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10:35 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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The Caucus:
Pawlenty Drops Out of Republican Race  —  Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, left, at Thursday's debate in Ames, Iowa, with Jon M. Huntsman Jr. and Newt Gingrich.  —  DES MOINES — Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, dropped his bid for the Republican nomination for president …
Political Punch:
Pawlenty Drops Out of Presidential Race After Disappointing Straw Poll Finish  —  Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is dropping out of the Republican presidential contest, after a disappointing third place finish in the Iowa Straw Poll yesterday.  —  “We needed to get some lift to continue …
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.
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Tim Pawlenty ends presidential campaign  —  Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty said today he will end his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.  —  Pawlenty informed his supporters in a conference call and then announced his decision on ABC's This Week.
Des Moines / Iowa Caucuses:
Michele Bachmann wins Iowa Straw Poll  —  Ames — Results just announced put Michele Bachmann as the winner of today's Iowa Straw Poll.  The Minnesota congresswoman earned 4,823 votes to secure her first place finish.  —  Congressman Ron Paul finished second with 4,671 votes …
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.
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.
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Bachmann Wins Iowa, For Now: The Ticker  —  Michele Bachmann won the greatest victory of her political career the same day much of the rationale for her candidacy evaporated.  The Minnesota congresswoman came in first in the Iowa Republican straw poll, effectively removing former Minnesota …
Discussion: The Other McCain, Don Surber and GOP 12
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
CNN's Don Lemon: Marcus Bachmann ‘Elbowed Me Into A Golf Cart’
Discussion: Raw Replay and The Moderate Voice
Fox News:
Perry Makes It Official: He's Running for President
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Rick Perry announces he will join 2012 presidential field to challenge President Obama
Discussion: The Nation and Balloon Juice
Chicago Sun Times:   Texas Gov. Perry jumps into 2012 Republican race
msnbc.com:   SC Gov. Haley: Perry's ‘timing was brilliant’
The Note:
Bachmann Hammers Home Iowa Roots In Straw Poll Speech: “Everything I Needed to Know in Life I Learned in Iowa”
Discussion: blogs.abcnews.com and TPMDC
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 …
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
Charles Dameron / Wall Street Journal:
Rick Perry's Crony Capitalism Problem  —  The presidential candidate's signature economic development initiative has raised questions among conservatives.  —  Gov. Rick Perry's presidential pitch goes something like this: During one of the worst recessions in American history, he's kept his state “open for business.”
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