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Political Economy Archive: Small business

Reactions to Obama's plan to restructure the housing market

The Obama administration today released a white paper that proposes winding down mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and putting new measures in place that would lessen government's role in the housing finance system. The Post's Zach Goldfarb has a full report on the plan and its potential impact. The long-anticipated report has prompted responses and assessments from politicians, industry groups and analysts in Washington and beyond. Here's a look at some of them.

By Sarah Halzack  | February 11, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Congress, Housing, Small business, U.S. Economy  
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House passes bill to fight organized retail crime

The House passed a bill on Tuesday that would create a new team within the Department of Justice to combat what has become known as organized retail crime -- the methodical stealing and reselling of merchandise.

By Ylan Q. Mui  | September 29, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Congress, Retail, Small business  
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Senate approves small business aid

The Senate on Thursday passed a long-stalled bill aimed at providing the nation's small businesses easier access to credit, the latest effort to create jobs and boost the struggling economy. The 61-38 vote came just after noon, with two Republicans joining the Democratic majority to give President Obama a legislative victory he has been pursuing for months.

By Brady Dennis  | September 16, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Congress, Small business  
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Small business aid bill clears key Senate hurdle

Senate Democrats snagged two GOP votes Tuesday to end debate on a bill aimed at jumpstarting the struggling economy and creating jobs by giving small businesses easier access to credit.

By Brady Dennis  | September 14, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Congress, Small business  
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