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Paul Ryan Treads a Tricky Line on Puerto Rico — By Kristina Peterson and Nick Timiraos WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul Ryan has surprised many of his closest Republican colleagues by making an all-out push to resolve Puerto Rico's debt crisis, one of the year's thorniest and most thankless legislative puzzles. The U.S.

Housing Inventory, Already Low, Dropped Further in January — The number of homes listed for sale, which stood at an 11-year low at the end of last year, fell even further in January, according to a report released Thursday. There were just 1.48 million homes listed for sale at the end of January, down by 5.6% from December and by 16.5% from one year ago, according to data compiled by

Foreclosure Squeeze Crimps Las Vegas Real-Estate Market — LAS VEGAS-In a city dotted with tens of thousands of vacant houses, Jericho Guarin figured it would be easy to buy his first home. But nearly a year after beginning a search late last summer, he has come up dry. "It has been a nightmare," says the 37-year-old U.S.

HARP: How the Mortgage Program Has Panned Out — The government's Home Affordable Refinance Program stands out among the alphabet soup of initiatives rolled out to stem a wave of foreclosures: It is one that is finally living up to its ambitions.

Ex-Im Bank Faces New Hurdle in Congress Over Board Nominees — A new congressional standoff is preventing the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which survived a five-month shutdown last year, from arranging financing for deals of more than $10 million. Customers of large manufacturers, particularly Boeing Co., would be unable to tap the bank to finance major deals any time soon.

Balancing the Budget: Here’s a Chance to Do It Yourself — Want to stabilize the national debt? A new computer game lets you give it a shot-while putting your own stamp on broader governing goals. The game, called " The Fiscal Ship," requires users to both maintain the national debt at its current level of around 75% of gross domestic product while satisfying up to three broader policy objectives.

Campaign’s Populist Tone Rankles America’s CEOs — DOW JONES, A NEWS CORP COMPANY News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Executives worry rhetoric on immigration and trade will have repercussions beyond November Chief executives at big American companies are increasingly frustrated by the populist tone of the presidential campaign, and concerns are mounting in boardrooms and corner offices that antibusiness rhetoric may solidify even after the November election.

Alexander Hamilton’s Fifth-Great-Grandson: ‘We Really Did Not Think We Could Win This’ — When Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced last summer he planned to put a woman on the front of the $10 bill, one of Alexander Hamilton's descendants vowed to do everything in his power to reverse the decision. Wednesday was a day for him to celebrate, along with legions of other Hamilton fans.

Q&A: Jacob Lew Explains His Currency Redesign Plan — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced his long-awaited plan for a sweeping currency redesign on Wednesday that will put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. The plan will keep Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill while redesigning the back of the $5, $10 and $20 notes.

Harriet Tubman Is Picked to Grace $20 Bill — A sweeping redesign of U.S. currency will swap a former president who owned slaves with an abolitionist who freed them, the culmination of a national debate about the symbols that define U.S. history.
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