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Archive for April, 2009

Apr 20th, 2009

Summary: On the 10th anniversary of the Columbine tragedy, Aubrey Immelman recounts his peripheral involvement in the landmark event, first as a profiler for U.S. News & World Report in the immediate aftermath of the shooting and later as a collaborator with Rocky Mountain News reporter Jeff Kass, developing detailed psychological profiles of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold for Kass’ 2009 book, “Columbine: A True Crime Story.”

Apr 19th, 2009

Summary: At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, a truck bomb containing approximately 5,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring more than 800 at the hands of Gulf War veteran Timothy McVeigh. It was the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil until the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attack.

Apr 18th, 2009

Summary: Congress will begin hearings on an energy and global warming bill that could revolutionize how the United States produces and uses energy, in an effort to reduce pollution said to be responsible for heating up the planet.

Apr 17th, 2009

Summary: Abstracts of research projects on the personality characteristics and leadership styles of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Sarah Palin, conducted at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics under the direction of Aubrey Immelman.

Apr 16th, 2009

Summary: A Homeland Security Department intelligence estimate warns that right-wing extremists could use the bad state of the U.S. economy and the election of the country’s first black president to recruit members and incite violence. Aubrey Immelman announces pro-life public lecture by Stephanie Gray of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.

Apr 15th, 2009

Summary: Drug cartel gun battles that leave dead bodies yards from American soil have turned Mexico’s bloodstained northern border into a major foreign policy challenge for President Barack Obama.

Apr 14th, 2009

Summary: The three-judge panel in the Coleman v. Franken U.S. Senate recount trial has issued its final judgment, ruling that Democrat Al Franken won the most votes in his 2008 Senate race against Republican Norm Coleman and is therefore entitled to an election certificate.

Apr 13th, 2009

Summary: The results of President Barack Obama’s confrontation with Somali pirates — a dramatic and successful rescue operation by U.S. Special Operations forces — left Obama with an early victory that could help build confidence in his ability to direct military actions abroad.

Apr 12th, 2009

Summary: About 150 militants armed with rockets and automatic weapons attacked a transport terminal in northwestern Pakistan along a key supply route used by U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Apr 11th, 2009

Summary: Minnesota Public Radio political analysts Todd Rapp and Tom Horner weigh in on whether U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is a liability to the Republican Party. Includes analysis of Bachmann’s assertion that AmeriCorps amounts to a “reeducation camp” for young people.