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Ron Kirk

Fast Tracking Democracy to Hell

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.20.2015 | 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.

Zach Carter

Trade Policy Could Clarify Copyright Rules | Zach Carter | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Tuesday received cautious praise from open Internet advocates, after it released an outline for key proposal...

TPP: What You Don't Know Will Hurt You (Video)

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Lori Wallach


Four Cabinet members willing to help Democratic super PACs

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Michael Beckel, iWatch NewsAt least four Cabinet members appear ready and willing to answer President Barack Obama's call to help fill the coffers ...

The Obama Jobs Plan: Offshore the Jobs Americans Don't Want?

Tim Robertson | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics
Tim Robertson

US Trade Representative Ron Kirk doesn't believe many middle-class manufacturing jobs will be a part of America's future. Like many free trade proponents, he views the loss of these jobs as inevitable.

Dave Jamieson

WATCH: Violence, Potential Job Losses Hang Over Colombia Free Trade Agreement | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.19.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- As U.S. lawmakers inch closer to enacting a long-stalled free trade agreement with Colombia, the deal's proponents have cited the safer ...

Jennifer Bendery

White House Threatens To Hold Up Trade Pacts | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is drawing a line in the sand with Republicans over pending trade deals, one of few areas with the potential for ...

Obama Reportedly Considering Google CEO For Commerce Secretary

Businessweek | Hans Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

March 10 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama may look to the business community for his next secretary of Commerce with former Pfizer Inc. Chief Exe...

"Free Trade": The Capitulation Continues, Middle Class Weeps

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

"Free trade" is right up there on the list of very bad policies -- at least if you believe in a middle class. But the administration is amping up its efforts to get three "free trade" deals through Congress.

Love Story 2010: An Even Sadder Tale About China Trade

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo Hindery, Jr.

What do you do if you have both trillions of dollars of foreign reserves and a 'blue water navy'? Well, of course you use them -- and if you're China, you use them each aggressively.

Does the U.S. Trade Rep. Secretly Love Higher Tariffs?

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lori Wallach

For a guy who loves "free trade" and is supposed to represent U.S. workers and businesses, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk seems way too comfy with tariffs being slapped on American exports.

An Internationalism Republicans and Democrats Can Agree On

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Believe it or not, there actually are Democrats and Republicans -- lots of them -- committed to robust international engagement, smart foreign aid, and coherent and sensible U.S. international public diplomacy.

U.S. Files Historic Labor Complaint Against Guatemala

Akito Yoshikane | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Akito Yoshikane

The United States filed a complaint against Guatemala for failure to enforce labor agreements outlined in a free trade deal with Central American countries, making it the first time the U.S. has brought a case against a trade partner.

Arthur Delaney

Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Rep, Calls Chamber Of Commerce 'Part Of The Problem' For Opposing Reform | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk criticized the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in a speech at the National Press Club on Tuesday, calling the lobbying beh...

How Deep Is D.C. Corruption? So Deep That When Obama Tries to Clean It Up, Lobbyists Publicly Spaz

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Some might say that hey, it's not a big deal for lobbyists to serve on advisory panels, because those panels are only "advisory." But that label is deliberately deceptive.

No Evidence Found that Colombia Suddenly FTA-Worthy

Fred Redmond | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fred Redmond

"Free trade should be premised on fundamental respect for human rights, especially the rights of the workers producing the goods to be traded. In Colombia, workers cannot exercise their right without fear of being threatened or killed."

Obama's Panama Opportunity

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

President Barack Obama will soon be making his first trip to Latin America to attend the Summit of the Americas. This visit is an important opportunit...

U.S. To Toughen Its Trade Stance, Emphasize Social Issues

Washington Post | Anthony Faiola | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Obama administration is aggressively reworking U.S. trade policy to more strongly emphasize domestic and social issues, from the displacement of A...

President Obama Sounds Like a Free Trader, So Why Are His Actions Contradicting His Words?

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Shapiro

Listening to President Barack Obama's speech Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress, I did a double take. "The only way to fully restore Amer...

Ron Kirk Selected to Deliver on Obama's Campaign Pledge to Reform U.S. Trade Policies

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Whether Ron Kirk is a good choice for trade representative will be determined by his ability to deliver on creating a new trade and globalization policy that benefits more Americans.

Will Barack Obama Commit Industrial Policy?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Obama may soon find that he is committing a big sin against one of the major premises of the reigning ideology, and will create a head-on collision with one of the cherished dogmas of market fundamentalism -- "free trade."

Mr. Obama Disagrees

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

Obama's choice of Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration is dreadful. His explanation is even worse. He shrinks Warren's statements about gay people down to a "disagreement," as if we're talking about ethanol subsidies.