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Mr. Gingrich asks supporters in the letter not to contribute to any super PAC that runs negative ads against any other Republican contender.

He said it’s critical that the GOP nominee emerge from the primary “unbloodied” and able to make the case against President Obama from a position of strength.


Concerns raised over nuclear regulators’ dispute

A dispute among members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, while increasingly bitter, has not impaired the panel’s work or jeopardized safety at the nation’s 104 nuclear reactors, according to a top White House official.

But a senior House Republican said the leadership crisis at the NRC could lead to “catastrophe.”

Bill Daley, the president’s chief of staff, said problems stem from the commission’s “strong chairman” structure, in which the leader of the five-member panel has far greater powers than the remaining four commissioners.

In a letter to the Republican chairman of a House oversight panel, Mr. Daley downplayed tension at the NRC and said commissioners have agreed to meet with a “trusted third party” to promote a better dialogue.

“While there are tensions and disagreements among the commissioners, these management differences have not impaired the commission’s ability to fulfill its mission,” Mr. Daley said in a letter late Monday to Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.


Gov. Brown calls for $1 billion in cuts

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown says California needs to make about $1 billion in midyear cuts to schools and social services.

Mr. Brown said Tuesday that state revenues have fallen $2.2 billion below projections, triggering automatic midyear reductions to public schools, universities and colleges, Medi-Cal, and in-home support for seniors and the disabled.

The cuts are below previous estimates, allowing the state to avoid deeper cuts to public schools that could have including reducing the school year by up to seven days.

Mr. Brown and fellow Democrats in the Legislature had hoped for a $4 billion increase in tax revenue through the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. The budget they passed last summer without Republican support was based on a combination of spending cuts, fee hikes and overly optimistic revenue projections.

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