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Ralph Nader predicts survival of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

By Joseph Lawler | 04/18/14 03:45 PM

Long-time consumer advocate and perennial presidential candidate Ralph Nader predicts that bailed-out mortgage businesses Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will survive legislative attempts to disband them.
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White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE | 04/18/14 05:47 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region. But tensions between Russia and Ukraine will likely push regional security concerns higher on the president's agenda. Some of the countries...
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Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month

By JOSH BOAK | 04/18/14 11:30 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates dropped in 21 states, rose in 17 and...
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