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Obama browbeats allies on eve of pivotal trade vote

Barack Obama moved to quell a Democratic Party revolt, on the eve of a tight Congressional vote that could scuttle his trade agenda and wound his presidencyBarack Obama moved to quell a Democratic Party revolt Thursday, on the eve of a tight Congressional vote that could scuttle his trade agenda and wound his presidency. Hours before lawmakers were due to vote on granting Obama powers to complete a major trans-Pacific trade pact, the White House scrambled to get long-term allies on side. Obama worked the phones, while dispatching key aides to Capitol Hill to gather at least 217 votes needed to win a simple majority.

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