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12:30 AM ET, August 14, 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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:
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 …
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Bachmann Wins Iowa, For Now: The Ticker
Discussion: The Other McCain, GOP 12 and Don Surber
Fox News:
Perry Makes It Official: He's Running for President
CNN:
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll
Ballot Box:
Bachmann wins Ames straw poll; Ron Paul takes second place
Des Moines / Iowa Caucuses:
Michele Bachmann wins Iowa Straw Poll
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Rick Perry announces he will join 2012 presidential field to challenge President Obama
msnbc.com:
SC Gov. Haley: Perry's ‘timing was brilliant’
Discussion: GOP 12 and Freedom's Lighthouse
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 Talking Points Memo
CNN:
Perry announces presidential bid
Chicago Sun Times:   Texas Gov. Perry jumps into 2012 Republican race
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.
JSOnline:
Prosser's recount got ample funding  —  Lawyer who worked on justice's behalf has case pending before court  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - A Philadelphia philanthropist and his wife gave Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser $100,000 this spring for his recount effort …
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
New York Times:
White House Debates Fight on Economy  —  WASHINGTON — As the economy worsens, President Obama and his senior aides are considering whether to adopt a more combative approach on economic issues, seeking to highlight substantive differences with Republicans in Congress and on the campaign trail rather …
BART:
Statement on temporary wireless service interruption in select BART stations on Aug. 11  —  Organizers planning to disrupt BART service on August 11, 2011 stated they would use mobile devices to coordinate their disruptive activities and communicate about the location and number of BART Police.
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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").
 
 
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Edward Glaeser / Bloomberg:
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The Note:
Nikki Haley Calls Rick Perry's Timing for Announcement “Brilliant”
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
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Discussion: The Jawa Report and Runnin' Scared
Alister Bull / Reuters:
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Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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