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1:35 PM ET, August 8, 2011

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Economics of Contempt:
On S&P, Downgrades, and Idiots  —  This is not going to be one of those posts that laments S&P's decision to downgrade the US, but then says that S&P was probably right about our oh-so-dysfunctional political system.  —  No, S&P was flat-out wrong — no caveats.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Credibility, Chutzpah And Debt  —  To understand the furor over the decision by Standard & Poor's, the rating agency, to downgrade U.S. government debt, you have to hold in your mind two seemingly (but not actually) contradictory ideas.  The first is that America is indeed no longer the stable, reliable country it once was.
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
VIDEO: Tea Partiers Cheer the Downgrade of America's Credit Rating  —  Is the tea party happy that Standard and Poor's, the credit rating agency, downgraded the United States' credit rating for the first time ever?  —  You'd think that was the case if you were in the crowd at a tea party rally …
Paul Krugman:
Aaauuuggghhh!  Market Commentary Edition  —  Carnage in stock markets as I write — and all of the headlines I see attribute it to S&P's downgrade.  —  They really are trying to make my head explode, aren't they?  —  Once again: S&P declared that US debt is no longer a safe investment …
Patrick Allen / CNBC:
No Chance of Default, US Can Print Money: Greenspan  —  Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan on Sunday ruled out the chance of a US default following S&P's decision to downgrade America's credit rating.  —  “The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that.
Zeke Faux / Bloomberg:
S&P Seen Surrendering to Tea Party Costing U.S. Taxpayer
Discussion: The Note and The Huffington Post
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
LEAP OF FAITH … - POLITICS - PROFILES - THE TALK OF THE TOWN - COMMENT - THIS WEEK'S ISSUE - THE FINANCIAL PAGE - NEWS DESK - THE POLITICAL SCENE
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First Read / msnbc.com:
Bachmann attends church service denouncing homosexuality  —  WAUKEE, IA — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann yesterday attended a church here in Iowa, where the pastor called homosexuality “immoral” and “unnatural,” and later showed a testimonial video from a man who claimed …
Michelle Malkin:
The Conservative Crazy Eyes Cliche & Other Stupid MSM Photo Tricks  —  Sigh.  Seriously, Tina Brown?  —  Yes, I'm talking about you, Oxford University-educated Newsweek/Daily Beast editor Tina Brown.  —  You've resorted to recycling bottom-of-the-barrel moonbat photo cliches …
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Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:
Axelrod Hits Romney, Calling Reaction to S&P Downgrade ‘Pathetic’  —  David Axelrod, one of President Barack Obama's closest political advisers, had harsh words for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the front-runner in the GOP presidential field, who has criticized the debt deal …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Markets open low as White House pushes back on S&P downgrade
Discussion: The Hill and The Reaction
Rasmussen Reports:
Iowa Caucus: Bachmann, Romney and Paul on Top  —  In the Iowa caucus race for the Republican presidential nomination, five candidates are in double digits, and many voters are open to changing their mind before caucus day arrives.  —  The first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey …
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Rasmussen Reports:
29% Say Tea Party Members Are Terrorists, 55% Disagree
A.Killough / CNN:
CNN Poll: Economic pessimism skyrockets  —  Washington (CNN) - Americans have a bad case of the economic jitters, as recent drops in the stock market have been accompanied by a sharp rise in the public's economic pessimism, according to a new national poll.  —  And a CNN/ORC International …
BBC:
London riots: Theresa May to meet police chiefs  —  Police clashed with youths in Enfield as violence spread across London  —  Home Secretary Theresa May is meeting senior police officers following a second night of violence in London.  —  Mrs May returned from her holidays …
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Telegraph:
Tottenham riots: police let gangs run riot and loot
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Waiting For A Landslide  —  In 1955, a political scientist named V. O. Key published an essay entitled “A Theory of Critical Elections.”  He argued that realignments in American politics are usually punctuated by transformative elections, in which the old order suddenly gives way and a new majority emerges in its place.
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Duncan to issue ‘No Child’ waivers  —  Seeing “no clear path” toward reauthorizing the “No Child Left Behind” education law, the Obama administration will unilaterally issue waivers to states, exempting them from some of the law's regulations.  —  “Today we're less than a month from the start …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
American Tinderbox  —  For some time now, residents of some US cities have noted occasional incidents of seemingly random, racially motivated violence in which young Black males are involved.  The hot weather and bad economy seem to be combining to generate a small but possibly significant uptick this year.
Paul Krugman:
A Self-Fulfilling Euro Crisis?  (Wonkish)  —  There will probably be big action in the euro zone tomorrow; so, some quick analytical notes.  —  The big question, I believe, is whether the Italian and maybe Spanish crises are the kind of thing that might be brought under control by ECB bond purchases.
David Catanese / The Politico:
Wis. Dem memo: Victory predictions “dangerous”  —  MADISON Wis. — Democrats on the ground here are increasingly confident they will pick-up two state Senate seats, but are warning that winning the third necessary for a takeover is a tenuous prospect.  —  Despite hype from some in the party apparatus …
Discussion: Althouse and National Review
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Moody's says it could also downgrade if Washington punts on dealing with debt  —  The nation could lose its top credit rating from yet another rater over the next year if policymakers lose their grip on fiscal discipline, Moody's Investors Service said Monday.
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.
John R. Bolton / Human Events:
On Deck: Why I May Run for President  —  Adam Smith wrote in The Wealth of Nations that “the first duty of the sovereign, that of protecting the society from the violence and invasion of other independent societies, can be performed only by means of a military force.”
 
 
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