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Summary: Remarks from a radio address by President Ronald Reagan delivered on September 26, 1987, discussing the necessity of the United States meeting its obligations with respect to the national debt ceiling. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 20, 2010, Aubrey Immelman provided his weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Aug 5th, 2010

Summary: Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker has overturned California’s gay marriage ban in a strongly worded ruling that could eventually force the U.S. Supreme Court to confront the question of whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 5, 2009 Aubrey Immelman described the difficult challenges of mobilizing a cross-partisan majority in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District to defeat U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (who does not have majority support in her district), in the 2010 Minnesota state primary election.

Summary: “Rise of the New Right: A Hardball Documentary with Chris Matthews” — Part 5: The Rhetoric of the New Right. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 11, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that violence had spiked in Iraq after U.S. combat troops withdrew from urban areas; that British military deaths in Afghanistan had surpassed their casualties in Iraq; and that the U.S. abandoned the Bush administration policy of destroying opium poppies in Afghanistan.