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  • Expensive massages, top shelf vodka and five-star hotels: First Lady accused of spending $10m in

    08/24/2011 9:28:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 372 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/24/11 | Tamara Abraham
    The Obamas' summer break in Martha's Vineyard has already been branded a PR disaster after the couple arrived four hours apart on separate government jets. But according to new reports, this is the least of their extravagances. White House sources today claimed that the First Lady has spent $10million of U.S. taxpayers' money on vacations alone in the past year. Branding her 'disgusting' and 'a vacation junkie', they say the 47-year-old mother-of-two has been indulging in five-star hotels, where she splashes out on expensive massages and alcohol. The 'top source' told the National Enquirer: 'It's disgusting. Michelle is taking advantage...
  • Standard & Poor's President Resigns

    08/22/2011 7:28:59 PM PDT · by M. Thatcher · 112 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | AUGUST 23, 2011 | JEANNETTE NEUMANN
    Standard & Poor's President Deven Sharma is leaving the credit-rating firm at the end of the year, according to a person familiar with the matter. The credit-rating firm plans to announce Mr. Sharma's exit on Tuesday before the markets open, the person said. Douglas Peterson, chief operating officer of Citigroup Inc.'s Citibank unit, will succeed Mr. Sharma on Sept. 12, that person said.
  • Obama's approval rating on the economy falls to a new low

    08/17/2011 3:58:38 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 82 replies
    About seven out of 10 Americans are unhappy with how President Obama is handling the economy, a new low that represents a significant decline since mid-May on the one of the most politically sensitive issues, the Gallup poll reported Wednesday. According to the poll, just 26% of those surveyed approved of the president’s handling of the economy, while 71% disapproved. Obama earned comparably poor approval ratings for his handling of the federal budget deficit and creating jobs, at 24% and 29%, respectively.
  • Muslim Brotherhood members in the White House exposed

    08/14/2011 11:08:14 PM PDT · by DTA · 27 replies
    http://livestre.am/Pfu4 ^ | 2011 | Tarek Fatah
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  • Wake County Voters Arrested For Voting Twice In 2008 (some typical RAT fraud in Raleigh)

    08/11/2011 10:06:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 1+ views
    WITN ^ | 8/11/11
    Wake County Voters Arrested For Voting Twice In 2008Three Raleigh residents apparently thought casting one ballot in 2008 wasn't enough. Posted: 9:16 PM Aug 11, 2011 **SNIP** Authorities said Kierra Fontae Leache, Shelia Romona Hodges and Brandon Earl McLean each cast early ballots in the 2008 presidential election, then voted again on Election Day. They are charged with voter fraud and are free on $10,000 bond apiece. Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said six more arrests are pending. Republicans leapt on news of the arrests Thursday to bolster support for a GOP-backed bill to require voters to show photo...
  • Geithner-U.S. Treasuries still safe after downgrade (Administration in complete denial)

    08/07/2011 5:17:05 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 44 replies
    reuters ^ | 8/7/2011 | reuters
    U.S. Treasury debt is as safe as it was before a Standard & Poor's rating downgrade of the United States and Congress' "damaging" debate over raising the country's debt limit, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Sunday. Geithner, in an interview with NBC/CNBC television, also called on European leaders to ensure that there is an "unequivocal financial backstop" for euro zone governments facing fiscal and debt problems. He added that a double-dip recession was unlikely if governments and central banks made good decisions. Asked whether Treasuries were as safe now as they were last week, Geithner replied: "Absolutely. And the...
  • Rep. Ryan’s warning

    08/07/2011 12:14:05 PM PDT · by americanophile · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | August 7, 2011 | Boston Herald Editorial Staff
    Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the nation’s credit rating gives House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan every right to say “I told you so.” Even earlier this week when President Obama was taking his victory lap for the debt-ceiling compromise, Ryan was disclosing the cold, hard truths of the economic troubles that lie ahead — truths that a jittery Wall Street has been more than aware of. In an oped column in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, the Wisconsin Republican reiterated, of course, that the president really has no budget plan. “The president’s February budget,” he wrote, “deliberately dodged the tough...
  • Kerry Blames The Tea Party For Credit Downgrade

