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  • *Bill could clear panel, but full Senate vote unlikely. *Bill would shutter Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. WASHINGTON, April 29- The already dim prospects for a bill to wind down taxpayer-owned mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac grew darker on Tuesday, as a U.S. Senate committee postponed a vote on the legislation.

  • *Bill could clear panel, but full Senate vote unlikely. *Bill would shutter Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. WASHINGTON, April 29- The already dim prospects for a bill to wind down taxpayer-owned mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac grew darker on Tuesday, as a U.S. Senate committee adjourned a meeting on the bill without holding any votes.

  • WASHINGTON, April 29- The Senate Banking Committee will open debate on a bill to wind down taxpayer-owned mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Tuesday, but does not plan any votes as the panel's leaders scramble for broader support.

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- The U.S. Senate Banking Committee appears likely to back a bill to wind down government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to sources familiar with talks on the legislation.

  • Hotel magnate, Democratic fundraiser pleads guilty Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:08 PM ET
    Sant Chatwal and Bill Clinton in London, September 26, 2006.

    A hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser has pleaded guilty in New York to witness tampering and conspiracy to evade campaign finance laws.

  • Fannie, Freddie: Shareholders status left to courts Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 10:54 AM ET
    The bill, written by Democrat Tim Johnson and Republican Mike Crapo, would replace the companies with a new industry-financed agency.

    A bill to wind down mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would leave a decision on how to treat their private shareholders to the courts.

  • Raising the debt limit a breeze? Don't bet on it Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | 2:53 PM ET

    Partisanship is as bad as it gets, meaning raising the $17 trillion borrowing limit may be tougher than expected, POLITICO's Ben White says.

  • Showdown set on unemployment bill in Senate Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 6:42 AM ET
    Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer (right) and Harry Reid

    With bad weather preventing senators from traveling to Washington, a showdown vote on the unemployment bill was postponed until Tuesday.

  • The most thorny issues on Congress to-do list Monday, 6 Jan 2014 | 5:52 AM ET

    Here's what's lawmakers are expected to focus on as they return to Capitol Hill.

  • DC in 2014: Maybe not quite so bad? Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 1:57 PM ET

    Surprise! Washington could be slightly less dysfunctional next year. Keep an eye on the debt ceiling, tax reform and mid-term elections. POLITICO's Ben White reports.

  • Santelli Exchange: Market logistics     Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 10:43 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the latest action in the bond market, and explains how logistics move the market.

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hospitalized: NBC Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 9:09 AM ET
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, November 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized as a "precaution" after feeling ill, and doctors concluded "everything is normal" after testing.

  • How the Senate could kill the budget deal Friday, 13 Dec 2013 | 1:43 PM ET
    Senate Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (2nd L), Senate Minority Whip Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator John Thune (R-SD).

    Most of Wall Street views a budget agreement as a done deal. If it's not, lots of people will have to rethink rosy scenarios for a happy New Year.

  • Two-year federal budget deal takes shape in DC Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 10:18 AM ET
    Rep. Paul Ryan listens to Sen. Patty Murray during a Capitol Hill meeting on the budget on Nov. 13, 2013.

    Congressional leaders from both parties are working out the details of a two-year federal budget deal they hope to vote on before the holiday recess.

  • Senators press ahead on new sanctions for Iran Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 | 8:23 AM ET
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

    The Senate is working on new sanctions in case Iran cheats on its pledge to roll back its nuclear program.

  • What the 'nuclear option' means for the economy Friday, 22 Nov 2013 | 12:57 PM ET
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, November 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's decision to blow up the filibuster on presidential nominations may raise new fiscal crisis risks.

  • Sebelius to get grilled again over health care law Wednesday, 6 Nov 2013 | 6:57 AM ET
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks during the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing about the troubled launch of the Healthcare.gov website in October 2013.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is returning to Capitol Hill for a fresh interrogation on the health care law.

  • Fiscal deal could bring tax, entitlement changes Thursday, 17 Oct 2013 | 10:23 AM ET
    The U.S. Capitol.

    The budget deal to reopen the government could make it easier for lawmakers to make major changes to tax policy, spending and entitlement programs.

  • US debt deal is a     Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 | 6:23 PM ET

    LEE SACHS is Co-Founder & CEO of Alliance Partners says that the debt deal gives a window for US congress to work out their differences and not risk a further damage to their reputation.

  • Owens Thomsen: US structural issues persist     Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 | 8:44 PM ET

    Marie Owens Thomsen, Senior Economist & Strategist, Credit Agricole Private Banking explains why structural issues are much more concerning than the current U.S. debt debacle.