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Archive for August, 2012

Summary: Annoted letter to the editor by Marilynn Maizan in the Aug. 15, 2012 issue of St. Cloud Times, in which the writer assails Rep. Michele Bachmann for her “unproven accusations, allegations, disrespectful remarks, twisted facts, delusions and innuendoes.”

Summary: Seven U.S. soldiers were killed when their helicopter crashed in Shah Wali Kot, in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province. Three Afghan soldiers and an Afghan interpreter were also killed, bringing the total number of dead to 11.

Summary: In Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, two Republican candidates are challenging incumbent Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Stillwater — Sartell college professor Aubrey Immelman and Lino Lakes computer consultant Stephen Thompson.

Summary: Ten reasons why Republicans — or real Americans of any political persuasion — should repudiate Michele Bachmann.

Summary: According to a report by Star Tribune Washington Bureau correspondent Kevin Diaz, Rep. Michele Bachmann is doubling down on her earlier charges that the Muslim Brotherhood — the international Islamist movement that recently came to power in Egypt — has achieved “deep penetration” within the U.S. government. Bachmann has reportedly distributed a speech that conservative scholar and former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy gave at the National Press Club at the invitation of the Center for Security Policy, the organization cited by Bachmann in June 2012 when she requested an investigation of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, and other top government officials for alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Summary: Analysis of opinion surveys and polling in the 2012 election for U.S. House of Representatives in Minnesota 6th Congressional District, contested by Democrat Jim Graves and Republicans Michele Bachmann, Aubrey Immelman, and Stephen Thompson. … A strategy to defeat Michele Bachmann.

Aug 5th, 2012

Summary: Wade Michael Page, 40, the gunman who allegedly attacked a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing six people and wounding four, was a “white supremacist skinhead” and “frustrated neo-Nazi” who led a white power punk and metal band.

Summary: In an August 4, 2012 fundraising letter that takes the cake for bad taste, Rep. Michele Bachmann tells her supporters to “Wish Obama a Happy Birthday” by making their “most generous contribution” to help her raise $51,000 on Barack Obama’s 51st birthday to “help ensure that President Obama doesn’t have another birthday to run our country into the ground.”

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