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Inside the Trump-Schumer marriage of convenience

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The president's surprise fiscal deal has empowered Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, to the consternation of top Republicans — which is technically Trump's party.

  • After shunning Trump for months because of possible blowback from the left, Schumer now has supreme leverage in December — hammer time for the debt and spending thickets that were postponed by the deal.
  • Why it matters: Neither side wants this to be a one-off.

My conversations with both sides make it clear that Trump plans to continue playing the field, and Schumer is game to make future deals with Trump as long as they suit the Democratic base.