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January 4, 2012 | By James Oliphant
In the wake of a bottom-feeder finish in the Iowa GOP caucuses, Michele Bachmann ended a presidential bid Wednesday that once held so much promise in this state. “Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, and so I have decided to stand aside,” she said at a morning news conference. Bachmann called on Republicans to unify behind the ultimate nominee, but did not say whom she would support. It was only five months ago, in August, that Bachmann, an Iowa native, captured the Ames Straw Poll, a test of a candidate's strength among influential conservatives in the state and a victory that appeared to establish her as a force to be reckoned with.
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October 7, 2013 | By David Horsey
The government shutdown has revealed the impressive skill of tea party Republicans to say untrue things with sincerity so convincing that they almost sound as if they believe what they are saying. Michele Bachmann, with her toothy grin and startling wide-eyed stare, is especially adept at this. The other day, the queen of the House tea party was standing before the TV cameras at the World War II Memorial with her arm around a frail-looking veteran of that war. A group of ancient vets had come to the capital for an event at the memorial only to find they couldn't get in because of the government shutdown.
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NEWS
May 10, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmannis downplaying reports that she and her family recently became Swiss citizens, saying she has technically enjoyed dual citizenship since she married her husband in 1978. Bachmann's husband Marcus is eligible for Swiss citizenship because his parents are Swiss immigrants, but he only recently registered with the Swiss government, Politico reported earlier this week. Michele Bachmann and her three youngest children became Swiss citizens on March 19, according to the Politico report.
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.
NEWS
July 25, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
As her presidential campaign heats up, Rep. Michele Bachmann will journey to Los Angeles in September to address a gathering of California Republicans. The conservative firebrand will serve as the keynote speaker for the opening night of the California GOP's fall convention, state party chairman Tom Del Beccaro said Monday. "We're very excited to have Congresswoman Bachmann joining us for the convention Friday night. I know her pure energy, vibrancy and leadership will be a hit with our delegates," Del Beccaro said. "This is a great opportunity for us to hear directly from one of the Republican Party's leading presidential candidates.
NEWS
January 3, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
After placing last among the six Republican presidential hopefuls who campaigned heavily in Iowa, a visibly exhausted Michele Bachmann thanked supporters Tuesday night and vowed again to make President Obama a “one-term president.” Despite having earned just 5% of the vote with most precincts reporting, Bachmann praised the caucus process, which she said “has worked.” “It's the people of Iowa who chose tonight,” she said....
NEWS
July 15, 2011 | By Melanie Mason
Rep. Michele Bachmann's $4.2 million take for the year's second fundraising quarter was buttressed by her strength with small-dollar donors. Bachmann raised nearly 75 percent of her money through donations of $200 or less. In comparison, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty got about ten percent of the $4.3 million he raised via small donors; six percent of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's $18.3 million came from low-dollar contributions. "Having gotten into the race a little over a month ago, we are pleased with the progress of our fundraising numbers," Bachmann said in a statement.
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October 21, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Yet another Republican presidential hopeful seems to have a one-state strategy. Michele Bachmann's entire paid staff in New Hampshire has quit the campaign, which is increasingly focusing all of its resources on a victory in the Iowa caucuses. WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H., first reported the departure of Bachmann's six officials, who left "over deep frustration with the campaign's lack of commitment" to the state. The Minnesota congresswoman had already been heavily focused on the Hawkeye State, and the loss of what little New Hampshire operation she had only clarifies her strategy.
NEWS
September 1, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Is the candidate with the "titanium spine" comparing herself to the Iron Lady? Michele Bachmann drew a connection with Margaret Thatcher in a speech to a veterans group today, praising the resolve of the former British prime minister along with another GOP icon, Ronald Reagan. "It took two very strong leaders on the world stage, one a woman and one a man, to reverse the course of their respective countries," Bachmann said at the American Legion convention in Minneapolis. The Minnesota congresswoman equated the Iranian hostage crisis, resolved after Reagan took office, to Thatcher's handling of the Falkland War, saying, "We should heed the lessons that they hold for dealing with those who seek to wreak havoc on peace and on democracy across the world today.
NEWS
June 27, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Mixing up an American screen legend with a serial killer -- just another day on the campaign trail, right? Michele Bachmann delivered her presidential announcement in Waterloo, Iowa, Monday because she was born there, but she inadvertently ended up reminding residents of a dark chapter in their town’s history. In an interview with Fox News Channel, Bachmann, the Minnesota conservative, pointed out that John Wayne, the actor, was from Waterloo. “That’s the kind of spirit I have, too,” Bachmann said.
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...
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
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.
NEWS
April 15, 2013 | By Morgan Little
Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn will lead a House delegation to Britain to attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Wednesday. Announced by House Speaker John Boehner's office Monday, the trip marks a culmination of Republican accolades for Thatcher following her death last week . Thatcher's conservative policies and close relationship with President Reagan won her widespread support within the GOP . “Margaret Thatcher was one of the greatest champions freedom has ever known, and her funeral gives Americans and friends around the world an opportunity to pay final respects,” Boehner said in a statement.
OPINION
February 1, 2013 | By Lee Siegel
Last week, when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta decided to allow women in the military to occupy combat positions that had once been forbidden to them, I joined in the general jubilation. This seemed to be yet another step forward for society and, of course, for women themselves. Before long, however, my jubilation turned to gloom. It suddenly seemed strange to celebrate the Pentagon as a font of justice and wisdom. This is the same entity that has sent tens of thousands of young Americans to senseless deaths in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, deaths that we know were neither vital for national security nor necessary to advance America's interests.
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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.
NEWS
August 19, 2011 | By James Oliphant
For Michele Bachmann, the hits keep coming. While on the campaign trail earlier this week, she mixed up Elvis Presley's birthday with the day he died. Now, she has apparently brought an Elvis-era menace back from the dead, citing in an interview the growing might of - the Soviet Union. According to the liberal website Think Progress, Bachmann, whose grasp of history on the trail at times has been somewhat shaky, said during a radio interview Thursday that Americans today are mindful of the threat posed by a rising U.S.S.R., which, like Elvis, left the building a long, long time ago. ( Listen below.
NEWS
November 13, 2011 | By Kim Geiger, Washington Bureau
As Michele Bachmann made her case for the Republican presidential nomination at a Saturday night debate, her campaign was working behind the scenes to make a different case - that the media had conspired against the Minnesota congresswoman. Earlier that afternoon, Bachmann campaign spokeswoman Alice Stewart was included in an email chain between CBS staff that suggested Bachmann would not get many questions at the CBS/National Journal debate because “she's nearly off the charts” in recent polls.
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.
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