Obama enlists GOP support for trade pact

Obama speaks at a trade conference in Beijing. (AFP/Getty)

By partnering with Republican leaders on a vast free-trade initiative, the president has signaled his willingness to buck his own party in pursuit of a legacy-burnishing achievement. Already, fellow Democrats are accusing him of reneging on previous economic promises and undermining his plan to ease domestic income inequality.

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