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Feb 17th, 2011

Summary: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who claims to support low taxes, has inexplicably come out in opposition to an Obama administration initiative to give expectant moms a tax break — reducing the tax liabilityof mothers who breastfeed their babies by allowing a tax deduction for the purchase of breast pumps. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on February 17, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that the Taliban’s top military commander had been captured in Karachi, Pakistan, in a secret joint operation by Pakistani and American intelligence forces. The commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, is an Afghan described by American officials as the most significant Taliban figure to be detained since the American-led war in Afghanistan started in late 2001. He ranked second in influence only to Mullah Muhammad Omar, the Taliban’s founder and a close associate of Osama bin Laden before the Sept. 11 attacks.

Oct 19th, 2010

Summary: The Center for Public Integrity reports that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) wrote behind-the-scenes letters requesting stimulus funds from the federal government. “Porkulus” Bachmann repeatedly badmouths “the failed Pelosi trillion-dollar stimulus,” yet slinks back when she thinks no one is watching to grovel for pork. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 19, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that the father of Army Spc. Stephan Mace, killed in action near Kamdesh, Afghanistan, when several hundred Taliban fighters armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades attacked and nearly overran Combat Outpost Keating, said the U.S. was “fighting a war with too few people” and that the troops at Kamdesh were “sitting ducks.”