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Cardin takes top Foreign Relations spot for Democrats
Cardin takes top Foreign Relations spot for Democrats

Sen. Ben Cardin became the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, providing the Obama administration with a potentially powerful ally at a critical time for U.S. foreign policy. The Maryland lawmaker will replace Sen. Robert Menendez, a vocal critic of the White House on its handling of Iran and Cuba. The New Jersey Democrat stepped aside from his position on the panel Wednesday after a grand jury charged him with corruption. Cardin's ascension instantly gave him a voice in international diplomacy and came minutes before President Barack Obama announced the framework of a nuclear agreement with Iran — a deal Cardin could have a role in selling to...

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