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GSE reform just isn’t going to happen soon

Housing / News October 6, 2015

Seven years after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed into conservatorship, there is still a lack of consensus on how to reform the GSEs.

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New U.S. president would struggle to ruin Iran deal, experts say

National Security / News July 14, 2015

Threats by Republican presidential candidates to scrap the nuclear agreement look difficult to carry out even if the party wins control of the White House.

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GOP Budget Workarounds Raise Ire of Fiscal Hawks

Economy / News April 28, 2015

Some lawmakers say effort to avoid unpopular spending cuts relies on gimmicks.

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It’s Not Your Imagination: Congress Really Is Working More

Governance / News April 21, 2015

Lawmakers are showing up to work more and doing more while they’re there, according to a new analysis from the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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Love and hate on the Johnson-Crapo GSE reform effort

/ News March 11, 2014

Industry leaders gave a generally loving welcome to the agreement on GSE reform reached by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and Ranking Member Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, today, with smaller lenders and one investor and taxpayer-minded politician making up…

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Congress could thwart Iran deal

/ News November 9, 2013

The Obama administration appears to be on the verge of a diplomatic breakthrough with Iran after three and a half decades of low-level warfare. Now comes the hard part: convincing Congress.

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Lawmakers suggest they can work together on housing finance reform

/ News October 24, 2013

A couple of House and Senate lawmakers provided a ray of hope on Thursday that Congress can work together to overhaul the mortgage finance system. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) suggested during a conference held by…

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How Much Capital Is Enough?

Michael A. Stegman / Blog August 15, 2016

Lawmakers must strive to find the sweet spot between protecting taxpayers against another government bailout and providing broad and affordable access to credit.

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Housing Finance Reform: Opportunities and Obstacles of Risk Sharing

Housing / October 6, 2015 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. ET

Seven years after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed into conservatorship, there is still a lack of consensus on how to reform the GSEs.

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Good Deal or No Deal? Recommendation for Independent Review of Iran Nuclear Agreement

Blaise Misztal / Research March 26, 2015

One source of contention between Congress and the White House has been markedly different interpretations of what conditions are necessary to prevent a nuclear Iran.

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