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Oct 17th, 2010

Summary: Today marks the second anniversary of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s despicable Oct. 17, 2008 “anti-American” remarks on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews that propelled her into the national spotlight. As I reported two years ago, Rep. Bachmann “dishonored her office and brought shame to the 6th Congressional District and the State of Minnesota by calling for a media investigation reminiscent of McCarthy-era witch hunts to ‘find out [which members of Congress] are pro-America or anti-America’.” … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 17, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that bomb attacks killed three American troops in Afghanistan, while civilian casualties sparked a protest by a group of angry villagers shouting “Death to America!” and a suicide bomber driving a dynamite-laden truck destroyed a key bridge on a highway in Iraq’s western Anbar province linking Iraq to Syria and Jordan.