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Mar 25th, 2011

Summary: Weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, compiled from U.S. Department of Defense news releases and … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on March 25, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that unrest over sweeping federal health care legislation had turned to vandalism and threats, with bricks hurled through congressional Democrats’ windows, a propane line cut at the home of a congressman’s brother, and menacing phone messages left for lawmakers who supported the bill. In that context, I noted that U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s longstanding pattern of incendiary rhetoric — such as calling on citizens to be “armed and dangerous” — was particularly disturbing, considering its potential for proliferating violent extremism and inciting acts of domestic terrorism in a time of festering economic uncertainty.