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Deal with Democrats clears way for vote on Obama's free-trade pact
Deal with Democrats clears way for vote on Obama's free-trade pact

Senate Democrats have dropped a key demand that led them to filibuster President Obama's request for expedited consideration of a major trade deal, quickly resolving a rare internal battle between the president and his party. The decision Wednesday makes it more likely that the Senate will pass legislation that gives Obama the authority he said he needs to help complete negotiations with 11 Pacific Rim nations over the free-trade agreement. On Tuesday, a group of lawmakers opposed to the trade agreement persuaded most of their fellow Democrats to join them in blocking a vote on the president's request. The Democrats' blocking of Obama's priority magnified the...

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