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US election 2020: The Democrat candidates who are running for president

Tulsi Gabbard, the Democratic US Representative of Hawaii, has become the latest Democrat to throw her hat in the ring for the US presidential election in 2020.  In remarks aired by CNN on Friday, Ms Gabbard said she intended to pursue a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump. "I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week," Ms Gabbard said. She is the latest to join what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary field before the November 2020 p...
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Julian Castro, Former Housing Secretary, Announces 2020 Presidential Bid

WASHINGTON — Julian Castro, the former Housing and Urban Development Secretary and mayor of San Antonio, launched his presidential campaign on Saturday, joining what is expected to be a crowded field of contenders for the Democratic nomination. Castro is the first Latino to enter the race, and at 44 will likely be among the youngest. […]
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, Donald Trump, San Antonio, Castro, Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro, 2020 Presidential Race

Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard Says She Will Run For President In 2020

Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is running for president in 2020.Gabbard revealed her decision on Friday in an interview with CNN. She said she will make a formal announcement within the next week."There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision,” Gabbard said. “There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve.”Gabbard was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2012 to represent Hawaii’s ...
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What To Expect In A Partial Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump and Congress bicker over Trump’s call for $5 billion to build a border wall with Mexico, government agencies are preparing for a partial government shutdown set to begin at midnight Friday. The dispute could affect nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks and forests. More than 800,000 federal employees...
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New Congress could change tone, if not rules, on immigration

For all the post-election talk about Democrats taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives and working to implement a pro-immigrant agenda, Los Angeles resident José López feels certain of only one thing: At least one chamber of Congress won’t be fighting to kick him out of the country. In this Nov. 14, 2018 photo, two Central American migrants walk along the top of the border structure separating Mexico and the United States, in Tijuana, Mexico. Migrants in a caravan of Central Ame...
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Democrats win California House seat, besting four-term Republican – live

Josh Harder declared winner in 10th congressional districtHouse Republicans hold leadership elections on Capitol HillSign up for the Guardian’s new US morning briefing 2.43pm GMT Conservative lawyers are starting a group called “Checks and Balances” as a counterweight to what they see as Trump’s betrayal of constitutional norms.The group includes George Conway, the husband of top White House aide Kellyanne Conway, as well as a number of conservative legal notables including top constitutiona...
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Amid Bomb Scares, Trump Skips Oval Office Speech, Doesn’t Reach Out To Predecessor

WASHINGTON (AP) — It didn’t last. With the country on edge over a widening pipe-bomb scare, talk of national unity quickly gave way to finger-pointing. President Donald Trump cast blame on the media for fomenting anger in society, while candidates across the country traded partisan broadsides. Less than two weeks before midterm elections, the discovery of pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats — an episode that might have prompted national reflection in another era — hardly made a ripple on t...
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Weekly Primer: Docs Show Trump Ordered Gov’t To Keep FBI Building Near His Hotel

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson may have inadvertently spilled the beans on the White House’s attempt to help Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke avoid accountability for rule-breaking. On Friday, Carson sent a “fond farewell” email to department staff announcing that Trump administration political appointee Suzanne Israel Tufts — who in her role at HUD replaced the whistleblower who called out Carson’s since-cancelled $31,000 furniture order — would now take over as the Depar...
Tags: News, Washington, Oregon, Saudi Arabia, White House, Fbi, Hud, Interior Department, Swift, Ben Carson, Trump, Department Of The Interior, Interior, Tufts, Carson, Jay Inslee

Interior Inspector General Emerges From Email Kerfuffle With Job Intact

Mary Kendall, the longtime acting inspector general for the Interior Department, has emerged from the dust-up catalyzed by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s preemptory email with her job intact, according to a Thursday Bloomberg report.  In an October 12 email, Carson sent out a farewell email for Suzanne Tufts, a political appointee working at HUD, saying that she would be replacing Kendall, who has aggressively investigated alleged ethics breaches by Interior Secretary Ry...
Tags: News, White House, Bloomberg, Hud, Interior Department, Ben Carson, Interior, Tufts, Carson, Department, Kendall, Zinke, Housing and Urban Development, Ryan Zinke, Mary Kendall, Heather Swift

