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Obama orders feds to stop defending anti-gay marriage act

One way for President Barack Obama to win the future, it seems, is to have his administration stop defending a federal law that bans recognition of same-sex marriage. Opinion polls show a steady rise in Americans’ embrace of gay rights, and young voters solidly back positions their grandparents opposed, including gay marriage. “Anybody under the age of 40 doesn’t care, or actively supports it,” said Steve Elmendorf, a longtime Democratic staffer and lobbyist. The administration said Wednesday it no longer would defend the constitutionality of the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.
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Most Americans support public employee unions

Most Americans oppose laws that would take away the collective bargaining power of public employee unions, as has been proposed in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states, according to a USA Today/Gallup Poll released on Wednesday. The poll found that 61 percent would oppose a law in their state similar to the proposal currently sparking mass protests in Wisconsin, compared with 33 percent who would favor such a law. The poll also found Americans about evenly split over reducing or eliminating government programs, with 48 percent opposing such cuts while 47 percent favored them. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has said that
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Foreclosure home sales dropped in 2010

Sales of foreclosed homes fell in 2010 as the market struggled with weak demand, though they still represented more than a quarter of total sales, according to a RealtyTrac report released on Thursday. Sales of these distressed properties also fell in the fourth quarter, hurt by continued weakness from the expiration of the homebuyer tax credit and temporary halts in foreclosure sales from several major lenders. Sales of homes owned by banks or in some stage of foreclosure decreased 31.1 percent in 2010 from 2009 to 831,574 and were down 13.8 percent from 2008. Sales of homes that were not
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