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Created by the federal government during the Great Depression, Fannie Mae became a Washington powerhouse: a highly profitable, private company, protected by the government and boasting huge lobbying clout. But today, Fannie Mae has essentially become a ward of the state. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Morale Takes A Hit At Beleaguered Fannie, Freddie

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Author and screenwriter Nora Ephron died Tuesday in New York. She was 71. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images hide caption

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Ephron: From 'Silkwood' To 'Sally,' A Singular Voice

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Artist LeRoy Neiman, who died last week at 91, signs serigraphs of baseball's Mike Piazza (left) in 2000. Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

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The Man Who Painted Sport, Bright And Beautiful

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