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Gov. Marvin Mandel, accompanied by his wife, Jeanne, walking to the federal courthouse in Baltimore in this Oct. 6, 2001, file photo. (AP Photo/Bill Smith) ** FILE **

Marvin Mandel was a political force — from creativity to corruption

- Associated Press

A colorful and complex figure in Maryland politics, Marvin Mandel was seen by some as an innovator who reorganized state government to be more efficient. For others, he was forever stained by his conviction for selling the powers of office.

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FILE - In this July 23, 2015 file photo, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cardin is predicting there will be enough votes in the Senate by week's end to uphold President Barack Obama's veto of a resolution disapproving the Iran nuclear deal.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Key Democrat: Senate will uphold Obama on Iran nuke deal

- Associated Press

A key Democrat predicted Tuesday that there will be enough votes in the Senate by week's end to uphold an expected veto by President Barack Obama of a resolution disapproving the Iran nuclear deal.

In this framegrab from video made by the camera of WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward, Vester Lee Flanagan II stands over Mr. Ward with a gun after fatally shooting him and reporter Alison Parker on Wednesday during a live on-air interview in Moneta, Va. (Twitter via Associated Press)

TV news gunman Vester Lee Flanagan a 'powder keg' of racial discord

- The Washington Times

Vester Lee Flanagan, a former TV reporter who recorded himself fatally shooting a reporter and videographer during a live broadcast in Virginia on Wednesday morning, was disgruntled over perceived racial discrimination and purportedly said he was pushed to act out because of a mass shooting this summer that targeted black congregants at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.