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6:45 PM ET, August 6, 2011

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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Standard & Poor's has been wrong before.  But they're right now.  —  Standard Poor's decision to downgrade the United States has led to a lot of criticism of Standard Poor's.  The White House called their performance, which included a miscalculation of about $2 trillion, “amateur hour.”
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Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
White House: S&P downgrade is why Obama ‘pushed for grand bargain’  —  The White House reacted to the Standard & Poor's downgrade of the U.S. credit rating by calling for more bipartisan compromise to “put our nation on a stronger fiscal footing.”  —  But the administration didn't miss the chance to say, in essence, “I told you so.”
Josh Boak / The Politico:
S&P warns of a second downgrade  —  One day after lowering the nation's platinum triple-A credit rating, Standard & Poor's analysts warned Saturday that the U.S. government could face a second downgrade if the economy continues to struggle and the government fails to make the cuts outlined in the debt ceiling agreement.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Reuters:
China tells U.S. “good old days” of borrowing are over  —  (Reuters) - China bluntly criticized the United States on Saturday one day after the superpower's credit rating was downgraded, saying the “good old days” of borrowing were over.  —  Standard & Poor's cut the U.S. long-term credit rating …
Xinhua News Agency:
After historic downgrade, U.S. must address its chronic debt problems
Discussion: BBC, Guardian and Samizdata.net
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Standard and Poors versus Mitch McConnell
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
S&P credit rating analysis values spending cuts more than tax revenue
Discussion: The Hill and Politics
Paul Krugman:
S&P and the USA  —  OK, so Standard and Poors has gone ahead …
Walter Brandimarte / Reuters:
United States loses AAA credit rating from S&P
New York Times:
S.& P. Downgrades Debt Rating of U.S. for the First Time
New York Times:
Copter Downed by Taliban Fire; Elite U.S. Unit Among Dead  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — In the deadliest day for American forces in the nearly decade-long war in Afghanistan, insurgents shot down a Chinook transport helicopter on Saturday, killing 30 Americans, including some Navy Seal commandos …
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Associated Press:
Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan Kills Members of SEAL Team 6  —  WASHINGTON — The Associated Press has learned that more than 20 Navy SEALs from the unit that killed Osama bin Laden were among those lost in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.  —  The operators from SEAL Team Six were flown …
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
NATO copter downed; Navy SEALs among the 30 U.S. dead
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Perry prays for the U.S.  —  HOUSTON — Texas Gov. Rick Perry prayed with more than 20,000 worshipers at an all-day Christian gathering here — and while he talked about God, not the Oval Office, he repeatedly hit on the themes that would drive his potential presidential campaign.
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Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Perry Leads Prayer Rally for ‘Nation in Crisis’
Discussion: Gawker and Towleroad News #gay
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Perry's prayer gathering sets stage for national attention
Discussion: CNN and The Note
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Tea Party, Take Two  —  In the four months since I began writing an Op-Ed column, the thing that has most surprised me is how darned liberal I sound sometimes.  I know that seems like a strange thing to say, so let me explain.  —  Growing up in heavily Democratic Providence, R.I. …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Mystery Mitt Romney donor comes forward  —  The anonymous donor behind the headline-making $1 million contribution to a pro-Mitt Romney super PAC is a former Bain Capital official with long ties to the candidate, who's asking the outside group to amend its filings, POLITICO has learned.
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Alexander Bolton / Ballot Box:
Mystery Romney supporter reveals himself after calls for investigation  —  Edward Conrad, a former executive at Bain Capital, has revealed himself as the mystery donor who gave a $1 million corporate contribution to a special political action committee supporting Mitt Romney.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Former Obama Economic Adviser on Downgrade: We're ‘Pretty Darn F—ked’  —  Christina Romer, the former chair of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers on Friday offered a rather strong opinion concerning the announcement by Standard & Poor's that the credit rating agency downgraded America's debt to AA+.
Joseph Rago / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Narcissism of Big Differences  —  ‘He becomes visibly agitated. . . . He does not like to be challenged on policy grounds,’ says the House majority leader of the president.  —  New York  —  Whatever the rhetoric that preceded this week's deal, the debt-ceiling debate was never really about the debt at all.
Discussion: Hot Air, PoliPundit.com and Power Line
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Widener Law School goes Soviet, demands law professor undergo psychiatric evaluation  —  Lawrence Connell is a tenured law professor at Widener Law School in Delaware.  I have noted in prior posts that Connell was accused of a wide range of racist and sexist conduct directed at students …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Althouse
David Barboza / New York Times:
China Tells U.S. It Must ‘Cure Its Addiction to Debt’  —  SHANGHAI — China, the largest foreign holder of United States debt, said Saturday that Washington needed to “cure its addiction to debts” and “live within its means,” just hours after the rating agency Standard & Poor's downgraded America's long-term debt.
 
 
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CBC News:
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