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  • Mortgage Plan Could Help Thousands of Homeowners Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 2:43 PM ET

    Hundreds of thousands of strapped homeowners could get some relief from a plan to freeze interest rates on subprime mortgages.

  • Prime Loans: Don't They Need To "Freeze Up" As Well? Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 1:55 PM ET
    Freezing Subprime Rates

    I was reading the report from the Mortgage Bankers Association this morning on delinquencies and foreclosures. None of it was particularly unexpected, but I was struck by one aspect, and that is the amount of prime loans that are going into foreclosure.

  • I want to thank President Bush for clearing up a few things this morning at his news conference: 1) that the mortgage industry is, “a more complex industry than we’ve had in the past” and 2) that “we shouldn’t bail out lenders, and so, in other words, that we shouldn’t be using taxpayers’ money…”

  • US Treasury Near Deal to Aid Struggling Homeowners Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 4:34 PM ET
    United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson

    The U.S. Treasury Department and mortgage industry leaders are putting the final touches on a plan that could save struggling homeowners from foreclosure by freezing interest rates before they reset sharply higher.

  • US Targets Iranian Defense Ministry with New Sanctions Thursday, 25 Oct 2007 | 10:44 AM ET

    The Bush administration announced Thursday that it is imposing sweeping new sanctions against Iran's defense ministry, its Revolutionary Guard Corps and a number of banks.

  • George Bush: Lame Duck Or Political Eagle? Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007 | 2:12 PM ET

    Presidential power ebbs and flows and George W. Bush is holding very weak cards just now. But as he likes to point out, sometimes with more than flattering zeal, he is still the president and everyone also just kibitzes. `

  • Peter Rost, who burst onto the business news landscape a few years ago as a Pfizer whistleblower and the subject of a piece on CBS' "60 Minutes", is enjoying a new career as a blogger and a reporter for Brandweek. And late yesterday he's blitzing some of his reporter contacts with this item about the apparent 180-degree change presidential politics at the world's biggest pharmaceutical company.

  • Bush: Economy Still Strong Despite Job Concerns Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 4:32 PM ET
    President Bush speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

    In an interview on CNBC, President Bush acknowledged that Americans are concerned about job security, health care and retirement but maintained that the U.S. economy remains strong.

  • House Bill to End Private-Tax Collection Program Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 6:38 AM ET

    House Democrats on Wednesday pushed through legislation to end a program that turns over smaller-scale tax deadbeat cases to private collection agencies.

  • A Willful Distortion Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 1:39 PM ET
    Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney is a big (and very rich) boy, and has earned some of the shots that have come his way in the 2008 presidential race. Most prominent among them have been barbs at the evident calculations he has made in flip-flopping on key issues to appeal to the conservative Republican base.

  • Congress Sends Bill to Avert Government Shutdown Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 4:24 AM ET

    The U.S. Senate Thursday passed and sent to President Bush a temporary spending measure to keep the federal government running through Nov. 16, giving Democrats and Republicans time to work out budget disagreements.

  • How Democrats Compare On Universal Healthcare Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 3:36 PM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a call for universal health care on Monday, plunging back into a political battle she memorably waged and lost as first lady more than a decade ago.

  • George Bush And His Veto Pen: Why It's Cocked Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 5:06 PM ET

    Even though semi-professional historian Karl Rove has left the White House, they are still paying attention to past administrations at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. They're especially paying attention to how Bill Clinton revived his fortunes in the 1990s by fighting with the GOP Congress over spending.

  • Bernanke: Fed Will Act To Curb Fallout of Credit Ills Thursday, 20 Sep 2007 | 1:54 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Federal Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress the credit crisis has created "significant market stress" and offered fresh assurances that regulators would take steps to curb fallout from the mortgage mess.

  • Greenspan Warns on Sharp Fed Rate Cuts: FT Sunday, 16 Sep 2007 | 10:57 PM ET

    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said his successors at the U.S. central bank should act cautiously in lowering interest rates because of inflation risks, according to an interview published on Sunday.

  • Bush to Tap Former Federal Judge as Attorney General Sunday, 16 Sep 2007 | 6:31 PM ET

    President Bush has settled on Michael B. Mukasey, a retired federal judge from New York, to replace Alberto Gonzales as attorney general and will announce his selection Monday, a source familiar with the president's decision said Sunday evening.

  • Greenspan Criticizes Bush Policies in Memoir Saturday, 15 Sep 2007 | 5:14 PM ET

    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan sharply criticizes President George W. Bush's administration and Republican congressional leaders in his memoir for putting political imperatives ahead of sound economic policies, several newspapers reported on Friday.

  • NBC/WSJ Poll: More Highlights About White House Race Friday, 14 Sep 2007 | 9:54 AM ET

    Here are some more highlights from our NBC/WSJ poll, which tells a lot about the state of the race for the White House. Though rivals question Hillary Clinton's "electability," she outpaces all of them in the public's assessment of qualifications for the presidency. 46% of Americans express confidence in her “skills and ability necessary to be president”...

  • Bush Agrees to Limited Troop Cuts in Iraq Friday, 14 Sep 2007 | 12:49 AM ET
    President Bush, right, makes remarks during the re-dedication ceremony of the Islamic Center of Washington in Washington, Wednesday, June 27, 2007. Center Director Dr. Abdullah Khouj is at left. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    President George W. Bush on Thursday ordered gradual troop reductions in Iraq but defied calls for a dramatic change of course, telling skeptical Americans the U.S. military role there will stretch beyond his presidency.

  • Highlights from NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 1:52 PM ET

    Public discontent with the Iraq war has slightly eased, increasing President Bush’s political maneuvering room at a critical point in debates over war costs and troop levels. Those shifts in public opinion remain modest. Yet only one in four Americans say troops should leave now regardless of conditions on the ground...

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