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Denis R. McDonough
President Obama, Democrats face rift exposed by spending bill debate
President Obama, Democrats face rift exposed by spending bill debate

For much of the last six years, liberal Democrats in Congress have been loyal foot soldiers for their often unpopular president. Now, a rare clash between President Obama and members of his own party suggests Democrats on the left may be marching in a new direction. Democratic feuding over a $1.1-trillion government funding measure that passed the House on Thursday threw into the open a growing fracture between the president and congressional Democrats, a split that is likely to play a crucial role in the president's final two years in office. Blaming Obama for the midterm losses and long resenting his reluctance to court his own natural political constituency, Democrats in the...

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