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Judge rules Assange can be extradited for sex crimes

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden over sex crimes claims, a judge said Thursday. Assange’s lawyer said he would appeal the ruling. Judge Howard Riddle said the allegations of rape and sexual molestation by two women are extraditable offenses and a Swedish warrant was properly issued. Assange has been out on bail during the extradition fight, and has seven days to appeal the ruling to the High Court. Riddle said “there is simply no reason to believe there has been a mistake” about the arrest warrant. Assange’s lawyers have questioned Sweden’s judicial process and expressed concern their
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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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