FROM Jeffrey Manns
Fitch Reaffirms United States' AAA Rating Standard & Poor's shook the financial world by downgrading America's credit rating from AAA to AA+ for the first time in history. Then Moody's disagreed . Today, the third agency of its kind, Fitch Ratings, says "the key pillars" of the country's "exceptional creditworthiness remain in tact." It retained the AAA rating , too. Jeffrey Manns is Associate Professor of Law at George Washington University.
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