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  1. Frank Rich on the National Circus: The Shutdown Won’t Kill the Radical RightThis anti-government insurgency is 200 years old.
  2. Why Doesn’t Fix the Debt Try to Do Something About the Debt Ceiling?They have the apparatus. All they need is the go-ahead.
  3. The SEC Is Looking Into Possible Insider Trading on the Credit DowngradeUh-oh.
  4. Mitt Romney Used Tax Hike to Convince S&P to Raise State Credit RatingHe closed tax loopholes, too.
  5. Wall Street Crashes, London Burns: Frank Rich and Adam Moss Discuss Downgrades, Riots, and the Portents of McQueenPanic, anger, and dread.
  6. Report: There’s a Plane Flying Above Lower Manhattan With a Message to Standard & Poor’sTHANKS FOR THE DOWNGRADE. YOU SHOULD ALL BE FIRED.”
  7. Video: News Anchors Warn ‘Whatever You Do in Reaction to S&P’s Downgrade, Do Not Panic’Despite some rather panic-inducing financial news.
  8. Markets Open Without Crashing EntirelyToday’s going to be a bumpy day.
  9. Moody’s Warns of Possible DowngradeAnother credit-rating agency threatens to remove an “A.”
  10. Living in a Post-Downgrade WorldThe S&P defends itself and warns of further downgrades.
  11. S&P Strips U.S. of AAA Credit Rating, Slams Political GridlockTranslation: We don’t trust the government not to do something crazy.