    08/07/2011 10:17:45 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 64 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 07, 2011 | Ben Wolfgang
    Kerry Blames The Tea Party For Credit Downgrade By Ben Wolfgang-The Washington Times1 Sen. John Kerry on Sunday laid the blame for the recent downgrade of the nation’s credit rating at the feet of conservative House Republicans. “I believe this is, without question, the tea party downgrade,” Mr. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Standard & Poor’s rating agency on Friday dropped the U.S. credit rating from AAA to “AA+, questioning the ability of leaders in Washington to deal seriously with the nation’s debt crisis. The Obama administration’s debt-ceiling proposal, which included more spending cuts than the...
  • White House adviser blames tea party for downgrade (Axelrod)

    08/07/2011 10:08:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 153 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/7/11 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House adviser is blaming the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating on tea party Republicans, whom he says were unwilling to compromise on how to reduce the federal debt. The adviser to President Barack Obama, David Axelrod, tells CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday .. ... .. also criticized GOP presidential candidates for not speaking up in favor of compromise.
  • MoveOn.org drives new liberal catch phrase: ‘Tea party downgrade’

    08/07/2011 1:13:08 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 146 replies · 1+ views
    MoveOn.org drives new liberal catch phrase: ‘Tea party downgrade’ Matthew Boyle - The Daily Caller 43 mins ago The left-wing activist group MoveOn.org picked up the new liberal slogan bashing conservatives for Standard & Poor’s U.S. credit rating downgrade: “Tea Party downgrade.” President Obama’s chief campaign strategist David Axelrod and Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry both used the phrase on Sunday talk shows. In a Sunday afternoon email to supporters, MoveOn.org accused tea partiers of being responsible for the first-ever credit downgrade in U.S. history. “This ‘tea party downgrade’ is a shameful blow to our nation’s honor and risks throwing...
  • Politicians points fingers over credit crisis (Axelrod blames Tea Party)

    08/07/2011 11:58:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 7, 2011 | AP
    A top Obama adviser blames tea party for downgrade WASHINGTON — Who's to blame for the U.S. debt-ceiling mess? Politicians and political advisers took to the airwaves Sunday to point fingers, mostly at each other. David Axelrod, a top political adviser to President Barack Obama, blames the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating on tea party Republicans for being unwilling to compromise on how to reduce the federal debt. The Obama campaign strategist tells CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday that the decision by the Standard & Poor's credit agency to downgrade the U.S. from AAA to AA+ for the...
  • S&P warns of a second downgrade

    08/06/2011 2:11:26 PM PDT · by Clairity · 158 replies
    Politico ^ | August 6, 2011 | Josh Boak
    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. The ratings agency on Friday downgraded the nation to AA+ for the first time in history, saying partisanship in Washington is preventing dramatic deficit reduction.
  • America's debt downgrade is a damning indictment of President Obama's Big Government disaster

    08/06/2011 2:16:45 PM PDT · by Clairity · 94 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | Aug 6, 2011 | Nile Gardiner
    The decision by credit agency Standard and Poor’s to downgrade America’s AAA credit rating for the first time in 70 years is a massive blow to the credibility of the Obama administration, and a damning indictment of its handling of the economy. No doubt the White House will pathetically try to blame the Bush Administration, Republicans in Congress, and of course its favourite target, the Tea Party, for the move by S&P. But without a shadow of a doubt, responsibility for the country’s financial mess and staggering levels of debt lie with the current US president and his administration. They...
  • After S&P downgrade, WH says 'we must do better'

    08/06/2011 2:42:35 PM PDT · by Justaham · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mark S. Smith
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama sought to distance himself Saturday from the bad news of the nation's first-ever credit-rating downgrade, but lawmakers and presidential candidates showed no such reticence—trading salvos over who's at fault and why. The president, spending the weekend at Camp David, left it to press secretary Jay Carney to say it's clear Washington "must do better" in tackling soaring deficits and other economic woes. A statement from Carney said talks that produced Tuesday's $2 trillion compromise on raising the U.S. borrowing limit had been too drawn-out and "divisive." But the statement didn't directly address Friday's move...
  • Reid:S&P downgrade backs Dems' call for more revenue

