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June 1, 2013
Re "Bachmann bows out of House race," May 30 Now that Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann's star is waning in Washington, she will do what 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin did and cash in before she becomes politically irrelevant. Watch for the 2012 GOP presidential primary candidate to make millions delivering speeches, becoming a conservative media star with her own television or radio show, writing a book or doing something else lucrative. It is all very predictable these days - national politics as a stepping stone to great wealth in the partisan celebrity-media circus.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Two major topics of conversation are burning up the Twittersphere these days: Miley Cyrus and the government shutdown. Both came together on Saturday night when Cyrus hosted "SNL" and starred in a racy video called "We Did Stop (the government)" where she plays a crotch-grabbing, tongue-wagging Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) alongside Taran Killam's white-leotard-wearing Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio). Needless to say, the 20-year-old pop star's performance, which includes her licking an Abraham Lincoln doll and twerking with Boehner while singing a chorus riffing on her popular "We Can't Stop" tune, is generating a lot of buzz on the interwebs.
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NEWS
November 7, 2012 | By Danielle Ryan
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann has narrowly won a fourth term in Congress, defeating Democrat and businessman Jim Graves after an unexpectedly tough campaign. "It has truly been an honor and a privilege to represent the people of Minnesota's Sixth District in Congress, and I am humbled that they have placed their trust in me for another term," Bachmann said in a statement. For most of the night the race was too close to call with only a few hundred votes separating the two candidates, but Bachmann eventually edged ahead and secured her victory by about 4,000 votes.
OPINION
June 1, 2013
Re "Bachmann bows out of House race," May 30 Now that Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann's star is waning in Washington, she will do what 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin did and cash in before she becomes politically irrelevant. Watch for the 2012 GOP presidential primary candidate to make millions delivering speeches, becoming a conservative media star with her own television or radio show, writing a book or doing something else lucrative. It is all very predictable these days - national politics as a stepping stone to great wealth in the partisan celebrity-media circus.
NEWS
July 7, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign is running its first TV spot in Iowa, one in which the Minnesota conservative portrays herself as a unifying force within the GOP. The brief ad, dubbed “Waterloo,” hits all of the candidate’s favorite themes: that she was born in Iowa, that she’s a mother and a foster parent, a former tax attorney, and a fiscal conservative. Aiming directly for "tea party" voters, Bachmann notes her opposition to the Wall Street bailout and the Democratic stimulus bill.
NEWS
September 15, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Add Michele Bachmann's former campaign manager to those who believe the presidential candidate went too far in linking a cervical cancer vaccine to mental retardation. Ed Rollins, in an interview Wednesday evening on MSNBC, said Bachmann's attacks on Texas Gov. Rick Perry's mandatory vaccination program for young girls in Texas had been effective -- until she brought up the possibility of “dangerous side effects” in television interviews. “She'd had been better if she stayed on issue,” Rollins told Chris Matthews on “Hardball,” the issue was the governor's executive orders, and whether he made a mistake.
OPINION
September 14, 2011
As GOP presidential candidates tussle over the latest issue to split the field — oddly enough, it's the rather obscure question of whether states should mandate vaccinating girls against a sexually transmitted virus — it's hard to tell which one ends up looking worst. But our vote goes to Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, whose rumor-mongering rampage against a safe and effective vaccine could discourage parents from protecting their daughters against cancer. During Monday's debate, Bachmann and former Sen. Rick Santorum lashed out at Texas Gov. Rick Perry over his 2007 executive order that Texas schoolgirls had to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (the order was later overturned by the state legislature)
NEWS
May 10, 2012 | By Dan Turner
So it turns out that Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, a former GOP presidential contender who has made a political career out of wrapping herself in the American flag and questioning the patriotism of her ideological opponents, is a dual Swiss citizen. That's pretty delicious for those who find the jingoistic isolationism of the " tea party" movement tiresome, but I take Bachmann at her word that she's an accidental Heidi. And that's a shame, because a little more exposure to places like Switzerland might broaden her worldview, if not her politics.
NEWS
May 29, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann, a conservative sensation and briefly a Republican presidential front-runner, announced Wednesday that she won't seek reelection to her congressional seat in 2014. The four-term Minnesota lawmaker told supporters in an online video that it was "the right decision" not to run again. She said it was not a reaction to the difficult challenge she may face to hold the seat, or to federal inquiries into her campaign finances and activities. Bachmann, who won the 2011 Iowa straw poll and showed early strength in the leadoff caucus state before her presidential bid collapsed, did not foreclose a potential future run for national office.
