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U.S. credit rating upgraded from ‘negative’ to ‘stable’

Ratings firm Moody’s raised its outlook on the US economy on Thursday to “stable” from “negative,” citing progress in putting the federal government’s debt on a more sustainable path. “Moody’s Investors Service today moved the outlook on the Aaa government bond rating of the United States back to stable, replacing…

FISA court may reveal spying justification given to Yahoo

The federal government must determine what it can release publicly about the justification it gave to search company Yahoo in 2008 for the government’s broad wiretapping efforts, a judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) ruled on Monday (PDF). Judge Reggie B. Walton gave the government until July 29…

The marriage trap: ‘Small government’ conservatives would like to make all heteros marry

Among the myriad reasons that LGBT Americans want the right to marry — which includes an end to their second-class status in society and, as Jessica Arnold told me, “People not recognizing that I’m a human being and that I know what it is to love and what I want…

Alabama’s controversial immigration crackdown heads to court

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two months before the Supreme Court hears arguments over Arizona’s controversial new immigration law, another courtroom battle will take center stage, this time over Alabama’s immigration crackdown. On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, will hear arguments over whether…

Banks agree $25 billion deal for U.S. homeowners

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and top US mortgage lenders unveiled a landmark $25 billion deal Thursday to help struggling homeowners get back on their feet and to untether the moribund housing market. Five of the country’s top banks, the federal government and 49 states — all except Oklahoma —…

The War On Hypocrisy Will Be Won, Although I’m Personally Anti-War

Philip Klein at the Washington Times writes today about a minor issue cropping up for Michele Bachmann, which is that she, her family, and her constituents have directly benefited from copious amounts of government aid, to the point where she wrote a sloppy love letter to to Tom Vilsack asking…

GA legislatures exploit religious paranoia, likely mental illness

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Sometimes even I can be surprised by the depths that pandering Republican politicians will sink. I almost fell off the treadmill while watching this segment on “Rachel Maddow” about the Georgia legislature passing a bill that makes it…

Screw mortgages, here’s the real banking crisis

Title sarcastic, in case that wasn’t obvious. The banking industry’s blatant refusal to work with the federal government on this mortgage relief program is as blatant as class warfare gets. On paper, working with the government to create a situation where people get to keep their homes and banks get…

Right wing populism: simple, stupid

Rachel Maddow brought Frank Rich on to talk about the teabaggers after he wrote this column. The column I found largely unobjectionable, but some of the stuff from the interview sat wrong with me. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Upon rewatching it, I…

SOTU, after a good night’s rest

First of all, let me say I was wrong about one thing in the liveblogging last night. The way that Obama phrased the student aid plan last night set off all sorts of alarm bells for me. The way he explained it was that they would eliminate subsidies and replace…

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