Can Obama’s trade deal be salvaged?

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 13: U.S President Barack Obama looks on during a bilateral meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia in the Oval Office at the White House May 13, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Saudi delegation is meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as part of this week's meetings with delegations from the Gulf Cooperation Council. (Photo by Olivier Douliery - Pool/Getty Images)
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By Gregory Korte

House Democrats overwhelmingly rejected a key provision in President Obama’s trade deal Friday. And for a moment at least, a cornerstone of Obama’s second-term legacy appeared to be in ruins.

And then Obama’s agenda was dramatically salvaged — for the moment — by House Republicans.

The trade deal is not a done deal. But it’s not dead, either.

By a bipartisan vote of 126-302, the House rejected a provision expanding trade adjustment assistance for workers who will inevitably be buffeted by the unforgiving winds of the global economy.

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