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In a bid to stem taxpayer losses for bad loans guaranteed by federal housing agencies Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) proposed that borrowers be required to make a 5% down payment in order to qualify for a loan.
His proposal was rejected 57-42 on a straight party-line vote because, as Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn) explained, "Passage of such a requirement would restrict home ownership to only those who can afford it."
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BEIRUT, Lebanon – In a major setback to U.S. support of the Syrian rebels, the commander of the Free Syrian Army fled Syria after members of the newly created, Saudi-backed coalition of Islamic fighters attacked his compound and seized nearly all of his Western-supplied weapons. Brig. Gen. Salim Idris, chief of the staff of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army, reportedly is in Doha, Qatar, after fleeing his compound in the attack by the Islamic Front and escaping across the border to Turkey. Idris was a general in the Syrian army before defecting in July 2012. He is considered to represent the more moderate elements of the Syrian opposition. The Syrian National Coalition, the political entity that backs the Free Syria Army, is based in Doha. Idris’ compound is in Bab al-Tawa in Syria, near the border with Turkey. The Islamic Front is a coalition created last month of some seven so-called “moderate” Islamic militant groups opposing the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan has asked the U.S. to support and train the coalition. However, the Islamic Front’s recently published charter states that its aim is to establish an Islamic state in Syria with the implementation of Islamic law, or Shariah. The Islamic Front is firmly against secularism or any human legislation, believing that laws come only from Allah. It would make any non-Muslims in Syria, particularly Christians and other minorities, second-class citizens. The new coalition does not contain the al-Qaida-linked rebel groups Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the ISIL. But Islamic Front members such as Ahrar al-Sham are difficult to distinguish from the al-Qaida-affiliated groups. Ahrar al-Sham, for example, recently conducted a joint raid with Nusra Front and ISIL against Hezbollah and pro-Assad militias.