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Washington Post: HUD Chief Calls Aid on Mortgages A Failure

Washington Examiner: Who Will Bail Out Uncle Sam?

N.Y. Times: Butter Holds the Secret to Cookies That Sing

L.A. Times: Southern California’s median home price drops below $300,000

USA Today: Police ID killer of ‘Most Wanted’ host’s son

Politico: Four really, really bad scenarios

ABC News: Peterson Plans to Wed Mystery Bride, 23

CBS News: Store Won’t Make Cake For “Adolf Hitler”

Fox News: Little ‘Adolf Hitler’ Denied Birthday Cake at New Jersey Grocery Store

CNN: Children forced into cell-like school seclusion rooms

Wall Street Journal: Fed Cuts Rates Near Zero

MSNBC: Where are the ‘Biggest Losers’ now?

Congressional Quarterly: Minnesota Recount Enters Crucial Phase Tuesday

NPR: Maureen Corrigan’s Best Books Of 2008

Roll Call: Leaders Must Fill Ethics Vacancies

Bloomberg: Madoff Enjoyed $50 Pedicures, 9.8 Handicap, Boat Called ‘Bull’