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Samantha Lachman

McConnell Praises Obama's TPP Negotiations | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that Congress' upper chamber would give President Barack Obama expedited authority to negot...

Obama, Please Don't Do It -- No Bad Deals With Republicans on Corporate Tax Cuts and Free Trade

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If Obama doesn't want his legacy to be a conservative Republican successor as president in 2016, he should vigorously resist this path of pro-corporate "bipartisan" consensus.

Obama's Free Trade Disagreement

The New York Times | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration’s negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade agreement, have become a test of the compatibility of ...

Cigarette Companies Use Free Trade Deals To Sell To Kids

Quartz | Tim Fernholz | Posted 09.10.2013 | Business

Quartz: Global trade negotiations in Washington this week will determine how cigarette companies will be able to market their products in developi...

Zach Carter

Obama's Push For Free Trade Pact Looks Like Corporate Giveaway, Consumer Groups Fear | Zach Carter | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After months of pressure from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the White House is following through on President Barack Obama's pledge to n...

Create a New Transatlantic Partnership That Is More Than Free Trade

Dan Hamilton | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Dan Hamilton

Free trade could translate into millions of new jobs in the U.S. and Europe and improve both earnings and competitiveness for many companies, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises.

President Obama: 'For The Americas, This Is A Moment Of Great Promise'

Reuters | Posted 06.14.2012 | Business

CARTAGENA, Colombia, April 14 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama stressed on Saturday the "great promise" for business growth in the Americas, ...

Trade Deals: Backdoor Financial Deregulation

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.20.2012 | Business
Lori Wallach

Wall Street has a new power tool to demolish financial stability policies, and it comes from a source many would not expect.

Bipartisan Fail: Politicians Ignore the People and Double Down on Corporate "Free Trade" At Their Own Peril

Curtis Ellis | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Curtis Ellis

So much for bipartisanship. Democrats and Republicans in Congress have approved the one part of President Obama's jobs agenda voters hate the most.

Get Money Out to Bring Jobs In

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

How, exactly, is this working? How is this system depriving us of what we need? It's simple -- the cash speaks, the people don't.

Obama Flip-Flops Off Trade Cliff

Lori Wallach | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics
Lori Wallach

At this point, that Obama did a total flip-flop on very specific, written, repeated campaign promises -- in this instance to replace the old damaging trade model starting with fixing these three deals -- is not news.

The Last Thing American Workers and Our Economy Needs...

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Unfortunately, the proposed free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama do nothing to address the significant flaws in the free trade model that prioritize the rights of multinational companies over the rights of workers and the American economy.

Trade Pacts Obama Is Flacking in Jobs Plan Would Increase Trade Deficit Say Government Studies

Lori Wallach | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Whatever one thinks about the idea of "free trade," the federal government's own studies predict that FTAs with Korea, Colombia and Panama would increase the U.S. trade deficit.

Free Trade is Making America the New Portugal

Ian Fletcher | Posted 11.01.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

America doesn't need to cut itself off from the world entirely, but it does need to get wise to the fact that the rest of the world views trade (correctly) as an arena of national rivalry, and start playing the game.

Jennifer Bendery

GOP To Block Key Cabinet Official Over Free Trade Deals | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama’s nominee for Commerce Secretary came to Capitol Hill Tuesday for his first Senate nominations hearing—and be...

Do Ideas Matter in Economic Policy, or Just Special Interests?

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Without economics, vested interests can't tell whether free trade benefits them or not, just as a company can't know whether or not it is profitable without resort to accounting principles.

The Social Snobbery of Free Trade

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

It is high time people stopped forming their opinions about free trade based on what they think people will think of them at cocktail parties.

The Korea Trade Deal Is Lose-Lose

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lori Wallach

The bottom line for the U.S.-South Korea FTA is that some large U.S., Korean and Chinese multinational firms could gain at the expense of the majority of people in both countries.

Colombia's Anti-Union Violence Rules out Free Trade Agreement

Ross Eisenbrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ross Eisenbrey

Obama is currently being pressed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and corporate interests to advance a free trade agreement with Colombia that he campaigned against when he ran for president.


Ross Eisenbrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ross Eisenbrey

I work for a progressive think tank, so I'm no anti-intellectual. And despite spending my first 26 years in Iowa, Ohio, and Michigan, my last 30 have...

The Mystique of "Free-Market Guy" Obama

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

Liberal activists need to be smart enough to see Obama for the status quo politician he is -- and to act accordingly.

Bush Open To Stimulus Package If Dems Drop Opposition To Colombia Free-Trade Deal

New York Times | JACKIE CALMES | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The struggling auto industry was thrust into the middle of a political standoff between the White House and Democrats on Monday as Presi...

Sam Stein

McCain: Obama Will Take Away Your Crocs | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For weeks, John McCain has been fighting off the notion that his presidency would be a third Bush term, even using a prime time address -- on the nigh...

Is the GOP Really the Party of Free Trade?

William Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bernstein

Obama is highly intelligent, highly trained -- and he knows full well that the nation as a whole benefits from free trade, even if substantial minorities are harmed by it.

The Power of Positive Polling

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Chuck Todd said he was trying to "wean himself" off the daily national tracking polls because "a couple of them are very erratic sometimes" -- but still, these are the polls that show up every day across every platform in the media.