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  • South Korean protesters stage a rally against a free trade agreement between South Korea and the United States in Seoul on Oct. 13, 2011. The letters on the signs read "Opposed FTA between South Korea and the United States." (Associated Press)

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  • "I'm not aware that Congress is doing anything," said Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, Oregon Democrat. "I don't think anybody wants to wade into it."

  • Mr. DeFazio added that "the greatest failing of this Congress was that the House ... enabled the White House, and the White House was not always right."

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