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Summary: Conspiracy theorist Michele Bachmann, joined by Reps. Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Thomas Rooney, and Lynn Westmoreland, sent letters to the inspectors general of five government agencies responsible for national security to demand they investigate infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood into the highest reaches of the federal government. Sen. John McCain responds to Bachmann with a stinging rebuke.



Summary: Christian cleansing continued in post-Saddam Iraq as a car bomb outside a Christian church in the north of the country wounded 23 people and security forces found and disabled vehicles packed with explosives outside two other churches in Kirkuk. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 3, 2010, Aubrey Immelman provided his weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.



Summary: The terrorist attack by Norwegian Christian fundamentalist Anders Behring Breivik in Oslo and at the youth camp on Utoya Island raises the specter of violent right-wing domestic extremism in Europe and echoes glimmers of an equivalent trend in the United States. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 24, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann said if Republicans win control of the House of Representatives in the November 2010 midterm election, “all we should do is issue subpoenas and have one hearing after another” to “expose all the nonsense that is going on.”


Aug 22nd, 2010

Summary: The proposed mosque near the site of the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center drew hundreds of demonstrators to Lower Manhattan in New York. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 22, 2009 Aubrey Immelman noted that the Cook Political Report envisioned a scenario in which Democratic House losses could exceed 20 seats in 2010.