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August 14, 2007



'08 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

CBS News: CBS Poll: Giuliani Maintains Strength
NY Daily News: Tougher Rudy to hit back on immigration
Newsday: Rudy and immigration

AP/Davenport: McCain Calls Iowa Poll 'Meaningless'

AP/Kuhnhenn: Romney Worth As Much As $250 Million

AP/Elliott: Presidential Race Hits Breakneck Pace

NATIONAL

Wall St. Journal: Rove's Brain: Why the White House aide drives his opponents so crazy
John Podhoretz: 'Evil genius' joins annals of dark lords



Washington Post: Karl Rove -- Counselor to the President
NY Times: Rove to Resign as Bush Aide at End of Month
Fred Barnes: Beyond Rove: He offered the president advice, not magic



Toronto Star: Bush's 'Boy Genius' leaves White House



Boston Globe: Rove helped shape a winning strategy



James Pinkerton: As Rove moves on, it's back to the future
Jonah Goldberg: Karl Rove: Bush's Napoleon
LA Times: Rove's imprint is deep; but is it lasting?
SF Chronicle: Pundits, bloggers go wild over Rove's resignation
McClatchy: Rove's departure the latest loss for Bush
Salon: The collapse of Karl Rove



Detroit Free Press: Rove mastered elections but failed on policy



Time: Karl Rove's Flawed Vision



Guardian UK: Close to tears, Bush's right-hand man bids farewell
Newsday: Editorial: Rove quits, Bush presidency in decline
Houston Chronicle: President is not expected to fill Rove position

AP/Apuzzo: Ney Aide Wore Wire to Tape Congressman

NEW YORK

NY Post: Spitz pal cuts out of probe
Albany Times-Union: Spitzer ally returns to DEC
NY Sun: Spitzer Shifts to Silence on Scandal
NY Times: Spitzer in His Element at Nascar Race

NY Sun: Cuomo Cites Phantom Policy

Newsday: Peter King recalls being brushed-off by Rove

MICHIGAN


Detroit News: Knollenberg protester warned to back off

FLORIDA

Tampa Tribune: Rove's Exit May Open Door For Crist's Stances

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August 13, 2007



'08 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

New Yorker: Is what NY never liked about Rudy Giuliani exactly what the heartland loves?
NY Post: Rudy: I'd tap my old foe Bratton
NY Post: Giuliani in energy dilemma

NY Sun: Skip Iowa Next Time
NY Daily News: Romney's no problem, say Rudy, McCain
NY Post: Romney: I blew it on sons' 'service'
American Spectator: Ready, Ames, Fire
AP/Freking: Romney: Win Not Hollow
LA Times: Romney faces fierce fight for the right
Washington Post: Romney calls Ames win a "big start"
Boston Globe: Romney wins straw poll; McCain campaigned in N.H.



CBS News: Huckabee: I'm In The Top Tier After Iowa
Wall Street Journal: Huckabee, Iowa Poll's Real Winner?



Washington Post: Tommy Thompson Leaves Race After Poor Showing in Iowa Poll
BBC UK: Tommy Thompson ends US presidential bid
Seattle Times: Thompson bows out of presidential race
NYT/Caucus: Tommy Thompson Bows Out of Race

NATIONAL



Wall Street Journal: Karl Rove to Resign At the End of August
Wall Street Journal: 'The Mark of Rove'
New York Times: Rove to Quit White House, He Tells Wall Street Journal

NEW YORK

NY Times: With Spitzer Inquiry, Albanys Eyes Are on Ethics Panel Just as It Is Changing
NY Post: Post: Open Hearings
Newsday: Spitzer touts record and new initiatives

ALABAMA

Press-Register: With See out, Alabama may have another costly Supreme Court race

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Portsmouth Herald News: Dems see Sununu as vulnerable for now

