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Fast Track

Why A Democrat Is Now Blocking An Obama Nominee

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is blocking an Obama nominee for deputy U.S. trade representative over the administration's refusal to gran...

A Conflicted Liberal Explains How Obama Is Making Trade Deals So Hard To Support

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

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The Demise of American Democracy and the 2016 Election

Dave Pruett | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Dave Pruett

Democracy in America is on life support. If we don't soon rally en masse to its defense, corporate interests will pull the plug. Sanders is the only candidate to fully realize what's at stake, to tell the truth, and to articulate what WE, the People, must do.

Senators Press Kerry On Slavery About-Face

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

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Keeping Up With the Times and the Democratic Party

Rep. Rosa DeLauro | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Rep. Rosa DeLauro

Here's the real message behind the congressional votes on fast-track authority and trade-adjustment assistance: Democrats will no longer support major trade agreements that cost American jobs and create further downward pressure on wages, especially as inequality continues to accelerate.

Obama Poll Watch -- June, 2015

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What July will bring is anyone's guess, in other words. Obama wound up down for the month when the monthly averages were calculated, but they could very easily go right back up again in July.

I'm Endorsing and Volunteering for Bernie!

Larry Cohen | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Bernie has been there with us every time, fighting for fairness, for environmental justice, for voting rights and getting big money out of politics. Bernie is there for criminal justice reform and a path to citizenship for 20 million immigrants. Bernie realizes that workers' rights in the U.S. remain under attack and near the bottom of the world's democracies.

Dave Jamieson

Bernie Sanders' Campaign Just Got A Big Boost | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The longtime leader of one of the country’s most powerful labor unions is joining the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie ...

Now We Build a Fair Trade Movement

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Fast track trade authority passed last week. So many of us fought so hard but The money won again -- this time. What do we do now? We take this awareness and energy into the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

America's Trade Agenda: Too Important To Fail

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Joshua W. Walker

These issues, foreign and domestic, are far too important to leave unaddressed. Maintaining a U.S. trade policy that is at the heart of U.S. economic and foreign policy priorities is critical. In essence - it is too important to fail.

What Was Won in the Brutal Trade Battle

Sarah Anderson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

I tried to stay emotionally distanced from this one. It didn't work. When the White House and Republican leaders got the votes they needed in the Senate to advance "fast track" Trade Promotion Authority on Tuesday, June 23, it was crushing.

A Congressional Straightjacket: Fast-Tracking the TPP

Michele Goodwin | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

Now that Congress has granted President Barack Obama "fast-track" authority to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade and investment treaty among twelve countries on the Pacific Rim, where do we go from here?

Samantha-Jo Roth

Huckabee: 'Donor Class' Pushed Senate Republicans To Approve Obama's Fast-Track Trade Authority | Samantha-Jo Roth | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

CORYDON, Iowa –- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Thursday criticized Senate Republicans for voting to approve fast-track trade authority f...

Obama's Legacy Takes Shape With The Help Of Unlikely Allies

Associated Press | Julie Pace | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Long past the prime of his presidency, Barack Obama is defying the lame-duck label and solidifying the contours of his legacy with ...

Zach Carter

Senate Grants Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority After Contentious Battle | 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...

Wall Street and Big Corporations Got What They Wanted -- This Time

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Fast track is The Money directing Congress to go utterly against what vast majorities of people actively say, what movements of people are fighting for. Is this how business will be done in the 21st century? Maybe, but maybe not. We the People came close to winning this time. We will come closer and closer, then we will start winning again.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Pelosi Stands Down, Supports Passage Of Key Trade Measure | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) waved the white flag on Wednesday, telling her caucus she would support passage of a key m...

RHINOs in Charge

Pat Choate | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Pat Choate

Please. No more GOP complaints about President Obama making Constitutional power grabs. RHINOs (Republicans in Name Only) led by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) just gave the President.

Zach Carter

Here Are The Trade Fight's Biggest Winners And Losers | 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...

Fast Track Retaliation: Fueling the Bern in Iowa and New Hampshire

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Since NAFTA there is an unwritten rule enforced by the pro-corporate power wing of the Democratic Party that in order to be the Democratic nominee for president, you have to be a corporate Democrat on trade policy.

Zach Carter

Senate Gives Obama Huge Win On Trade | 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...

Obama Scrambles For Votes On Fast-Track Trade Authority

The Hill | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

President Obama scrambled for votes Monday as Democratic support trickled in for his trade agenda, despite strong pressure from unions....

A Bernie Sanders Talking Filibuster Could Help Stop the Fast Track to Greater Inequality

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

It would be very healthy for the Republic right now if Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders would lead a "talking filibuster" of Fast Track.

Why We 'Ordinary People' Should Oppose Fast Track of the TPP Right Up To the Final Vote in Congress

Pearl Korn | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Pearl Korn

This so-called "trade" package is made up of 29 parts, with only five actually dealing with trade. Written in secrecy by 600 representatives of corporations and their allies, and shepherded by Michael Froman, our Trade Representative who came to this job straight from Wall Street -- has anyone ever heard of a conflict of interest in this administration?

Sorely Needed: New Trade Vision

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

American workers and American manufacturers don't oppose trade. They can compete on a level playing field with anyone in the world. But the current trade regime, swept in without serious analysis on the back of Fast Track authority, has failed to provide a level playing field.