With all the hand-wringing over the role of Wall Street banks in the financial crisis, one group of key players in the mess has been keeping -- and undoubtedly enjoying -- a relatively low profile: the rating agencies.
Remember Moody's and Standard & Poor's, and all those triple-A ratings they assigned to subprime debt?
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was an associate editor at The Atlantic
from 2009 through 2011. He is now the Washington, D.C.-based columnist for Reuters Breakingviews
. He is also a 2011 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow through the Phillips Foundation.