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3:20 AM ET, August 12, 2007


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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 …
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....
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Analysis: Huckabee's 2nd-Place 'Win' in Ames  —  AMES, Iowa — The biggest political event of the 2007 calendar year gave former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney a victory, but the biggest winner may well be former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who placed a surprising second.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Help Me Uncle Sam!  —  I'm on quasi vacation in the upper left-hand corner of the country (or at least the upper left hand corner of the lower 48, a distinction I offer in deference to my Alaskan relatives who surround me in abundance).  I haven't followed the Iowa straw poll closely …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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%.
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
Reid Wilson / TIME: Real Clear Politics:
Iowa Dispatch: Instant Analysis  —  AMES — The instant analysis would seem to show two very clear winners: Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee.  The two former governors took 31.5% and 18.1% respectively, and both are spinning the poll as nothing but a complete win.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Huckabee Celebrates Second-Place Finish  —  (Photo: Keith Bedford for The New York Times)  —  AMES, Iowa - When the Republican Straw Poll results were announced tonight, Mitt Romney had this to say: "I'm pleased as punch that I won!"  —  He was, of course, expecting to win.
Washington Post:
Romney Wins Iowa's GOP Poll
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?
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
What If They Gave A Straw Poll and Nobody Cared?
Discussion: TBogg
The Atlantic Online:   AMES: The Romney Victory
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
New York Times:
Romney Wins Iowa Straw Poll by a Sizable Margin
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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 …
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:
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.
Associated Press:
Embattled AG Gonzales visits Baghdad  —  WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, under fire at home with calls for his resignation, is spending some time in Iraq.  —  The Justice Department said that Gonzales arrived in Baghdad on Saturday for his third trip to Iraq to meet …
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