Today's Junkie: Iowa, After The Straw Poll

GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks at a rally on August 19, 2011 in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina. i i

GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks at a rally on August 19, 2011 in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina. Richard Ellis/Getty Images hide caption

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GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks at a rally on August 19, 2011 in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina.

GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks at a rally on August 19, 2011 in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina.

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Iowa had its own earthquake 11 days ago, with Michele Bachmann winning the Ames Straw Poll, followed closely behind by Ron Paul. Then came the withdrawal of Tim Pawlenty and the entrance of Rick Perry. And we are all breathless about the plans of George Pataki.

So where does Iowa stand today? This week's Political Junkie segment on Talk of the Nation focuses on the state of the battle for the Republican presidential nomination, post-Ames. Will Jon Huntsman's comments about the GOP field help his cause? Has Perry eclipsed Bachmann? Our special guest, Iowa pollster Ann Selzer, will fill us in.

Plus: the big Senate news of the week was about people who said they weren't running. Rep. Jason Chaffetz won't take on Sen. Orrin Hatch in Utah, Russ Feingold won't try to reclaim his old job in Wisconsin, and Tim Pawlenty won't try to oust Amy Klobuchar in Minnesota. Johnny Dupree, the mayor of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, yesterday won the Democratic nomination for governor — the first African American to do so in his state.

And lest we forget ... The latest ScuttleButton puzzle winner is Lisa Daly of Syracuse, N.Y. She wins a Junkie t-shirt for her correct answer to the last puzzle, "Cokie Roberts." ScuttleButton will return right after Labor Day.

Neal Conan is away, so please join guest host Rebecca Roberts and me today at 2 p.m. ET for the Junkie segment on TOTN, where you can often, but not always, find interesting conversation, useless trivia questions and sparkling jokes. And you can win a Political Junkie T-shirt!

If your local NPR station doesn't carry TOTN, you can always hear the program on the Web or on HD Radio. And if you are a subscriber to XM/Sirius radio, you can find the show there as well (siriusly).

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