Five years ago
Republican presidential rivals gathered in Johnston, Iowa, called for deep cuts in federal spending in a debate remarkably free of acrimony. President George W. Bush vetoed a second bill that would have expanded government-provided health insurance for children. Three car bombs exploded in the southern Shiite city of Amarah, Iraq, killing at least 25 people and wounding dozens. Ike Turner, the ex-husband of Tina Turner, died in San Marcos, Calif., at age 76.
One year ago:
President Barack Obama met at the White House with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki; afterward, the president declared that U.S. troops were leaving Iraq “with honor and with their heads held high.” Bert Schneider, 78, a producer credited with inspiring a “New Hollywood” band of independent filmmakers in the 1970s and 1980s, died in Los Angeles.