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10:50 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 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney wins big, Huckabee second  —  AMES, Iowa — Mitt Romney won a convincing victory among Iowa Republicans Saturday in a straw poll diminished by the absence of three of the leading GOP presidential hopefuls.  —  While Romney's 31.5 percent win had been widely forecast …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Ames Poll Produces Winner — And It May Not Be Romney  —  The Ames straw poll in Iowa has concluded in a racous day of policy and showmanship, and in the end the man who spent the most money in Iowa won the most votes.  However, the real winner may be the man who spent nothing but time and effort …
Chase Martyn / Iowa Independent:
Romney Wins Straw Poll, Huckabee Takes Second
Discussion: Marc Cooper
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Ames results: Quick notes
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Romney says straw poll win isn't hollow
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Help Me Uncle Sam!
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Analysis: Huckabee's 2nd-Place 'Win' in Ames
Reid Wilson / TIME: Real Clear Politics:
Iowa Dispatch: Instant Analysis
Discussion: Iowa Voice and Time
The Atlantic Online:   AMES: The Romney Victory
Patrick Ruffini /   Huckabee!  —  Ames results are as follows:  —  Mitt Romney 4516 votes (31.0%)
Associated Press:   Iowa Republican Party holds straw poll
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:   Huckabee Celebrates Second-Place Finish
Talking Points Memo:   RESULTS FROM AMES  —  So, how'd things turn out in the Ames Straw Poll?
Lisa Wangsness / Boston Globe:
Romney pulls out all the stops for Iowa GOP straw poll today
Mark Preston / CNN:   Romney wins Iowa GOP straw poll
Eye /
Romney wins; conservatives split
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Open Left
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Ahmed Rashid / Washington Post:
Musharraf's State of Emergency  —  LAHORE, Pakistan — President Pervez Musharraf was on the verge of imposing a state of emergency in Pakistan last week before being stopped by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and civilian advisers.  It is clear to all in this extremely tense country …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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.
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