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President Obama on Tuesday tapped Matthew Barzun, his former campaign finance chairman, as ambassador to Britain. Mr. Barzun is one of at least 11 of Mr. Obama’s diplomatic nominees this year who raised large sums of money for his campaigns or served on his campaign team. Government-reform advocates say Mr. Obama promised to shun that practice. (Associated Press)

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