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Sep 15th, 2011


One Year Ago — September 15, 2010

Bachmann Caught in Lie (Again)

‘Michele Bachmann hiding in bushes’ (Image: Dump Bachmann)

One year ago today, I reported that U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann was caught in a lie — saying she opposed the so-called Legacy Amendment, which raised Minnesota sales tax by 3/8ths of 1 percent, despite previously having pandered to outdoorsmen and conservationists by publicly endorsing the measure in appearances before the Game Fair in Anoka, Minn.


Two Years Ago — September 15, 2009

Iraq-Afghanistan Casualties

Two years ago today, on September 15, 2009, I provided my weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; reported that Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that a proper effort to counter the Taliban insurgency would probably require more forces; and noted that four mortar shells landed in the Green Zone as Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq on an unannounced mission to help the country resolve its differences ahead of America’s military withdrawal.


Three Years Ago — September 15, 2008

Mass-Casualty Car Bombing in Baghdad

Damaged and burnt-out vehicles alongside the road following a double car bombing in the central Baghdad district of Karrada on Sept. 15, 2008. Two near-simultaneous car bombings in central Baghdad killed 12 people and wounded 32, security officials said. (Photo credit: Ali Yussef / AFP — Getty Images)

Three years ago today, on September 15, 2008, I reported a mass-casualty car bombing in Baghdad, Iraq.

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