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Archive for the 'Barack Obama' Category

Apr 4th, 2011

Summary: In an an email sent to millions of supporters, President Barack Obama launched his bid for re-election in 2012. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 4, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that three car bombs shook central Baghdad in quick succession on Easter Sunday, killing at least 35 people.


Mar 28th, 2011

Summary: In a nationally televised address from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama said the U.S. military action in Libya “stopped [Moammar] Gadhafi’s deadly advance,” fulfilling what he said was a U.S. responsibility not to “turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries.” … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on March 28, 2010, Aubrey Immelman featured reporting of a “Welcome Home” event for the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Infantry Division Red Bulls and other Central Minnesota military veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, organized by the St. Cloud Times and St. Cloud-area civic organizations and businesses.


Mar 1st, 2011

Summary: Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee falsely claimed on a radio talk show that President Barack Obama grew up in the African nation of Kenya. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on March 1, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), on yet another of her many out-of-state political appearances, spoke to Hamilton County Republicans in Cincinnati, Ohio, saying President Obama “has embraced a policy that would have the federal government controlling 48 percent of our economy in just two years’ time. We have to stop him.”


Jan 25th, 2011

Summary: Declaring that the nation faces big decisions like those it confronted at the dawn of the space race, President Barack Obama called for sweeping bipartisan “investments” in science, education, and infrastructure in his 2011 State of the Union address — all without increasing government spending. Rep. Michele Bachmann delivered the Tea Party response. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on January 25, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that three car bombs exploded near three Baghdad hotels popular with Western journalists, security contractors, and businessmen, killing at least 37 people and injuring more than 100.


Jun 23rd, 2010

Summary: President Barack Obama has relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his command in the Afghanistan war, naming Gen. David Petraeus as his replacement. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 23, 2009 Aubrey Immelman provided his weekly report of U.S. military deaths in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), compiled from U.S. Department of Defense News Releases.


Mar 27th, 2010

Summary: The U.S. and Russia have sealed the first major nuclear weapons treaty in nearly two decades, agreeing to slash the former Cold War rivals’ warhead arsenals by nearly one-third and talking optimistically of eventually ridding a fearful world of nuclear arms altogether. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on March 27, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that President Barack Obama, calling the situation in the region “increasingly perilous,” ordered 4,000 more military troops into Afghanistan, vowing to “disrupt, dismantle, and defeat” the terrorist al-Qaida network in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan.


Jan 27th, 2010

Summary: The State of the Union: Fed up with Congress, the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, and the federal government. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on January 27, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that the new Obama administration had a clear message for Pakistan: No change in U.S. policy when it comes to going after al-Qaida and Taliban targets in Pakistan’s lawless border areas.


Jan 24th, 2010

Summary: President Barack Obama has recalled his former campaign manager, David Plouffe, and is reconstituting the team that helped him win the White House in 2008 to counter Republican challenges in the 2010 midterm elections and recalibrate after political setbacks that have narrowed his legislative ambitions. … The political psychology of Barack Obama: Obama’s personality profile; Obama’s leadership style; Obama’s decision-making style. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on January 24, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported on the Iraqi provincial elections and the power struggle among competing Shiite factions in Iraq.


Dec 31st, 2009

Summary: Afghans took to the streets to protest civilian casualties, chanting “Death to Obama, down with Karzai.” … Attacks in Afghanistan killed eight American civilians including CIA employees, four Canadian soldiers, and a Canadian journalist. … Coordinated explosions in Iraq killed 23 people and wounded an Iraqi provincial governor in the worst violence in months. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on December 31, 2008, Aubrey Immelman reported that Michele Bachmann, Minnesota’s 6th District representative in Congress, made a strong showing in several “Year in Review” lists — no easy feat, considering the U.S. House of Representatives has 435 members, each vying for media attention.


Dec 28th, 2009

Summary: The New York Times reports that in the midst of two unfinished major wars — Afghanistan and Iraq — the United States has quietly opened a third, largely covert front against Al Qaeda in Yemen. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on December 28, 2008, Aubrey Immelman reported that the Taliban, which had long operated its own shadow government in the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan, had begun spreading north, encroaching on the capital city of Kabul.