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AP

Native American tribes tired of waiting for the US government to honor centuries-old treaties are buying back land where their ancestors lived and putting it in federal trust. Native Americans say the purchases will help protect their culture and

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Financial Times

Negative interest rates are back. Yields on short-term US government debt have fallen into negative territory as banks and investors park their cash in havens before the end of the year. Strong demand for US Treasury bills, US government debt with

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Bloomberg

Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley said the central bank could curtail the risk of future liquidity crises by providing a "backstop" to solvent firms with sufficient collateral. "The central bank could commit to being the lend

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Newsmax

A coalition of black, Latino and Asian lawmakers on Thursday expressed opposition to a proposal that would require next year's census forms to ask about the status of a person's citizenship.

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Zero Hedge

Every day we hear about proposed caps on CEO pay, and new regulations to make sure companies are not rewarded for failure. Nowhere is failure being more greatly rewarded than in the United States bankruptcy system.

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Washington's Blog

Financial insider and commentator Yves Smith wrote an essay last week entitled "MSM Reporting as Propaganda" arguing that the government has been using propaganda to make people think that things are getting better, no one is angry, and - therefore -

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The Business Insider

The stories about a return to bubble-era lending standards are getting too depressing to bear. There are the no-down payment loans backed by the USDA, the FHA mortgage worth more than 110% of the value of the home, and now this: babies buying home

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The Business Insider

Edward Pinto, the former chief credit officer at Fannie Mae, and a consultant to the mortgage industry lays out the sad truth. The government is aggressively making the same pro-homeownership moves that got us into the last mess.

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Marketwatch

Analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods on Monday said the common shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are likely worthless even if the troubled mortgage-finance giants end up being recapitalized by the banking industry.

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The Business Insider

It wasn't greed that caused the mortgage mess. In large part, the mess was the product of government policies designed to increase homehownership among the poor and ethnic minorities.

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The Business Insider

Incompetence plus ideology equals bankruptcy. The FHA still backs toxic mortgages The FHA's mission is political: it is still trying to "expand home ownership.The discredited ideology of home ownership is the most toxic ideologogy since communism.

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WSJ & Video

Even as the economy is sluggish and unemployment approaches 10%, these firms have been boosted by a stronger stock market, thawing credit market, a resurgence in deal making and the continuing effects of various government aid programs.

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Financial Times

I do not buy the strong-dollar pledges by Tim Geithner, Treasury secretary, and Larry Summers, director of the National Economic Council. They have to say that. It is the official policy line. The bond markets would go crazy otherwise. But a strong d

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