WASHINGTON - If the banking industry could pick one ally to help press it case in Congress, it should probably be community activists.

Advocates for America's little guys - the single mother trying to scrape together a down payment for the first home, the out-of-work machinists who can't make his debt payments - are loved by lawmakers.

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