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Sep 6th, 2011


One Year Ago — September 6, 2010

Record Afghanistan War Dead

Image: Brothers of Jacob Leicht
Jonathan Leicht, left, and Jesse Leicht pose with a photo of their brother, Marine Cpl. Jacob Leicht, on Saturday, May 29, 2010 in Kerrville, Texas. Their brother was killed while on patrol in Afghanistan, May 28, 2010, making him the 1,000th U.S. serviceman killed in the Afghan conflict. (Photo credit: Eric Gay / AP)

One year ago today, I reported that the number of foreign troops killed in Afghanistan up to that point in 2010 had reached at least 500, compared with 521 in all of 2009.


Two Years Ago — September 6, 2009

Obama Agenda At Crossroads

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“The Personality Profile of President Barack Obama: Leadership Implications.” Research poster presented by Sarah Moore, 44th annual Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference, April 18, 2009, College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn. (Supervisor: Aubrey Immelman, Ph.D.)

Two years ago today, on September 6, 2009, I reported that opinion polls showed support for President Barack Obama and his policies dipping sharply, though he remained personally more popular than his policies. How will those dynamics impact the 2010 election and what do they tell us about President Obama’s personal qualities and leadership style?


Three Years Ago — September 6, 2008

Campaign Against Michele Bachmann: Day 54

Campaigning at the Old Creamery Arts & Crafts Show in Rice.

Three years ago today, on September 6, 2008 — the 54th day of my 2008 campaign against incumbent U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District — volunteers handed out campaign literature in downtown Forest Lake (Washington County) and at the Old Creamery Arts & Crafts Show in Rice (Benton County), while I had a meet-and-greet at the Saint John’s University football season opener in Collegeville. I also featured information from the WCCO voter guide regarding my campaign platform and issue positions.

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