September 6, 2008

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Mortgage giants face US takeover

Senior officials from the Bush administration and the Federal Reserve yesterday informed top executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac , the mortgage finance giants, that the government was preparing to seize the two companies and place them in a conservatorship, officials and company executives briefed on the discussions said. (By Stephen Labaton and Andrew Ross Sorkin, Boston Globe)

Citing grim jobs report, Obama
reaches out to blue-collar voters

Senator Barack Obama, trying to build on his show of strength at the Democratic National Convention, is targeting one of his biggest weaknesses: his standing with white, blue-collar voters. (By Scott Helman, Globe Staff)

McCain, Palin find new zest in
first campaign trip together

John McCain and Sarah Palin made their first trip together as their party's nominees yesterday, combining to produce the type of fiery stage presence and crowd fervor that has largely eluded Republicans this year. (By Sasha Issenberg, Globe Staff)
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O'Reilly strikes, Kerry bridles in TV debate

US Senator John F. Kerry never seemed very eager for this debate, and from the opening moments it was clear why. Edward O'Reilly, an unpolished Gloucester lawyer who is Kerry's only Democratic challenger in 24 years, came out swinging. (By Matt Viser, Globe Staff)

Back to school, out of supplies

Along with stocking their children's backpacks, parents are increasingly helping teachers fill their cash-strapped classrooms with glue sticks, markers, hand sanitizers, toilet paper, and other basic materials once covered by school budgets. (By James Vaznis, Globe Staff)

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