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7:45 PM ET, August 7, 2011

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David Catanese / The Politico:
Tea Party Nation: The left's killed “a billion people”  —  THIENSVILLE, Wis. — The founder of Tea Party Nation claimed liberal ideology is responsible for “a billion” deaths over the last century during a raucous rally here Saturday in support of one of the six Republican state senators facing a recall election Tuesday.
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Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
John Kerry and the ‘Tea Party Downgrade’  —  The “Tea Party downgrade” memo has been successfully circulated.  —  First up today is John Kerry.  It's some kind of hilarious to watch a big spending, pro bloated government liberal try to come across like a life-long hawk on cutting deficits …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Axelrod: This was a ‘tea party downgrade’  —  Top Obama strategist David Axelrod criticized Republicans over their handling of the debt-ceiling negotiations which he argued led to Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade the nation's credit rating Friday.  —  This was a “tea party downgrade,” said Axelrod on CBS News' Face the Nation.
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
McCain: Tea Party Members Had ‘Mandate’ to Oppose Tax and Spending Hikes
Julie Mason / The Politico:
Blame, insults traded over credit downgrade on Sunday shows
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
The Daily Beast:
Tea Party's Next Targets
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Axelrod: This is a “Tea Party downgrade”
Discussion: The Politico and Pajamas Media
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The worst thing the GOP has ever done?  —  I was on a radio show recently talking about the debt-ceiling hostage standoff and was asked whether this was the worst thing Republicans — or any major party, really — have ever done.  The more I think about it, the more the question resonates with me.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
S&P executive says it could take over a decade to restore US credit rating
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
The 18 Countries With a Better Credit Rating Than the United States
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
S&P rating: ‘Outrageous’, ‘nothing good to say’
Discussion: ThinkProgress
New York Times:
Anger Over Credit Rating Resurfaces in Washington
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A timeline of events  —  Let's take a stroll down memory lane, shall we?
Discussion: The Reaction
Drew Westen / New York Times:
What Happened to Obama?  —  Drew Westen is a professor of psychology at Emory University and the author of “The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation.”  —  Atlanta  —  IT was a blustery day in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009, as it often seems to be on the day of a presidential inauguration.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Cokie Roberts on Downgrade: ‘The Problem That We Have Here is the Constitution’  —  ABC's Cokie Roberts said something on national television Sunday that made her colleague George Will shake his head on camera.  —  During a “This Week” discussion about the recent credit rating downgrade …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Sunday Reflection: Why the GOP should give Obama the higher taxes he wants  —  Well, the debt deal is behind us, but it's clear that the White House wants more taxes.  Instead of fighting this head-on, the GOP might want to think about future ways of giving President Obama what he says he wants.
Julie Creswell / New York Times:
Pressing All the Buttons for a Panic Attack  —  BRADLEY ALFORD, a money manager in Atlanta, just hit the panic button.  —  No, really.  Mr. Alford just hit the key on his computer that initiates the Wall Street equivalent of the nuclear option: Sell everything.
BBC:
London riots: Dozens injured after Tottenham violence  —  Clasford Stirling, a resident of Tottenham for 32 years, said the area looked like a battlefield  —  More than 40 people have been arrested after rioting saw police attacked, buildings looted and vehicles set alight in Tottenham, north London.
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Guardian:
Tottenham riots: police ‘had not anticipated’ extreme violence
Discussion: Blogcritics and The Moderate Voice
Daily Mail:
Explosive Jackie O tapes ‘reveal how she believed Johnson killed JFK and had affair with movie star’  —  Jackie Onassis believed that Lyndon B Johnson and a cabal of Texas tycoons were involved in the assassination of her husband John F Kennedy, ‘explosive’ recordings are set to reveal.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
ecb.int:
Statement by the President of the ECB  —  1. The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) welcomes the announcements made by the governments of Italy and Spain concerning new measures and reforms in the areas of fiscal and structural policies.  The Governing Council considers …
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Rick Perry: In Less Than Three Years, America Has Forgotten God, Needs to Repent  —  Apparently, in the 930 days since Barack Obama became president, the United States has slipped into a dangerous agnosticism, if not outright atheism. … When Christian right-wingers say that America has …
Discussion: NationalJournal.com
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Signals Willingness To Raise Revenues, Shifting Positions Following Downgrade  —  House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) said he is open to revenue increases as part of a deal to reduce the deficit today, seemingly shifting positions from the hardline opposition his party has maintained against revenue growth.
Janet Daley / Telegraph:
If we are to survive the looming catastrophe, we need to face the truth  —  The idea that a capitalist economy can support a socialist welfare state is collapsing before our eyes, says Janet Daley.  —  Getting it right: the Tea Party recognised where America's policies were heading
Ben White / The Politico:
Timothy Geithner to stay at Treasury  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will stay at his post through the fall and President Barack Obama's reelection campaign, the Treasury Department announced Sunday.  —  “Secretary Geithner has let the president know that he plans to stay …
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
Huckabee: Trump should replace Geithner
 
 
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Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Christie's ‘Crazies’  —  This “sharia-law business is crap …
Discussion: Gates of Vienna
Tom McGregor / Dallas Blog:
Amidst Obama Depression, President Plays Golf
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Doug Ross
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Levi sister pulverizes Palins
Ezekiel J. Emanuel / New York Times:
Shortchanging Cancer Patients
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Peter Oborne / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
In this grave crisis, the world's leaders are terrifyingly out of their depth
Discussion: PoliPundit.com and National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Thom Hartmann:
Mainstream Media Ignores S&P Attack On Republicans
Discussion: The Sideshow
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Hugh Carey, Who Led Fiscal Rescue of New York City, Is Dead at 92
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS and Gothamist
Washington Post:
Origins of the debt showdown