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Aug 23rd, 2009

Summary: As public support for the Afghanistan war erodes, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Mike Mullen says the security situation in Afghanistan is serious and deteriorating. … Fifty-nine-year-old grandfather becomes oldest U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on the 40th 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 continued his 50-mile walking tour across the Sixth District from Waite Park to Rockville, Cold Spring, Richmond, and Roscoe, stopping by the Rockville Rock-Fest festival and parade.

Summary: For the first time in 15 years, a majority of Americans now call themselves “pro-life” rather than “pro-choice” on the issue of abortion. … Iraq has lost more than half of the 1.4 million Christians who once called it home, mostly since the war began, and few who fled have plans to return.