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U.S. Suing S&P Smacks of Political Retribution

Yet, by singling out S&P -- the firm that downgraded U.S. government debt -- the attorney general and president has failed to acknowledge their own conflict of interest and create the appearance of retribution.

By suing S&P, and not Moody's and Fitch, the attorney general and president have failed to exhibit the sovereign restraint necessary to sustain the open and fair criticism of the government to sustain American Democracy, and place constitutional protections at grave danger.

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