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Oct 25th, 2011


One Year Ago — October 25, 2010

Iran Preps to Fire Up Nuke Plant

An Iranian flag flutters at an undisclosed location in Iran next to a surface-to-surface Qiam-1 (Rising) missile, Aug. 20, 2010. (Photo: AFP / Getty Images)
An Iranian flag flutters at an undisclosed location in Iran next to a new liquid fuel surface-to-surface Qiam-1 missile with advanced guidance systems, test-fired on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010. (Photo credit: AFP / Getty Images)

One year ago today, I reported that Iran began loading fuel into the core of its Bushehr nuclear power plant amid fears its nuclear enrichment activities are aimed at developing nuclear weapons.


Two Years Ago — October 25, 2009

Massive Bomb Attack on Iraqi Government

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Iraqis gather at the site of a massive bomb attack in Baghdad, Oct. 25, 2009. (Photo credit: Karim Kadim / AP)

Two years ago today, on October 25, 2009, I reported that two powerful car bombs exploded outside the Justice Ministry and city government offices in downtown Baghdad, killing 155 and wounding at least 500 in Iraq’s worst mass-casualty bombing in more than two years.


Three Years Ago — October 25, 2008

Michele Bachmann’s Support Holds Steady After ‘Anti-American’ Comments on “Hardball”

Three years ago today, on October 25, 2008, I reported that a poll sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio and the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute mirrored the results of a SurveyUSA poll released the previous day by KSTP television: Support for Bachmann was holding firm a week after she became a lightning rod for national criticism and media attention when she told Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” that Barack Obama “may have anti-American views” and the media should investigate which members of Congress “are pro-America or anti-America.”

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