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(NEWSER) – Despite a rare personal plea from the president himself, House Democrats have rejected his bid to gain fast-track authority to negotiate a trade deal. The move by the Democrats likely killed Obama's "chance to secure a legacy-defining trade accord spanning the Pacific Ocean," reports the New York Times. The Hill uses the word "humiliating," while the Washington Post settles for "major defeat."

The loss didn't come on a vote about the fast-track legislation itself, but on a precursor for something called the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. The TAA would have provided help for people who lose their jobs in the trade deal, and its defeat dooms the overall measure. The House voted against it 302-126.

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