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Will Carson's HUD stop desegregation?

Will Carson's HUD stop desegregation?

Ben Carson, the retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon who made a political career preaching against government dependency, is now poised to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the federal agency tasked with ensuring that the poor have safe, affordable housing. Policy observers expect he might change rules to make fewer people eligible for subsidized housing or institute work rules similar to those imposed under the welfare reform of the 1990s. In that regard, his agenda dovetails neatly with the anti-dependency rhetoric of House Speaker Paul Ryan, so the chances of Congress acting as a check on Dr. Carson's inclinations seem slim.

That alone should be of concern in...

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