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Archive for June, 2012

Summary: Rep. Michele Bachmann, who has derided Obamacare as “tyranny,” the “crown jewel of socialism,” and “unconstitutional,” trumpeted her presence in the halls of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., to await the epoch-making SCOTUS ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the signature legislation of Barack Obama’s first term as president. The Supreme Court upheld the law 5-4.

Summary: The Sartell Sabres won the Boys Varsity Silver Bracket contest at the Breakdown Sports USA 2012 Boys’ Summer Showcase at St. Michael-Albertville on Sunday, June 24, 2012.

Summary: In a fundraising letter dated June 13, 2012, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann fraudulently tells Republican donors, “now that my district has been re-drawn, I have thousands of new voters who I must reach with our conservative message and win over by Election Day.” That’s deceptive, underhanded, and a gross misrepresentation of fact; the real truth is the exact opposite of Bachmann’s claim, because the size of the district in which Bachmann is running for reelection — Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District — was actually reduced to the tune of nearly 100,000 residents during redistricting, with constituents in the southeastern part of the district reapportioned to the 4th Congressional District (represented by Betty McCollum) and constituents in the northwestern corner of the district reapportioned to the 7th Congressional District (represented by Collin Peterson). Bachmann’s statement would be true only if she had chosen to run for reelection in the district in which she actually lives, namely, Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District.

Summary: Deputy al-Qaida leader Abu Yahya al-Libi has been killed in a U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan, Pakistan. Al-Libi, who escaped from a U.S. military prison at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in 2005, was one of al-Qaida’s most influential propagandists and one of its most able leaders.

Summary: Monthly report of U.S. military deaths in the Afghanistan war, compiled from U.S. Department of Defense news releases and