VIRGINIA

Free Lance-Star: George Allen urges unity, 'back to basics' in area visit

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August 12, 2007



'08 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

NY Times: Romney Wins Iowa Straw Poll by a Sizable Margin
Washington Post: Romney Wins Iowa's GOP Poll
ABC News: Romney Coasts to Iowa Straw Poll Win; Huckabee, Brownback Follow
CNN: Romney wins Iowa straw poll
Washington Times: Romney tops Iowa straw poll
WP/Trail: Romney Wins Handily in Straw Poll
Reuters: Romney wins Iowa Republican straw poll
AP/Glover: Romney Wins Iowa Straw Poll as Expected
AP: Iowa GOP Straw Poll Results
Real Clear Politics: Iowa Dispatch: Instant Analysis



Politico: Romney wins big, Huckabee second



Boston Globe: Romney trounces GOP field in Iowa straw poll
Chicago Tribune: Romney wins GOP straw poll; Closest challenger Huckabee
Chicago Tribune: Iowa vote could be the last straw

NYT/Caucus: Huckabee Celebrates Second-Place Finish
Byron York: Mike Huckabee makes a strong showing in the Ames straw poll
McClatchy: Iowa poll reshapes GOP field
Gazette: Straw Poll blog: Best quote from each candidate



NY Times: The Iowa Straw Poll, Mostly Barbecue and Carnival
Weekly Standard: Rudy and the Commitments against Mitt and his bank account?



AP/Glover: Iowa GOP Holds Huge Straw Poll
Des Moines Register: Candidates speak at straw poll
NYT/Caucus: The Scene in Ames
Gazette: Live from the Iowa Straw Poll
Radio Iowa: Thousands swarm Ames for Straw Poll
AP: Judge Refuses to Stop Iowa Straw Poll
NewsMax: Iowa Straw Poll a First Test for Republicans
Real Clear Politics: The Ames Futures Market

Rich Lowry: Mitt's Show
ABC News: Romney May Take Straw Poll
Des Moines Register: Romney stresses need for change
Jerusalem Post: Romney favored to win Iowa straw poll
Politico: Mitt Romney: Party pooper
Bayou Buzz: Romney, GOP Await Iowa Straw Poll Impact



NY Times: Giuliani, Substance Firm, Struggles to Secure Style
Newsday: Giuliani gives rare talk about his religious views
NY Daily News: Why Rudy can't win/Why Rudy can't lose



USA Today: Giuliani stresses caucus, not straw poll
Des Moines Register: Grassley: A mistake for Giuliani to skip Ames

Gazette: McCain says real test will be at caucuses

NYT/Caucus: Make Way for the Fred Heads

Des Moines Register: Huckabee on the bass guitar

AP/Glover: Lesser-known candidates go for the silver
WP/Trail: Death Watch in Ames



Capital Times: Tommy Thompson's swan song?

Washington Times: Primary schedule 'a mess'

NATIONAL

Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee: Healthy Americans Mean A Healthy America
Robert Novak: "King Corruption" Reigns
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Dean's down-home strategy

NEW YORK

AP/Gormley: Leaders _ again_ promise reforms following flights scandal

FLORIDA

AP/Kallestad: State Republicans ignore RNC's threat to penalize Florida

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August 11, 2007



IOWA STRAW POLL

Des Moines Register: Judge okays use of machines for straw poll
Voice of America: US Republican Presidential Candidates Compete in Iowa Straw Poll



RUDY GIULIANI

AP/Quaid: Giuliani: I Misspoke About Ground Zero
AP/Quaid: Giuliani's Faith Both Public and Private
Newsday: Giuliani: I faced same health risks as ground zero workers
NY Daily News: Rudy says he 'misspoke' on time spent at WTC
NY Times: Giuliani Missteps in Imagery of Sept. 11
NY Post: Rudy clears the air



Time: Rudy Hits the Heartland



MITT ROMNEY

NY Sun: On Eve of Iowa Straw Poll, Romney Strong
NY Times: Campaign Is a Family Project for the Romneys
AP/Johnson: Romney Adapts Business Plan to Politics
Angus Reid: Romney Leads in New Hampshire
Angus Reid: Romney Leads in Iowa

