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  • Rep. Cleaver's civility a key part of his leadership appeal

    WASHINGTON Every power player in Washington, D.C., has a different metric for what makes a day a success. For one Missouri Democrat, it comes down to whether he was able to do his job without stepping on people.
  • Land bank wants Fannie, Freddie to donate homes

    Land bank wants Fannie, Freddie to donate homes
    The Cook County Land Bank may have as many as 30 properties in its portfolio by year's end, but it is aiming much higher for 2015 and expects Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to help its efforts. The land bank is calling on the two agencies and their...

    How to avoid the next housing bust

    The boom-and-bust in the housing market has ruined lives, wiped out vast amounts of wealth and taught some hard lessons — including at least one that Congress has seen fit to ignore: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have got to go. These huge,...

    Some homeowners miss out on housing recovery

    Some homeowners miss out on housing recovery
    Scott and Caroline Schmauderer know all the acronyms and the nitty-gritty details of the federal government's various programs to help homeowners like themselves, whose plans were derailed by the housing bust. They read up on loan modifications, but...

    Senate confirms D.C. Circuit nominee, first under new Senate rules

    Senate confirms D.C. Circuit nominee, first under new Senate rules
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted 56-38 Tuesday to seat Patricia Millett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the first confirmation under new Senate filibuster rules and one that gives the influential panel a majority of...