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Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin gives update after meeting with Housing Authority Secretary

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) -- Mayor Steve Benjamin met with the president, vice president as well as HUD Secretary Ben Carson to talk about a $30 million grant that local housing officials applied for. It's called the choice neighborhood grant. It would be used to relocate Allen Benedict Court residents, p


Secretary Ben Carson: Democrats are harming the needy by obstructing noncontroversial nominees

In my role as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, it is my duty to lead an agency that helps create sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.


Ben Carson Finds $516.4 Billion in ‘Mismanaged’ Obama Dollars – Media Blackout

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has discovered that Barack Obama mismanaged $516.4 billion in taxpayer dollars. The result of a new, independent audit of the last years of President Obama’s term, 2015 and 2016 – show an almost criminal attempt to cover-up gross mismanagement of fu


Late Night with Seth Meyers

Seth takes a closer look at Trump's speech about the government shutdown and the deal he offered that both Democrats and hard- line conservatives have rejected. On our very special 'Jimmy Kimmel Live Intermission Accomplished: A Halftime Tribute to Trump,' we go live via satellite to chat with our g


Gov’t Shutdown Forced Ben Carson to Cancel Speech at Missouri Prayer Breakfast

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development couldn’t pay for the Secretary Ben Carson’s travel. For over three weeks, the federal government has been shutdown by President Donald Trump. No other partial shutdown has lasted as long as the one by the current government. Trump doesn’t want to pass


Donald Trump Is Still Screwing Puerto Rico

Very frequently—as in, at least once a day—the president of the United States will tweet something that sounds like policy, but which he literally pulled out of his ass moments prior and will forget about minutes later. This can make it difficult to know which of his most asinine comments are actual


Disparate impact, the latest civil rights tool in Ben Carson’s crosshairs, explained

A recent memo issued by the Department of Justice directed civil rights officials within the department to re-evaluate so-called “disparate impact”—a legal concept that affirms that discrimination can occur even if it wasn’t explicitly intended—regulations that were strengthened in 2013 under Presid


< News Brief: Government Shutdown, HUD Secretary, Venezuela Politics

Members of the Senate sometimes like to refer to themselves as the world's greatest deliberative body. In modern times, the speeches in the Senate debate draw limited attention. But Senator Michael Bennet was an exception yesterday. The Colorado Democrat is usually a pretty reserved guy. But yesterd


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez vs. Wall Street: Lawmaker wins spot on powerful House committee

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has secured a position on one of the House’s most powerful committees, pitting the New York Democrat against the Wall Street banks she has long criticized.


HUD’s Carson Berates Democrats on Obstructing Nominees

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson took aim at Capitol Hill Democrats for blocking nominations of the Department’s nominees. In an op-ed column published in the Washington Examiner, Carson complained about the “congressional procedural tactics to delay nominations for Senate-confirme


De Blasio praises ‘very responsive’ Ben Carson

Mayor Bill de Blasio appears to finally have found a friend in the Trump administration — federal housing chief Ben Carson. Hizzoner told Hot 97 radio’s “Ebro in the Morning” Friday that he plans to meet later in the day about the city’s scandal-plagued Housing Authority with the secretary of the De


Julian "Misspend Tax Money" Castro is running for POTUS

Back in early 2017, after Ben Carson took over the Dept of Housing & Urban Development, a report was released stating there had been over $500 billion in misspending and accounting errors during the previous administration's tenure.


Missouri Governor’s Prayer Breakfast draws packed room despite cancellation of Ben Carson

This year’s Missouri Governor’s Prayer Breakfast did not have the nationally known keynote speaker as originally planned. Department Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson had been scheduled to address the gathering Thursday morning. Carson was unable to attend due to the partial governm


Partial Government Shutdown Forces Cancellation of Dr. Ben Carson Missouri event

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The federal government shutdown has scrambled plans for a Missouri prayer breakfast after Ben Carson had to cancel as the keynote speaker. A spokesman for the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development said Wednesday that the agency couldn't pay for the secretary's trav


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Housing & Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson cancels visit to Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has canceled a scheduled appearance in Jefferson City on Thursday due to the partial federal government shutdown, according to HUD officials.


Ben Carson is ignoring the role the government has played in segregation

Regarding the Jan. 2 front-page article “HUD cuts anti-bias efforts in housing”: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson should read “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America,” by Richard Rothstein. Mr. Rothstein was a featured speaker in the 2018 Arl


Federal workers WON'T get paid on Friday if shutdown goes past midnight Tuesday – and Ben Carson is pleading with HUD landlords not to evict thousands of tenants who are behind on rent

When the federal government's paymasters process their next biweekly run of checks and direct-deposits, nearly 800,000 employees will be left in the lurch – unless a partial shutdown ends by Tuesday night at midnight.


The Republican Candidates: Substance vs. Style: What Trumps What?

The first debate(s) showed us that the Republicans are often in a war between substance and style. Can a candidate emerge that will combine both? Or will theatricality and style Trump competence and substance?