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Trading Away Our Sovereignty

John Fullerton | Posted 05.27.2015 | Business
John Fullerton

"Free Trade" was in the news this Memorial Day weekend. President Obama is pushing hard for "fast track" approval of his Trans-Pacific Partnership ("TPP") Agreement, calling for a simple up or down vote without the possibility of amendments or floor debate.

4 New Trumps Shaking Fast Track's House Of (Trading) Cards

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Carl Pope

With these four new trump cards on the table, the odds against fast-track get better -- and almost certainly the next Presidential election will put the candidates of both parties to the test. Trade diplomacy's House of Cards looks ever shakier -- even if it doesn't topple in the next few months.

Secret Obamatrade Deal: America, the Next Detroit?

Iris Mack | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Iris Mack

Journalist and talk show host Bankole Thompson interviewed me about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (aka Obamatrade), a trade bill being fast-tracked through the U.S. Senate. To listen to our conversation, please click on the audio player here.

Zach Carter

Obama Administration Pushes Back Against Environmentalist Trade Critics

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Wednesday released a report documenting its efforts to protect the environment through trade enforcement, th...

The Middle Class Needs Help -- Not a Fast Track to Trade Deals

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

They say timing is everything in life. Well, if that's true, the timing of this legislation to approve fast-track trade authority could not be worse for middle-class families.

Why Is President Obama Having So Much Trouble Selling TPP?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

Of course, the critics are right, they are looking straight at the facts, the critics know exactly what a good trade policy would look like, and it's nothing like NAFTA or TPP.

Zach Carter

Canada Just Threw A Grenade Into Elizabeth Warren's Trade Fight With Obama

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have been locked in a public feud over whether free trade agreements can be u...

White House 2016: Is Hillary Clinton More Pro-Woman Than Her Democrat Rivals?

Heather Gautney | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

NOW chapters around the country and leagues of women voters are lit up over the possibility of a woman president. And many of them are hankering for Hillary.

President Obama Don't Fail Us Historically...

Wade Norris | Posted 05.10.2015 | Denver
Wade Norris

The TPP, if he pushes it through, against the wishes of many in his own party, it will be a terrible legacy for us in terms of jobs, wages, and most importantly the environment.

Slowing the Fast Track Down

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's a big political fight happening in Washington, but for once it does not break down easily along partisan lines. There are free-traders among both the Democrats and the Republicans, and opposition exists on both sides. But the main skirmish in this fight is currently happening between President Obama and some of his fellow Democrats.

Trade Abuse

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Despite their long history of battering the U.S. middle class with bad trade deal after bad trade deal, these lawmakers and CEOs contend workers should believe that their new proposal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), will be different.

Senate Fast Track Vote Tuesday -- Where Is Clinton?

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

If fast track passes, TPP's passage is inevitable. The voting environment will be similar to what happened with the "Citigroup budget" vote, when the pressure was on members to pass it with provisions that deregulated derivatives or shut down the whole government.

Some More Radical Ideas For Hillary

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Trade promotion authority that the White House needs for both the TPP and the TTIP is now hanging by a thread. A well-placed boot by Hillary Clinton would be the coup de grace. It would show leadership and political nerve. Some Wall Street supporters might get off her bandwagon -- and good riddance. She has plenty to spare.

Zach Carter

Obama Accused Democrats Of Lying About Trade Deal, And They Aren't Having It

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats are not happy about President Barack Obama's accusation that they are being "dishonest" about his trade agenda. Last week, ...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Boehner: Obama 'Needs To Step Up His Game'

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that President Barack Obama “needs to step up his game” to rally more Democrats behind legislati...

Gandhi's Dream #1: Replace TPP with PPP

Dr. Behzad Mohit | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Dr. Behzad Mohit

Have you heard? There is a massive "free trade" agreement being negotiated in secret without your knowledge or participation by your elected representatives.

Latest Trade Push Is A War On Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

President Obama recently downplayed the impact of unfair trade on the U.S. workforce, arguing that many manufacturing jobs are low-paying. But I disagree. This nation's manufacturing base provides a pathway to prosperity for many Americans -- and this administration cannot shut the door on their future.

President Obama: Catholics Oppose Fast Tracking the TPP

Stephen Seufert | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Stephen Seufert

In an interview on MSNBC's "Hardball", President Obama defended the Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP)-- claiming only labor and some progressives opposed it. That simply isn't the case.

Mr. President: The More You Attack Us, The More We'll Fight Back

Mike Lux | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

I shouldn't be giving advice to the President since he is on the other side of this Fast Track/TPP fight, but I will anyway: Mr. President, you are badly hurting yourself by escalating this fight with the progressive community over trade.

'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.

Would President Hillary Reverse Bill's Outsourcing Legacy?

Jane White | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Jane White

It appears that the Democrats in Name Only Who Bought into Slick Willie Clinton's promotion of NAFTA two decades ago have done an about-face--or perhaps were run out of office?

Fast Tracking Democracy to Hell

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Concealing potentially job-killing trade schemes from the American public thwarts democracy. Rushing unpopular legislation through Congress before American citizens have an opportunity to review it and tell their elected representatives how they feel about it obstructs democracy.

What Is a 'Corporatist Agenda,' and Where Can We Find One?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

TPP looks like a corporatist agenda, walks like one, quacks like one, and has the same effect on my daily life as a corporatist agenda. When you say, "It's not a corporatist agenda," you immediately put your credibility in doubt.

Seattle City Council Votes 9-0 to Oppose Fast Track

Stan Sorscher | Posted 03.31.2015 | Business
Stan Sorscher

What can we learn from this week's vote in the Seattle City Council, to oppose Fast Track trade legislation and express concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

TPP Investor Language Will Leave Taxpayers on the Hook

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Based on one TPP chapter alone, the average worker is going to get screwed. The provisions will give corporations the ability to do an end-around on U.S. laws they don't like. How is that fair? What about the rights of the American people? What about democracy?