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JOHN McCAIN

Newsday: McCain still supports surge despite cost

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FRED THOMPSON

AP/Glover: Thompson Plans Initial Foray Into Iowa

Washington Post: Tancredo: Walking A Hard Line On Campaign Trail in Iowa

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AP/Glover: Iowa picks Christmas over caucus, waits for '08
AP: 2008 Primary Calendar at a Glance

LA Times: The coming election could be dangerous for the GOP's moderates and mavericks

NYT/William Safire: Cleavage Umbrage

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NATIONAL

NY Times: States Seek Change in Presidential Election Process

NEW YORK

NY Post: Gov warned: Don't hit e-mail 'delete' key
NY Daily News: Eliot foes step up quest for smoking e-mail

Newsday: Spota to probe "Choppergate" scandal?
Newsday: 'Choppergate' hearing a compelling partisan battle

NY Sun: Cuomo Seeks New Powers After Scandal
Newsday: After Bruno plot, Cuomo looks for subpoena power

MARYLAND

Baltimore Sun: State GOP is almost broke

LOUISIANA

Bayou Buzz: Louisiana Elections Buzz: Democratic Party Fact Or Smear

NEW JERSEY

AP/Delli Santi: Republican lawmaker bows out of U.S. Senate race

HAWAII

Star Bulletin: Lingle quiet over presidential primary

CALIFORNIA

SF Chronicle: Newsom, a sure bet for 2nd term, faces eclectic mix of challengers

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August 10, 2007

'08 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN



2007 IOWA STRAW POLL (SATURDAY 8/11/07)

Des Moines Register: Straw poll kicks off a great adventure
ABC News: Say What?! The Straw Poll Explained
Sioux City Journal: Voters will have thumbs dipped in indelible ink
Radio Iowa: Iowa GOP Straw Polls of past and present

Wall Street Journal: Romney Bets Big on Ames Poll



Washington Post: Romney's Cash Beckons Iowans To Straw Poll
NY Times: Romney Pushed on Conservative Credentials



Christian Science Monitor: Mitt Romney: proudly, quietly Mormon



WP/Trail: From the Sidelines, Giuliani Handicaps Iowa



Independent UK: Rudy Giuliani has confounded his conservative critics
North Denver News: Giuliani leads Fred Thompson by 5



Cincinnati Enquirer: Rudy: I'm most electable
WKLY: Giuliani Visits Cincinnati
Slate: Rudy Giuliani's health-care plan is great for insurance companies
NY Sun: Giuliani's campaign is opening a headquarters in North Dakota
NY Sun: Charlie Cook: 'Didn't Seem Possible'
Orlando Sentinel: Giuliani names Florida county chairs
NYT/City Room: The Abner Louima Case, 10 Years Later



NJ Biz: Giuliani Holds Big Lead in New Jersey, 61%-10% over McCain
AP/Delli Santi: Giuliani, Clinton still lead in N.J., new poll shows



AP/Sidoti: Analysis: GOP Rivals Target Romney



Austin American-Statesman: Romney attacks Giuliani on immigration
Politico: Romney, Brownback to both bring more than 100 buses to Ames



Campaigns & Elections: McCain to Bring S.C. Vets to Campaign
MSNBC: McCain answers Lauer's off-beat questions (video)



NY Sun: Thompson Committee Unconcerned by Primary Schedule
EarthTimes: Fred Thompson to Address VFW Convention on Aug. 21
WHO TV: Fred Thompson Plans Visit to Iowa Next Week
AP/Glover: Thompson plans initial foray into Iowa next week
Des Moines Register: Fred Thompson to mingle in Iowa
NewsMax: Fred Thompson Edges Toward September Announcement



Politico: Mike Huckabee's political ministry



Townhall: Huckabee Goes After Romney
Washington Times: Huckabee on citizenship rights
Washington Post: Huckabee: Dems Would Label Romney a Flip-Flopper
Fort Smith Times-Record: Huckabees Hopes Rest In Iowa Poll

WP/Cillizza: Brownback as Dark Horse?
LJWorld: Brownback likes chances in Ames straw poll

Hannity: Are Candidates' Spouses Fair Game?

