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  • NAACP continues culture of male leaders

    When the vacancy opened this winter for president of the nation's oldest civil rights organization, many within and outside the NAACP said it was time a woman held the job. After all, men have overseen the group's day-to-day leadership since 1916.
  • How to avoid the next housing bust

    How to avoid the next housing bust
    The boom-and-bust in the housing market has ruined lives, wiped out vast amounts of wealth and taught some hard lessons — including at least one that Congress has seen fit to ignore: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have got to go. These huge,...

    Some homeowners miss out on housing recovery

    Some homeowners miss out on housing recovery
    Scott and Caroline Schmauderer know all the acronyms and the nitty-gritty details of the federal government's various programs to help homeowners like themselves, whose plans were derailed by the housing bust. They read up on loan modifications, but...

    Fannie and Freddie's steep fees hurting home buyers, critics say

    WASHINGTON — When you're raking in tens of billions of dollars in profits by helping credit-elite borrowers buy homes, couldn't you lighten up on fees a little for everyday folks who'd also like to buy? That's a question increasingly being posed...

    Cory Booker's arrival is Senate spectacle

    Cory Booker's arrival is Senate spectacle
    WASHINGTON -- Four new U.S. senators have taken the oath of office since the start of the 113th Congress but only one, Cory Booker, New Jersey’s new junior senator, has attracted much attention. Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath to...