Political Appointee Will Replace Interior Dept’s Top Watchdog … Ben Carson Says

The Department of the Interior (DOI) is apparently replacing its acting inspector general with a Trump administration political appointee. The more you dig into this story, the fishier it gets. For one thing, the news first broke in an internal email on Friday from, surprisingly, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson. “It is with mixed emotions that I announce that Suzanne Israel Tufts, our Assistant Secretary for Administration, has decided to leave HUD to become the Act...
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, White House, Hud, Interior Department, OIG, Ben Carson, Trump, Foster, Hill, Interior, Tufts, Carson, Department of Interior, Zinke

Trump lashes out at Omarosa, calls her ‘that dog’

By CATHERINE LUCEY and JILL COLVIN | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump escalated his messy clash with former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Tuesday, referring to the longtime colleague, who had been the top African-American in his White House, as “that dog!” Trump tweeted a barrage of insults Tuesday morning as Manigault Newman continued promoting her White House tell-all. It paints a damning picture of Trump, including her claim that he used racial slurs on the set of his r...
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Kellyanne Conway Can’t Name A Single African American West Wing Staffer

White House staffer Kellyanne Conway on Sunday struggled to name a single African American colleague of hers in the West Wing. In an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” host Jonathan Karl asked Conway who, in light of former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman’s recent book, was “the most prominent, high-level African American serving in the West Wing, on President Trump’s staff.”  After naming Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who doesn’t work in the White House, Con...
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Top-Tier Potential 2020 Dem Candidates Steer Unusually Clear Of Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Fair opens this week, complete with its signature deep-fried Oreos and prize hog judging. Country star Reba McEntire will be on the grandstand, but another type of celebrity will be missing: marquee names eyeing the White House. The fair’s time-honored mix of late-summer family fun and high-wattage political pageantry will instead feature the Democratic backbench of presidential hopefuls, including Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, former Housing and Urban Develo...
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Life In Trump’s Cabinet: Putdowns, Perks And Power

WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross came in for an Oval Office tongue-lashing after he used a mundane soup can as a TV prop. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis got overruled by President Donald Trump’s announcement that a new “Space Force” is in the offing. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt finally bailed out this week, three months after his steady stream of highly publicized ethics problems brought a sharp admonition from image-conscious Trump to “knock it off.” Welcome ...
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Spokane picked by HUD for initiative aimed at helping the poor off federal aid

The announcement follows Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s proposal to raise rents for millions of Americans who live in public housing as a path to self-sufficiency by pushing more people to find work.
Tags: News, Hud, Local News, Northwest, Ben Carson, Spokane, Housing and Urban Development, Nation & World Politics

Welcome To 2020! Top Dems Line Up For Big Presidential Campaign Cattle Call

The 2018 election is still almost six months away, but high-profile Democrats with even higher ambitions made their claims to the future of the party on Tuesday at the first big cattle call of the year for the 2020 campaign. Almost a dozen big-name Democrats with potential White House ambitions took the stage at the Center for American Progress’s 2018 Ideas Fest, with many testing out campaign themes as they look to square up for the not-too-distant presidential election. The Democratic primary ...
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Ben Carson on $31K dining set: I left details up to my wife

WASHINGTON (AP) — Housing Secretary Ben Carson, under fire after his office reportedly bought a $31,000 dining set, told a congressional panel that he left furniture purchasing decisions to his wife. Carson, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, says he was unaware of the pricey purchase and that as soon as he learned of […]
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NYT: Carson Considered Leaving HUD Over Department Budget Negotiations

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson considered leaving the Trump administration recently when negotiating with the White House over his department’s budget, people close to Carson told the New York Times in a story published Monday morning.“There are more complexities here than in brain surgery,” Carson told the New York Times about his position leading HUD. “Doing this job is going to be a very intricate process.” Read More → [Author: Caitlin MacNeal]
Tags: News, White House, New York Times, Hud, Ben Carson, Trump, Caitlin Macneal, Carson, Housing and Urban Development, HUD Over Department Budget Negotiations

Trump Cabinet Officials Keep Facing Family Trouble

Ben Carson is the third member of Donald Trump’s Cabinet to face controversy sparked by a close relative, raising questions among ethics experts about how seriously the Administration is taking federal rules about family involvement. The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development faced criticism this week after the Guardian reported that a career official was…
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"Can Jared Kushner Save Criminal Justice Reform?"

