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3:15 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:
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 …
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 …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
DNC chairwoman blames Tea Party ‘tyrants’ for US credit-rating downgrade
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama: Downgrade should create ‘renewed sense of urgency’
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com and Doug Ross
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 …
The Politico:
Rick Perry to make 2012 intentions clear Saturday  —  Rick Perry intends to use a speech in South Carolina Saturday to make clear that he's running for president, POLITICO has learned.  —  According to two sources familiar with the plan, the Texas governor will remove any doubt …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Joe. My. God.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Perry to visit NH and SC while presidential candidates gather in Iowa  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) will meet Saturday with conservative activists in New Hampshire and South Carolina, while other Republican presidential candidates compete in Iowa's highly anticipated straw poll.
Discussion: CNN and The Note
Rasmussen Reports:
Iowa Caucus: Bachmann, Romney and Paul on Top
unionleader.com:
Rick Perry to attend NH house party this Saturday
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Page
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.
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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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Does The Michele Bachmann Newsweek Cover Make Her ‘Look Crazy’?
Discussion: Gawker
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Poor People Own Appliances Because They're Cheap  —  My colleagues Melissa Boteach and Donna Cooper have a great piece on the Heritage Foundation's “poor people aren't actually poor because they own cheap electronics” theory of poverty.  This infographic nicely highlights the silliness …
Discussion: Eschaton
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Job Approval 50% or Higher in 16 States and D.C.  —  Idaho residents least approving, at 27%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Residents of 16 states and the District of Columbia gave President Obama approval ratings of 50% or higher during the first half of 2011, led by the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Maryland, and Delaware.
Paul Krugman:
It's a Growth Scare  —  FTalphaville has been saying this all day, and it's right.  The action in the markets looks nothing like worries about US solvency; it looks exactly like what you expect to see when markets suddenly realize that the economy's growth prospects look terrible.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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.”
CNN:
Racially motivated attack on video  —  Editor's note: The following story contains language some readers may consider offensive.  —  Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) — On a recent Sunday morning just before dawn, two carloads of white teenagers drove to Jackson, Mississippi …
Discussion: Colorlines and pandagon.net
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 …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Price of Rural Life  —  The LA Times warns budget cutters, who are disproportionately from non-urban districts, who the big losers are likely to be from their efforts: … Another good example is the postal service.  Mail volume is down and they're hemmorhaging money …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
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.
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.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Drew Westen's Nonsense  —  There are some strong criticisms to be made of the Obama administration from the left, especially concerning Obama's passive response to the debt ceiling hostage crisis, and his frightening willingness to give away the store to John Boehner.  I've made many of these criticisms myself.
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.
 
 
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