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Banking clarity
Banking clarity

The federal government has taken over 17 failing banks and thrifts this year, seizing them at a rate three times faster than last year. At that pace, it will "nationalize" 85 banks by year's end, compared with three -- yes, three three -- in 2007. Yet many analysts and investors wonder whether the government should be taking over more financial institutions, particularly a number of "too big to fail" firms that may not have the money to cover their expanding losses. The push for nationalizing big, troubled firms is coming from liberals and conservatives alike, as is the resistance. President Obama, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and other top administration...

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