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  • Should the U.S. government hire military veterans in droves to patrol our borders? Should all Americans qualify to collect Social Security, regardless of age? Should we all be required to own a gun?

    Sound a bit out there? Maybe. Or maybe they’re big solutions for the big problems facing our nation. These outside-the-box ideas were submitted to Yahoo News this week when we asked for solutions we could adopt to solve our country's problems.

    We’re looking for your input, too.

    When President Barack Obama takes his second oath of office on Jan. 20, he'll continue to lead the nation on a bevy of big issues, including health care, immigration and federal spending.

    What creative and pie-in-the-sky ideas do you have? We’re collecting clever (and potentially controversial) solutions to issues we’ll certainly see over the next four years and beyond. Think big! We’re seeking inventive ideas that may not have been tried before.

    Read More »from What’s the big idea? Suggest a creative solution for the country
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    Donald Trump has placed himself in the middle of another controversy involving a birth certificate—this time his own.

    In a letter obtained by Yahoo News, the real estate mogul and de facto leader of last year's "birther" movement against President Barack Obama sent a copy of his New York City birth certificate to comedian Bill Maher, who earlier this week made a Trump-like demand to see it.

    On Monday's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno," Maher said he would donate $5 million to the charity of Trump’s choice (Maher suggested Hair Club for Men, among others) if the "Celebrity Apprentice" host could prove he is not the "spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan." Maher was mocking Trump's much-publicized announcement in October that he would donate $5 million to charity if Obama would release his college records.

    On Tuesday, a lawyer for Trump sent the letter to Maher with the birth certificate attached, asking the "Real Time" host to make good on his late-night offer:

    Attached hereto is a copy of Mr. Trump's birth certificate, demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan. Please remit the $5 million to Mr. Trump immediately and he will ensure that the money be donated to the following five charities in equal amounts: Hurricane Sandy Victims, The Police Athletic League, The American Cancer Society, The March of Dimes, and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

    In October, Trump announced he had "something very, very big concerning the president of the United States"—something he said could "possibly" change the election—leading to speculation that the 66-year-old might have unearthed scandalous information about Obama.

    Read More »from Yahoo News exclusive: Trump releases birth certificate to Bill Maher, demands $5M


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