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A federal housing study finds that when heterosexual married couples look for a place to live, they are slightly more likely to get a favorable response than gay or lesbian couples.
It's not as melodramatic or drastic as going on a hunger strike or chaining himself to the White House fence, but President Obama's "sequestering" 5 percent of his $400,000 salary — or $20,000 — during the period of fiscal restraint is a nice gesture.
President Obama vowed Thursday to stick with New Yorkers still struggling 17 days after Superstorm Sandy "until the rebuilding is complete" after getting an up-close look at devastated neighborhoods rendered unlivable.
Back in the 1990s, the federal government tried an unusual social experiment: It offered thousands of poor women in big-city public housing a chance to live in more affluent neighborhoods.
Shaun Donovan, secretary of housing and urban development, said Sunday he thinks it's unlikely that home prices will continue to drop and calls it a good time to buy a home.
Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, wants to skip raises for thousands of state employees to help cope with the Illinois budget crisis.
@-Text.noindent:Several months ago, first lady Michelle Obama unveiled her signature program to combat childhood obesity ("It takes a vittle," Comment & Analysis, Dec. 15). Mrs. Obama plans to unleash all the mighty forces of the federal government to the tune of approximately $8 billion for a program called "Let's Move."
As Congress and the White House debate how to patch up the housing market after four years of crisis, one clear lesson has emerged: Political leaders for the first time in decades no longer see the American dream of homeownership as the all-consuming goal it once was.
The Obama administration Friday morning endorsed a very gradual phasing-down of the enormous role Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac now play in the housing market, taking a first step by reducing the size of loans they can guarantee.
President Obama's top housing official said Wednesday that lenders are within their rights to resume foreclosures this month despite allegations that they erred in processing documents. But he said the banks could face fines if found to have broken the law.
FIFA's World Cup inspectors have had breakfast at the White House, meeting with aides to President Barack Obama.
Former Sen. Ted Stevens will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony with relatives and friends.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said Sunday that solid progress has been made in the past 18 months to return families to their homes in New Orleans and that several new programs are in the works to help try to revive the housing market.
New York City has installed its first car charging station for electric cars and says it plans to buy about 40 of the clean-energy vehicles.
The national study, based on nearly 7,000 paired-email tests in 50 metropolitan markets over five months in 2011, shows that "we need to continue our efforts to ensure that everyone is treated the same when it comes to finding a home to call their own, regardless of their sexual orientation," HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said.