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Top Republican aims to boost Obama trade powers

WASHINGTON — The top Republican in the US Senate said Tuesday he would seek to give President Barack Obama broad powers to negotiate new trade deals, warning the United States is falling behind in global commerce. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would seek to attach so-called Trade Promotion…

Fiery Obama fights back in jobs pitch

HOLLAND, Michigan — An angry President Barack Obama vented at Washington’s poisoned politics Thursday, hitting back after a wave of criticism during one of his worst weeks in the White House. On a trip to the heartland, Obama argued that the United States should never have lost its AAA credit…