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New study: debt limit deadline likely extended

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The likely deadline for Congress to prevent the government's first default will be later than earlier thought, a Washington think tank has found. The Bipartisan Policy Center said Friday that the government probably won't reach the brink of default until early September or early October. It had previously said default would come in July or August.


AP-GfK Poll: 87% in US disapprove of Congress

AP-GfK Poll: 87% in US disapprove of Congress

Americans are plenty angry at Congress in the aftermath of the debt crisis and Republicans could pay the greatest price, a new Associated Press-GfK poll suggests....


S&P president steps down

S&P president steps down

Standard & Poor's president Deven Sharma steps down just weeks after the agency downgraded the US credit rating.


Liberals complain about Obama; will it cost votes?

Liberals argue that he caved on the debt ceiling. Unions are upset over his handling of unemployment and labor issues. Hispanics brought the immigration debate directly to his campaign doorstep....


Fitch Ratings Keeps U.S. at Top Credit Rating

Fitch Ratings Keeps U.S. at Top Credit Rating

Fitch Ratings said Tuesday it will keep its rating on U.S. debt at the highest grade, AAA, and issued a "stable" outlook, meaning it expects the rating to stay there.


How debt downgrade will affect 2012 campaign

The downgrading of U.S. government bonds by Standard & Poor’s ensures that the 2012 election will be fought on the battlefield of debt, as Electoral College math begins mingling with dire economic figures.


NYT: Record disapproval rate for Congress

The debate over raising the debt ceiling, which brought the nation to the brink of default, has sent disapproval of Congress to its highest level on record.


Poll: Thumbs down on the debt-ceiling deal

Poll: Thumbs down on the debt-ceiling deal

The hard-won, last-minute agreement to raise the debt ceiling and cut the deficit gets low ratings from Americans, who by more than 2-1 predict it will make the nation's fragile economy worse rather than better.


China Criticizes Washington for Debt Deal, But Continues to Invest in U.S.

China’s official news agency, Xinhau, which often voices the true feelings of the country’s political elite, described the recent battles over the Washington debt deal as a “madcap farce of brinkmanship”


Debt ceiling deal ignores real driver of deficits: healthcare costs

Participants in the debt ceiling debate placed the spotlight on programs with a barely measurable impact on the deficit and put off to the indefinite future the things that really matter. Now that Congress is finished displaying its one unquestionable skill — conniving at ideological extortion, with the household budgets of millions of Americans hanging in the balance — the time has come to calculate the damage done to U.S. fiscal policy by the debt ceiling deal reached this week.


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