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Are The Dems Being Sucker-Punched On Trade?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Before Democrats entertain any more corporate wish lists, let's see what corporate America is offering in return. Trade adjustment assistance doesn't do it. A few Democrats may vote for the deal because they naively think TAA is a defensible trade-off. Most who hide behind this scanty fig leaf know exactly what they are doing.

Trade Deals and the Importance of Political Gridlock

David Coates | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
David Coates

Moves seem well underway in the Republican-controlled Senate to fast-track the vote on fast-tracking -- maybe as early as this coming Tuesday. That would be a pity, since the arguments for not passing the proposed trade deal continue to be worthy of long and slow consideration.

The President's Trade Deal Struggles Because It's Bad Policy

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a 12-country NAFTA-style trade deal with two serious problems. It doesn't work, and it's bad for democracy.

Laura Barron-Lopez

The 'Bizarre' Path Obama's Trade Agenda Has Taken

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama knew that getting his controversial trade agenda through Congress would be no easy task. But it's been nearly a m...

Michael McAuliff

McConnell Tries 'Trust Me' Strategy To Pass Obama Trade Bills

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) moved Thursday evening to secure passage of President Barack Obama's trade agenda, employ...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Pelosi: No Path Forward On Key Trade Measure

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) provided a grim outlook on Thursday about the future of legislation funding a worker aid p...

What Is the Trans Pacific Partnership?

Judy Frankel | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

All we really need to know is that passing H.R. 1314 essentially puts the omnibus, 29-chapter Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement onto the fast track, where Congress members don't get a chance to deliberate or discuss it on the floor of the House.

Michael McAuliff

House Passes Fast-Track Trade Do-Over

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The GOP-led House of Representatives started over on trade Thursday, passing a fresh bill to give President Barack Obama sweeping powers...

Asia: On the Rocks

John Feffer | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
John Feffer

The U.S. inability to help resolve the myriad island disputes in Asia and its failure to overcome domestic resistance to the TPP suggest that a time will come quite soon when America no longer rules the waves in the Pacific (or has the hegemonic power to waive the rules).

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...

Laura Barron-Lopez

House To Take Second Shot At Passing Obama's Trade Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans plan to breathe new life into President Barack Obama's trade agenda on Thursday by bringing up a stand-alone bill to g...

Laura Barron-Lopez

House GOP Eyes Clean Fast-Track Trade Bill Without TAA Funding

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Days after the House dealt a setback to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda, GOP leadership is considering plowing ahead with stand-...

Let's Celebrate a Fast Track Defeat National Day of Gloating

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

To counter-act the media's "1% are politically invincible" drone, we constantly have to re-prove to our fellow citizens that the 1% are politically beatable. Hence, the National Day of Gloating is a mitzvah.

Hillary Clinton Backs Fast-Track on Obama's Trade Deals

Eric Zuesse | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Hillary Clinton actually supports Barack Obama's trade-policy, and even supports the way in which he is trying to get it through Congress. However, the news-media didn't report it that way.

House Democrats Take the Moral High Ground on Trade

Mary Bottari | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

While Obama appealed to party loyalty, many Democrats, who have watched factory after factory leave the United States with no replacements in sight, seized the moral high ground. They took a stand against the secret trade-negotiating process that puts all the power in the hands of powerful industry lobbyists, shutting out U.S. workers and their representatives in Congress.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Road Ahead For Obama's Trade Agenda Remains Uncertain In House

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After his own party dealt him a stunning defeat last week, President Barack Obama may find little consolation returning to work Monday a...

Fast-Track Derails Democracy

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

The issue before us is not "free trade," which, like any policy, has its pluses and minuses. The issue is that a multilateral trade agreement should not be negotiated in secret, but in the open by our State and Commerce departments, with input from all organizations concerned.

Stopping Obama's 'Legacy' Trade Deals: Did Reid Finally Do It?

Eric Zuesse | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Republicans got the numbers they needed, with two to spare, but for a version of Fast Track that won't get enough Democratic votes to pass in the Senate.

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 ...

Lies, Damnable Lies and Trade Lies

Pat Choate | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Pat Choate

On Friday, the House of Representatives held an extensive debate on whether Congress should adopt fast track rules for ratifying the Trans Pacific Partnership. What ensued was a jumbled debate in which advocates for fast tracking the TPP entered into a world of fantasy economics and delusional politics.

Fast Track Derailed

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

Fast Track Derailed

Fast Track Down

Lori Wallach | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Lori Wallach

To understand what comes next, it's worth unpacking what exactly happened on Friday and how we got there.

The Real Meaning Of Obama's Trade Defeat

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It's about time that the Democratic rank and file rebelled against the corporate domination of the Democratic presidential party. Last week's events should ring down the curtain on the era of "trade" deals like NAFTA and TPP.

News for Peace Advocates: AIPAC Crushed in House Trade Vote

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Robert Naiman

When fast track was defeated in the House, AIPAC was defeated in the House. I am frequently asked: How powerful is AIPAC in Washington really? My answer: Not so powerful that it cannot be beaten -- if we choose our battles correctly.

Zach Carter

Why It's So Hard For Obama To Undo Democrats' Trade Revolt

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda are searching for a new legislative strategy following Friday's embarrassing defeat....