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Summary: Rep. Michele Bachmann, who has derided Obamacare as “tyranny,” the “crown jewel of socialism,” and “unconstitutional,” trumpeted her presence in the halls of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., to await the epoch-making SCOTUS ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the signature legislation of Barack Obama’s first term as president. The Supreme Court upheld the law 5-4.

Summary: Rep. Michele Bachmann, founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, is calling the 2010 health care reform law — derisively labeled “Obamacare” — “the crown jewel of socialism.” … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on January 19, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that Taliban militants struck in the heart of the Afghan capital of Kabul, launching suicide attacks at key government targets in a clear sign the insurgents plan to escalate their fight as the U.S. and its allies ramp up their own campaign to end the war.

Jan 17th, 2011

Summary: An Associated Press-GfK poll finds disapproval over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has subsided, with fewer than one-third of respondents strongly opposed to the law and only about one in four saying they want to do away with “Obamacare” completely. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on January 17, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that despite Pakistani protest, the Obama administration was ramping up its missile campaign against insurgent targets in North Waziristan along Pakistan’s northwest frontier with Afghanistan, where al-Qaida’s top leadership, possibly including Osama bin Laden himself, had taken refuge.

Aug 24th, 2009

Summary: Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman is urging President Barack Obama to postpone many of his health care reform initiatives because of the economic downturn. … On the 41st 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 posted a public service announcement to publicize the St. Stephen Catholic Church Festival.