Michele Bachmann

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Bachmann: If 'Called,' I'll Run for Franken's Seat

The fiery Christian conservative shared the news with televangelist Jim Bakker

(Newser) - Conservative firebrand Michele Bachmann says she's mulling a run for Al Franken's Senate seat, the Star Tribune reports. The former Minnesota congresswoman, whose controversial remarks helped make her a mainstay in 2012 Republican primary coverage, recently shared the news on The Jim Bakker Show , though she told the...

Michele Bachmann: Jesus Is 'Coming Soon'

After trip to Israel, she encourages Jews to convert before it's too late

(Newser) - She may no longer be a presidential frontrunner or even a member of Congress, but Michele Bachmann can still generate headlines. In this case, it's for a radio interview following a trip to Israel in which she encouraged Jews to convert to Christianity because Jesus is "coming soon,...

Bachmann: Obama Is Like Germanwings Co-Pilot

Iran deal 'flying nation into rocks,' she says

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann is now a private citizen, not a House lawmaker or presidential candidate, but she has still managed to find her way into the news with a provocative Facebook post likening President Obama to Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz . "With his Iran deal, Barack Obama is for the 300...

Bachmann Gets Security Detail After ISIS Threat

She appears in militant video, sources say

(Newser) - ISIS' new target: Rep. Michele Bachmann? The outspoken conservative will have her own security detail for the final few months of her congressional career because of what federal law enforcement agencies believe is a credible threat from the militants, reports Politico . Bachmann, who steps down at the end of this...

House OKs $694M Border Bill, Obama Says No

'I'm going to have to act alone,' president says

(Newser) - House Republicans revived their bill on the US-Mexico border crisis in dramatic fashion today, passing it on a near party-line vote after winning over conservatives with tough new provisions that could threaten deportation for hundreds of thousands of immigrants already working in this country legally. President Barack Obama condemned the...

House GOP Starts Longshot Move to Impeach Holder

Lawmakers cite Fast and Furious, same-sex marriage

(Newser) - Ten angry men and Michele Bachmann have launched a longshot bid to impeach Attorney General Eric Holder. The group of conservative House Republicans plans to formally introduce the articles of impeachment today, calling for Holder's removal for refusing to turn over documents in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal,...

As GOP Eyes 2014, Tea Partiers Sit on Wallets

Party sees 'total split': insider

(Newser) - The divide between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party is growing wider, analysts say. Case in point: Politico reports that eight of the 20 most ardent members of the House pro-shutdown faction haven't given a red cent to the National Republican Congressional Committee, though midterm election are looming....

Bachmann: 'We're in God's End Times'

Because Obama is 'sending arms to terrorists'

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann says we're facing "God's end times," and she finds the proof in President Obama's actions in Syria. He recently waived some arms-export rules in order to offer "non-lethal assistance" to the opposition there, according to the National Security Council, the Hill notes....

Christian Group Sends Truly Awkward Gift to Bachmann

So, they thought they were sending a massager...

(Newser) - So you decide to send an electronic head massager to your favorite congresswoman, who struggles with migraines. Seems like a nice gesture ... unless you forget to double-check what you're actually mailing. Strategy Group for Media, a conservative Christian political consulting firm, apparently forgot to do that ... which is how...

Bachmann Aide Busted in Office Theft

Javier Sanchez fired following surveillance footage evidence

(Newser) - An aide to Michele Bachmann has been arrested for allegedly stealing from her congressional office; now Javier Sanchez has been fired, NBC4 reports. After thefts were reported in February and March, police laid a trap for the perpetrator: They put a pair of envelopes, one labeled "Petty Cash" and...

Pelosi Has Short Response to Bachmann on Gay Rulings

'Who cares?'

(Newser) - One of the most-circulated comments in the wake of today's Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage came from Nancy Pelosi. She and others at a news conference were asked to respond to remarks from Michele Bachmann, who earlier said: "Marriage was created by the hand of God. No...

Huckabee on DOMA Case: 'Jesus Wept'
Huckabee on DOMA Case: 'Jesus Wept'

Huckabee on DOMA Case: 'Jesus Wept'

And other reactions from the right to today's Supreme Court ruling

(Newser) - Liberals who were just yesterday decrying the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act decision are today singing from the rafters over the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act . Conservatives, meanwhile, are wailing and gnashing their teeth—and here's some of the most notable and/or over-the-top examples:
  • Mike Huckabee,

Karl Rove: Bachmann Was Useless to Tea Party
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Karl Rove: Bachmann Was Useless to Tea Party

Sees opportunity for someone else to take the reins

(Newser) - Count Karl Rove as solidly among those not mourning the departure of Michele Bachmann: It will be an opening for the Tea Party,” he said today on This Week, per the National Review . “Michele Bachmann was the chairman of the congressional Tea Party caucus and in that position...

With Bachmann Out, Her Rival Leaves Politics

'Mission Accomplished,' says Jim Graves

(Newser) - Jim Graves apparently had a very specific political agenda: Defeat Michele Bachmann. The Democratic businessman came within a whisker of doing so in Minnesota last year, and now that Bachmann has announced she's not running for re-election to Congress, that would seem to be good news for Graves' political...

Nate Silver: Bachmann's Exit Great for GOP

Stats guru thinks Democrats now less likely to take the district

(Newser) - We told you yesterday that Democrats would rue the day Michele Bachmann threw in the towel , but now Nate Silver has crunched the numbers to confirm it. In his New York Times blog, Silver plots out Democratic House candidates' performance alongside how well President Obama fared in that district. Bachmann'...

Democrats, You're Going to Miss Bachmann
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Democrats, You're Going to Miss Bachmann

And fact checkers are, too: reactions

(Newser) - If you're a Democrat who found yourself cheering over the news that Michele Bachmann won't be seeking re-election next year , just stop. Bachmann just pretty much guaranteed the Republicans will manage to hold onto her seat, writes Sean Sullivan in the Washington Post . The only reason she almost...

Bachmann: I Won't Run for Re-Election

Says decision not related to ethics inquiry or poll numbers

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann, lately behind in polls and facing an ethics probe into her 2012 presidential campaign, has announced that she won't seek re-election to her Minnesota House seat, reports the New York Times . "This decision was not impacted in any way by the recent inquiries into the activities...

Bachmann Slips Behind in House Race

 Slips Behind 
 in House Race 

Bachmann Slips Behind in House Race

Jim Graves is neck-and-neck with Minnesota congresswoman

(Newser) - Things just keep getting worse for Michele Bachmann: Not only is she facing a campaign finance investigation , she's also dropping behind in the race to hold onto her House of Representatives seat, according to a new poll. The Public Policy Poll shows Democrat challenger Jim Graves leading 47% to...

Bachmann Campaign Facing Congressional Ethics Probe

Just the latest trouble for former presidential candidate

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign is being investigated by the Office of Congressional Ethics, the Daily Beast reports in a piece comparing Bachmann to the Hindenburg and the Titanic. Federal investigators are looking into alleged campaign finance improprieties, and several former campaign staffers acknowledge they've been interviewed. The allegations...

O'Reilly Goes to Bat for Obama, Hits Bachmann

Fox host criticizes her 'small ball' attacks on president

(Newser) - With Michele Bachmann attacking President Obama for his "lifestyle of excess," the White House found a surprising defender yesterday—Bill O'Reilly. The Fox News host called out Bachmann for "small ball" attacks that are more than a little factually challenged and that "trivialize" much more...

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