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Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson speaks on Sept. 7, 2008, during a news conference on the bailout of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Shotgun houses in Houston's Third Ward. Shotgun houses were the most popular style of house in the Southern United States from the end of the American Civil War, through to the 1920s. Blake Gordon/Aurora Photos for NPR hide caption

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