    08/06/2011 8:43:43 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 109 replies
    TheHill ^ | 08/05/11 | Jamie Klatell
    Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade the nation's credit rating reinforces Democrats' call for increasing tax revenue, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday.
  • U.S. AAA credit rating DOWNGRADED for first time in history after Obama's debt deal

    08/06/2011 7:57:29 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 68 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Aug 6, 2011
    U.S. AAA credit rating DOWNGRADED for first time in history after Obama's debt deal Unprecedented move will send shockwaves globally S&P cuts long-term credit rating from AAA to AA+ Borrowing costs for consumers and government to rise Comes after Obama signed bill to reduce fiscal deficit By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 1:08 PM on 6th August 2011 The U.S. has lost its top-notch AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor's in an unprecedented reversal of fortune for the world's largest economy. S&P cut the long-term U.S. credit rating by one notch to AA+ on concerns about the government's...
  • Obama officials attack S&P's credibility after downgrade

    08/05/2011 10:45:42 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 84 replies
    reuters ^ | 8/5/2011 | Glenn Somerville and Rachelle Younglai
    The Obama administration attacked the credibility of the analysis underlying Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade the United States' top credit rating on Friday, saying it had found a $2 trillion error. S&P was forced to remove the number from its analysis after Treasury officials discovered that the rating agency's estimates of the government's discretionary spending was $2 trillion too high, sources familiar with the discussions said.
  • Obama administration official calls S&P analysis 'way off' [ Wh says its S&P not TP's fault ]

    08/05/2011 11:00:44 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug 5 2011
    The Obama administration angrily responded to Standard & Poor's decision Friday to downgrade the U.S. credit rating, with one senior official saying the agency's "analysis was way off." U.S. Treasury officials received S&P's analysis Friday afternoon and alerted the agency to an error that inflated U.S. deficits by $2 trillion, said the administration official, who was not authorized to speak for attribution. The agency acknowledged the mistake, but said it was sticking with its decision to lower the U.S. rating from a top score of AAA to AA+. "This is a facts-be-damned decision," the official said. "Their analysis was way...
  • Obama briefed on S&P downgrade before leaving W.House

    08/05/2011 11:59:20 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 23 replies
    reuters.com ^ | August 6, 2011 | Reuters
    Obama left the White House for the Camp David presidential retreat outside Washington in late afternoon just hours before S&P's announcement. "He was briefed before he left for Camp David and has been receiving updates through the night," the official said.
  • S&P statement on lowering US long-term debt to AA+

    08/05/2011 9:28:50 PM PDT · by freespirited · 33 replies
    Guardian ^ | 08/06/11 | Standard & Poor's
    • We have lowered our long-term sovereign credit rating on the United States of America to 'AA+' from 'AAA' and affirmed the 'A-1+' short-term rating. • We have also removed both the short- and long-term ratings from CreditWatch negative. • The downgrade reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government's medium-term debt dynamics. • More broadly, the downgrade reflects our view that the effectiveness, stability, and predictability of American policymaking and political institutions have weakened at a time...
  • Australia PM downplays US debt downgrade fears [ Yes Debt and not credit down grade ]

    08/05/2011 10:26:50 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 2 replies
    Afp ^ | 8-5-11 | AFP
    SYDNEY — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard sought to calm public nerves over global debt woes Saturday after Standard & Poor's cut the United States' credit rating for the first time in history. Gillard told Australians their economy was well placed to weather financial crises looming in the US and Europe and would not be heavily affected by S&P's decision to downgrade the US rating from AAA to AA+. "People should look with confidence at our economic credentials and fundamentals, and people should look with confidence at the ability of this government to deal with global instability," Gillard said.
  • Former Obama Economic Adviser on Downgrade: We're 'Pretty Darn [expletive] [profanity in article]

    08/05/2011 10:14:54 PM PDT · by RatherBiased.com · 67 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Noel Sheppard
    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+. Appearing on HBO's "Real Time," Romer said we're "pretty darn f--ked" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no commentary needed): ---- BILL MAHER, HOST: So, excuse my language, but we used to do a segment on this show called “How F—ked Are We?” (VIDEO CLIP) MAHER: I didn’t expect that there. This, just before we went on the air they said our rating got downgraded....
  • CBS: Dems, GOP react to debt downgrade [ copy it fast! ]

