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The US Senate overcame bitter divisions on trade policy and passed legislation that gives President Barack Obama authority to swiftly forge international trade pacts, including a landmark Pacific Rim accord under negotiation. The measure now heads to the House of Representatives where its fate is uncertain. While Senate passage is a dramatic victory for Obama, the bill clearly faces a fierce debate in the lower chamber, where lawmakers signalled there is intense opposition from within Obama's own Democratic Party.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.
Rick Nash scored two goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 38 saves to lift the New York Rangers to a 5-1 victory over Tampa Bay to level their NHL playoff series. With the win, the Rangers knotted the best-of-seven Western Conference final at two games apiece, with the winners of the series advancing to the NHL's Stanley Cup finals. Nash totaled a career-high 42 goals during the regular season but had scored just two goals in the first 15 games this post-season.