The question in the title of this post is the headline of this recent Marshall Project article about a figure who has long been seen as an important figure in the fate of federal criminal justice reform in the Trump Era.  Here are some excerpts: In July, [Pat] Nolan, now director of the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform and a leading figure in a conservative reform effort that goes under the rubric Right on Crime, picked up the newspaper and saw that Ja...
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CNN: Trump Was 'Embarrassed And Pissed' Over Endorsing Losing GOPer

President Trump was “embarrassed and pissed” following the primary loss of the Republican Senate candidate he endorsed for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ old Senate seat, according to unnamed “person familiar with his mindset,” CNN reported Wednesday. Trump had endorsed the losing primary candidate, Luther Strange, partly at the request of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the White House political staff, CNN reported, but also partly because he felt he owed Strange for his loya...
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Did Ben Carson Tell Hurricane Victims ‘Homelessness Is A Gift From Heaven’?

An image circulating online attributes an insensitive (and fabricated) quote to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Tags: Politics, News, Hud, Fact Check, Ben Carson, Housing and Urban Development, Viral Phenomena, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma

Jared Kushner convening White House meeting on federal prison programming and reentry issues

As reported in this Washington Post piece, headlined "Kushner to gather bipartisan group to come up with ideas for federal prisons," an event scheduled for today in the White House suggests criminal justice reform issues are not completely dormant at the federal level. Here are the details: President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, will convene a roundtable Thursday at the White House to gather recommendations for improving mentoring and job training in federal prisons, a ...
Tags: Law, Labor, Obama, Congress, Washington Post, Kentucky, White House, Kansas, Capitol Hill, The Washington Post, Justice Department, Ben Carson, Trump, Mark Holden, Koch Industries, Sam Brownback

Housing Dept.: Carson Did Not Break Law Appearing With Trump At AZ Rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legal experts said Wednesday that Housing Secretary Ben Carson likely did not violate federal law when he appeared with President Donald Trump at a campaign rally. After the appearance Tuesday night, questions were raised on Twitter about whether Carson had violated the federal law known as the Hatch Act, which bars most executive branch officials from using their government positions to influence elections. Kathleen Clark, an attorney and law professor at Washington University...
Tags: Twitter, News, Housing, Washington, White House, Ap, Hud, Jerry Brown, St Louis, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Trump, Hatch, Phoenix, Ken Thomas, Jill Colvin

Texas Democrats Lack Candidate For Governor

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats haven’t won a Texas governor’s race in nearly three decades, but a booming Hispanic population and the party’s dominance of the state’s largest cities have made them willing to invest in the contest to keep hopes of an eventual resurgence alive. After high-profile candidates lost decisively in the last two elections, though, the party now finds itself in unprecedented territory for the 2018 ballot: with no major candidate to run. Democratic leaders haven’t yet line...
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Former Trump Family Aide Appointed To Head NYC Housing Program

Lynne Patton, a former aide to members of President Donald Trump’s family, announced Monday that she was appointed to oversee federal housing programs in New York and New Jersey. Patton confirmed to the New York Times that she will serve as the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s regional administrator overseeing the department’s New York and New Jersey office. “As always we do not get ahead of official announcements,” White House spokeswoman Kelly Love told TPM in an email. Love noted...
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Trump Names Former Family Aide To Head NYC Housing Program

President Donald Trump on Monday appointed Lynne Patton, a former aide to members of his family, to oversee federal housing programs in New York and New Jersey. Patton confirmed to the New York Times that she will serve as the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s regional administrator overseeing the department’s New York and New Jersey office. The White House did not immediately respond to TPM’s request for comment. Patton has no notable experience in housing or development policy. Aft...
Tags: New York, News, White House, New York City, New York Times, New Jersey, Hud, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Trump, Patton, Housing and Urban Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, David Goodman, Esme Cribb, Eric Trump Foundation

Pound foolish–but not penny wise

The Trump Administration released its $4 trillion budget on 23 May. Like the president himself, the budget promises a lot, delivers very little, and is full of misinformation. The administration promises to eliminate the federal government’s budget deficit within 10 years, while at the same time offering tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans. To get a sense of the scale of this task, consider the current fiscal position of the US government. In 2016, the federal government had expenditures of abo...
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Ben Carson thinks poverty is a state of mind

Ladies and gentlemen, the US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development says you're poor largely because you have the wrong mindset. The retired neurosurgeon oversees a department that manages housing for the country's low-income population. His comments quickly drew sharp criticism on social media. "I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind," he said in an interview that aired on Wednesday. "You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and pu...
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Carson would like to see HUD’s name changed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Housing Secretary Ben Carson wants to change the name of the sprawling federal agency he leads. Carson says he’s has “a plan for eventually changing the name from Housing and Urban Development to Housing and Community Development.” He made the remarks in an interview with Armstrong Williams on SiriusXM. Carson says he’d […]
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