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Obama and Paul Ryan have a lunch date, but compromise wasn't on the menu

Obama and Paul Ryan have a lunch date, but compromise wasn't on the menu

President Obama and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan finally met for a private lunch Tuesday, but legislative wheeling and dealing wasn’t on the menu.

With both men focused largely on leading their respective parties through the 2016 campaign, neither was apparently interested in forging the kind of deal-making relationship seen between many past presidents and speakers.

Instead, they compared respective wish lists of high-priority legislative items all but certain to get caught up in election-year gridlock.

Obama, for example, wants lawmakers to approve his sweeping trade agreement with Pacific Rim nations, a proposal that Senate...

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