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Summary: Today’s issue of the St. Cloud Times features an Associated Press retrospective of 6th District Rep. Michele Bachmann’s four terms in Congress. This post contains excerpts from the article, annotated with added content.

Summary: Annoted excerpt from CQ Roll Call’s “10 Most Quotable Members of Congress” ranking by Matt Fuller, in which the author asserts that since announcing she won’t seek re-election, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has become less quotable.

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: In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has surged into second place behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, with support from 16 percent of GOP primary voters, according to a new NBC / Wall Street Journal poll. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 21, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that the St. Cloud Times — the largest newspaper in Rep. Michele Bachmann’s congressional district — had a letter to the editor in which the letter writer offered a broad-ranging indictment of Bachmann, in which the congresswoman was characterized as self-centered, unresponsive to the needs of her district, meager in her legislative accomplishments, and shirking the hard work of effective governance. Immelman noted, however, that it was not until the end of the letter that the writer touched on the real problem with Bachmann: her delusion-like paranoia, her shameless conspiracy-peddling, and her incessant fear-mongering.

Jun 26th, 2011

Summary: Rep. Michele Bachmann is statistically tied with Gov. Mitt Romney at the top of the first Iowa poll of the 2012 Republican presidential primary campaign season, conducted by the Des Moines Register. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 26, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that central Minnesota voters had the opportunity to meet gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner’s running mate, lieutenant-governor candidate Jim Mulder at the Granite City Days parade in St. Cloud.

Summary: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann will officially launch her campaign for president on Monday, June 27, 2011 in Waterloo, Iowa. … Michele Bachmann’s political resume. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 21, 2010, Aubrey Immelman featured a prophetic view of BP’s Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil drilling catastrophe from a Christian fundamentalist, conspiracy-theorist perspective.

Summary: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, third-term Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, announced on June 13, 2011 at the GOP presidential debate in Manchester, N.H., that she had filed papers to seek the office of President of the United States. With the filing, Bachmann suspended her congressional campaign and is no longer actively seeking re-election as U.S. Representative in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. … Psychological profile: Michele Bachmann has a “congenial competitor” (happy warrior) personality type, with a mixed Dominant /controlling and Outgoing /congenial primary personality pattern and secondary features of the Ambitious /confident personality style. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 13, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that a paper by Harvard University fellow Matt Waldman, published by the London School of Economics, asserted that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) not only funds and trains Taliban fighters in Afghanistan but is officially represented on the movement’s leadership council, giving it significant influence over operations.

Apr 23rd, 2011

Summary: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has been named to Time magazine’s 2011 list of 100 “most influential” people. Rush Limbaugh wrote the citation and Aubrey Immelman offers perspective. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 23, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ignored criticism from President Barack Obama and signed into law a bill supporters said would take handcuffs off police in dealing with illegal immigration in Arizona, the nation’s busiest gateway for human and drug smuggling from Mexico.

Summary: At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, former President Bill Clinton said that Rep. Michele Bachmann’s assertion that the United States has the best health care system in the world is not true and that the new crop of Republicans in Congress are living “in a parallel universe divorced from reality with no facts.” Clinton was responding to comments Bachmann made during her Tea Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on February 10, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that U.S. Marines fired smoke rounds and armored vehicles maneuvered close to Taliban positions to test insurgent defenses ahead of an anticipated attack on Marjah, the biggest militant-controlled town in southern Afghanistan.

Summary: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has unveiled a plan for cutting $400 billion in federal spending that includes freezing Veterans Affairs Department health care spending and cutting veterans’ disability benefits. Veterans of Foreign Wars said Bachmann was “totally out of step with America’s commitment to our veterans”; Veterans for Common Sense said they were “outraged” that Bachmann’s proposal “would leave veterans twisting in the wind”; and Disabled American Veterans called Bachmann’s ideas “ill-advised,” “nothing short of heartless” and “wrong-headed.” … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on January 29, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that an unrepentant Tony Blair defended his decision to join the United States in attacking Iraq, invoking the discredited neocon argument before a panel investigating the war that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks made the threat of weapons of mass destruction impossible to ignore.