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  • 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.
  • The US *WILL* Be Downgraded

    07/28/2011 4:15:05 PM PDT · by verklaring · 35 replies
    Market Ticker ^ | 7-28-2011 | Karl Denninger
    The "most-recent" proposals cut anywhere from nothing in actual spending (Democrat proposal) for 2012 to $90 billion (Republican.) And neither contains any actual cuts on a forward basis - the Republicans are at least honest about it and say they just "hold discretionary non-defense spending at 2011 levels." That's not a cut in spending.
  • Credit Rating Downgrade Could Happen Before August 2(S&P)

    07/23/2011 1:59:01 PM PDT · by Son House · 23 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | Jul 23, 2011 | Neil Cavuto
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  • California's debt rating outlook raised by S&P (Plan to balance budget "largely realistic.")

    07/20/2011 1:36:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/20/2011 | Tom Petruno
    Standard & Poor's has removed the immediate risk of a downgrade of California's debt rating, saying the state's plan to balance its budget was "largely realistic." S&P on Thursday raised its outlook for California’s rating to “stable” from “negative.” The rating, A-minus, still is the lowest of any of the 50 states. “The negative outlook had been linked to the possibility of a recurring cash deficiency that we now believe the enactment of the fiscal 2012 budget is likely to mitigate for the most part,” S&P said in a report. “Because the state has improved the structural alignment between its...
  • German Rating Agency Feri Downgrades US Government Bonds: AAA to AA!

    06/10/2011 5:20:02 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 51 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | June 10, 2011
    The first Western downgrade of US government bonds is a fact! The German credit rating agency Feri lowered its rating on US debt by a full notch, from AAA to AA. Here is the German press release: Feri Downgrades US Gov Debt AAA to AAThe English translation: Homburg, 8 June 2011 - The Bad Homburg Feri EuroRating & Research AG downgraded the first credit rating agency's credit rating for the United States from AAA to AA. Feri analysts justify the downgrade by the continuing deterioration of the creditworthiness of the country due to high public debt, inadequate fiscal measures, and...
  • New rating shows US 44th in energy competitiveness

    05/27/2011 4:15:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    american thinker ^ | 5/27/11 | Ed Lasky
    Now it is official: Barack Obama’s animus and actions towards our energy companies are choking off the prospects of America developing our own energy wealth. From Steven Hayward , writing at Powerline: It is almost as if the United States deliberately wanted to be more dependent on foreign oil. Consider that while the World Economic Forum rates the U.S. 4th in its ranking of the world's most competitive economies, it would rank far down the list if the WEF were to look at the competitiveness of the oil and gas industry in isolation. A proprietary ranking of political and investment...
  • Arizona Gets Best Brady Rating, Ties Utah and Alaska!

    05/05/2011 8:33:33 PM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    5 May, 2011 | Marktwain
    Arizona earned a zero from the Brady campaign this year, the best rating that the anti-freedom group gives out. Alaska and Utah, two other states with sensible gun laws, also earned zero. Charles Heller, of AZCDL, the Arizona Citizen Defense League says that he has been writing letters to the Brady campaign, demanding the Arizona be awarded a zero rating. This year, AZCDL was successful in obtaining the coveted rating. Currently, the Brady Campaign does not give negative ratings, but that may be possible in the future. AZCDL leaders say that they will work throughout the coming year to break...
  • 5 reasons why S&P just guaranteed U.S. debt will lose AAA rating

    04/20/2011 8:32:11 AM PDT · by library user · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 20, 2011 | by James Pethokoukis
    ~ EXCERPT ~ By prodding Washington to agree on a debt plan, Standard & Poor’s might achieve just the opposite. Its dour take on Treasuries could inflame the debt-ceiling debate, leaving little energy for a grand budget compromise. And the severe austerity S&P desires would have few takers anyway. Consider the following: 1) Obviously the rating agency hopes its unnerving note will nudge lawmakers into reaching agreement on taxes and expenditures. Inaction until after the 2012 national elections risks an actual downgrade of America’s AAA bond rating. 2) But striking some mega-deal doesn’t have top priority on Capitol Hill. First...
  • Obama Gets Lowest Approval, Reelect Score Ever,..and thats lefty Quinnipiac.

