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Politics

Senate gets the start of a thaw

McCain at center of bipartisan shift

WASHINGTON — US senators from both political parties who are fed up with bickering and gridlock are showing signs of forming a moderate center in the fractious chamber, an effort to restore a sense of comity where the norm has been conflict.

Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate who failed to block Barack Obama from winning the White House, has emerged as a potential dealmaker in this fragile initiative, in a twist of irony that could help put Obama’s second term on a more positive path. McCain, of Arizona, has been holding private meetings at the White House and appears to relish being seen once again as a maverick willing to reach across the aisle.

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