U.S. Weighs Takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

 U.S. Weighs Takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Henry Paulson, left, and Ben Bernanke at a House hearing.

Alarmed by the growing financial stress at the nation’s two largest mortgage finance companies, senior Bush administration officials are considering a plan to have the government take over one or both of the companies and place them in a conservatorship if their problems worsen, people briefed about the plan said on Thursday.

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