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4:15 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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Paul Krugman:
S&P and the USA  —  OK, so Standard and Poors has gone ahead with the threatened downgrade.  It's a strange situation.  —  On one hand, there is a case to be made that the madness of the right has made America a fundamentally unsound nation.  And yes, it is the madness of the right …
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.”
Kevinliptak / CNN:
TRENDING: GOP candidates slam Obama after downgrade  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidates issued harsh criticism of President Barack Obama Friday after the credit rating agency Standard and Poor's announced it was downgrading America's long-term debt status.
standardandpoors.com:
United States of America Long-Term Rating Lowered To ‘AA+’ Due To Political Risks, Rising Debt Burden; Outlook Negative
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Math Error Fuels Fight Over Rating
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Boehner's Folly Leads To S&P Downgrade of US Debt
Walter Brandimarte / Reuters:
United States loses AAA credit rating from S&P
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 shot down; dozens of U.S. troops killed  —  KABUL — A NATO helicopter was shot down during an overnight operation against the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. official said.  The crash appeared to be the deadliest incident for the coalition in the nearly 10-year-old war …
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 …
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Thomas W. Lippman / Washington Post:
Washington's uneasy alliance with Bahrain
Discussion: Eunomia and The Daily Dish
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. …
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+.
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
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.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and The Note
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Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Perry's prayer gathering sets stage for national attention
Discussion: The Note
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.
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.
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