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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mike Rogers holds one of the most coveted spots in Washington as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He has access to the nation's most closely held secrets, wields power in deciding the fate of U.S. spy programs, and enjoys a seemingly ubiquitous Sunday-morning presence on network TV.

Yet Mr. Rogers, R-Mich., says he can have a bigger impact as a radio talk show host.

So on Friday he made a surprise announcement: Mr. Rogers will leave Congress after this year to take a job with Cumulus Media, a radio giant with 460 stations in 89 markets and a big-name roster of hosts that includes Don Imus, Mark Levin, Carson Daly and Michael Savage.

"My theory is, if I can move the needle on the 2016 elections and the conversation and the dialogue about America's future, then I'm equally as excited about that than I am about the work I'm doing right now," he said in an interview.

Mr. Rogers, 50, who will serve out his House term, declined to say what he will be paid in his new job.

Authority chief sacked

TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Friday that David Samson, the chairman of the Port Authority, has tendered his resignation.

That announcement, during an hourlong news conference, comes a day after Christie's lengthy internal investigation cleared him of any wrongdoing in the bridge scandal.

Mr. Samson's resignation is effective immediately, Mr. Christie said. What role Mr. Samson had in the lane closings is one of the major open questions in the scandal. His name appears in emails between staff that have turned up in subpoenaed documents.

Pentagon cybersecurity

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon plans to more than triple its cybersecurity staff in the next few years to defend against Internet attacks that threaten national security, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday.

Mr. Hagel's comments at the National Security Agency headquarters in suburban Washington come as he prepares to visit China next week, where officials are likely to challenge him amid reports of aggressive U.S. cyber spying.

Clinton papers on way out

WASHINGTON -- The National Archives will make public 2,500 documents from the Clinton White House on Friday, providing a glimpse into the daily events of an administration that faces new scrutiny in light of Hillary Rodham Clinton's possible presidential ambitions.

The documents are expected to include memos related to President Bill Clinton's 2001 farewell address; policies on Native Americans; and the so-called ring around Serbia, which consisted of radio transmitters placed in bordering countries to bypass the formerly war-torn nation's state-controlled news media. The papers also will include materials from Ira Magaziner, the adviser who helped Ms. Clinton in her unsuccessful effort at overhauling health care.

Also in the nation ...

Oil giant BP on Thursday has raised its estimate of how much crude oil spilled into Lake Michigan during a malfunction at its northwestern Indiana refinery. ... A woman accused of having left her newborn baby in a toilet at a Bethlehem, Pa., restaurant last summer pleaded guilty Friday to a general murder charge.


-- Compiled from news services

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