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Michael McAuliff
Michael McAuliff covers politics and Congress for The Huffington Post. Previously, he was a Washington correspondent for the New York Daily News and the national editor of He also worked for UPI, the crime news website and local papers in New York. He graduated from Brooklyn College.

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TPPはアメリカでも揉めている 交渉妥結の切り札「TPA法案」は激論の末可決へ

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 1:49 AM


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Senate Debate Reveals Absurd Level Of Trade Deal Secrecy

(446) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 6:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- A revealing conversation on the Senate floor Thursday showed precisely how secretive President Barack Obama's pending trade deals are, and the absurdity of arguments to the contrary.

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sponsored a bill that would have required the administration to post...

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Senate Advances Fast-Track For Obama Trade Deals

(655) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 10:58 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate handed President Barack Obama a major win Thursday, voting to advance his trade agenda by ending debate on a bill that would grant him the power to fast-track massive new pacts through Congress.

A number of senators objected to the process, complaining that they were unable...

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Harry Reid Calls Trade Push By Obama And GOP 'Insanity'

(565) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 11:37 AM

WASHINGTON -- The push by President Barack Obama and Republicans for gigantic new trade deals meets the definition of insanity, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) charged in a Senate floor speech Wednesday.

The president and Republican leaders are pushing hard to pass legislation known as Trade Promotion Authority that...

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Elizabeth Warren: I Haven't Spoken With Obama About His Secretive Trade Deal

(48) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 7:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) hasn't spoken with President Barack Obama about his secretive Pacific Rim trade agreement despite the pair's public feud over the deal, the senator told The Huffington Post on Tuesday.

Warren said that Obama has provided her with no evidence that the Trans-Pacific Partnership...

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Secret Trade Deal Serves Up Toxic Food, Advocates Charge

(43) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 8:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- A group of lawmakers and safety advocates threw food into the fight over fast-tracking a giant Pacific trade bill Thursday, demanding that the White House reveal standards in the secret pact that they allege will have Americans eating poisonous imports from Asia.

"We come together today to say...

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Senate Advances Trade Protections, Starts Battle Over Obama's Fast-Track Authority

(147) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 2:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate passed a pair of trade protection measures Thursday, and voted shortly afterward to start debate on the fast-track bill that President Barack Obama needs to secure his massive and controversial free-trade initiatives with Asia and Europe.

One measure, which reauthorizes trade preferences for some African countries,...

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Senate Trade Compromise May Doom Efforts Against Currency Manipulation, Forced Labor

(93) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 9:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders on Wednesday found a way to revive President Barack Obama's controversial trade agenda, but in the process may have doomed numerous trade reforms -- including provisions to thwart forced labor and currency manipulation -- that may be essential to its survival in the House.

Democrats blocked...

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Senate Cuts Deal To Pass Obama's Secretive Trade Bills

(730) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 2:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders reached a deal Wednesday to push ahead with votes on President Barack Obama's trade deals.

The agreement came after Democrats blew up an earlier agreement Tuesday over fears that key measures they have sponsored would fail, or never get votes.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...

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Mitch McConnell Likely To Try Again Soon On Obama's Trade Deals

(140) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 8:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may try again this week to advance President Barack Obama's ambitious trade agenda, his spokesman told The Huffington Post.

All it will take is a little cooperation, spearheaded by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the leaders of their parties...

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Senate Democrats Knock Down Obama's Trade Bill

(1248) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 2:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats dealt a stinging blow to President Barack Obama Tuesday by blocking legislation that would grant him authority to fast-track international trade deals.

Democrats, including several who favor Obama's trade agenda, banded together to prevent the Senate from considering legislation that grants the president so-called Trade...

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Defense Bill Would Put 100,000 Untraceable Guns On Streets

(1245) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 10:40 AM

WASHINGTON -- Psst. Want an untraceable gun? Courtesy of Congress and the U.S. military?

That may soon be possible thanks to a provision tacked onto this year's National Defense Authorization Act, which the House of Representatives is set to pass this week.

The provision was added as an amendment during...

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Benghazi Committee Unintentionally Renames Itself 'Committee on Secretary Clinton Emails'

(59) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 12:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- No, the Select Committee on Benghazi has not actually changed its name, but the way a headline on its website was constructed may suggest what it prefers to call itself: the Select Committee on Secretary Clinton Emails.

That inadvertent admission was included in one of the slides on...

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Bernie Sanders Tries Again To Break Up Too-Big-To-Fail Banks

(44) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 3:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Wednesday that Congress probably lacks the will to challenge Wall Street, but nevertheless vowed to try again to pass legislation aimed at breaking up America's too-big-to-fail banks.

Unveiling that bill with Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Sanders made his case in the...

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Chuck Schumer Explains The Most Important Thing About Obama's Trade Deals You Never Understood

(187) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- A decade ago, or perhaps a little longer, New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer had an epiphany during a visit to a Crucible Industries steel plant in Syracuse.

His realization has proved enduring, and a decade later, it threatens to derail the grand trade agenda of his fellow...

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Chuck Schumer Warns Obama His Trade Agenda Is Dead Without A China Currency-Manipulation Crackdown

(205) Comments | Posted May 2, 2015 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama can just about kiss his trade agenda goodbye if he doesn't allow Congress to pass a measure cracking down on China and other nations that manipulate the value of their currency, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in an interview with The Huffington Post.

Schumer, likely...

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Obama Accused Democrats Of Lying About Trade Deal, And They Aren't Having It

(262) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 5:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats are not happy about President Barack Obama's accusation that they are being "dishonest" about his trade agenda.

Last week, Obama told reporters that Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who have called his controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership a "secret" agreement were not telling the truth, since...

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Bill Blocks Attempt To Close Gitmo, America's Most Expensive Prison

(51) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 1:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- The annual price tag for holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay is nearing $4 million per inmate, but Congress advanced a defense bill early Thursday that again prevents President Barack Obama from closing the notorious facility.

In the early morning during work on the massive

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Congressman Investigated By Feds Now Gets Paid By Feds To Lobby Congress

(22) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 5:57 PM

WASHINGTON -- A congressman who lost re-election amid a Justice Department probe of his financial dealings has resurfaced as a lobbyist on white collar crime issues -- getting paid by that same Justice Department.

Former Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) came under scrutiny after a conservative watchdog group filed...

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Democrats' Frustration With Obama Boils Over As Trade Bills Advance

(366) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 3:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats' frustration with President Barack Obama's trade agenda bubbled over Thursday, with key opponents accusing their party's leader of putting more effort into a bid to aid corporate America than anything he's done for the middle class.

Calling it "maddening," Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told reporters that the...

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