Lame duck: Democrats clip President Obama’s wings

OPIt may go down as the day Barack Obama could no longer defy political gravity.

The President went all in Friday, placing his personal prestige on the line in a last-ditch effort to convince globalization-weary House Democrats to give him the power to negotiate the world’s biggest trade pact, a vital building block in his legacy. But he came up empty-handed when his own party mostly voted to repudiate the agreement — a setback that could have profound implications for America’s economy and its place in the world, as well as how Obama’s two terms are seen by history.

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