• Democrats block Obama on free-trade initiative


    WASHINGTON, DC: US Senate Democrats dealt a stinging setback to Barack Obama on Tuesday, blocking a measure that would have given their own president a free hand to swiftly finalize a massive Pacific Rim trade accord. Republicans backed Obama’s bid for the trade authority, but many Democrats felt betrayed by the measure’s failure to punish currency manipulation or include protections for American workers impacted by globalization.



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