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Archive for September, 2010

Sep 20th, 2010

Summary: Gen. Colin Powell discusses foreign policy regarding Afghanistan with David Gregory on NBC Meet the Press. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 20, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party released a statement that characterized Gov. Tim Pawlenty as “moving closer and closer to Representative Michele Bachmann’s extreme right-wing ideology.”

Sep 19th, 2010

Summary: Two car bombs tore through Baghdad, killing more than 30 people and wounding dozens as tensions simmer six months after an inconclusive election and three weeks after U.S. troops ended major combat in Iraq. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 19, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that nine international (ISAF) troops had been killed in Afghanistan in a single day while an Afghan-born immigrant from Pakistan under investigation in a terrorism probe in New York and Denver reportedly admitted a link with al-Qaida.

Sep 18th, 2010

Summary: Amid Taliban rocket strikes and bombings, Afghans voted for a new parliament, the first election since a fraud-marred presidential ballot in 2009 cast doubt on the legitimacy of the embattled government. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 18, 2009, Aubrey Immelman featured a Politico report that elements within the GOP were concerned that the “bomb-throwing” Rep. Michele Bachmann might be inflicting damage on the party’s reputation with her incessant incendiary rhetoric.

Sep 17th, 2010

Summary: Today is Constitution Day, commemorating the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787 — one of the most significant and momentous events in American history. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 17, 2009, Aubrey Immelman commemorated Constitution Day.

Sep 16th, 2010

Summary: In a 44-minute audio recording that appears to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S., al-Qaida’s No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, released an audio recording accusing the Pakistani government of responding too slowly to severe flooding in the country and calling on Pakistanis to revolt. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 16, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that former president Jimmy Carter told NBC’s Brian Williams in an interview that he believed race was at the core of much of the opposition to President Obama.

Sep 15th, 2010

Summary: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has been caught in a lie — saying she opposed the so-called Legacy Amendment, which raised Minnesota sales tax by 3/8ths of 1 percent, despite previously having pandered to outdoorsmen and conservationists by publicly endorsing the measure in appearances before the Game Fair in Anoka, Minn. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 15, 2009, Aubrey Immelman provided his weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; reported that Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that a proper effort to counter the Taliban insurgency would probably require more forces; and noted that four mortar shells landed in the Green Zone as Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq on an unannounced mission to help the country resolve its differences ahead of America’s military withdrawal.

Sep 14th, 2010

Summary: Weekly report of U.S. military deaths in Operation New Dawn (Iraq war) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan war), compiled from U.S. Department of Defense News Releases. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 14, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that Osama bin Laden released a new tape in which he cited U.S. support for Israel as the reason for the attack of 9/11, saying, “the cause of our disagreement with you is your support to your Israeli allies who occupy our land of Palestine.”

Sep 13th, 2010

Summary: Two protesters died and four were injured as Afghans protested for a third day against a plan by Florida pastor Terry Jones to burn copies of the Islamic holy book, the Quran. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 13, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann held a town hall meeting in St. Cloud to talk about President Obama’s health care reform proposals, after which she headlined an anti-Obama tea party.

Summary: Today, the Star Tribune — Minnesota’s largest and most influential newspaper — has an extraordinary editorial that speaks to the core issues in Minnesota’s 2010 gubernatorial race and whose thesis encapsulates what has been Independence Party candidate Tom Horner’s key message from the outset: If Minnesotans want bold leadership in the governor’s office, it has to start with bold leadership from voters on Election Day, Nov. 2. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 12, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that veteran journalist Al Eisele of the Capitol Hill newspaper, “The Hill,” made astute first-hand observations of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s behavior from the gallery at President Barack Obama’s Sept. 10, 2009 address on health care reform before a Joint Session of Congress, noting that he had “never seen anyone display the disdainful attitude toward a president” that Bachmann did.

Sep 11th, 2010

Summary: On a day of mourning for nearly 3,000 Sept. 11 victims on the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attack of 9/11, President Barack Obama called for national unity as the ‘ground zero mosque’ and Quran-burning controversies threatened to overshadow memorial events. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 11, 2009, Aubrey Immelman commemorated the 8th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, noting that with the timetable set for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and the fighting in Afghanistan nearing its ninth year, war coverage had waned, often pushed off the front page by the economic recession, health care reform, and celebrity deaths.