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Archive for July, 2012

More than 40 religious and civil rights groups, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and American Baptist Churches USA wrote a withering letter to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann condemning her allegations that high-level U.S. government officials have connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Reckless, irresponsible peddling of conspiracy theories — sometimes meandering into the realm of political paranoia — has been a fixture of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s political career. Here is a sampling of Bachmann’s extremist rhetoric, incendiary demagoguery, and fringe beliefs documented since her first Congressional reelection campaign in 2008.

Summary: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Carney Jr. and Aubrey Immelman, Minnesota 6th Congressional District GOP primary challenger to Michele Bachmann, will hold a joint news conference Tuesday, July 24 at 10 a.m. in Room 125 at the State Capitol in St. Paul regarding Bachmann’s claims of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration in the United States government.

Summary: Conspiracy theorist Michele Bachmann, joined by Reps. Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Thomas Rooney, and Lynn Westmoreland, sent letters to the inspectors general of five government agencies responsible for national security to demand they investigate infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood into the highest reaches of the federal government. Sen. John McCain responds to Bachmann with a stinging rebuke.

Summary: June 2012 monthly report of U.S. military deaths in the Afghanistan war, compiled from U.S. Department of Defense news releases and