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Washington (AFP) – U.S. sales of new homes bounced back in August after July’s slump, though the pace remained slower than the first quarter of the year, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.

New home sales rose to an annual pace of 421,000 units, compared to 390,000 in July and 454,000 in June.

But the pace remained slower than the first quarter’s 449,000 pace, which analysts say could be the result of a jump in home mortgage interest rates.

The median sale price remained lower than early in the year at $254,600, roughly unchanged from the same period in 2012.

Former Mueller aide Andrew Weissmann

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

The name Andrew Weissmann might ring a bell.

He's a former top Mueller attorney who worked with the Special Counsel on the Russia report.

Today he is an MSNBC legal analyst.

He also just wrote a book, an insider's view of the Mueller Investigation.

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