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Obama plans to pick San Antonio mayor for housing secretary: report

President Barack Obama intends to nominate San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as secretary of housing and urban development in a Cabinet reshuffling, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing Democrats informed of the plan. Castro, who has often been mentioned as a potential Democratic vice presidential candidate, would take the place of Shaun Donovan, who would move to head the Office of Management and Budget, the newspaper said. That job is being vacated by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, whom Obama has nominated as secretary of health and human services. Castro, 39, mayor of the seventh-largest U.S. city, made his national debut in 2012 at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was the first Latino to deliver a keynote address.

California Republicans stress immigration support

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. David Valadao says he's not worried that Congress' failure to pass immigration legislation will hurt his prospects for re-election to a district in California's agricultural heartland. Same goes for GOP Rep. Jeff Denham, who represents a neighboring district in the state's San Joaquin Valley.

Attorney general says racial equality threatened in subtle ways

(Reuters) - Attorney General Eric Holder said on Saturday while public utterances of bigotry are roundly condemned in the United States racial discrimination persists in more subtle ways. Speaking on the 60th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregation in public schools, Holder said that public outrage over recent instances of bigoted remarks by well-known people did not mean the struggle for civil rights is over. They cut deeper," he said in a prepared commencement address at Morgan State University in Baltimore. "... We ought not find contentment in the fact that these high-profile expressions of outright bigotry seem atypical and were met with such swift condemnation." Holder, the nation's first African-American attorney general, didn't mention a specific case but racist comments by the owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, that were made public last month received substantial media attention and were widely condemned by the league, players, public officials and on social media.

Renaissance Wedding Bells for Kimye?

The mayor’s office in Florence, Italy, tells The Daily Beast that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have rented a 16th century fortress. But is that really where they’ll tie the knot?

Exclusive: Obama allies revive push for Obamacare CEO

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of healthcare experts close to the White House is urging the Obama administration to appoint a new chief executive officer to oversee Obamacare's online health insurance exchanges and safeguard the next open enrollment period that begins in six months. The recommendation, in a report due to be released by the Washington-based Center for American Progress think tank, calls for a major shakeup within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which presided over last year's disastrous rollout of the federal market portal, HealthCare.gov. The CEO would answer only to President Barack Obama and his intended new health secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell. CAP's plan would have the CEO assume full oversight of both federal and state exchanges, as well as insurers and market regulations, but not Medicare or Medicaid.

Obama and Congress move to address VA firestorm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration and Congress are moving quickly to respond to a growing political firestorm over allegations of treatment delays and falsified records at veterans hospitals nationwide.

Groups spend big to influence Georgia Senate race

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce shelled out $920,000 for TV and online ads promoting Rep. Jack Kingston in the crowded race for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat.

How Marion Cotillard Seduced America

The Oscar winning French actress with the arresting gaze on her turn as an Ellis Island immigrant who falls into prostitution in 'The Immigrant.'

Washington is Taking Over G.M. Again

General Motors consented Friday to unprecedented oversight after it failed to recall vehicles with deadly ignitions. Five years after the bailout, D.C. will run the company’s affairs.

Hangman’s Noose for Marrying a Christian

She’s eight months pregnant and the wife of an American citizen, but the genocidal regime in Khartoum declares that under its version of Islamic law she has to die.

A Time Bomb in Afghanistan's Ballot Box

It’s an election featuring fake votes, angry candidates, and promises of a ‘river of blood.’ Just wait ‘til the final campaign gets started.

Game of Thrones’ Porn Star Speaks

Some say the nudity in ‘Game of Thrones’ is exploitation under the guise of ‘sexposition.’ Others, namely adult film stars, call it work.

How Pfizer Helped Make Fake Pot

A designer drug tied to deaths of thousands partially initiated in the labs of one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies.

The Week in Viral Videos

From the cat who saved a boy from a vicious dog to the scientific feasibility of Godzilla, WATCH our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.