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Oct 19th, 2011


One Year Ago — October 19, 2010

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Rep. Michele Bachmann
Michele Bachmann: “I continue to oppose the so-called stimulus package because it has been a failure.” (Photo credit: Reuters / Kevin Lamarque via MinnPost)

One year ago today, I reported that the Center for Public Integrity revealed that Rep. Michele Bachmann wrote behind-the-scenes letters requesting stimulus dollars from the federal government, even while publicly opposing the economic stimulus.


Two Years Ago — October 19, 2009

U.S. Troops ‘Sitting Ducks’

Image: Army funeral of Stephen Mace
An Army honor guard with the casket of Army Spc. Stephen Mace during his funeral at Arlington Cemetery on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. (Photo credit: Susan Walsh / AP)

Two years ago today, on October 19, 2009, I reported that the father of Army Spc. Stephan Mace, killed in action near Kamdesh, Afghanistan, when several hundred Taliban fighters armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades attacked and nearly overran Combat Outpost Keating, said the U.S. was “fighting a war with too few people” and that the troops at Kamdesh were “sitting ducks.”


Three Years Ago — October 19, 2008

Gen. Colin Powell’s Stinging Rebuke of Michele Bachmann

Three years ago today, on October 19, 2008 — the first day after announcing a write-in campaign against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District — I featured former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s stinging rebuke of Bachmann for alleging Barack Obama “may hold anti-American views” and suggesting that the media investigate which members of Congress are “pro-America or anti-America.” I also reported on halting progress in the U.S.-Iraq status-of-forces agreement, ongoing violence in Iraq, and escalating violence in Afghanistan.

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