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Rep. Elijah Cummings will help craft Democratic Party's platform

Rep. Elijah Cummings will help craft Democratic Party's platform

Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings will chair the committee charged with developing the Democratic Party's platform ahead of its nominating convention in July -- a role that could put him in the middle of policy disputes between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Cummings was named by Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who names four people to the 15-member panel. Clinton will name six members to the panel, and Sanders will have five appointments -- granting the Vermont senator an unusual level of influence over drafting the party's platform.

"I am pleased that we have some of our best and brightest gathered here to assemble our...

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