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The Real Stakes in the Veepstakes 28.4.2016 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Subscribe here .  Sometime in July—assuming nothing derails her nomination—Hillary Clinton will announce to the country the man or woman she has selected to be her running mate. There will then ensue a flurry of biographical news stories about this newly famous politician, a passel of polls taken to gauge the public’s first impressions, and a virtual tsunami of chin-stroking and speculation about how the choice will affect the race. The more contrarian commentators will repeat some version of the disputed quote from John Nance Garner, the 32nd vice president, comparing the office to “a bucket of warm piss” (or in the more polite version, “warm spit”). We seem to swing wildly back and forth between two extremes when talking about the vice presidency: We become briefly fascinated with the running mates when they’re named and act as though they might transform the race; then we quickly go back to treating the office as though ...
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Inside Trump adviser Manafort’s world of politics and global financial dealmaking 27.4.2016 Washington Post: Politics
Transactions with billionaire oligarchs and other foreign investors have at times spurred legal disputes.
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Five Denver homeless programs to receive federal funds 26.4.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Denver is receiving a sizable federal grant to provide housing for 64 people who are homeless and living with special needs, the city announced ...
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The building blocks of life weren't that hard to put together 26.4.2016 Washington Post
The building blocks of life weren't that hard to put together
The hidden homeless: families in the suburbs 21.4.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Zach Weber, a single father, and his four kids are part of a growing problem. More than 35,000 students in Washington were homeless at some point last year, and many were in suburban districts such as Edmonds and Mukilteo.
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John Oliver calls attention to lead poisoning with help from 'Sesame Street' 19.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Sometimes corporate synergy can be a force for good. 

On Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver teamed up with "Sesame Street" stars and HBO stablemates Elmo, Rosita and Oscar to raise awareness about lead poisoning.

The issue has been in the news of late, largely due to the water crisis in...

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Freedom Mortgage to pay $113M to US government in settlement 15.4.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freedom Mortgage agreed to pay the U.S. government $113 million to settle allegations that it failed to comply with federal rules. The Justice Department said Friday that the New Jersey-based lender did not properly comply with Federal Housing Administration rules for mortgages it was generating and didn’t monitor payment defaults. The government […]
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Activists Launch Campaign Against HUD Secretary Castro 13.4.2016 Wall St. Journal: Policy
A coalition of liberal activist groups launched a campaign Tuesday against Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who they see as favoring Wall Street firms in HUD’s sales of underwater mortgages.
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How do you help former inmates find housing without endangering landlords and their tenants? 10.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The United States holds 2.2 million people in its prisons, and every year, some 650,000 of them are released. If they are to re-enter society as productive, law-abiding citizens, they often need mental health or drug treatment, education, training, health care, jobs — and, of course, they all need...

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Lead poisoning still a worry for kids in pockets of Minnesota 9.4.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Bans on lead in paint and gasoline helped drive down lead poisonings in Minnesota. But there are still urban and rural neighborhoods where poisonings remain stubbornly high. Officials are using maps to find and fix the problems.
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UNC president: Campuses must follow transgender law 8.4.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system will follow the state’s new law about transgender people by requiring all bathrooms to be designated for use by people based on their biological sex, the system president wrote in a memo to chancellors. President Margaret Spellings said in the memo […]
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Blanket bans on criminal convictions violate Fair Housing Act, HUD says 6.4.2016 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Landlords who institute blanket bans on tenants with prior arrests or criminal convictions are in violation of the Fair Housing Act, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said in a document released Monday . The 1968 law prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of protected ...
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Denying housing over criminal record may be discrimination, feds say 4.4.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
New guidance released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development warns landlords that they may be breaking the law by turning down tenants based on their criminal records.
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Boulder County gets $680,000 grant to help reduce homelessness 4.4.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Boulder County has received a $680,560 federal grant that's expected to support about 30 families or individuals who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.
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Denying Housing Over Criminal Record May Be Discrimination, Feds Say 4.4.2016 NPR News
New guidance released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development warns landlords that they may be breaking the law by turning down tenants based on their criminal records.
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Senior housing group agrees to better accommodate disabled 4.4.2016 AP Washington
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington's largest provider of senior housing says it will retrain employees on disability rights and work with a Tacoma nonprofit to accommodate disabled residents....
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N. Carolina’s transgender law could cost it billions in federal funds 2.4.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

Cutting off any federal money — or threatening to do so — would put major new pressure on North Carolina to repeal the law, which eliminated local protections for gay and transgender people.
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Feds urge Memphis ministry to sell complexes 1.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has “lost confidence” in a Memphis-area ministry’s ability to manage its portfolio of low-income housing and urged it to sell three of its municipal bond-financed apartment complexes in Florida. In a March 24 letter to the Global Ministries Foundation president, Rev. Richard Hamlet, HUD said recent inspections of the non-profit’s complexes in Jacksonville and Orlando found exposed wiring, decades-old cabinets and “band-aid” fixes such as using pain...
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Cities Still In Search of Solutions 26.3.2016 American Prospect
AP Photo/Eric Gay Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, left, during a campaign event, Thursday, October 15, 2015, in San Antonio.  A New York Times 2008 editorial, “In Search of A Real Urban Policy” declared that,  “For more than a generation, presidential aspirants have mostly resisted acknowledging the importance of the cities’ well being. Voters deserve to hear a lot more from the presidential candidates—in position papers, public speeches and debates—about how they intend to help the cities.” The Times cited urban issues like New York City graduation rates, the Katrina debacle, and like the Minneapolis bridge collapse as worrying issues on the urban landscape. The 2008 Democratic presidential candidates, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, had “pieces of an urban agenda” while Senator John McCain, the major Republican contender, didn’t have much to offer. Nearly decade later, the issues facing American cities remain ...
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Greeley homeless to lose hub 20.3.2016 Durango Herald
GREELEY (AP) – Every morning, Chris Llamas leaves his blue tent on the bank of the Poudre River and walks about a mile south to the Lincoln Park Library in downtown Greeley. He likes to get there early, before the doors unlock. That’s when everyone is outside.The library is the homeless community’s gathering place.
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