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Senator Warren bucks her party on loan bill

Fights compromise over students’ rates

WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren, in her highest profile act of party defiance since being elected, is challenging President Obama and top Senate Democrats by urging colleagues to vote against a compromise proposal to temporarily lower student loan rates.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid and his lieutenants predicted the bipartisan measure would still pass this week despite the opposition of Warren and other New England senators, but they are trying to prevent an embarrassing number of Democratic defections.

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