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Next tea party target: Trade agenda

Nov 13, 2013 - Politico.com

Tea party Republicans insist they're in favor of free trade. They just don't want to place a key trade negotiating power in President Barack Obama's hands.

The deep suspicion of giving the president authority to fast-track trade pacts through Congress without amendments -- which Republicans have traditionally supported -- is just the latest rift between the Big Business-aligned mainstream GOP and the party's more populist tea party wing, which dislikes the legislative mechanisms that make ...