OPINION
June 29, 2011
Bachmann's story Re "Bachmann took aid from Uncle Sam," June 26, and "Bachmann denies that she benefited from federal aid," June 27 It's astonishing that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is actually being considered as a candidate for the United States presidency. On her financial disclosure form, she identifies the amount of money she's received from a family-owned, government-subsidized farm, but then tells Fox News, "I have never gotten a penny from it. " When CBS asked for her opinion on farm subsidies, she expressed outrage at an increase in the use of limousines in Washington.
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- With Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann opting against a reelection bid, the Democrat who nearly unseated her last November and was gunning for her again is now out of the race too. Jim Graves, a St. Cloud businessman, told the local website MinnPost that with the polarizing conservative choosing not to run -- perhaps out of fear she might lose -- his feeling was “mission accomplished.” “She wasn't representing the people...
NEWS
May 29, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Michele Bachmann isn't going to run for reelection. Plenty of folks are happy about that. I'm one of them. But it's not personal. It's practical. True, Minnesota's Republican representative and one-time GOP presidential contender doesn't get much love from the left. Heck, she doesn't get much love from the middle either. And a quick glance at the comments on stories about her reveal a certain, shall we say, unkindness and lack of respect. But pundits and others adore her because she's always good for a gaffe . Like this one, while campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination in South Carolina on Aug. 16, 2011: “Before we get started, let's all say 'Happy Birthday' to Elvis Presley today.
NATIONAL
May 29, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Michele Bachmann, the fiery conservative congresswoman from Minnesota, announced Wednesday she would not seek reelection, a move made in the face of a political challenge at home and several investigations into her failed run for the White House. Her surprise announcement had the same flair for the dramatic that led her to rank near the top of the Republican field briefly in the 2012 campaign. Two years ago she used a televised debate - the first to include eventual nominee Mitt Romney - to announce she had filed the paperwork to become an official presidential candidate.
NEWS
November 7, 2012 | By Danielle Ryan
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann has narrowly won a fourth term in Congress, defeating Democrat and businessman Jim Graves after an unexpectedly tough campaign. "It has truly been an honor and a privilege to represent the people of Minnesota's Sixth District in Congress, and I am humbled that they have placed their trust in me for another term," Bachmann said in a statement. For most of the night the race was too close to call with only a few hundred votes separating the two candidates, but Bachmann eventually edged ahead and secured her victory by about 4,000 votes.
NATIONAL
October 26, 2012 | By Kim Geiger, Washington Bureau
ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Tea party favorite Michele Bachmann dropped out of the presidential race after coming in last out of six candidates in Iowa's Republican first-in-the-nation caucuses in January. Now the three-term Minnesota congresswoman is battling to hold her congressional seat. Her opponent, Democrat Jim Graves, says Bachmann has been "distracted by her own celebrity" and has forgotten the people of her district, a swath of cornfields and suburbs just north of the Twin Cities.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
Guerrilla Girls, the anonymous women's political art collective that often appears in gorilla masks, has lent its talents  to the bid to defeat a proposed amendment that would write a ban on same-sex marriage into Minnesota's state constitution. Its artwork for the cause is a 14-foot-high by 40-foot-wide billboard image of Minnesota's conservative Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann, no friend to the gay rights movement. The sign, high above a busy intersection in downtown Minneapolis, deploys a fragmentary quote from Bachmann - “we all have the same civil rights” - to unwillingly enlist her as a spokeswoman for the side she opposes.
NATIONAL
December 27, 2009 | By Kathleen Hennessey
When Michele Bachmann took the podium at a rally against health legislation this month, she dutifully hit the highlights of the Republican argument against the bill: It's too expensive, it will depress wages, it punishes the middle class. But because she is Michele Bachmann, she did not stop there. In less than eight minutes, the Minnesota congresswoman told the cheering crowd of conservative activists that the Democratic healthcare bill isn't just bad policy -- it's unconstitutional.
NATIONAL
September 13, 2011 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
A 2007 executive order by Texas Gov. Rick Perry has become the latest post-debate headache for the Republican presidential front-runner, who was accused of "crony capitalism" Tuesday by Rep. Michele Bachmann. The fight over requiring vaccinations for young girls — which surfaced in Monday's Florida debate — involved government prerogatives and cancer. But it also had a strong moral subtext: Bachmann and other social conservatives objected to forcible inoculations against a disease spread by sexual activity, while Perry defended himself with the language of the antiabortion movement.
NEWS
October 16, 2012 | By Danielle Ryan
WASHINGTON - Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has raised nearly $4.5 million between July and September to fund what is turning out to be her toughest reelection campaign yet. The fundraising haul leaves Bachmann with about $3.5 million in cash on hand at her disposal for the final weeks of the campaign - although reports filed with the Federal Election Commission Monday show that she still owes about $607,000 from her failed presidential campaign....
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