Pop Quiz: What Did Washington's Bailout Bonanza Buy for America?

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As the road to November's presidential election heats up, bailouts are becoming one of the hot debate topics. Little wonder: Between the 2008 decision to bail out Wall Street and the 2009 decision to bail out Detroit, the government's high-investment, high-stakes involvement in private enterprise has drawn scads of criticism from both sides of the political divide. But amidst all the political bloviating, some key facts have been obscured.

How much did the bailouts cost, and how many companies did they help? Have they been a total loss, or do they show some signs of profit? If you're interested in the answer to this and other bailout questions, take a peek at our bailout quiz!

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