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Opening Arguments

Have they got a deal for you

Here's some executive authority even conservative3s shouldn't mind President Obama having:

WASHINGTON — Key congressional leaders agreed on Thursday on legislation to give President Obama special authority to finish negotiating one of the world’s largest trade accords, opening a rare battle that aligns the president with Republicans against a broad coalition of Democrats.

In what is sure to be one of the toughest fights of Mr. Obama’s last 19 months in office, the “fast track” bill allowing the White House to pursue its planned Pacific trade deal also heralds a divisive fight within the Democratic Party, one that could spill into the 2016 presidential campaign.

All presidents have wanted "fast track" authority for such deals, and it's a good idea. Alas, the opposing party has always been reluctant to give it. Give Obama and congressional Republicans credit for realizing trade is the way of the future (perhaps even the moral equivalent of war) and finally finding something to cooperate on.

A good deal coming, though? We'll see.