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Is Obama's Charm Offensive Over?

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Alexander, left, has said Obamas recent comments have threatened to wipe out the gains he made with Republicans earlier this year. McConnell pointed out that Obamas student loan proposal is closer to the plan of Senate Republicans than to that of Democrats.

The Senate needs to know whether the majority leaders word means anything, McConnell said. Is your word good? Do you intend to keep your word? Because we need to know right now. Not some other time.

With partisan tensions rising, Reid has still tried to be careful about setting a real time frame for any rules changes, lest he derail the one major bipartisan effort that is on tap an immigration overhaul.

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