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Ben Cardin

Questions abound as Cardin steps into larger role

Ben Cardin, Maryland's junior U.S. senator, just got a promotion that makes him a big player on international issues. But will Cardin retain his focus on Maryland matters after he plunges into the elevated world of foreign affairs? Previously, Cardin, who has served in Congress since 1987— the last eight in the Senate — juggled his role on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with his other work on panels dealing with health care, retirement issues, the environment and fiscal matters. Now, though, he is the Senate Democrats' lead spokesman on international matters. He was named the panel's ranking Democrat after Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, who is...