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Castro leaves Texas for a more promising future

Castro leaves Texas for a more promising future

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was long viewed as biding his time: waiting out shifting demographics in Texas until 2018, when a Hispanic Democrat with a national profile could be a formidable contender for governor. Instead, the 39-year-old rising political star has accepted President Barack Obama’s offer to become the nation’s housing secretary. Aside from […]

Obama taps Castro as new housing secretary

Obama taps Castro as new housing secretary

In a second-term Cabinet reshuffle, President Barack Obama tapped San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on Friday to be the nation’s next housing secretary, giving a prominent national platform to one of the Democratic Party’s most celebrated up-and-comers. Joined by Castro and Vice President Joe Biden, Obama also announced he was nominating current Housing and Urban […]

Obama trying to sooth fears over Syria inaction

Obama trying to sooth fears over Syria inaction

White House officials have been holding private meetings this week aimed at soothing lawmakers’ concerns over the U.S. posture in Syria, the future of the American military presence in Afghanistan and defense spending. The meetings come as a frustrated White House seeks to push back at criticism of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. But the […]

Obama finally breaks silence on VA debacle

Obama finally breaks silence on VA debacle

After weeks of criticism for a detached response, President Barack Obama is showing new resolve to respond to a growing crisis over veterans’ health care. Obama called in Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki for a White House meeting and then repeatedly vowed to take action during a 20-minute appearance Wednesday at the White House briefing […]

Obama ‘madder than hell’ over VA problems

Obama ‘madder than hell’ over VA problems

The White House chief of staff says President Barack Obama is “madder than hell” about reports of treatment delays at veterans’ hospitals across the country. Top aide Denis McDonough tells CBS’ “Face the Nation” that Obama is demanding that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki (shin-SEHK’-ee) and others in the administration “continue to fix these things […]

Obama continues his Cabinet shuffle

Obama continues his Cabinet shuffle

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. The moves would raise the profile of two men with close ties to the president. Donovan is an […]

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