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Summary: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), criticizing the economic stimulus plan on KTLK radio in the Twin Cities with her trademark gloom-and-doom histrionics, foresees a “national rationing board,” claims “your doctor will no longer be able to make your health care decisions with you,” and catastrophizes that “we’re running out of rich people in this country.”



Summary: Some Republican politicians are taking credit in their home districts for stimulus money coming their way, even though they voted against it, but U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is going the extra mile by claiming the stimulus bill is nothing but a payoff for those who supported President Barack Obama during his election campaign.



Summary: On the 39th day after losing his 2008 primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, Aubrey Immelman reported that Pakistan was scrambling for foreign aid to ward off a possible economic meltdown while trying to contain sharply escalating violence by Islamic fundamentalists. He also highlighted looming economic problems, citing a Washington Post report that the U.S. federal deficit was soaring toward the $1 trillion mark by the end of 2008, “creating the deepest well of red ink since the end of World War II.”