HUD secretary hits streets for homeless count

February 1, 2013
Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post - HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan (right) interviews Willy Bowler in his makeshift shelter during the annual point-in-time count of the homeless, part of a nationwide survey coordinated by HUD, on Jan. 31, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post – HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan (right) interviews Willy Bowler in his makeshift shelter during the annual point-in-time count of the homeless, part of a nationwide survey coordinated by HUD, on Jan. 31, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

A few items that caught our attention today:

• HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan took to the streets of Washington, D.C. to conduct the annual point-in-time homeless count, part of a nationwide survey coordinated by the agency. Washington Post reporter Steve Vogel followed.

The Justice Department has sued to block a merger between Anheuser-Bush InBev and Mexico’s largest brewmaker, arguing that the deal would threaten competition and raise prices. That’s what happens when you threaten American beer budgets.

• Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Friday that he is resigning from his post with the Obama administration. In the Loop columnist Al Kamen noted that the possible replacements include former North Dakota senator Byron Dorgan, former Colorado governor Bill Ritter and two major Obama contributors.

• A look at the legacy and future of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, by Washington Post diplomatic correspondent Anne Gearan.

• The Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a plan to suspend the debt ceiling, removing the threat of a government default until August. Next up in the budget battles: a sequestration deadline threatening steep cuts for federal agencies and the expiration of the last short-term spending plan, which could lead to a partial government shutdown.

A review of former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel’s Senate confirmation hearing, by Washington Post Pentagon reporter Ernesto Londoño.

 

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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