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Dec 12, 2014 5:27 PM

Obama, Democratic split a function of compromise

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) The drama surrounding passage of a massive spending bill exposed internal party tensions that had once only bedeviled Republican House Speaker John Boehner. It turns out Democrats have their divisions, too.

An increasingly liberal Democratic House of Representatives showed this week it's not afraid of bucking its president. In the end, President Barack Obama peeled off enough Democrats to get his way, but the spectacle surrounding the House vote on the $1.1 trillion package demonstrated that cutting deals with Republicans has a political cost as well.

The break, and the last minute arm-twisting from Obama that it took to save the bill, illustrated the challenge the president faces in his remaining two years if he negotiates with a Congress that, starting in January, will be completely under Republican control.


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