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-Mortgage applications rose by 0.7 percent last week as rates hit four-year highs.
-House Republicans have passed a short-term spending bill. The Senate seems likely to reject it. But there are reports that Senate leaders are close to a deal on a two-year budget that would boost defense spending and spending on domestic programs the Democrats want. Deficit hawks are opposed to the deal as reported.