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Warren has irked Obama before, but trade deepens their rift

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trade is the latest and deepest division between President Barack Obama and a liberal star, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Though occasional allies, Warren has been aggravating the Obama administration since her pre-Senate days when she chaired an oversight panel charged with being a watchdog over the massive federal bank bailout.

The dispute over Obama's efforts to get trade negotiating authority from Congress and complete a 12-nation Pacific rim trade deal goes to the heart of a fundamental divide within the Democratic Party. It also has turned the tables in Congress where Democrats once delighted in watching Republicans struggle with their conservative tea party faction.

Now it's Republicans who are amused and making the most of a Democratic split.