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Despite federal efforts to "modify" mortgages, America's housing crisis is getting worse. Without greater protection, will more people walk away from their loans? Should banks and other lenders take the hit? Is economic recovery at risk? Also, Democratic Senator Chris Dodd decides against running for a sixth term, and mobile apps, Androids and a possible tablet from Apple. We get the latest on consumer technology.

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Making News Senators Dodd and Dorgan to Retire 7 MIN, 32 SEC

After 35 years on Capitol Hill, Democrat Chris Dodd of Connecticut announced today he won't run for a sixth term in the Senate. At the age of 65, Dodd said this was his moment "to step aside." White House reporter Chris Cillizza writes The Fix blog at WashingtonPost.com.

Chris Cillizza, Washington Post (@thefix)

Past Due

Peter Goodman

Main Topic Is Federal Action Making the Housing Crisis Better or Worse? 36 MIN, 42 SEC

Fifteen million Americans are "underwater," meaning they owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. The Obama Administration has $75 billion for a year-old program called Making Home Affordable, but there's widespread agreement that it's a failure that could be making things worse. Critics say false expectations have led people to waste money trying to stay in homes they really just can't afford. And banks have been hiding their losses. Are a vast number of foreclosures just being kicked down the road? Is a federal bailout required or should cruel financial reality be allowed to take its course? We debate an issue that's crucial to home-owning Americans, the housing industry and economic recovery.

Peter Goodman, New York Times / International Business Times (@petersgoodman)
Marlene, California homeowner
Mark Zandi, Moody's Analytics (@dismalscientist)
Kent Smetters, Professor of Insurance and Risk Management, University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business

Financial Shock

Mark Zandi

Reporter's Notebook Oh, the Gadgets We'll See 6 MIN, 23 SEC

When it comes to communications, content is supposed to be king, but these days it's all about new technology. Yesterday it was the Nexus One smart-phone from Google. Does the future hold a tablet from Apple? That question is already part of the buzz at the world's biggest consumer electronics show, which begins in Las Vegas tomorrow. Dylan Tweney is there for Wired magazine, where he's senior editor specializing in the coverage of new gadgets.

Dylan Tweney, Senior Editor, Wired magazine

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