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Entries by David Sirota from 05/2007

Confronting the Captains of Industry in Butte America

| Posted 05.01.2007 | Huffington Post

I'm here in Butte, Montana for the international economic summit. The message is focused like a laser on demanding Congress pass more lobbyist-written "free" trade deals.

"He Took On Some Lobbying Clients And Began Listening to Menudo"

| Posted 05.02.2007 | Politics
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Why report real "news" when you can just make up screenplay-ready fiction? That's the question Beltway reporters seem to be asking these days - at lea...

The People Party Revolt Roiling Capitol Hill

| Posted 05.03.2007 | Politics
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This week, we have two specific reasons to be hopeful that yes, the People Party is asserting itself and yes, the Washington Establishment has a serious revolt on its hands.

S.F. Chron: When the Class War Goes Local

| Posted 05.04.2007 | Huffington Post

Over the last week, we here in the rural state of Montana were the target of an intense onslaught by conservative class warriors.

NAFTA Redux: Reporters Again Refuse to Ask Simple Questions

| Posted 05.05.2007 | Politics
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How come Big Money interests believe they should be able to sue America's federal, state and local governments to protect their profits, but unions shouldn't be able to have the same right?

Econ 101: How Free Traders Distort "Comparative Advantage"

| Posted 05.06.2007 | Business
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If global trade had basic standards, then we would be closer to a situation where natural advantages or even human-supported positive investments would create real comparative advantages.

Lou Dobbs Challenges The Great Objectivity Scam

| Posted 05.07.2007 | Politics
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CBS 60 Minutes' piece on Lou Dobbs last night told us a lot more about traditional journalism's biases than it did about Dobbs'.

How Many "Free Trade" Senators Can PhRMA Turn Into Corporate Protectionists?

| Posted 05.08.2007 | Politics
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This is how it works in the Beltway - a place where the K Street's tentacles reach not just for the Republicans, but for top Democrats as well.

GOP Front Group Exposes Its Own Corruption & the Right's Fraying Coalition

| Posted 05.09.2007 | Huffington Post

The National Association of Manufacturers is not really interested in representing its members anymore -- it is interested in being an arm of the Republican Party.

Blank Check Democrats & The Danger of Becoming A Blank Check Movement

| Posted 05.10.2007 | Huffington Post

Here we are, once again at the mercy of a small faction of Blank Check Democrats threatening to essentially overturn the 2006 election's mandate and give the big middle finger to the majority of the American people.

Timeline: The Secret Bush-Democratic Trade Deal & What It Means

| Posted 05.11.2007 | Huffington Post

Yesterday was a whirlwind day on the political frontlines in the War on the Middle Class: a "deal" on a package of trade agreements that could impact millions of American workers.

Secret Trade Deal Battle: K Street vs. Middle America

| Posted 05.12.2007 | Business
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Steelworkers demand to know why Dems are keeping the deal secret and teamsters say they will "Fight like hell" against the deal. The battle lines are being drawn.

Journalism Becomes Stenography: From NAFTA to Iraq to The Secret Trade Deal

| Posted 05.12.2007 | Huffington Post

This is the third in a series of posts following the announcement of a secret free trade deal this past week between a handful of senior Democrats and...

The Secret Deal - Day 4: Fair Trade Populists Go On the Offensive

| Posted 05.14.2007 | Huffington Post

It has now been four days since a secret free trade deal was announced, and the specific legislative language of the deal remains secret.

The Secret Deal - Day 5: Health & Enviro Advocates Slam the Secret Trade Deal

| Posted 05.15.2007 | Huffington Post

It is now five days since a handful of senior Democrats joined with the Bush administration to announce a new "deal" on free trade, while refusing to release the actual legislative language of the deal.

BREAKING: Emanuel Blocks Dem Debate on Trade Deal As White House Signals Real Agenda

| Posted 05.15.2007 | Politics
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The enforceability of the promised labor and environmental provisions hinge on the Peru and Panama free trade agreements being reopened so that their texts can be modified.

Secret Trade Deal - Day 6: Senator Says K Street Getting "Wink & Nod" From Bush

| Posted 05.16.2007 | Huffington Post

Six days after the press conference announcing a secret free trade deal between Democratic congressional leaders and the Bush White House, a full-scale revolt appears to be brewing on Capitol Hill.

Secret Trade Deal: The "Tells" of Broder & Emanuel vs. The Courage of 5 Progressive Senators

| Posted 05.17.2007 | Politics
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This is another in a series of ongoing posts following the announcement of a secret free trade deal on May 10, 2007 between a handful of senior Democrats and the Bush administration.

TONIGHT: Bill Moyers PBS Special On the Secret Trade Deal

| Posted 05.18.2007 | Business
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This is another in a series of ongoing posts following the announcement of a secret free trade deal on May 10, 2007 between a handful of senior Democr...

SECRET TRADE DEAL: Moyers Special Airs As Rangel Attacks Dem Colleagues

| Posted 05.19.2007 | Huffington Post

This is another in a series of ongoing posts following the announcement of a secret free trade deal on May 10, 2007 between a handful of senior Democr...

Dems Driving Triangulation "Over the Dead Bodies" of the Progressive Movement

| Posted 05.20.2007 | Politics
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The drive to triangulate on trade has now reached a point where the handful of Democrats who made the deal are publicly attacking those rank-and-file Democratic lawmakers and groups raising questions about the deal.

Secret Trade Deal: Cokie Roberts Says Workers Are "Losers" & Dems Must Ignore the Labor Movement

| Posted 05.21.2007 | Huffington Post

Cokie Roberts acknowledges that she is an "ardent free trader" who has "long been skeptical of including labor and environmental rules in trade deals" because she claims "they smacked too much of protectionism."

Speech to Progressives: "Get Busy Living, Or Get Busy Dying"

| Posted 05.22.2007 | Politics
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On Friday, I was honored to give the keynote address to this year's Montana AFL-CIO Convention in Butte - a town that has been at the forefront of the labor movement's most important struggles.

Secret Trade Deal: Dem Leaders Brag About Appeasing K Street By Keeping Dem Colleagues In the Dark

| Posted 05.23.2007 | Huffington Post

Dems feared the concessions would elicit opposition from the majority of their own congressional Democratic colleagues.

The Rise of the Dick Cheney Democrats

| Posted 05.24.2007 | Huffington Post

Today is the day House Democrats are expected to vote on Iraq - except, news out of Washington this morning says the leadership has come up with a nif...