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Mortgage Giant Places Bets Against Homeowners

NPR and ProPublica have found that Freddie Mac, the giant government-owned mortgage company, has been placing financial bets against homeowners. Specifically, Freddie Mac has made targeted investments that pay off if homeowners are unable to refinance their mortgages. At the same time, Freddie has been making it harder for many homeowners to get new loans.
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Gingrich's Other Opponent: Who Is Saul Alinsky?

Most people have never have heard of Saul Alinsky, but Newt Gingrich seems to mention his name every chance he gets. Alinsky wrote the book on community organizing — actually, two books — and he's a hero to the left and a demon to the right. Why does Alinsky inspire so much passion?
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In GOP Primary Race, Can Steadiness Trump Passion?

For almost a year, Mitt Romney has tried to portray himself as the grown-up in the Republican race for the presidential nomination. Now, over the course of two debates and countless Florida campaign stops, the buttoned-up businessman is showing that he can get tough, too.
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What The FBI Wants In A Social Media Monitoring App

The FBI raised eyebrows last week with a document that details plans for a map-based app that would help the agency gather intelligence from sources like Facebook and Twitter. Translating tweets and developing "a dictionary of 'tweet' lingo" are among the app's desired functionalities.
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One Soldier's Progress Against Traumatic Brain Injury

Sgt. Victor Medina couldn't think straight or speak clearly after suffering a concussion in a 2009 roadside blast in Iraq. Now, after being treated at a new state-of-the-art center for brain-injured soldiers, "it's like night and day," his wife says.
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Study: SuperPACs Behind Nearly Half Of 2012 Ads

The role of outside money groups' advertising in the GOP presidential campaign has surged since four years ago, according to a new analysis from the Wesleyan Media Project. "They went from about 3 percent of total ad airings in the 2008 race to almost half, about 44 percent, in 2012," says Director Erika Franklin Fowler.
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Embattled East Haven, Conn., Police Chief To Retire

The Connecticut police chief accused of tyrannizing Latinos is retiring at the end of the week. Four East Haven officers were arrested Friday by the FBI. They're accused of waging a campaign against Latino residents that included beatings and false arrests. Chief Leonard Gallo is accused of creating a hostile environment for witnesses who cooperated with the investigation.

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