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9:30 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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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Replay and The Moderate Voice
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
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 …
Ballot Box:
Bachmann wins Ames straw poll; Ron Paul takes second place  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) emerged victorious Saturday in an influential straw poll of Republican voters in Ames, Iowa, cementing her status as the early frontrunner for February's caucuses in the state.
Fox News:
Perry Makes It Official: He's Running for President  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry tossed his cowboy hat into the ring Saturday, shaking up the GOP race as he puts his undefeated political record on the line in his first presidential rodeo.  —  “It is time to get America working again and that's …
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.
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
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
msnbc.com:   SC Gov. Haley: Perry's ‘timing was brilliant’
CNN:
Perry announces presidential bid
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Impolitic
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 …
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