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12:35 PM ET, August 12, 2007


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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 …
The New Republic:
VIVA HUCKABEE!:  —  Here's when I realized Mike Huckabee might be on the verge of something: Shortly after 1 o'clock, Laura Ingraham, our intrepid emcee, introduced each of the straw poll candidates.  Because Romney was speaking immediately after the introductions, and because he'd clearly bused …
Discussion: The Debate Link
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.
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Romney says straw poll win isn't hollow  —  WASHINGTON - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney refused Sunday to let low turnout and the absence of some notable opponents diminish his dominant victory in Iowa's Republican Party Straw Poll.  —  Romney said the straw poll did just what it was designed to do …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Romney wins big, Huckabee second
Chase Martyn / Iowa Independent:
Romney Wins Straw Poll, Huckabee Takes Second
Discussion: Marc Cooper
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Help Me Uncle Sam!
The Atlantic Online:
AMES: The Romney Victory
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Analysis: Huckabee's 2nd-Place 'Win' in Ames
Reid Wilson / TIME: Real Clear Politics:
Iowa Dispatch: Instant Analysis
Discussion: Time, Iowa Voice and New York Times
Lisa Wangsness / Boston Globe:
Romney pulls out all the stops for Iowa GOP straw poll today
Robert J. Samuelson / Newsweek:
Greenhouse Simplicities  —  We in the news business often enlist in moral crusades.  Global warming is among the latest.  Unfortunately, self-righteous indignation can undermine good journalism.  Last week's NEWSWEEK cover story on global warming is a sobering reminder.
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.
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 …
Surveillance video of J'lem shooting  —  (Video) Tapes of Friday gunfire in Old City clearly show Arab-Israeli man grabbing guard's gun and firing it repeatedly, disproving claims that he had been innocent and was 'murdered for nothing'  —  VIDEO - Surveillance videos clearly show Ahmad Mahmoud Khatib …
Dore Gold / Opinion Journal:
The Dangers of 'Peace' Making  —  America's latest efforts merely entrenched al Qaeda in the Gaza Strip.  —  The U.S. and other Western powers are pushing for a new Israeli-Palestinian breakthrough, to help contain Iran and undercut the appeal of al Qaeda and radical Islam.
Discussion: Power Line
Gateway Pundit:
CHOPPER BLOGGING Over Gaza and the West Bank
Discussion: Power Line
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The truth behind the Pollack-O'Hanlon trip to Iraq  —  Last Wednesday, I interviewed Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution regarding the trip he recently took to Iraq and the highly publicized Op-Ed in the New York Times about his trip, co-written with his Brookings colleague, Ken Pollack.
Discussion: Alternate Brain
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
US doles out millions for street cameras  —  Local efforts raise privacy alarms  —  WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security is funneling millions of dollars to local governments nationwide for purchasing high-tech video camera networks, accelerating the rise of a "surveillance society" …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Warm-mongers and cheeseburger imperialists  —  Something rather odd happened the other day.  If you go to NASA's Web site and look at the "U.S. surface air temperature" rankings for the lower 48 states, you might notice that something has changed.  —  Then again, you might not.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and Althouse
David Streitfeld / Los Angeles Times:
Foreclosures may spur price drops  —  On L.A.'s edges, soaring repossessions could set off a downward spiral.  —  Major lenders are repossessing homes in Southern California much faster than they can sell them, a development that could set off a downward spiral of price cuts and more foreclosures.
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
The Road Not Taken  —  This isn't news, though it's still infuriating: … I remember hearing those speeches and thinking: oh, thank God.  Back in late 2001 and early 2002, I was giving Bush the benefit of the doubt — I hadn't thought much of him before, but 9/11 did seem to have concentrated …
Peter J. Boyer / New Yorker:
MAYBERRY MAN  —  Is what New York never liked about Rudy Giuliani exactly what the heartland loves? … The South Carolina State House, a grand, copper-domed structure in downtown Columbia, is a showplace for the state's long history of hellbent defiance.  The most prominent feature …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and TalkLeft
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Bushra Juhi / Associated Press:
5 U.S. soldiers killed south of Baghdad
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Tory plan for red tape 'tax cut'
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Associated Press:
Embattled AG Gonzales visits Baghdad
Andrew Anthony / Observer:
When did the police start collaring television?
Discussion: normblog
Local Minister, Helper Charged With Assault
Ahmed Rashid / Washington Post:
Musharraf's State of Emergency
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Antony Jay / Times of London:
Confessions of a BBC liberal
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SC 2 Linked To Sami Al-Arian Investigation
Mike Allen / The Politico:
New Iraq report to warn of attack
Peter Beaumont / Observer:
Fatigue cripples US army in Iraq