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Summary: Analysis by the Pew Research Center of data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) shows that the wealth gap between whites and blacks and Hispanics has widened dramatically during the recession, with whites on average 20 times wealthier than minorities. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 27, 2010, Aubrey Immelman provided his weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.



Summary: The National Republican Congressional Committee has added U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to its list of most vulnerable incumbents for 2010 in the NRCC’s “Patriot Program,” while the Swing State Project rates Bachmann as being in “real danger” of losing her seat in the next election. … A survey of 25 nations conducted by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center in spring 2009 has found that positive public attitudes toward the United States have surged in many parts of the world since President Barack Obama’s election. Positive opinions about the United States have returned to higher levels not seen since before President George W. Bush took office in 2001. The Bush presidency marked a steep decline in U.S. popularity overseas, notably after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, because of a perception that the post-9/11 war on terrorism was targeted at Muslims. … One-year retrospective: On the 10th day of his 2008 campaign against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination as House of Representatives candidate in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, Aubrey Immelman met with residents on Little Rock Lake, near Rice in Benton County, to learn about the lake’s persistent water quality problems.



Summary: President George W. Bush says the biggest regret of his presidency was flawed intelligence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, telling ABC World News in an interview airing December 1, 2008 that he was unprepared for war when he took office. … December 2008 update of key facts, figures, and statistics on Iraq since the war began in March 2003. … Security developments in Iraq on December 1, 2008, as reported by Reuters.