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Sep 4th, 2011


One Year Ago — September 4, 2010

AfPak Violence Intensifies

People who were injured by an explosion lie on a road during a Shiite procession in Quetta, Pakistan on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. (Photo credit: Arshad Butt / AP)

One year ago today, I reported that the death toll from a Pakistani Taliban suicide attack on a Shiite Muslim procession rose to 65 as critically wounded people died in hospitals, while a suspected U.S. missile strike killed seven insurgents.


Two Years Ago — September 4, 2009

Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard

Fellow Marines come to the aid of Bernard after he is mortally wounded by a
rocket-propelled grenade. The AP distribution of the photo became controversial after Secretary of Defense Robert Gates asked the service not to publish the image. (Photo credit: Julie Jacobson / AP)

Two years ago today, on September 4, 2009, I reported that the Associated Press’ publication of a photo of dying Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard had prompted controversy, with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and retired Marine 1st Sgt. John Bernard, father of Lance Cpl. Bernard, weighing in.


Three Years Ago — September 4, 2008

Campaign Against Michele Bachmann: Day 52

Three years ago today, on September 4, 2008 — the 52nd day of my 2008 campaign against incumbent U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District — I featured information from the League of Women Voters of Minnesota Voter Guide regarding my campaign platform and issue positions.

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