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Summary: Minnesota presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty are members of different Republican tribes, never at war but not exactly at peace either. Now the congresswoman and the former governor are on a crash course that could shed revealing light on an already distant and awkward relationship. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 7, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that the date marked the end of 104 months of war in Afghanistan, making it the longest war in American history after the Vietnam War, which continued for 103 months following the Aug. 7, 1964 Tonkin Gulf Resolution.

Summary: When asked at a GOP event in New Hampshire why she did not try to oust Sen. Al Franken in Minnesota rather than try for the White House, Rep. Michele Bachmann responded, “because we need a person who is going to stand up to Obamacare.” … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 1, 2010, Aubrey Immelman provided his weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Summary: Rep. Michele Bachmann is making plans for a June 2011 presidential campaign announcement in Waterloo, Iowa, the city of her birth. State Sen. Kent Sorenson — a Tea Party Republican who would take a lead role in Bachmann’s Iowa campaign — says, “The people in Iowa are chomping at the bit and ready for her to jump in with both feet.” … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on May 28, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that North Korea accused South Korea of faking the sinking of one of its own warships, the Cheonan, and warned that the Korean peninsula was edging ever closer to war.