    03/30/2011 4:09:26 AM PDT · by sunmars · 23 replies
    quinnipiac ^ | Quinnipiac
    March 30, 2011 - Obama Gets Lowest Approval, Reelect Score Ever, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; More Voters Oppose U.S. Involvement In Libya American voters disapprove 48 - 42 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing and say 50 - 41 percent he does not deserve to be re-elected in 2012, both all-time lows, This compares to a 46 - 46 percent job approval rating and a 45 - 47 percent split on the President's re-election in a March 3 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. In a hypothetical 2012 matchup, President Obama gets 36 percent of...
  • S&P Converts US Govt Rating To 'Unsolicited';Still 'AAA'

    02/24/2011 10:12:53 AM PST · by hripka · 1 replies
    imarketnews.com ^ | February 24, 2011 | Market News International
    WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following is the text of a statement Thursday by Standard & Poor's regarding it's decision to convert its credit ratings on the United States to "unsolicited": Standard & Poor's Ratings Services today said it converted its issuer and issue credit ratings on the U.S. federal government (AAA/Stable/A-1+) to "unsolicited." This conversion follows previously announced conversions of the ratings on seven sovereigns in Europe. These actions, in turn, follow new EU regulations on credit ratings (Article 10(5) of EU Regulation 1060/2009), which address matters relating to the disclosure and presentation of credit ratings, requiring, among other things,...
  • Obama's Approval Rating Dropped in All 50 States in 2010

    02/23/2011 8:20:09 AM PST · by julieee · 12 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | February 23, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Obama's Approval Rating Dropped in All 50 States in 2010 Washington, DC -- A new Gallup polling analysis finds pro-abortion President Barack Obama saw his approval rating drop in all 50 states in 2010 -- in what could be an indicator of a weakened position heading into his 2012 re-election campaign. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/02/23/obamas-approval-rating-dropped-in-all-50-states-in-2010/
  • Moody’s Opinion On “Evolution” Of US AAA Rating (Rating's agency fires first warning shot)

    01/28/2011 7:02:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    24X7 Wall Street ^ | 01/28/2011 | Douglas McIntyre
    There was more bad news about the view credit rating agencies have on the debt of large developed nations. Moody’s released a new Special Comment entitled “Evolution of Moody’s Perspective on the US Aaa Rating.” The message was simple. America’s debt is too high and is growing too fast. There is nothing about the GDP forecast and the unemployment rate in the US that will allow it to “grow” out of the deficit problem. Government costs continue to rise. Government receipts may barely do so. Moody’s characterized the present threat to America’s Aaa rating as small. Japan may have thought...
  • Too Much Attention To Moody's Swing

    12/15/2010 5:41:50 PM PST · by Kaslin
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 15, 2010 | Staff
    Tax Deal: The media are touting a rating agency's schizophrenic claim that keeping the Bush tax rates helps the economy, but hurts the country's credit standing. Are ratings firms even relevant anymore? Manhattan Institute senior fellow Nicole Gelinas, in her richly detailed analysis of the roots of the financial crisis, "After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street — and Washington," pulls back the curtain and exposes the ugly reality of the once all-powerful credit ratings agencies Moody's, Fitch and Standard & Poor's. "Reliance on ratings agencies contravenes market principles," Gelinas warns. "The ratings-agency world is small and homogeneous, populated...
  • Obama’s job approval rating hits a new low (42% - the rookie Hussen losing his leftist base)