    08/05/2011 10:19:22 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 22 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | Aug 5 2011
    (CBS/AP) Following the news Friday of Standard and Poor's downgrade on the U.S. debt, several politicians from both sides of the aisle offered their reactions. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released a statement: "This makes the work of the joint committee all the more important, and shows why leaders should appoint members who will approach the committee's work with an open mind -- instead of hardliners who have already ruled out the balanced approach that the markets and rating agencies like S&P are demanding." Reid was referring to the special bipartisan congressional committee -- made up of six Democrats...
  • U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P [copy 2]

    08/05/2011 5:51:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 70 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/5/11 | Walter Brandimarte - Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States lost its top-notch AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor's on Friday, in a dramatic reversal of fortune for the world's largest economy. S&P cut the long-term U.S. credit rating by one notch to AA-plus on concerns about growing budget deficits. U.S. Treasuries, once undisputedly seen as the safest investment in the world, are now rated lower than bonds issued by countries such as the UK, Germany, France or Canada.
  • S&P Downgrades U.S. Debt Rating — Press Release (Boehner-McConnell FAILURE)

    08/05/2011 5:58:18 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 55 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/5/11 | S&P
    Standard & Poor’s took the unprecedented step of downgrading the U.S. government’s “AAA” sovereign credit rating Friday in a move that could send shock waves through global. The following is a press release from Standard & Poor’s: – We have lowered our long-term sovereign credit rating on the United States of America to ‘AA+’ from ‘AAA’ and affirmed the ‘A-1+’ short-term rating. – We have also removed both the short- and long-term ratings from CreditWatch negative. – The downgrade reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in...
  • US government loses triple-A credit rating [downgraded sans a credible reduction package ]

    08/05/2011 6:08:51 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 30 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 5 2011 | MSNBC
    S&P cut the long-term U.S. credit rating by one notch to AA-plus. The credit agency said late Friday that it was making the move because the deficit reduction plan passed by Congress on Tuesday did not go far enough to stabilize the country's debt situation. U.S. Treasuries, once undisputedly seen as the safest investment in the world, are now rated lower than bonds issued by countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, France or Canada. The outlook on the new U.S. credit rating is negative, S&P said in a statement, a sign that another downgrade is possible in the next...
  • United States loses AAA credit rating from S&P

    08/05/2011 6:16:35 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 29 replies · 1+ views
    BuenosAiresHerald.com ^ | August 5, 2011 | BuenosAiresHerald.com
    The United States lost its top-notch AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor's on Friday in an unprecedented reversal of fortune for the world's largest economy. S&P cut the long-term US credit rating by one notch to AA-plus on concerns about the government's budget deficits and rising debt burden. The move is likely to raise borrowing costs eventually for the US government, companies and consumers. "The downgrade reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government's medium-term debt dynamics,"...
  • Govt officials: US expecting S&P downgrade -- based on "serious mistake" in analysis*

    08/05/2011 5:04:57 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 77 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5 Aug 2011
    Two government officials tell ABC News that the federal government is expecting and preparing for bond rating agency Standard & Poor’s to downgrade the rating of US debt from its current AAA value. Official reasons given, one official says, will be the political confusion surrounding the process of raising the debt ceiling, and lack of confidence that the political system will be able to agree to more deficit reduction. A source says Republicans saying that they refuse to accept any tax increases as part of a larger deal will be part of the reason cited. The official was unsure if...
  • U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P

    08/05/2011 5:51:21 PM PDT · by GQuagmire · 409 replies
    Yahoo.com via Reuters ^ | 8/5/11 | Walter Brandimarte
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States lost its top-notch AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor's on Friday, in a dramatic reversal of fortune for the world's largest economy. S&P cut the long-term U.S. credit rating by one notch to AA-plus on concerns about growing budget deficits. U.S. Treasuries, once undisputedly seen as the safest investment in the world, are now rated lower than bonds issued by countries such as the UK, Germany, France or Canada