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Summary: Compilation of a veritable conga-line of high-profile Republican establishment figures jumping on the Ted Cruz bandwagon — Texas governor and failed GOP presidential contender Rick Perry; unsuccessful Republican presidential candidate and businesswoman Carly Fiorina; unsuccessful contender for the Republican presidential nomination, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican nominee defeated by Barack Obama; failed Republican presidential hopeful and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and, prospectively, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the first GOP contender in the unprecedentedly large Republican field to drop out of the race for the 2016 Republican nomination.

Summary: Psychological evaluation and comparison of the 10 GOP presidential contenders in the August 6, 2015 Fox News Republican candidate debate in Cleveland, Ohio.

Chronicle of Michele Bachmann’s 2011-2012 presidential campaign.

Summary: Among Republican presidential candidates, only Rep. Michele Bachmann is given relatively high marks by proponents of limited immigration and enforcing immigration law — though even Bachmann has been relatively muted on the issue of immigration. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 25, 2010, Aubrey Immelman featured a biographical profile of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann by Paul Harris of the London Observer, annotated with sidebars for context and background information.

Summary: Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s entrance into the Republican presidential primary is proving to be a headache for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, whose poll numbers are sagging — even in Iowa, where she won the Ames straw poll. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 24, 2010, Aubrey Immelman provided his weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Summary: According to a new Gallup poll, the top four Republican presidential candidates are running neck-and-neck with President Obama in national general election matchups. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 23, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that the Tom Horner for Governor of Minnesota campaign released a TV ad for the general election campaign, titled “Eyeballs.”

Summary: At the Iowa GOP / Fox News Debate in Ames, Iowa, Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty fought a rhetorical slugging match, with Bachmann likening Pawlenty to President Barack Obama and Pawlenty charging that Bachmann’s record of accomplishment in Congress “is nonexistent” and that “she has a record of misstating and making false statements.” … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 11, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported and analyzed the primary election results in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District (MN-06).

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.

Jul 14th, 2011

Summary: A new Quinnipiac poll shows Tea Party favorites Michele Bachmann (14%), Sarah Palin (12%), and Rick Perry (10%) are collectively running well ahead of Mitt Romney (25%) in the Republican presidential primary. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 14, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that eight American troops were killed in a series of attacks in the Kandahar offensive in southern Afghanistan.

Sep 20th, 2009

Summary: The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party has released a statement that characterizes Gov. Tim Pawlenty as “moving closer and closer to Representative Michele Bachmann’s extreme right-wing ideology.” … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on the 11th day after losing his 2008 primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, Aubrey Immelman, in line with his focus on national security, reported on the release of a new al-Qaida tape marking the 7th anniversary of 9/11, threatening attacks in Afghanistan; a huge suicide truck bombing that devastated the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad; and a speech by Pakistan’s new president, Asif Ali Zardari, in which he said Pakistan will not tolerate violations of its sovereignty in the name of fighting terrorism — a clear signal to the United States to avoid controversial cross-border strikes against the Taliban and al-Qaida.