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GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich says he sees no evidence that the Obama administration is taking steps to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon.

Mr. Gingrich told CNN’s “State of the Union” that Iran is playing U.S. leaders for fools.

He said the White House is “trying desperately” to persuade the Israelis not to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities. But Mr. Gingrich said no leader of Israel could responsibly allow Tehran to have any nuclear capability.

Iran insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

President Obama is set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Monday.


Florida opposes trial on voting changes

The Justice Department is opposing changes in Florida voting procedures and says it wants a trial in the dispute, a move that could impact the state’s August primary elections.

In court papers filed Friday night, Florida officials said they strongly oppose having a trial and noted that the federal court hearing the case in the District of Columbia wants sufficient time to issue a decision before the August primaries. The state is seeking court approval for changes that shorten the time for voter registration groups turning in forms to 48 hours and that narrow the time frame for early voting to 10 days before an election day.

Florida says the court in Washington can decide the case on the basis of information already submitted in the lawsuit.


Feds close small bank, brings 2012 total to 12

Regulators have closed a small bank in Georgia, bringing to 12 the number of U.S. bank failures this year.

The pace of bank failures has slowed markedly, however. By this time last year, 23 had been shuttered.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Friday closed Global Commerce Bank in Doraville, with $143.7 million in assets and $116.8 million in deposits.

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