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Nov 20th, 2009

Summary: A suicide bomber killed 16 people and wounded at least 23 others in a busy city square in western Afghanistan, while near the capital Kabul a powerful former warlord and ally of Afghan President Hamid Karzai narrowly escaped an assassination attempt. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on November 20, 2008, Aubrey Immelman reported that U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity & Colmes” on November 18, 2008, dismissed as an “urban legend” reports that she had said on an October 17, 2008 cable show with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that then-Sen. Barack Obama and other members of Congress “may have anti-American views” and that “the news media should do a penetrating exposé … and find out if they’re pro-America or anti-America.”

Aug 16th, 2009

Summary: Bombs hidden in plastic bags exploded at a market in a mainly Shiite area of Baghdad on Sunday, August 16, 2009, killing at least eight civilians and wounding 19. It was the latest in a series of bombings targeting Shiites and minorities in the capital and northern Iraq that have killed more than 160 people since August 7. Meanwhile, the first national census since 1987 has been postponed indefinitely amid fears it could stoke sectarian tensions. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on the 33rd 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 completed the final leg of his 100-mile Sixth District walking tour, setting out from Centerville and walking to Hugo and Stillwater. He concluded the day’s activities meeting with supporters and local residents at Little Rock Lake in Benton County to discuss constituent and campaign issues.