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Zach Carter

Obama Fires Back At Elizabeth Warren And Trade Critics, Escalating Democratic Feud

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama pushed back against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Democratic critics of his trade agenda on Friday, accusin...

Does Fast Track Supporter Earl Blumenauer Also Support Israeli Settlements?

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

From the point of view of the administration, Blumenauer is an extremely rare commodity: a House Democrat who supports the Ryan-Hatch fast track legislation.

Michael McAuliff

Democrats' Frustration With Obama Boils Over As Trade Bills Advance

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats' frustration with President Barack Obama's trade agenda bubbled over Thursday, with key opponents accusing their party's leade...

Dana Liebelson

U.S. Cities Fight Back Against Washington's Secretive Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the trade debate heats up in Washington, city councils are fighting back against controversial legislation that would grant the presi...

Zach Carter

Democrats Balk At Obama Plan To Cut Funding For Workers Hurt By Trade Deals

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The rift between President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats over trade policy deepened Wednesday as the administration opposed a...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Committee Decides Child Slavery Is An Issue, After All

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate committee writing up legislation to advance President Barack Obama's trade agenda agreed Wednesday evening that there should ...

Zach Carter

Bernie Sanders Is Kind Of Filibustering Obama's Trade Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is filibustering President Barack Obama's trade agenda -- sort of. Early Wednesday, Sanders forced the Se...

Michael McAuliff

Murder Doesn't Matter Under Trade Deals, Obama Administration Informs Unions

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defenders of the White House push for sweeping trade deals argue they include tough enforcement of labor standards. But a top union lead...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Harry Reid Says 'Hell No' To Giving Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is saying “hell no” to a bipartisan deal reached last week that would grant President Barack Obama authorit...

White House Trade Strategy: Talk Progressive, Use Wall Street to Negotiate the Deal

Mike Lux | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

This administration can talk all day long about how progressive the TPP is going to be, but if they were willing to be more transparent in the negotiations, or maybe appoint someone with progressive values to be part of the negotiating team, it would be a lot easier to believe them.

Why We Have Grave Environmental Concerns About 'Fast-Track' Trade Authority

Jake Schmidt | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Jake Schmidt

We must not sacrifice our bedrock environmental, public-health, and climate safeguards as the price of a free-trade agreement. Unfortunately, what we have seen from the two pending trade agreements raises serious concerns that these standards could be weakened through the various provisions of these trade agreements.

A Quick Way to Decide If You Are for Fast Track

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

We don't yet know what is in the TPP, because it is still secret and will remain so until shortly before the fast-track process requires Congress to vote. The president says to trust him, telling us that it will be great and "progressive" and create lots of jobs and expand the economy. Great. But the history on our trade deals -- especially those passed using fast track -- has been very bad. NAFTA was sold as creating a lot of jobs and growing the economy, but NAFTA destroyed jobs and expanded the trade deficit. China's entry into the World Trade Organization was sold as creating a lot of jobs and growing the economy, but it turned out to be absolutely devastating for America's working people, middle class and entire manufacturing ecosystem, and the trade deficit with China is now enormous. As a result of these agreements, entire regions of the country look like wastelands. Seriously, go look at Detroit.

Fast Tracking Democracy to Hell

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Concealing potentially job-killing trade schemes from the American public thwarts democracy. Rushing unpopular legislation through Congress before American citizens have an opportunity to review it and tell their elected representatives how they feel about it obstructs democracy.

Friday Talking Points -- Chasing The Scooby Van

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Strange but true, the "Scooby van" is now part of our political lexicon. Hillary Clinton herself is apparently to blame for this one, as this was the playful name she came up with for the van she used to get from New York to Iowa this week.

The Follies of Fast Track

Scott Paul | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

Many of our manufacturers are already facing unfair trade practices that are costing jobs. And so far there is nothing in the fast-track bill or TPP to give them any hope that the scenario would change.

Michael McAuliff

Democrat Vows To Scuttle Obama's Fast-Track Trade Authority

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just before President Barack Obama pleaded with members of his party on Friday to support a bill to "fast track" his proposed trade agre...

Dana Liebelson

Leaked Email Reveals How Hollywood Opposed 'Fair Use' Protections In Secretive Trade Agreement

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hollywood pushed the Obama administration last year not to incorporate "fair use" protections in a massive international trade deal unde...

Congress Is Facing Its Last Call to Stand Up for Fair Trade

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.16.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

When we have complicated trade agreements that could put thousands of U.S. workers on the unemployment line and hamper this nation's economy, shouldn't our elected officials have a chance to review and make changes to them? After all, lawmakers have certainly spent significant time considering more frivolous matters in recent years.

Michael McAuliff

Lawmakers Unveil Secretly Negotiated Deal To Fast-Track Free Trade

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress’ tax committees announced an agreement Thursday to speed through a bill to give President Barack Obama the fast-track authori...

What Is a 'Corporatist Agenda,' and Where Can We Find One?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

TPP looks like a corporatist agenda, walks like one, quacks like one, and has the same effect on my daily life as a corporatist agenda. When you say, "It's not a corporatist agenda," you immediately put your credibility in doubt.

As Fast Track/TPP Becomes New Third Rail, Where Is Clinton?

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

With progressive voice Sen. Elizabeth Warren helping lead the fast track/TPP opposition, and possible candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley joining in opposition, it's time for Hillary Clinton to tell people where she stands on fast track and TPP. Will she join with working people and the 99 percent, or will she bend to the D.C./Wall Street crowd?

Zach Carter

White House Says Enviros Love This Trade Pact, But Enviros Say Otherwise

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has angered a host of environmentalist organizations with an Internet campaign that suggests green groups broad...

Seattle City Council Votes 9-0 to Oppose Fast Track

Stan Sorscher | Posted 03.31.2015 | Business
Stan Sorscher

What can we learn from this week's vote in the Seattle City Council, to oppose Fast Track trade legislation and express concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Bad Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.10.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Sucker punched by massive, illegally subsidized imports, American steel producers laid off thousands of workers in bedrock communities from Ohio and Illinois to Texas and Alabama. That's in just the past three months.

Now We Know Why Huge TPP Trade Deal Is Kept Secret From the Public

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

A key section of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been leaked to the public. The New York Times has a major story on the contents of the leaked chapter, and it's as bad as many of us feared. Now we know why the corporations and the Obama administration want the TPP kept secret from the public until it's too late to stop it.