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Could Obama be planning a bailout for home mortgages? - Reuters

Politics | Pat McMahon

Whispers are abound in Washington that the administration will order Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to forgive some of the debt of millions of Americans

Fight now looms over Fannie, Freddie - WSJ

Business | Jeff Winkler (admin)

Rep. Barney Frank (D., Mass.) said he would begin drafting a bill in September to address the companies’ future that would split their public and private roles

Mortgage rates hit 50-year low - AP

Business | interns

Mortgage rates sink to lowest level in more than five decades, consumers don’t rush to refinance their loans or buy homes

Where’s the sunlight in Dodd-Frank bill?

Opinion | Sarah Field

President Obama wants to sign this legislation by July 4, pressing Congress to vote “yes” before America—and even Members of Congress—has adequate time to discover everything that’s in the bill

Mortgage rates are free falling - Bloomberg

Business | interns

U.S. mortgage rates fell to a record low, reducing borrowing costs for homebuyers

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac to delist shares on NYSE - Reuters

Business | Jeff Winkler (admin)

The Federal Housing Finance Agency said the delisting order was not taken due to the companies’ performan

Sen. Richard Shelby: Reg reform: 'unlimited bailouts,' income 'social justice,' [TRANSCRIPT]

Politics | Jon Ward

The Alabama Republican and the ranking Republican member of the Senate Banking Committee, gave a final speech on the Senate floor in advance of the final vote to pass a financial regulation bill

The missed opportunity on financial reform

Opinion | Sam Zamarripa

Until there is legislation that limits the size of these financial institutions, the promises of reformers that their efforts will ensure against a recurrence of such devastating crises will remain empty

Dems block reform of corrupt mortgage giants

Opinion | Hans Bader

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will receive billions more in bailouts for government-sponsored enterprises

19 Billion reasons to reform Fannie and Freddie

Opinion | Julia Seymour

Former government-sponsored enterprises ask for additional $8.4 billion, $10.6 billion federal assistance

Americans falling into Democrats’ credibility gap

Opinion | Rep. Buck McKeon

Let’s force closure of the credibility gap to ensure the empty promises come to an end. It’s going to take work to prosper, but with common-sense reform and buckling down on spending, it can be done

Hope for principled debate on financial reform

Opinion | Sarah Lee

Hopefully those faithfully elected conservatives will remember why the people of this country sent them to The Hill and will act with the American people in mind

The Corrupt Party and the Stupid Party

Opinion | Scott Wheeler and Buckley Carlson

Democrats are blackmailing Republicans for corruption that the Democrats fully own. And Republicans are too stupid to take the issue away from them and beat them with it

Team Obama rounds up the villains

Opinion | Ron Hart

Failure cannot be Congress’ fault for spending too much. It has to be some other villain — never them

Beware the financial Trojan horse

Opinion | Hans Bader

Trojan Horse Financial “Reform” Bill Enriches Goldman Sachs, Rips Off Taxpayers

Financial reform will probably happen – but will it work?

Feature:Opinion | Charles Horn

We may end up with more regulation, but not necessarily better regulation. I wish we could do better

The future resurrection of Dubya

Opinion | Myra Adams

Finding a cure for Bush Derangement Syndrome

The unelected government

Editorial | Eben Carle

The irony of our present democracy is that the rules that govern it are written by people who never asked for your vote

Amnesty bill is latest White House crisis

Feature:Opinion | Rep. Steve King

In November 2008, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel famously said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” The Obama White House has followed this Rahmism to a tee