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Summary: In a July 9, 2011 Townhall column, Bill O’Reilly opined on former President Bill Clinton’s seemingly glowing assessment of Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann as a “compelling public figure” who comes across as “real,” concluding it was merely “gamesmanship” to diminish Sarah Palin, whose major distinction from Bachmann is “personality.” However, empirical studies indicate that Palin and Bachmann, in fact, have very similar personality types. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 10, 2010, Aubrey Immelman featured Part 4 of “The Rise of the New Right: A Hardball Documentary with Chris Matthews,” titled “Who Runs the Tea Party?”

Feb 6th, 2010

Summary: Nearly 3,000 pages of e-mails that Todd Palin, husband of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, exchanged with state officials have been released to and NBC News by the state of Alaska under its public records law. The e-mails draw a picture of a Palin administration where the governor’s husband got involved in a judicial appointment, monitored contract negotiations with public employee unions, received background checks on a corporate CEO, added his approval or disapproval to state board appointments, and passed financial information marked “confidential” from his oil company employer to a state attorney. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on February 6, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that the Army was investigating an unexplained and stunning spike in suicides in January 2009. The count was said to be likely to surpass the number of combat deaths during the same period reported by all branches of the armed forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the fight against terrorism.

Jul 3rd, 2009

Summary: Research report of an investigation of the personal psychology, personality characteristics, and leadership style of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, conducted at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics and directed by Aubrey Immelman, Ph.D.

Apr 17th, 2009

Summary: Abstracts of research projects on the personality characteristics and leadership styles of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Sarah Palin, conducted at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics under the direction of Aubrey Immelman.