Townhall: Pennsylvania Critical to General Presidential Win

NY Times: S. Carolina G.O.P. Moves Up Primary
AP/Sidoti: South Carolina Pushes Up GOP Primary

NATIONAL

The Hill: Daschle lashes out at GOP for zeroing in on Johnson
Politico: Veterans group launches ads to counter anti-war organizers
New York Times: First Father: Tough Times on Sidelines

NEW YORK

AP/Gormley: Senate grills investigators of Albany scandal
AP/Hester: Republicans call for suspending indicted officials
Newsday: Spitzer inspector general put in awkward position

MICHIGAN

The Hill: Recall effort vs. Walberg apparently in vain, expert says

CALIFORNIA

Arnold Schwarzenegger: State budget plan reflects Republican Party's values

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August 9, 2007



'08 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

ABC News: Romney: Giuliani's NYC 'Sanctuary' for Illegal Immigrants
Fox News: Elite Media Fears Giuliani as GOP Nominee
Village Voice: Rudy Giuliani's Five Big Lies About 9/11
Newsday: Activists: Rudy has done more for gay rights than any candidate
KUTV: Giuliani Scheduled For Quick Utah Visit

Palm Beach Post: Poll: Clinton, Giuliani tied in Florida
Central Penn BJ: Poll: Clinton would edge Giuliani in Pennsylvania
Dayton BJ: Poll: Clinton, Giuliani head to head in potential Ohio race
American Spectator: The Final Face-Off
Angus Reid: Republicans 2008: Giuliani 26%, McCain at 16%

Des Moines Register: Romney widens lead, U of I poll shows
Boston Globe: Romney lengthens lead in Iowa
Sioux City Journal: Romney wins Woodbury County GOP straw poll
Seattle PI: Romney outpaces rivals in WA money race
AP/Johnson: Romney Speaks Up for Sons' Decisions

CQ Politics: Fred Thompson on the Move
Politico: Fred to make first Iowa visit next week
AP/Sidoti: Thompson Taps Former Campaign Manager




Ann Arbor News: McCain visits Ann Arbor to shore up Michigan state support

CQ Politics: Iowa Straw Poll Will Be Make-or-Break for Tommy Thompson

US News: In Iowa, It's Make-or-Break Time for Some Candidates
Washington Times: Pro-life only choice for Republicans in Iowa

Politico: Race to be first unsettles campaign
CQ Politics: South Carolina, New Hampshire Expected to Move Up Primary Dates

NATIONAL

Ann Coulter: Absolutely Fabulist: The New Republic has gone mad

AP/Blood: GOP Hopes to Make Inroads With Hispanics

NEW YORK

Newsday: Spitzer inspector general put in awkward position
Newsday: Senate begins public meeting on Spitzer scandal
NY Daily News: Governor staffers clammed up in Attorney General probe
NY Times: Bruno Case Inquiry Suspended
NY Daily News: Spitzer guilty until proven innocent

MAINE

Boston Globe: Laura Bush attends fundraiser for Maine Republican Party

SOUTH CAROLINA

AP/Sidoti: South Carolina poised to push up primary
NY Times: South Carolina G.O.P. Plans to Move Up Primary
Boston Globe: S.C. Republicans to hold earlier primary

MISSISSIPPI

CQ Politics: After Easy Primary, Eaves is Longshot Against Mississippi Gov. Barbour
Clarion Ledger: Open primaries: Not the 'end all' some suggest

MINNESOTA

Post-Bulletin: Drazkowski prevails in District 28B special election
CQ Politics: Al Franken Running Hard for Minnesota Senate Seat ... Seriously

