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Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Tells Obama To Put Up Or Shut Up On Trade

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressive Democrats have been hoping to see a showdown between Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton for years. Instead, they're gettin...

Zach Carter

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

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics

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

'Globalization and Its Discontents'

Carl Pope | Posted 04.23.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

The current trade regime is not just a matter of the U.S. exporting manufacturing jobs to China and importing cheaper consumer goods. We are also dramatically increasing the volume of pollution associated with our consumption, so much that a significant part of U.S. pollution is now generated in China in the production of goods for U.S. consumers.

Why Are Conservatives Willing to Surrender American Sovereignty?

Martin Lobel | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Martin Lobel

Why are the Tea Party folks and other conservatives like Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan, who are usually so anxious to protect our citizens from governmental abuse, supporting putting trade agreements on a fast track?

Paul Blumenthal

Tea Party Group Brings Trade Deal Opposition To New Hampshire Primary

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The debate over granting President Barack Obama fast-track authority to negotiate and approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal i...

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 ...

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.

Zach Carter

Why Hillary Clinton Left Obama To Fend For Himself On Trade

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's trade agenda took a beating on Friday, as House Democrats threw cold water on his bid to fast-track the biggest...

Cutting Through the Noisy TPP Debate

East-West Center | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
East-West Center

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, negotiations are in their final phase and the policy debate is in full swing. Unfortunately, it's shaping up as a debate about trees, not forests; it ignores the central goal of the TPP: to renew the Asia-Pacific trading system and firm up America's role in it.

Me and the TPP

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.08.2015 | Business
Jared Bernstein

If the TPP is really a good deal for the US, and since I haven't read it I can't say, then based on the first bullet above, I understand, conditional on greater effort than I believe has been expended thus far, that a currency chapter could kill the deal.

Today's Trade Agreements Are Backwards, But We Can Do Better

Peter Schurman | Posted 03.27.2015 | World
Peter Schurman

The legitimate force that drives trade agreements is companies' need for predictability and stability in order to invest beyond the borders of their home country. Everyone can support that. But where trade agreements go wrong is in secret negotiations, with virtually zero democratic input or accountability

Polls Show Americans Oppose Our Trade Policy but Like Trade

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Lori Wallach

Americans support trade in general but oppose the NAFTA model of trade that has offshored U.S. jobs, spurred massive deficits, stagnated middle-class wages and contributed to unprecedented levels of U.S. income inequality.

How Our 'Free Trade' Policies Kill Jobs

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

The ongoing trade deficit has transferred trillions of dollars out of our economy. It has cost us millions of jobs, tens of thousands of factories and entire industries. As it continues, it is costing us our ability to make a living as a country -- except for our financial sector. This has made a very few people unimaginably wealthy, but it has made the rest of us, and the country, poorer.

Europe's Woes and the World's Poor

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.01.2015 | World
Marcelo Giugale

What does the sudden appreciation of the Swiss franc mean for the Eurozone? Will Russia's financial distress spill over to its neighbors? How those questions are answered will affect some of the world's richest countries -- the likes of France, Germany, and Italy. Usually ignored, it will also affect some of the poorest.

The Top 10 Facts about Jobs, Currency, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Scott Paul | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

Hundreds of members of Congress (from both parties!) are joining economists left and right to include an enforceable provision on currency manipulation in the TPP, but there are still some who argue that this rule isn't needed. That's why we put together this handy list of the top 10 facts you need to know about currency and the TPP. (Hint: It's about middle-class jobs).

How Trade Deals Boost the Top 1% and Bust the Rest

Robert Reich | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

I've seen first-hand how effective Wall Street and big corporations are at wielding influence. Global deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership will boost the profits of Wall Street and big corporations, and make the richest 1 percent even richer. But they'll bust the rest of America.

Dana Liebelson

Democrat Says Obama Administration Dodging Request To Read Trade Deals Without Restrictions

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Democratic congressman has accused the Obama administration of dodging his request for "unimpeded" access to two controversial trade a...

Will the United States End Up Like Greece? The Risks of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Dean Baker | Posted 04.11.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

For years people have been running around Washington yelling that the United States was at risk of becoming Greece. There may actually be a basis for such concerns, but not for the reason usually given.

Enormous, Humongous Trade Deficits Widen, Further Exposing Failed Policy

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

In December the trade deficit in goods and services made its largest percentage jump in more than five years and the 2014 yearly total is its highest since 2012 -- which begs the question: Why is the Obama administration doubling down on the failed trade policies of its predecessors?

Let's Take Apart the Corporate Case for Fast Track Trade Authority

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.31.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman appeared before Congress Tuesday to make the corporate argument for "fast track" trade promotion authority.

Zach Carter

Republicans Defend Obama's Trade Pact While Pressing To Deregulate Banks

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Tuesday offered to help President Barack Obama pass a sweeping trade package, while pressing for measures to dereg...

No Time to Waste in Letting Public, Lawmakers Know About Fast Track

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Not everyone is aware of the consequences that a quick up-or-down vote on the 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal will bring. It will devastate not only wage earners, but their families as well.

Dana Liebelson

Key Democrat Offers Obama Hope On Fast Track Authority For Secretive Trade Deals

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the most powerful House Democrats on trade offered a ray of hope to President Barack Obama on Thursday, seeking to draw attention...

SOTU Schizophrenia: Middle-Class Jobs vs. Fast Track and TPP

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Either Obama will be the president whose initiatives to address income inequality and wage stagnation helped rebuild America's middle class, or he will prioritize a trade agenda that will offshore more good-paying jobs, destroy what is left of the American manufacturing sector, increase income inequality and speed the demise of America's middle class.

War and Trade, Go Together Like a Horse and Buggy

John Weeks | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
John Weeks

International trade aggravates the three great crises -- of finance, development and the environment -- and to those three it adds another, of democracy. It is far from a benign process fostering harmony and welfare among nations.