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Obama picks San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to head HUD

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama elevated a rising star in the Democratic Party to a national job Friday, nominating San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In the East Room of the White House, Obama named Castro to replace Shaun Donovan, his housing secretary since 2009. He nominated Donovan to become head of the Office of Management and Budget. Obama called Castro an “all star” among American mayors, a “leader in housing and economic development.”…