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Summary: Today, the Star Tribune — Minnesota’s largest and most influential newspaper — has an extraordinary editorial that speaks to the core issues in Minnesota’s 2010 gubernatorial race and whose thesis encapsulates what has been Independence Party candidate Tom Horner’s key message from the outset: If Minnesotans want bold leadership in the governor’s office, it has to start with bold leadership from voters on Election Day, Nov. 2. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 12, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that veteran journalist Al Eisele of the Capitol Hill newspaper, “The Hill,” made astute first-hand observations of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s behavior from the gallery at President Barack Obama’s Sept. 10, 2009 address on health care reform before a Joint Session of Congress, noting that he had “never seen anyone display the disdainful attitude toward a president” that Bachmann did.


Mar 5th, 2010

Summary: John Patrick Bedell, who opened fire at the Pentagon entrance and was killed in a shootout with Pentagon police, was fascinated with conspiracy theories, computer programming, libertarian economics, and the science of warfare. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on March 5, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that top Democrats believed they had struck political gold by depicting Rush Limbaugh as the new face of the Republican Party.


Dec 6th, 2009

Summary: Defense Secretary Robert Gates tells ABC News chief Washington correspondent George Stephanopoulos on ABC News “This Week” that the U.S. has not had any good intelligence on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden in “years.” … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on December 6, 2008, Aubrey Immelman reported that President George W. Bush, on a valedictory tour prior to leaving office, had admitted to a few previously unacknowledged errors, telling one interviewer that he was “unprepared for war” when he entered office and that his “biggest regret” was the failure of intelligence leading up to the Iraq invasion.


Dec 17th, 2008

Summary: The speaker of Iraq’s parliament, Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, announced his resignation after a parliamentary session descended into chaos as lawmakers argued about whether to free a journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush. … In an interview with ABC News, Vice President Dick Cheney attempted to justify the decision to invade Iraq. … A double-bombing targeting traffic police in Baghdad killed at least 18 people and wounded 52. … Raed Fahmy, Iraq’s Minister of Science and Technology, escaped injury in a car bomb explosion that appeared to be an assassination attempt.


Dec 6th, 2008

Summary: On a valedictory tour prior to leaving office, President George W. Bush has admitted to a few previously unacknowledged errors, telling one interviewer that he was “unprepared for war” when he entered office and that his “biggest regret” was the failure of intelligence leading up to the Iraq invasion.