HOUSE G.O.P. PUMMELS GATT . . .

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House Republicans successfully delayed a vote on a world trade agreement until Nov. 29 -- denying the embattled Democratic Party a payoff in the midterm elections. The action last night was a flashback to the crime bill fight two months ago, when the G.O.P. almost killed the legislation in procedural wrangling. This time around, reports TIME congressional correspondent Julie Johnson, the Dems were forced to cut a deal to avoid killing the trade agreement altogether. Democratic Representatives are partly to blame, Johnson explains: Since the treaty is on a fast track and can be stalled only for 45 days by committee heads, they could have avoided the whole mess by introducing the bill early on. "If you bring it up two weeks before the end of the session, what do you expect?" says Johnson.