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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.

Why Our Trade Deal Disasters March On

Greg Autry | Posted 06.14.2015 | Business
Greg Autry

America at a trade meeting is like some backwoods buyer walking onto a used car lot full of smarmy salesmen with his checkbook out while loudly shouting, "I'm not leaving here without a car!"

Trade Agreement Package Fails the House

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

I was proud to have worked closely with labor, consumer, senior, environmental and faith-based constituencies in working to reject this deal. We need fair trade agreements that benefit workers here and around the world, protect our planet, and promote access to affordable medicines and safe food. The ongoing TPP negotiation does not meet those tests.

Republican Says Unions' 'Crazy' Claims Would Make A Nazi Proud

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Politicians can't seem to resist comparing their opponents to Nazis, and it usually doesn't go well for them. But Rep. David Schweike...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Opinions On Trade Don't Divide Along The Usual Party Lines

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

Americans' sometimes conflicting views on foreign trade show remarkably little partisan polarization. Millennials say they have it hard but are optimi...

Both Parties Are Owned by Wall Street

Jon Wisman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Jon Wisman

The result of the political system being hijacked by the economic elite has been near unanimous support for pro-wealthy, pro-business policies, like TPP. As the rich use these policies to become richer and more politically powerful, our democracy is being replaced by plutocracy.

Promoting High-Tech Jobs through Free Trade

Rich Taylor | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Rich Taylor

TPP, a free-trade and regional investment treaty being negotiated with 11 countries throughout the Asia Pacific region, would improve old trade agreements and cement new ones.

Zach Carter

Vietnamese Labor Leaders Urge Congress To Reject Obama's Trade Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of Vietnamese labor leaders sent a letter to Congress on Thursday saying a major pending trade bill will destroy efforts to impr...

The Shoddy Track Record Of The TPP's ISDS Provision

Amy Kapczynski | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Amy Kapczynski

A key aspect of the TPP will be the provision of "investor-state dispute settlement" (ISDS). The name sounds innocuous, but its content puts at risk core elements of the American legal system -- America's commitment to open courts and equal treatment.

Complete Doha Round and Free 160 Million People From Poverty

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

With one simple policy - more free trade - we could make the world $500 trillion better off and lift 160 million people out of extreme poverty. If there is one question we have to ask ourselves, it is: why don't we?

New EIA Report Details Trade Deal Failure to Support the Environment

Ilana Solomon | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
Ilana Solomon

As EIA's report demonstrates, however, simply including environmental obligations in trade pacts provides no guarantee that environmental protections will improve in reality.

10 Reasons The TPP Is Not A 'Progressive' Trade Agreement

Ralph Nader | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Ralph Nader

History shows the very opposite of progress when it comes to these democratic sovereignty-shredding and job-exporting corporate-driven trade treaties -- unless progress is referring to fulfilling the deepest wishes of runaway global corporations.

Obama's Fast Track Attack on Women

Martha Burk | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

The President is asking for "fast track" authority to let the White House be the sole negotiator on the Trans Pacific Partnership. The so-called partnership is an insult to all U.S. workers, with many provisions that will hurt women the most.

Doctors Want a Second Opinion on TPP

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

By voting against the Trans Pacific Partnership, Congress has an opportunity to stand with thousands of doctors and public health experts, and remind America and the world that we should not be forced into false choices between staying healthy and facilitating commerce.

Zach Carter

Obama's Trade Agenda Rewards U.S. Companies That Profit From Slavery

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's effort to include Malaysia in a major pending trade pact has baffled human rights advocates, who see it as a re...

Call These People, and Make Them Listen

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

According to public reports, the 18 Democratic Members of Congress listed below are leaning in favor of voting for "Fast Track," legislation that would prevent Congress from debating or amending whatever the Executive Branch calls a "trade bill."

Trade Enforcement Failure

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

President after president has promised that the U.S. will compel foreign nations to meet labor standards established in free-trade agreements. They haven't. They probably can't. And American workers and politicians should stop buying it. The U.S. can sign trade agreements with countries after they stop murdering trade unionists and countenancing child labor.

Jason Linkins

Why FIFA Can't Get Away With Flopping In Its Latest Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics

So that happened. On this week's podcast, we discuss how and why FIFA officials were arrested on an array of corruption charges, how crowded the 2016 ...

Zach Carter

Warren Pushes White House To Keep Slavery Ban In Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

BOSTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday decried efforts by the Obama administration to undermine an anti-slavery measure that the Senate...

Zach Carter

Progressive Groups Call On Obama Trade Official To Disclose Communications With Wall Street Banks

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of progressive organizations sent a letter to President Barack Obama's top trade negotiator on Thursday, asking him to discl...