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TPP Is Not the Answer

Chantal Thomas | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Chantal Thomas

The most salient "add-on" feature of the TPP is its investor-state dispute settlement mechanism, which gives investors private rights of action against governments outside the court system. The problem is not so much that it violates rule of law and sovereignty, but that it shrinks the actual and potential role of the public.

Zach Carter

Senate Grants Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority After Contentious Battle

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate made it official on Wednesday, granting President Barack Obama the power to streamline passage of major trade pacts with Paci...

Zach Carter

Here Are The Trade Fight's Biggest Winners And Losers

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The bruising battle over President Barack Obama's trade agenda was very likely decided on Tuesday as the Senate advanced a fast-track bi...

Zach Carter

Senate Gives Obama Huge Win On Trade

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday handed President Barack Obama the biggest legislative victory of his second term, with a dramatic vote clearing th...

When Sex Does Not Sell: How Faith Influences What We Buy

David Briggs | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Be sensitive to local markets with targeted campaigns, some scholars advise. What sells in Beverly Hills may not go over so well in Manhattan, Kansas.

Zach Carter

Democrats Throw A Wrench Into Republicans' Trade Strategy

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Key Democratic lawmakers, led by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), sent a letter on Wednesday to Senate leaders saying they do not support a n...

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Explains Obama's Trade Troubles

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats dealt a blow to President Barack Obama's trade agenda on Friday, voting down a bill that would have cleared the way for ...

What Kind of Parent Sends a Child Off to Do Dangerous Work?

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 06.12.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Ending child labor requires fair wages for adults, adequate legal protections for children and access to health care and education. Education is absolutely critical in the fight against child labor. Where there are few educational opportunities for children to choose another path in life, they work because it prepares them for the life they are going to lead.

Trade Agreement Package Fails the House

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

I was proud to have worked closely with labor, consumer, senior, environmental and faith-based constituencies in working to reject this deal. We need fair trade agreements that benefit workers here and around the world, protect our planet, and promote access to affordable medicines and safe food. The ongoing TPP negotiation does not meet those tests.

Zach Carter

Vietnamese Labor Leaders Urge Congress To Reject Obama's Trade Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of Vietnamese labor leaders sent a letter to Congress on Thursday saying a major pending trade bill will destroy efforts to impr...

Dukale's Dream

Yvonna Russell | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Yvonna Russell

Leading man Hugh Jackman is very particular about his coffee. He loves his coffee fair trade. On a trip for Worldvision, Hugh planted trees, shoveled manure for biofuel and learns about trading at the coffee co-op with Ethiopian farmer Dukale.

Vegan Happy Homes and Flowers

Dylan Kendall | Posted 06.03.2015 | HuffPost Home
Dylan Kendall

For most of they year I use artificial flowers in my home to achieve the same effect as real flowers. As an animal-loving person there are two things to be aware of when buying artificial flowers: What they are made from and how they are made.

Zach Carter

Obama's Trade Agenda Rewards U.S. Companies That Profit From Slavery

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's effort to include Malaysia in a major pending trade pact has baffled human rights advocates, who see it as a re...

Zach Carter

Progressive Groups Call On Obama Trade Official To Disclose Communications With Wall Street Banks

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of progressive organizations sent a letter to President Barack Obama's top trade negotiator on Thursday, asking him to discl...

The Future of Fashion: Earth Day, Fash Rev, True Cost

Miriam Ava | Posted 05.27.2015 | Style
Miriam Ava

It feels like divine momentum that Earth Day and Fash Rev Day are only 24 hrs apart. A multitude of good can spring from even the most dire circumstances -- so how can we best harness the energy of change?

Despite Senate Approving Bad Fast-Track Bill Friday, Passage in House Remains Unlikely

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to defeat trade-promotion authority (TPA), and I am confident that the legislation will be defeated in the House.

Zach Carter

What Limbaugh's Attack On TPP Means For Its Republican Supporters

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

Conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh slammed President Barack Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Friday, telling listeners, "The od...

Zach Carter

Hillary Clinton Has 'Real Concerns' With Obama's Trade Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Friday that although she has "real concerns" about the major trade pact President Barack Obama ...

Zach Carter

Progressive Group Targets Democrats With New Ads Linking Trade Deal To Medicare Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

Progressive activist group CREDO Action is targeting congressional Democrats with a new online ad campaign accusing them of supporting Medicare cuts b...

Zach Carter

Obama Administration Pushes Back Against Environmentalist Trade Critics

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Wednesday released a report documenting its efforts to protect the environment through trade enforcement, th...

Buying Fair Trade? There Are Better Ways to Help the Poor

Larissa Rowe | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Larissa Rowe

When many of us think about improving conditions in the developing world, Fair Trade may be one of the first things to come to mind. But how effective is Fair Trade?

Zach Carter

Human Trafficking Still Plagues Obama's Trade Ambitions

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Tuesday threatened to do "everything possible to have a floor fight" if President Barack Obama undercut...

Why We Need to Defeat the Trade Bills

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

This is not our parents' trade bill. It is not about providing fair trade -- which we all support. Fast track is about pushing through the TPP, TTIP and future trade agreements that would massively increase the power of big corporations and affect the daily lives of Americans. The impacts go beyond job loss -- as serious as that is.

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Details Obama's Broken Trade Promises

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) issued a report Monday morning detailing decades of failed trade enforcement by American presidents incl...

Zach Carter

Canada Just Threw A Grenade Into Elizabeth Warren's Trade Fight With Obama

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have been locked in a public feud over whether free trade agreements can be u...