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Archive for June, 2009

Summary: Since January 2008, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is 0 for 5 on the PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter. Her latest ratings involve two “ridiculously false statements” about the 2010 Census.

Jun 29th, 2009

Summary: The security situation in Iraq remains fragile and uncertain as the U.S. hands over security to Iraqi forces in accordance with the Bush administration’s status-of-forces agreement with Iraq.

Jun 28th, 2009

Summary: Weekly summary of security incidents in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom).

Jun 27th, 2009

Summary: Compilation of notable reports and opinions regarding U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s announcement that she will refuse to complete the 2010 U.S. Census beyond reporting the number of members in her household.

Jun 26th, 2009

Summary: Angry Iraqis are demanding better protection after a spate of bombings that have killed at least 250 and wounded hundreds in just one week as U.S. forces pull back from urban areas to large military bases in accordance with the 2008 status-of-forces agreement between the United States and Iraq.

Jun 25th, 2009

Summary: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused U.S. President Barack Obama of behaving like his White House predecessor George W. Bush and called on him to apologize for what he called U.S. interference following Iran’s elections. In terms of personal qualities, what are the similarities and differences between Barack Obama and George W. Bush? And how, specifically, do they differ from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Link to their psychological profiles, developed at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics.

Summary: Book review of Bill Prendergast’s illustrated history of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s political career in comic book format, titled “False Witness! The Michele Bachmann Story.”

Jun 23rd, 2009

Summary: Weekly report of U.S. military deaths in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), compiled from U.S. Department of Defense News Releases.

Jun 22nd, 2009

Summary: Weekly summary of security incidents in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jun 21st, 2009

Summary: A rocket attack on Bagram Air Base, the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, early Sunday, June 21, 2009 killed two U.S. troops and wounded six other Americans. … A truck bomb exploded near a Shiite mosque in Taza, near Kirkuk in northern Iraq on Saturday, June 20, 2009 killing more than 70 people in the deadliest attack of 2009.