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Pointing to experience in Baltimore, Ben Carson sails through HUD confirmation hearing

Pointing to experience in Baltimore, Ben Carson sails through HUD confirmation hearing

Retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson appeared poised to be confirmed as the nation's next housing secretary after he breezed through a Senate confirmation hearing Thursday in which he largely avoided difficult questions about the department he hopes to oversee.

The nationally renowned doctor said his experiences growing up poor in Detroit and working in East Baltimore gave him perspective on the $48 billion Department of Housing and Urban Development and its safety-net programs.

Carson escaped the combative exchanges faced this week by some of President-elect Donald J. Trump's other Cabinet nominees, in part by adopting a softer stance on the entitlement...

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