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  • Freed of filibuster threat, Senate OKs two Obama nominees

    Freed of filibuster threat, Senate OKs two Obama nominees
    WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Patricia Millett for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.) to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the first nominees approved since the...
  • Senate confirms Rep. Mel Watt as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac regulator

    Senate confirms Rep. Mel Watt as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac regulator
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted 57-41 on Tuesday to confirm Rep. Mel Watt to head the agency overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, ending a long battle by President Obama to install a regulator open to more aggressive action to help struggling homeowners....
  • Senate confirms D.C. Circuit nominee, first under new Senate rules

    Senate confirms D.C. Circuit nominee, first under new Senate rules
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted 56-38 Tuesday to seat Patricia Millett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the first confirmation under new Senate filibuster rules and one that gives the influential panel a majority of...
  • Mississippi Republican seeks 7th Senate term, courts GOP battle

    Mississippi Republican seeks 7th Senate term, courts GOP battle
    WASHINGTON -- One of the Senate’s longest-serving Republicans said Friday that he would seek reelection in 2014, setting up another intraparty test between the party’s old guard and tea party forces. Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s...
  • Freddie Mac: 30-year mortgage rate 4.46%; highest since September

    Freddie Mac: 30-year mortgage rate 4.46%; highest since September
    Good news for the economy translated into bad news this week for mortgage borrowers, who were being offered an interest rate of 4.46% for the typical 30-year fixed loan, the highest level since mid-September, according to Freddie Mac. The rate, released...
  • Bank of America to pay Freddie Mac $404 million in mortgage settlement

    Bank of America to pay Freddie Mac $404 million in mortgage settlement
    WASHINGTON -- Bank of America Corp. agreed to pay $404 million to Freddie Mac to settle claims related to bad mortgages the bank sold to the housing finance giant, the companies said Monday. The settlement resolves all disputes between the two firms...
  • Bitcoin digital currency tops $1,000 as acceptance grows

    Bitcoin digital currency tops $1,000 as acceptance grows
    Bitcoin, the unregulated digital currency that once was valued at $10, hit a record Wednesday, trading above $1,000 per bitcoin on the Mt. Gox online exchange. Speculators from China and the U.S. have been snapping up the digital currency as it...
  • Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates rise; 30-year fixed averages 4.29%

    Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates rise; 30-year fixed averages 4.29%
    A nervous mortgage market drove interest rates higher this week ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, with the average for a 30-year fixed-rate loan rising to 4.29% from 4.22% a week earlier, Freddie Mac said. The rate for a typical 15-year fixed...
  • A push to get lenders to reward energy efficiency in homes

    A push to get lenders to reward energy efficiency in homes
    WASHINGTON — For the growing numbers of home purchasers who care about energy efficiency, it's the ultimate "green" goal: Lenders should recognize the net savings that energy improvements provide to property owners and take them into account when...
  • Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates fall, with 30-year loans averaging 4.22%

    Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates fall, with 30-year loans averaging 4.22%
    Fixed mortgage rates fell early this week in the wake of a decline in the inflation rate, with Freddie Mac pegging the 30-year loan at an average of 4.22%, down from 4.35% last week. But the trend Thursday was once again toward higher rates. Freddie...
  • Bottom line on JPMorgan's $13-billion settlement: not nearly enough

    Bottom line on JPMorgan's $13-billion settlement: not nearly enough
    The headline number on the big JPMorgan Chase legal settlement with state and federal regulators hasn't changed in the weeks since the negotiations over the deal first broke into the open: $13 billion. The deal's sponsors are falling all over themselves...