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money lead

August 6th, 2013
07:06 PM ET

What would killing Fannie and Freddie mean for you?

President Barack Obama outlined his plan to shutter mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Tuesday. The governoment bailed out the companies on the taxpayer's dime in 2008, after the market crash.

"For too long, these companies were allowed to make big profits buying mortgages, knowing that if their bets went bad, taxpayers would be left holding the bag. It was "heads we win, tails you lose." And it was wrong," Obama said Tuesday.

The White House is trying to insulate taxpayers from another housing meltdown, if one were to hit again.

Many homeowners are asking what the move could mean for them, and their mortgages.

"It depends on what legislation comes out of Congress," said CNN global economic analyst Rana Foroohar.

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politics lead

August 6th, 2013
06:46 PM ET

The Lead read: 'Collision 2012' dishes on who threw up after Clint Eastwood's RNC speech, and more

It's got Mike Tyson, a story about vomit, and at least one guy who has had alleged inappropriate relations with women.

But it's not "The Hangover," it's the story behind America's 2012 presidential campaign that esteemed political reporter Dan Balz couldn't make up if he tried.

In his new book "Collision 2012," The Washington Post's chief correspondent delves into the two-year, multi-character, plot-twist-filled contest to be the leader of the free world.

And the behind-the-scenes details don't disappoint.

buried lead

August 6th, 2013
06:19 PM ET

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wades into immigration debate

Mark Zuckerberg, the 29-year-old multi-billionaire, has made his mark in Silicon Valley.

But is the founder of Facebook the new face of politics?

In San Francisco Monday night, Zuckerberg called for comprehensive immigration reform during opening remarks at the premiere of "Documented," a film by his journalist friend Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented immigrant.

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world lead

August 6th, 2013
06:12 PM ET

Rep. Schiff: We've identified many involved in Benghazi attack

Federal agents and prosecutors investigating the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi have filed charges against several people, including Ahmed Khattalah, a prominent member of a Libyan militia that officials believe was involved in the assault, people briefed on the investigation said.

The charges under seal are the first criminal counts to emerge from the probe.

The charges come nearly 11 months after the deadly September 11, 2012, attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he would not describe the investigation as proceeding rapidly.

"It's been frustrating for many of us that it hasn't moved faster, but it is a very difficult working environment for our agents," said Schiff. "Gathering evidence in Libya, you might imagine, is very difficult, finding, interviewing witnesses, extremely difficult."

Read: First criminal charges filed in Benghazi attack probe

But Schiff said there has been progress.

"We have identified many of the parties involved. We're still trying to identify what the command-and-control structure would be. A lot of missing pieces still, but we are finally making progress," said Schiff.

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national lead

August 6th, 2013
06:01 PM ET

Fort Hood victim: Shooter deserves the death penalty

During his own opening statement, Major Nidal Hasan said, "the evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter."

Hasan is on trial in Texas for the Fort Hood shooting spree that took place November 5, 2009. He is charged with killing 13 people and wounding 32 others on that day.

If he is found guilty, at least one man who witnessed the attack wants him to face the ultimate punishment.

"The death penalty is reserved for those who do the most heinous of crimes, and they need to pay for their crimes, if they do what this individual did by killing 13 men and women," said former Army Sgt. Howard Ray. "I think the punishment should be reserved for him."

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