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November 6th, 2014

Fannie and Freddie Must Go

    Say we didn't hear that. Say we didn't hear that rules for mortgages guaranteed by the taxpayers are going lax once again.

    Oh, but we did. For starters, the push is on to lower the minimum down payment required for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages to only 3 percent.

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Election American Style

    It must be contagious because in a recent column on gaffes I made my own gaffe of sorts. I blamed Utah for producing Joni Ernst. Alas, it is Iowa that is responsible - not that either state should be proud to claim her! We can only hope that Iowa does not inflict her on the rest of us by sending her to the Senate.

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Democrats on rocky ground

    It's a warm late-October evening at a strip mall in this Denver suburb, and Sen. Mark Udall has his sleeves rolled up as he exhorts a roomful of Democratic volunteers.

    "Are you ready to do democracy?" he cries. "Are you ready to get the vote out?"

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Bradlee receives a royal Washington sendoff

    In the closest thing in the nation's capital to royalty, the mighty of the news capital of the world gathered at the Washington National Cathedral Wednesday in a regal farewell to their departed sovereign, editor Ben Bradlee.

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Apologizing To Japan

    For almost two decades, Japan has been held up as a cautionary tale, an object lesson on how not to run an advanced economy. After all, the island nation is the rising superpower that stumbled. One day, it seemed, it was on the road to high-tech domination of the world economy; the next it was suffering from seemingly endless stagnation and deflation. And Western economists were scathing in their criticisms of Japanese policy.

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The 0.01 Percent’s ‘I Reap All’ Accounts

    Do you remember when Mitt Romney’s IRA made headlines during his failed 2012 presidential campaign?

    That outsized retirement stash estimated at between $20 and $102 million probably led President Barack Obama to propose limiting the buildup of IRA values. It turns out that Romney’s gigantic IRA was no fluke.

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Remembering Frank Mankiewicz, a respected professional in politics and media

    In the hard-boiled if fading world of print journalism, it's often said that the only way to look at a politician is down. And the worst crime of all is to work both sides of the street, doubling as a reporter while working for a pol, or vice versa.

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Personality Politics And The Decline Of Political Journalism

    Upon first venturing to write about politics 20 years ago, I held naive views about political journalism. Specifically, I imagined that factual accuracy mattered as much as it did in the kinds of books and magazine pieces I'd written on nonpolitical topics: opinionated, yes, but grounded in careful reporting.

    Otherwise, why bother?

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Jump in, Jeb

    Run, Jeb, run.

    I mean it, despite two powerful arguments against a presidential run by Jeb Bush -- one specific to the former Florida governor, one more generic.

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Driving Government Out of Business

    Republican operative Grover Norquist used to quip about shrinking government to the point where it would get small enough to drown in the bathtub. You probably thought he was kidding.

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