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9:15 PM ET, August 13, 2011

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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Michele Bachmann wins the Ames Straw Poll  —  Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., center, arrives at a breakfast before the GOP Ames Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)AMES, Iowa — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann scored …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Ames Actually Matters  —  It is easy to make fun of the Ames Straw Poll.  It can't exactly be described as democratic when you — or the candidate hoping to secure your vote — have to pay your way into the polls.  —  But Ames has a pretty good predictive track record.
Toby Harnden / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Fried food and retail politics at the Iowa State Fair  —  On the eve of the Ames Straw Poll, the Republican candidates made a last push for votes at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines - a huge spectacle in which cattle, pigs and horses are on display as well as politicians and Iowans queue …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
CNN's Don Lemon: Marcus Bachmann ‘Elbowed Me Into A Golf Cart’  —  The strangest story of the Ames Straw Poll seems to have happened long before the poll itself.  CNN anchor Don Lemon reported on a “very disturbing” incident with Rep. Michele Bachmann, who he claimed had his security …
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Rick Perry's presidential run reorders 2012 landscape  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. - It sounds like a political fairy tale: Months of campaigning by nearly a dozen candidates have left Republicans restless and worried.  No one quite fits the bill.  Less than six months remain before the primaries.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Promising Better Direction, Perry Enters Race  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Gov. Rick Perry of Texas announced Saturday that he was running for president, declaring it was “time to get America working again” as he sought to offer the Republican Party a well-rounded candidate who appeals …
CNN:
Bachmann & Paul camps getting supporters to the straw poll  —  Ames, Iowa (CNN) - Need an early indication that Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota could do very well at Saturday's GOP presidential straw poll in Ames, Iowa?  —  Here's one: A source close to the Bachmann campaign tells CNN …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama campaign: Perry's record a ‘carbon copy’ of DC Republicans  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) record is a “carbon copy” of Washington Republicans, President Obama's reelection campaign said of the newest candidate for the GOP presidential nomination.  —  The Obama campaign sought …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Bachmann Wins Iowa Straw Poll  —  AMES, Iowa — Michele Bachmann's high-intensity, Tea Party-inspired critique of President Obama propelled her to a first-place finish in the straw poll here Saturday, giving her presidential campaign a boost even as the field of rivals expanded to include Texas governor Rick Perry.
CNN:
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll  —  Ames, Iowa (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann won a narrow victory at the Ames Straw Poll, outpacing Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in a vote that cements Bachmann's status as the Iowa frontrunner …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Note
msnbc.com:
SC Gov. Haley: Perry's ‘timing was brilliant’
Discussion: GOP 12 and Freedom's Lighthouse
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Rick Perry announces he will join 2012 presidential field to challenge President Obama
Discussion: TheGazette, Balloon Juice and Guardian
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Ames Straw Poll: A viewers guide
Discussion: The Note, CNN, Gothamist and Booman Tribune
The Note:
Bachmann Hammers Home Iowa Roots In Straw Poll Speech: “Everything I Needed to Know in Life I Learned in Iowa”
Discussion: TPMDC and blogs.abcnews.com
Iowa Caucuses:
Gay teen who heckled Bachmann speaks
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and ThinkProgress
The Note:
Nikki Haley Calls Rick Perry's Timing for Announcement “Brilliant”  —  ABC News' Arlette Saenz (@arlettesaenz) reports: Hours before Perry's official announcement, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called Texas Governor Rick Perry's timing for his announcement “brilliant.”  —  “I think his timing was brilliant.
Discussion: CNN
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CNN:
Perry announces presidential bid
Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
Perry's entrance to shake up the Republican presidential field
Mhovey / Rick Perry for President:
Why I'm Running  —  What I learned in my 20's traveling the globe as an Air Force pilot, our current president has yet to acknowledge in his 50's - that we are the most exceptional nation on the face of the earth.  —  As Americans, we believe freedom is a gift from God, and government's prime function is to defend it.
Norman Podhoretz / Wall Street Journal:
What Happened to Obama?  Absolutely Nothing.  —  He is still the same anti-American leftist he was before becoming our president.  —  It's open season on President Obama.  Which is to say that the usual suspects on the right (among whom I include myself) are increasingly being joined …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
They have no idea what they're doing  —  Journalistic standards and modern political norms place some restrictions on what a reporter can and will say in a news article.  It's what too often leads to unhelpful he-said-she-said reporting ("Eric Cantor today said two plus two equals five; Democrats and mathematicians disagreed").
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Ordinary Americans Continue to Deliver Progressive Messages at Republican Town Hall Meetings  —  Two years ago, a concerted effort by a corporate-funded Tea Party movement to get conservatives out to town hall meetings changed the dynamic in Washington on health care reform and paved …
 
 
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