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Obama nominates Walmart Foundation head as budget chief

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday nominated Walmart Foundation president Sylvia Mathews Burwell as his next budget chief, thrusting her into the center of Washington’s heated partisan budget battles.

Obama announced the selection to lead the Office of Management and Budget during a White House ceremony, noting that her appointment comes as government-wide spending cuts are going into effect that he said mean ‘‘eventually a lot of people are going to feel some pain.’’

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