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Menendez indictment could create committee opening for Cardin

Menendez indictment could create committee opening for Cardin

The indictment of Sen. Robert Menendez on corruption charges Wednesday could create an opening for Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin to become the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Hours after a grand jury in Newark, N.J., handed up a 14-count indictment that included bribery and conspiracy charges, Menendez wrote to Democratic leaders that he would temporarily relinquish his position as the top Democrat on the powerful committee. "This is not how my career is going to end," the New Jersey Democrat said during a news conference. "I'm angry and ready to fight because today contradicts my public service career and my entire life." The next...

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