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8:40 AM ET, August 12, 2007


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The Atlantic Online:
AMES: Romney WIns; Huckabee In Second  —  Gov Mitt Romney won the 2007 Ames straw poll, receiving 4516 votes, or 31%.  —  In a surprise, Gov. Mike Huckabee finished second with 2587 votes at 18.1%  —  11. John Cox with 41 votes.  —  10. John McCain with 101 votes.  —  9. Duncan Hunter with 174 votes.
Des Moines Register:
Romney wins, Huckabee in 2nd  —  Ames, Ia.  — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney emerged on top at Iowa GOP's straw poll Saturday in Ames.  —  The win boosted the former Massachusetts governor's standing as the party's frontrunner in Iowa, although attendance at this first show …
Washington Post:
Romney Wins Iowa's GOP Poll  —  Victory Highlights Strategy Difference With Giuliani  —  With a convincing victory in the Republican straw poll here Saturday, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney vaulted himself into the next phase of a presidential nomination battle pitting …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS and Vox Popoli
Chase Martyn / Iowa Independent:
Romney Wins Straw Poll, Huckabee Takes Second  —  Over an hour late, the results were announced.  —  14,302 ballots were cast.  The vote tallies, in reverse order, are below:  —  11th place: John Cox (41 votes, 0.3%)  —  10th place: John McCain (101 votes, 0.7%)  —  9th place: Duncan Hunter (174 votes, 1.2%)
Discussion: Marc Cooper and Reason Magazine
The Atlantic Online:
Straw Poll Results Delayed Due To Voting Machine Malfunction  —  AMES — The announcement of tonight's straw poll results has been delayed due to what one informed source says was a voting machine malfunction.  About 4,500 ballots had to be re-run.  We are waiting....
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Ames results: Quick notes  —  Romney's 31.5% victory is almost exactly what then-Gov. Bush picked up at Ames in 1999, but Romney's margin over his nearest competitor was higher than what Bush won with.  Romney bested Mike Huckabee by 13% while Bush defeated Steve Forbes by 10%.
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Romney wins Iowa straw poll as expected  —  AMES, Iowa - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won an easy and expected victory in a high-profile Iowa Republican Party Straw Poll on Saturday, claiming nearly twice as many votes as his nearest rival.  —  Romney had been expected to win …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Help Me Uncle Sam!
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Reid Wilson / TIME: Real Clear Politics:
Iowa Dispatch: Instant Analysis
Discussion: Iowa Voice and Time
The Atlantic Online:   AMES: The Romney Victory
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:   Huckabee Celebrates Second-Place Finish
Patrick Ruffini /   Huckabee!  —  Ames results are as follows:  —  Mitt Romney 4516 votes (31.0%)
Talking Points Memo:   RESULTS FROM AMES  —  So, how'd things turn out in the Ames Straw Poll?
Associated Press:   Iowa Republican Party holds straw poll
Mark Preston / CNN:   Romney wins Iowa GOP straw poll
Eye /
Romney wins; conservatives split
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Open Left
Lisa Wangsness / Boston Globe:
Romney pulls out all the stops for Iowa GOP straw poll today
Gail Collins / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: Republicans in the Straw
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Iowa teens churn out activism in Ames
Discussion: The Politico
Washington Post:
How the Fight for Vast New Spying Powers Was Won  —  For three days, Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, had haggled with congressional leaders over amendments to a federal surveillance law, but now he was putting his foot down.  "This is the issue," said the plain-spoken …
Charles Levinson / Telegraph:
Hizbollah buys frontier land to attack Israel  —  Hizbollah is buying up large tracts of land owned by Christians and other non-Shias in southern Lebanon as the militant group rebuilds its defences in preparation for a new war with Israel, The Sunday Telegraph has been told.
Antony Jay / Times of London:
Confessions of a BBC liberal  —  The BBC has finally come clean about its bias, says a former editor, who wrote Yes, Minister  —  In the past four weeks there have been two remarkable changes in the public attitude to the BBC.  The first and most newsworthy one was precipitated …
Discussion: alicublog
Joshua Zumbrun / Washington Post:
The Sacrifices of Albania's 'Sworn Virgins'  —  A Rockville Filmmaker Tells Of an Old Custom That Both Liberates and Limits Women  —  When the Albanian journalist and author Elvira Dones was traveling in the mountains of northern Albania, she asked for directions from someone she thought …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Mike Allen / The Politico:
New Iraq report to warn of attack  —  The Bush administration is finishing a National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq that paints a sobering picture of a mature civil war unlikely to be snuffed out through political progress, according to officials involved in the report's preparation.
Local Minister, Helper Charged With Assault  —  Flowers, Bassitt Allegedly Dragged Girl Behind Van  —  SAN ANTONIO — A local minister and one of his assistants Friday were charged with aggravated assault in connection with a Nueces County dragging incident.
Bill Roggio / Weekly Standard:
The Army Responds  —  I recently emailed Col. Steve Boylan asking for whatever information he could provide regarding the status of the investigation of Scott Thomas Beauchamp.  Here is his response:
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