Party Rally.

Donald Trump showed some teeth to CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday while defending the discredited claims of "birtherism." 

Trump again questioned the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate, and belabored the birther issue during a phone interview that deteriorated into the men calling each other "ridiculous."

"A lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate," said Trump, though he declined to give names of the experts who agreed with him, notes The Situation Room.

Blitzer suggested that Trump was starting "to sound a little ridiculous" in light of the state of Hawaii confirming the president's citizenship.

Trump fired back, "I think you sound ridiculous."

"Did the conspiracy start in 1961 when the Honolulu Star Bulletin and the Honolulu advertiser contemporaneously published announcements that he was born in Hawaii?," Blitzer asked.


O Bama, Where Art Thou? George Clooney to host Democratic fundraiser at LA home

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George Clooney and Barack Obama discussing Darfur at The National Press Club Newsmaker's Program on April 27, 2006 in Washington, DC.

George Clooney will be hosting a high-end house party next month in Los Angeles as a fundraiser to support President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

About 150 guests are expected to attend the May 10 event at the actor's home, Entertainment Tonight first reported.

Proceeds from ticket sales -- going for about $40,000 per stub -- will benefit the Obama Victory Fund, a joint committee that includes several state Democratic parties, the Democratic National Committee, and Obama for America.

In addition to deep-pocket ticket holders, four mystery guests will also be attending the event. Two grassroots supporters will each win a pair of passes to the fundraiser, said deputy campaign manager Julianna Smoot in an email on Thursday. 

The re-election campaign, taking a suspense cue from Hollywood, is automatically offering donors of $3 or more a chance to mingle with Clooney and the president by winning an invitation to the party.