LOUISIANA

Bayou Buzz: Louisiana Election Buzz: Jindal and Open Debates

SOUTH DAKOTA

AP/Brokaw: Public will expect to see ailing senator during trip home

CALIFORNIA

LA Times: Budget deadlock stalls Schwarzenegger agenda

MICHIGAN

Hill News: Peters to challenge Knollenberg

ILLINOIS

CQ Politics: Illinois Candidates Start Petition Drives for Earliest-Ever Primary

OKLAHOMA

CQ Politics: Oklahoma Senator Inhofe Faces Challenger From State Legislature

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August 8, 2007



'08 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

Washington Post: Giuliani Sitting Out Iowa? Don't Bet on It



Newsday: In Iowa, Giuliani touts resume, averts personal questions
Des Moines Register: Giuliani: Religious test wrong for candidates
NY Daily News: Rudy dodges questions about whether he's a 'good Catholic'



Des Moines Register: Giuliani says his religion is between him, his priest
AP/Glover: Giuliani questioned about Catholicism

NY Sun: Rudy's Realization
Miami Herald: Giuliani codifies his campaign
AP/Quaid: Giuliani Keeps Combative Style in Check
AP/Glover: Giuliani calls for tougher laws to combat sexual abuse of children
AP/Blood: Giuliani adviser left Nevada GOP in rift over Minuteman fliers
NY Daily News: Rudy's real tax record
NY Sun: Giuliani and His Shadow, Flip'



Times UK: A vote Giuliani can count on his daughter will support other party



USA Today: 'Mitt unplugged' video of argument with radio host getting thousands of views
NY Sun: Romney Allows Rare Glimpse Into Mormon Faith
Deseret News: Romney's off-air defense of faith gets lots of Internet attention
Newsday: Playing politics with religious fervor

American Spectator: McCain's Conservative Moment



AHN: Gingrich Predicts A Democratic Win In 2008
VOA News: Gingrich to Decide by October on US Presidential Bid

Washington Post: Iowa Straw Poll: When a Poll Is Not Really a Poll

NATIONAL

NY Times: Army Says Soldiers Articles for Magazine Were False
American Spectator: New Recklessness at the New Republic
Althouse: "Did Scott Thomas Beauchamp lie under oath to U.S. Army investigators,
or did he lie to his editors at the New Republic?"


Washington Times: Republicans pan Specter immigration alternative

American Spectator: Conservative Judges, Liberal Crisis

NEW YORK

NY Times: Spitzer Acknowledges Need to Wield Power With Humility
AP/Gormley: Spitzer: 'Passion' for reform, lack of humility allowed scandal
Newsday: Amid scandal, Spitzer turns to philosophy
Newsday: Elmira senator heads Spitzer-Bruno hearing

NY Post: State won't snitch on abused illegals

Buffalo News: Buffalo Republicans join list of endangered species

SOUTH CAROLINA

Hot Air: Grahamnesty censured by SC countys Republican party

FLORIDA

Tampa Tribune: Florida's GOP Joins Primary Rule Fight
AP/Farrington: State Republicans to challenge punishment over early primary

MICHIGAN

Detroit Free Press: Make state matter more with early primaries

MISSISSIPPI

AP/Pettus: Barbour, Eaves Win Miss. Primaries
AP: Party system ruling appealed

ALASKA



Anchorage Daily News: Friendly crowd welcomes Stevens

NEW JERSEY

Asbury Park Press: GOP chief quits federal job

SOUTH CAROLINA

Greensville News: Graham stands by his actions
Union Leader: South Carolina GOP to announce its primary date in Concord

WASHINGTON



KNDO: Republican leaders say Rossi is still their choice to run for Governor
AP: No GOP backup plan if Rossi doesn't run for governor

SOUTH DAKOTA

AP/Jalonick: Ailing Senator Returning Home to SDakota

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