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Warren defies Obama, Reid over student loans

Senator Jack Reed (second from left) spoke about student loan rates during a news conference on Capitol Hill last month, accompanied by (left to right) senators Kay Hagan, Debbie Stabenow, Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, and Tom Harkin.
Senator Jack Reed (second from left) spoke about student loan rates during a news conference on Capitol Hill last month, accompanied by (left to right) senators Kay Hagan, Debbie Stabenow, Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, and Tom Harkin.Mark Wilson/Getty Images

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, in her highest profile act of party defiance since being elected, is challenging President Obama and top Senate Democrats by urging colleagues to vote against a compromise proposal to temporarily lower student loan rates.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid and his lieutenants predicted the bipartisan measure would still pass this week despite the opposition of Warren and other New England senators, but they are trying to prevent an embarrassing number of Democratic defections.

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