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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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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...

Zach Carter

Senate Trade Compromise May Doom Efforts Against Currency Manipulation, Forced Labor | Zach Carter | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders on Wednesday found a way to revive President Barack Obama's controversial trade agenda, but in the process may have doome...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Here's The Senator Who United Democrats To Block Obama's Trade Agenda | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been the public face of the Democratic Party's feud with President Barack Obama over his trade agend...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Democrats Knock Down Obama's Trade Bill | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

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

Slowing the Fast Track Down

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's a big political fight happening in Washington, but for once it does not break down easily along partisan lines. There are free-traders among both the Democrats and the Republicans, and opposition exists on both sides. But the main skirmish in this fight is currently happening between President Obama and some of his fellow Democrats.

Zach Carter

Why Obama Wants To Torpedo A Plan To Fight Human Trafficking | Zach Carter | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The biggest threat to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda may be a plan to fight human trafficking, which threatens to reshuffle a m...

Flower Power: Blooms That Create a Better Life for Mothers Throughout the World

Fair Trade USA | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

With this fast-growing global flower market comes a variety of challenges, especially for the many workers involved in picking and packing these international symbols of love.

Zen and the Art of (Fair) Coffee Trading

Mark W. Guay | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Mark W. Guay

Just where do these beans come from and how much of that three-dollar cup of coffee actually goes to the farmer who picked the bean? That's the question I recently set out to try and answer. And this answer starts with a trip to Laos and a guy named Tyson.

Zach Carter

Obama Accused Democrats Of Lying About Trade Deal, And They Aren't Having It | Zach Carter | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

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