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Mr. Christie said he’s willing to entertain divergent viewpoints but insists on respect. He said Mr. Brown went to the town hall with a political agenda “to try to make me look bad.”

FLORIDA

Mack’s past tussles an issue in Senate race

TALLAHASSEE — A former U.S. senator is zeroing in on decades-old altercations involving U.S. Rep. Connie Mack to make the case that Mr. Mack shouldn’t become the Republican party nominee in this year’s Florida Senate contest.

Former Sen. George LeMieux is depicting the altercations as part of a pattern of irresponsible behavior that shows the 44-year-old Mr. Mack doesn’t have the temperament to serve as a senator.

Mr. Mack and his campaign have chalked up the altercations, the last of which occurred two decades ago, to the congressman being “young and foolish.” They include two road-rage incidents, an arrest at a Jacksonville bar and a bar fight with a Major League Baseball star.

In a 1996 court deposition, Mr. Mack explained that in each case he was minding his own business, sober and trouble found him. The GOP primary winner will face Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat.

WHITE HOUSE

Obama seeks to restructure job-training programs

The Obama administration wants to streamline federal job-search and training programs to make it easier for displaced workers to find new careers.

The White House says the current jumble of federal programs is too confusing for many Americans to know where to get help.

The new plan would combine two existing programs that help workers laid off through no fault of their own as a result of downsizing, jobs moving overseas or other reasons.

It would offer money for retraining, stipends to help with child care or transportation costs, and money for job search and relocation.

Most changes would need congressional approval and about $28 billion over 10 years. The White House says the plan would more than triple the number of workers who get retraining from 150,000 to nearly 500,000.

SENATE

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