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WASHINGTON – The Republican-dominated House has given President Obama what he wants: so-called “fast-track” authority to negotiate massive trade deals with other countries, cut Congress out of the negotiations and limit lawmakers’ participation to a simple yes or no vote when such treaties are concluded.

And, if the Senate approves the revised bill, as expected, he will get it.

The bill squeaked by on a House vote of 218 to 208.

It was the second try in less than a week and the result of a strategy designed by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in consultation with President Obama.