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The taxpayer-backed mortgage giants, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, play a huge and growing role in the economy yet are riven by conflicts of interest and clashing goals. Read more»

Percentage of all new mortgages backed by the U.S. government.

The home loan market was nationalized in a slapdash fashion and is now riven by conflicts of interest and competing goals. To solve it, a consensus is forming to head down the path of the least resistance but greatest risk. Read more»

Federal watchdog says mortgage giant had no coordinated plan to bet against homeowners, though Freddie held billions of dollars of investments that paid off if borrowers stayed stuck in high-interest loans. Read more»

While Democrats paint a glowing picture of the bailout, this Bailout Tracker database tells the whole story. A look at the biggest losses and gains stemming from the TARP and Fannie, Freddie bailout. Read more» 1

Reducing mortgages would help keep hundreds of thousands of families in their homes, save Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae money and help taxpayers, the mortgage giants said. Read more»

Thanks to government-owned Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, most homeowners won't qualify for a break on their mortgages. Read more»

Fannie Mae's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Fannie Mae’s CEO Michael J. Williams stepped down from his position on Tuesday. He was appointed to the job in 2009 after the company was bailed out by the federal government. Read more»

Fannie Mae's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed suit against six former top executives from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in Manhattan federal court on Friday, for allegedly misleading investors about the size of the companies’ subprime mortgage holdings. Read more»

Earlier this week, the federal government put out a request for ideas on how to transform some of the roughly 250,000 government-owned foreclosed homes into rental properties. Read more»

The administration has been on a PR offensive in recent months to tell the good news about the TARP. In fact, many of its investments have turned a profit, and some of its most infamous bailouts — such as the rescue of AIG — won't end up being the tax dollar black holes they once seemed sure to be. But the true picture isn't so rosy. Read more»

Some struggling homeowners are currently getting a temporary reprieve from foreclosure sales and evictions during the holiday season, but that doesn't mean all foreclosure cases have stopped moving through the courts — and it doesn't mean we're done covering the developments in the foreclosure scandal either. Read more»

Fannie Mae has opened a new mortgage help center in Arizona to help homeowners with loans owned by the company. One of the reasons for putting the center here: the state’s high rate of foreclosures.

Mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae has opened a mortgage help center in Arizona to help struggling homeowners with loans owned by the company. Read more»

For years, banks and other companies handling foreclosures have turned to cheap labor to process the growing volume of foreclosures. Read more»

Impending Republican control of the House means there will be new leaders on powerful House committees. Here’s a quick introduction — or reintroduction — to some of the lawmakers who will likely win these important chairmanships. Read more»