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Sen. Ben Cardin becomes third Democrat to oppose Iran nuclear pact

Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Friday became the third Democrat to come out against the Iran nuclear pact, landing a blow to President Obama’s efforts to prevent passage of a congressional resolution of disapproval. "The [deal] legitimizes Iran's nuclear program," he said. “The [deal] would provide this legal path to a country that remains a rogue state and has violated its international nonproliferation obligations for years.” The lawmaker was seen as a key vote due to his prominent position and his background and leadership in Baltimore’s Jewish community. On Tuesday evening, the...