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Zapatero had been shut out of the Oval Office in the Bush years after withdrawing troops from Iraq. Now, relations between the two countries have warmed, and Spain has sent additional troops to Afghanistan.

-- Anne E. Kornblut

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Fla.'s Wexler Quitting For Mideast Center

Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) is quitting Congress to head a think tank seeking peace in the Middle East, he told party leaders Tuesday night.

Wexler, in his seventh term, told the lawmakers that he will become director of the Washington-based Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation. A public announcement is expected Wednesday morning in Florida.

In 2007, when most of the Florida political establishment was aligned with then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Wexler was one of the earliest and highest-profile supporters of Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Wexler emphatically vouched for Obama's candidacy in Jewish communities across the country.

Florida law requires Gov. Charlie Crist (R) to call a special election to fill an open House seat.

-- Miami Herald


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