It was an unusually early effort at coordination between Capitol Hill allies and a presidential contender.
Their bromance has hit a rocky patch amid jockeying for leadership roles following Harry Reid’s retirement.
President Obama’s high-stakes bid to complete one of the largest free-trade pacts in U.S. history took a step forward with the introduction of a bipartisan bill that would give his administration vast new powers to close the deal.
“Until the president gets serious about fighting the fight, until he has a strategy that makes sense, there’s no reason for us to give him less authority than what he has today,” House speaker tells reporters.
The mild-mannered chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee shoulders burdens of war and peace.
Key members of both parties continue to insist that the deal come to Congress for a formal review.
The New Jersey senator faces allegations of improper use of his office to help friend and donor.
A tribute to the late senator shows how today’s ideological warriors lack the relationships to get things passed.
“What if we carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy?” the president asked.