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Justices take up dispute over passport data

Menachem Zivotofsky and his father, Ari. The 9-year-old wants Israel listed on his passport as his place of birth. Menachem Zivotofsky and his father, Ari. The 9-year-old wants Israel listed on his passport as his place of birth. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)
By Mark Sherman
Associated Press / November 8, 2011

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The Supreme Court on Monday waded warily into Middle Eastern politics and a dispute between Congress and the president in the case of a 9-year-old Jerusalem-born American who wants his passport to say he was born in Israel. The justices appeared unlikely to rule for Menachem Zivotofsky, whose family sued the government after State Department officials refused to list Israel as his place of birth in his American passport.

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