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FILE- In this July 11, 2008 file photo, a sign in front of the Fannie Mae headquarters in Washington is seen. Seized by federal regulators 14 months ago, the problems at Fannie Mae and sibling company Freddie Mac have proven far worse than most experts had foreseen. Fannie Mae's request Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, will bring the tab for rescuing both companies to about $111 billion. The government has promised up to $400 billion in assistance. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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