    12/13/2010 5:47:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/13/10 | Holly Bailey
    Obama’s job approval rating hits a new lowBy Holly Bailey Mon Dec 13, 10:44 am ET Is President Obama in serious danger of losing re-election in 2012? A new McClatchy/Marist Poll released over the weekend found Obama's job approval rating at just 42 percent — the lowest number of his presidency. One reason Obama's numbers have taken a turn for the worse: The president has lost ground with Democrats in recent weeks. According to the poll, 74 percent of Democrats approve of the job Obama is doing — a sign that he remains enormously popular with his base. But that...
  • Moody's Says Extension of Tax Cuts Won't Lead to U.S Downgrade

    11/17/2010 11:13:41 AM PST · by facedodge · 3 replies
    BusinessWeek ^ | 11/15/2010 | Cordell Eddings
    Moody's Investors Service Inc. said a permanent extension of the tax cuts first enacted under former President George W. Bush won't lead to a downgrade of the nation's credit rating....frpa
  • CNN Just Clocked Its Worst Primetime Ratings In 10 Years Thanks To Eliot Spitzer And Larry King

    10/12/2010 3:54:14 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/12/10 | Joe Pompeo
    CNN Just Clocked Its Worst Primetime Ratings In 10 Years Thanks To Eliot Spitzer And Larry King Joe Pompeo | Oct. 12, 2010, 5:51 PM | 161 | comment 6 CNN executives say they want to give Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker's week-old discussion program time to grow. But perhaps they're reconsidering in light of the show's performance Monday night, when it drew just 311,000 viewers at 8 p.m., according to Nielsen Media Research, far fewer than it had any night last week following its Oct. 4 premiere. The low numbers for "Parker Spitzer" helped give CNN its worst average...
  • Approval of Congress at All-Time Low for Midterm Election Year, Says Gallup

    09/21/2010 2:56:51 PM PDT · by Justaham · 20 replies · 1+ views
    csnews.com ^ | 9-21-10 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Public approval of Congress now sits at 18 percent, lower than it has been in any prior midterm election year since Gallup started polling public approval of Congress in 1974, according to a USA Today/Gallup Poll conducted Sept. 13-16. In March, approval of Congress actually sank to 16 percent, the second-lowest approval rating Congress has ever received in the Gallup poll. After that, it climbed to 23 percent in April and then started declining again, hitting 21 percent in May, 20 percent in June, 20 percent in July, and 19 percent in August. “Congress’ current approval rating is now approaching...
  • SEC suspends rule requiring credit agency signoff

    07/22/2010 3:25:37 PM PDT · by jdsteel · 11 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 07/22/2010 | jdsteel
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal market regulators are relaxing a rule that could have clogged crucial markets for bonds backed by consumer debt. The Securities and Exchange Commission says a credit rating agency's signoff will not be needed for the sale of certain newly issued bonds. The change will last six months. Credit raters currently must endorse certain new bond deals backed by consumer loans. The agencies said this week they would no longer do so. They fear the financial consequences of a new law that makes it easier for investors to sue them if ratings prove inaccurate. ...... The measure...
  • GALLUP : Obama Job Approval Rating Down to 38% Among Independents

    07/07/2010 7:32:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 133 replies
    Gallup ^ | 07/07/2010 | Jeffrey Jones
    Overall job ratings for the president continue to be below majority level. PRINCETON, NJ -- Thirty-eight percent of independents approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, the first time independent approval of Obama has dropped below 40% in a Gallup Daily tracking weekly aggregate. Meanwhile, Obama maintains the support of 81% of Democrats, and his job approval among Republicans remains low, at 12%. These data are based on Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted the week of June 28-July 4. Over the past year, Obama has lost support among all party groups, though the decline has been steeper...
  • FR Internet Activism Opportunity

    06/16/2010 7:08:07 PM PDT · by mnehring · 29 replies · 583+ views
    Everyone should be aware of the tool in Firefox called the WOT (Web of Trust). This is a tool that Firefox users can download to rate websites as safe or warn people if a website is malicious. This is a great tool to promote Conservative websites, such as Free Republic. The liberals, such as DU use this tool to rate down sites and get them blocked by search engines. We should try to counter this. It is also a good way to have other resources rated. Link to the Firefox tool: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3456/