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Liberal Democrats putting pressure on Obama

Summers’s pullout shows liberals’ clout

WASHINGTON — Lawrence H. Summers’ decision to bow out of contention for the Federal Reserve chairmanship represented a triumph for liberal Democrats, putting on powerful display their ability to pressure the White House in a way that could spell further complications for President Obama.

In just the last two weeks, liberal Democrats have joined with key Republicans to oppose his request for congressional authorization to launch a military strike against Syria as well as the prospective Summers nomination.

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