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Michele Bachmann debates; Bahrain poet imprisoned; Fake Navy SEALs

(By Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Last night’s Republican debate had one clear star, who prior to the show was a very unknown commodity. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), photographed above, grabbed headlines in part by airing her interesting personal story — she was raised by a single mother, and she and her husband have raised five children of their own and 23 foster kids. The Post’s Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake report on Bachmann’s star turn.

WORLD: Bahrain woman sent to prison for a poem

A 20-year-old woman in Bahrain has been sentenced to a year in prison for reciting poetry. Convicted of anti-state charges, Ayat al-Qurmezi was beaten and tortured in custody, Amnesty International reported. According to the Associated Press:

Ayat al-Qurmezi became a minor celebrity among protesters after reciting poems critical of Bahrain’s king and prime minister during gatherings in the capital’s Pearl Square. ... One verse, addressed to King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, included the lines: “We are the people who will kill humiliation and assassinate misery. Don’t you hear their cries? Don’t you hear their screams?”

TECH: Americans flee Facebook

Though Facebook continues on its quest for world domination — with 700 million global users — six million Americans quit the site in May. It’s the first time the U.S. has reduced its Facebook members in a year. Good magazine reports that part of the decline is growing concern about privacy — and a loss of the cool cache. Once Grandma’s on Facebook, it’s just not the same anymore.

HOAXES: Fake Navy SEALs busted

In addition to a rash of lesbian bloggers who are really men, there also seems to be a growth of Navy SEALs who were never really elite special forces personnel. The Post’s Annys Shin reports on the dupes:

In Louisiana, a man duped the governor into believing he was the lone survivor of a Navy SEAL team ambushed in Afghanistan. In California, a jousting promoter said he was a SEAL veteran, not just a veteran of battles at Renaissance fairs. And in Georgia, a televangelist listed a stint with the SEALs in his online bio for years, along with bit parts in the films “Green Lantern” and “Who’s Your Caddy?” None of these men ever served in the elite Navy units.


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