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Obama's N. American agenda hits congressional drag

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By JIM KUHNHENN

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama heads into a summit with Mexican and Canadian leaders eager to engage on issues of trade and other neighbor-to-neighbor interests, even as Congress is placing a drag on some of his top cross-border agenda items.

The president will meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Wednesday in Toluca, Mexico, for the North American Leaders' Summit. They have a full agenda, covering commerce among the three North American Free Trade Agreement partners, immigration, energy and security.

The talks will highlight how increasingly interrelated the three economies are 20 years since NAFTA was approved. But they will also illustrate the limits of Obama's power, his hands tied on immigration by congressional Republicans and on trade by his fellow Democrats.

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