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Jun 16th, 2010

Summary: The growing fear among some citizens of losing their rights and freedoms has created a political backlash toward the U.S. government and manifested itself in violent rhetoric and anti-government groups who want to “take their country back.” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews takes a hard look at the recent surge of anger on the political right in “Rise of the New Right: A Hardball Documentary with Chris Matthews.” In this blog entry, Aubrey Immelman chronicles the rise of rightwing extremism in America following the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States in November 2008. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 16, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that North Korea threatened a “fire shower of nuclear retaliation” if provoked by the U.S., but that U.S. officials were downplaying any imminent threat to the United States of a North Korean missile strike or confrontation between the two countries at sea.

Feb 19th, 2010

Summary: A small plane has crashed into a multistory office building in Austin, Texas, causing a fire and sending black smoke billowing from the seven-story structure. The building reportedly houses one or more federal agencies, so the possibility exists that this incident could be an intentional act. (Federal law enforcement officials later identified the man as Joseph Stack, 53, a software engineer with a long-standing grudge against the Internal Revenue Service.) … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on February 19, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that some Republican politicians were taking credit in their home districts for stimulus money coming their way, even though they voted against it, but that U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann went the extra mile by claiming the stimulus bill was nothing but a payoff for those who supported President Barack Obama during his election campaign.