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Obama may need new spin on TPP

The US administration, which counted on Congress's backing for the trade promotion authority and the TPP trade agreement, is finding itself being forced into a political corner

Democratic and Republican critics of the TPP are both worried that giving President Obama the fast-track TPA would prevent them from fixing the perceived flaws in the agreement and not even allow them enough time to read and understand it.

MOST Washington insiders had expected that by this time US President Barack Obama would have been granted the trade promotion authority (TPA, aka "fast-track" ) by Congress, allowing his administration to move ahead in concluding the negotiations over the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP