Sheila C. Bair, the chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., is emerging as a polarizing figure in the Bush administration as she fights to enact programs aimed at stemming foreclosures. Bair's moves have been popular with lawmakers and homeowners facing foreclosure, but have pitted FDIC against the Treasury Department and the White House. "The market is broken right now, and unless we intervene, these people and the economy won't be helped," Bair said.

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