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EC's Transparency Spin Falls Flat as TTIP Made Even More Secretive

Mark Dearn | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
Mark Dearn

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the biggest trade deal ever negotiated. Yet all British MPs know about it is what little the European Commission (EC) decides to tell them -- and that's about to become a lot less.

Looking For The Safest, Healthiest Pet Food? Good Luck With That.

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

Eight years ago, thousands of dogs and cats died after being poisoned by tainted food. The world's biggest pet food companies pulled more than 100 di...

Whose Sovereignty? Gabriel Resources v. Romania

Adam Cernea Clark | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Adam Cernea Clark

Two weeks ago, a little-known Canadian gold mining company that has developed or operated exactly zero mines over 17 years announced to its investors that it had initiated international arbitration proceedings against the government of Romania for failing to permit what would be the largest open-pit gold and silver mine in Europe.

When the Real World Confronts Trade Theories, the Real World Wins

Dave Johnson | Posted 08.05.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

TPP covers a whole lot more than what we would think of as "trade." Regardless, let's look here at the idea that expanding trade is always good.

Donald Trump: Can't Make It in America

Scott Paul | Posted 08.05.2015 | Entertainment
Scott Paul

Maybe, on second thought, Donald Trump isn't a gross hypocrite for buying all of that Trump stuff from China; just grossly cynical, and not a candidate who will lead by example. Still, it's not a good look, and it's one of the million reasons he doesn't look very presidential.

Obama Political Staff Overruled Human Rights Experts On Slavery Report

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top diplomats at the State Department repeatedly overruled human rights experts in the crafting of a recent report on human trafficking...

Obama Shrugs Off Global Slavery To Protect Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration outraged human rights advocates on Monday by removing Malaysia from its list of the world's worst human traffi...

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.

Top Three Reasons NBC Fired Donald Trump

Grant Stern | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Grant Stern

BC fired Donald Trump today. Last week Trump's Miss Universe pageant was dropped by Univision. Both networks are reacting to racist remarks by the Republican Primary contender, who is currently running second in the New Hampshire polls, ahead of Marco Rubio and only slightly trailing "Jeb!" Bush.

The Writing Was on the Wall, We Had to Pass TAA

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge

Let me be clear: I oppose "fast-track" legislation! Congress is empowered by the U.S. Constitution to review trade deals. I do not support ceding our authority to anyone.

The Fight for Fair Trade: How Far We've Come, How Much Further We Will Go

Ilana Solomon | Posted 06.25.2015 | Green
Ilana Solomon

We must continue to build a movement so powerful that it is impossible for governments to allow trade rules to interfere with climate, environmental, and other public interest policies.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Dem Senator: Obama Has Been Pushing Foreign Policy Through Trade All Wrong

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hours after it became clear that President Barack Obama's trade agenda would make it through Congress, a top Democratic voice on foreign...

TPP Is Not the Answer

Chantal Thomas | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Chantal Thomas

The most salient "add-on" feature of the TPP is its investor-state dispute settlement mechanism, which gives investors private rights of action against governments outside the court system. The problem is not so much that it violates rule of law and sovereignty, but that it shrinks the actual and potential role of the public.

Zach Carter

Senate Grants Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority After Contentious Battle

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Zach Carter

Here Are The Trade Fight's Biggest Winners And Losers

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Zach Carter

Senate Gives Obama Huge Win On Trade

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Trade and Sovereignty

David Morris | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
David Morris

If the TPP's enforcement mechanisms were as toothless as those of labor side agreements or the ILO Declaration there would be no need for fast track. If the labor side agreements or the ILO Declaration had enforcement mechanisms as vigorous as those of the TPP I daresay the vote on fast track would be lopsidedly against.

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.

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.

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...

A New Era for Trade Diplomacy -- With a Climate Protection Twist

Carl Pope | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

That is one of the most important political events of the past several years. Investor oriented globalization faces by far its most serious challenge -- now its up to those of us who have been left out of trade diplomacy to come forward with better ideas.

Rich People's Rules and the TPP

Dean Baker | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

A victory by the masses, or "everyday people," over big money and big media is always grounds for celebration. But it is important to remember the game is far from over. This is one of those bills, like the TARP, where we are playing by rich people's rules.

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 ...

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.