S&P downgrades US credit rating from AAA

Friday, August 05, 2011

Standard & Poor's downgrades U.S. debt rating from AAA to AA+, the first downgrade in U.S. history.

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The credit rating agency says that it is cutting the country's top AAA rating by one notch to AA-plus. The credit agency said late Friday that it is 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.

A source familiar with the discussions said that the Obama administration believes S&P's analysis contained "deep and fundamental flaws."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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