Michele Bachmann 2012: What Are Her Positions?

Michele Bachmann
For most of her campaign, Michele Bachmann has made more headlines for her gaffes than for her platform, and her popularity has fallen as a result. But moving past the YouTube clips and headlines, what are the Minnesota congresswoman's political positions?
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Congress Warns of Bailout for FHA Mortgage Fund

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA)'s mortgage insurance fund is threatened by declining home prices and could require a taxpayer bailout, Congress members said at a hearing on Thursday, echoing an earlier report.
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Jon Huntsman 2012: What Are His Positions?

For most of the Republican nomination race thus far, Jon Huntsman has been considered little more than a side note. But while his national poll numbers remain very low, he is gaining support in New Hampshire. What are his positions?
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Barney Frank: Top 5 Viral Moments

The planned retirement of Congressman Barney Frank, D-Mass., leaves the Democratic party lacking in the YouTube mojo department. Partisan sniping aside, Frank was a regular source of one-liners and playful harassment of his legislative colleagues and TV talking heads.
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2012 Republican Presidential Campaign: Will There be a Jon Huntsman Surge?

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the current beneficiary of Republican voters' perpetual search for an alternative to Mitt Romney, and he's enjoying the amplified media attention that accompanies a rise in the polls. If he declines, is Huntsman next? Or is it time to write-off the former Utah governor?

October Existing-Home Sales Rise Unexpectedly, But Still Weak

Sales of previously owned homes in the U.S. rose in October while the number of homes on the market continued to decline, according to the National Association of Realtors. Although falling property values and near record-low borrowing costs are starting to appeal to homebuyers, a growing trend of last minute cancellation suggests that even those who are looking to buy are worried about the housing market.
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U.S. Congress Raises FHA Mortgage Limits

The U.S. House and Senate voted to increase the threshold of mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Adminstration (FHA) to $729,750, a move that would give more homeowners access to lower interest rates.
Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich 2012: What Are His Positions?

With Herman Cain's fall, Newt Gingrich is up to bat as the latest conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. Where does the former speaker of the House stand on the issues?
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Fannie, Freddie chiefs defend pay packages

Top executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Wednesday defended their companies' pay practices from attack by lawmakers angry that the government-controlled firms were paying out nearly $13 million in executive bonuses.
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Fannie, Freddie executives defend pay packages

Top executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Wednesday defended their companies' pay practices which have drawn opposition after it was disclosed the government-controlled firms were paying out nearly $13 million in executive bonuses.
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Gingrich Earned $1.6 Million as Freddie Mac Consultant

Newt Gingrich earned between $1.6 million and $1.8 million as a consultant for the government-sponsored mortgage company Freddie Mac, far more than the $300,000 contract he disclosed in a recent debate, according to a Bloomberg News investigation. The advice he reportedly gave them contradicts his recent criticisms of the company.
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Fannie, Freddie cut lenders' risk in refinance program

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac , the largest sources of U.S. housing finance, both said on Tuesday they would relieve lenders from certain risks associated with refinanced loans in an effort to help a government program reach more distressed homeowners.
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Regulator eyes gradual curb on Fannie, Freddie pay

The regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Tuesday tried to parry congressional critics of million-dollar pay packages for executives at the government-owned mortgage firms, saying he would seek to push compensation lower over time.
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HARP 2.0 Program Better Than Expected?

FBR Capital Markets said the broad changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) were outlined by U.S. President Barack Obama's administration on Oct. 24. However, the release of most of the technical details was delayed until Nov. 15.


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