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Aug 27th, 2010

Summary: A total of 46 students and nine teachers were treated in a Kabul, Afghanistan, hospital after what an official at the education ministry described as “an apparent poisoning” attack by “the enemies of women’s education.” However, the pattern of the reported illness bears the hallmark of a group psychological reaction known as mass hysteria. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 27, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) announced a joint town hall forum with Rep. Ron Paul as her guest. He also reported a summer of setbacks for the U.S. and its allies in Afghanistan, with rising casualties, a divisive election, and growing public doubt about the war.

Aug 17th, 2009

Summary: U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) expressed criticism of those comparing Democratic leaders to Nazis in the healthcare debate. … U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Bill Cahir, 40, a journalist who enlisted at the age of 34 after 9/11, has been killed by enemy gunfire in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on the 34th day of his campaign against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination as House of Representatives candidate in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, Aubrey Immelman attended the annual St. Francis Xavier Parish Fall Festival in Sartell, Minn.