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Obama considering new housing and budget leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shuffling his second-term Cabinet, President Barack Obama plans to nominate Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan to be budget director and is considering San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to succeed Donovan, according to people familiar with the selection process.


Report: Reid's worth between $2.9M and $6.7M

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is worth between $2.9 million and $6.7 million, while U.S. Sen. Dean Heller's assets are valued between $2.9 million and $9.3 million, according to their latest financial disclosure statements.

Obama considering new housing, budget leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shuffling his second-term Cabinet, President Barack Obama plans to nominate Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan to be budget director and is considering San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to succeed Donovan, according to people familiar with the selection process.


In Ky. Senate race, primaries preview November

FRANKLIN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was firing up a group of about 30 voters from a picturesque gazebo Saturday when the sun suddenly broke through the clouds and shone on her face.

Ex-defense contractor surrenders to US marshals

POWAY, Calif. (AP) — A former defense contractor convicted of bribing former U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham of California surrendered to U.S. marshals after exhausting his appeals options.

Mr. Obama, Meet Mr. Modi

India’s new prime minister has been barred from the U.S. because of alleged links to a religious massacre, but that’s not the only reason a meeting with the president will be difficult.


Senate candidates campaign in Ga.'s GOP stronghold

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) — Candidates in Georgia's fiercely contested Republican Senate race headed to one of the most solidly Republican areas in the country on Saturday, just days ahead of a primary that could help determine congressional control.


New Jersey Gov. Christie mulls 401(k) for state workers: report

New Jersey's Republican Governor Christie plans to propose switching some public workers in the state to a 401(k) defined contribution pension plan, or a hybrid variation, from traditional pensions, according to the Wall Street Journal. New Jersey officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday. New Jersey currently has an unfunded pension obligation of more than $50 billion.


Ga. Senate candidates campaign in GOP stronghold

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) — GOP candidates in Georgia's fiercely contested Senate race are making their final push toward Tuesday's primary, appealing for votes in one of the country's most solidly Republican areas.

Ga. Senate candidates stump in GOP stronghold

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) — GOP candidates in Georgia's fiercely contested Senate race are making their final push toward Tuesday's primary, appealing for votes in one of the country's most solidly Republican areas.

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.


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