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Oct 26th, 2011


One Year Ago — October 26, 2010

3 Conservative Choices in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District

Immelman vs. Bachmann (Image: Ken Avidor / The Uptake)
Image: Ken Avidor — Dump Bachmann / TheUptake

One year ago today, I reported that voters in Minnesota 6th Congressional District (MN-06) had two fiscally conservative options on the Nov. 2, 2010 general election ballot as sane, rational alternatives to the radically extreme Michele Bachmann — Independence Party nominee Bob Anderson and unaffiliated, independent candidate Aubrey Immelman.


Two Years Ago — October 26, 2009

14 Americans Dead in Afghanistan

Deadly hours in Afghanistan (NBC Nightly News, Oct. 26, 2009) — An Army helicopter went down in the west of the country after leaving the scene of a firefight, killing 10 Americans. A second crash involving two U.S. Marine helicopters killed 4 more Americans, marking the heaviest single loss of American lives in Afghanistan since 2005. NBC’s Richard Engel reports. (02:56)

Two years ago today, on October 26, 2009, I reported that two helicopter crashes killed 14 Americans in Afghanistan — 11 troops and three drug enforcement agents — in the deadliest day for the U.S. mission in Afghanistan in more than four years.


Three Years Ago — October 26, 2008

The Personality Profiles of Presidential Candidates John McCain and Barack Obama

Three years ago today, on October 26, 2008, I featured the personality profiles of presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama and the implications those personal qualities for their leadership style as president

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McCain’s maverick nature is double-edged sword

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Obama’s conciliatory tendency could be cause for concern

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