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theSkimm's Guide to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

theSkimm | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

Lower tariffs so that it's cheaper for the 12 countries to buy each other's goods. It also sets new environmental and labor standards, and makes it easier for service industries (think: finance) to do business across borders.

Hillary's Record: Pretending to Oppose Trade Agreements

Ian Fletcher | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

I don't believe Hillary Clinton's recent announcement that she opposes the awful Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is sincere. She hasn't just done this once. She did it before, on NAFTA. She has, in fact, a long record of verbally criticizing free-trade agreements, but then supporting them when in office.

Craft Beer Stars In New White House Trade Deal Push

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics

If you like American craft beer, you will like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to the White House. The White House is pushing back on claims...

'Green News Report' - October 8, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.08.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Sen. Lindsey Graham wants federal aid for South Carolina flooding -- bu...

Ezra Klein: Hillary 'An Extraordinary Policy Mind' Undermined By Her Own 'Politically Convenient Policy Changes'

Vox | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics

In 2008, Hillary Clinton was running against an inexperienced, untested young senator named Barack Obama. Clinton was known as one of the most seriou...

The Trade Creature Walks Among Us!

Michael Winship | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Die, monster, die! Every time you think that beast called the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- TPP for short -- is finished, it comes back like a bad penny; or in this case, trillions and trillions and trillions of bad pennies.

Hillary, I Don't Believe You Oppose the TPP

Ian Fletcher | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

You think the public doesn't realize that your fingerprints are all over this thing? What do people think the Secretary of State does, for heaven's sake? Negotiate the nation's treaties, among other things. And you were the good soldier, plugging away at this agreement, for years and years before you suddenly didn't like it.

Democratic Debate Preview

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Next Tuesday, we will finally get some degree of parity in the world of televised presidential debates, as the Democrats come together for the first time to make their case to the American public.

Hillary Clinton Comes Out Against TPP

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

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Lawmakers Who Opposed Free Trade Cash In As Lobbyists For Trans-Pacific Partnership

David Sirota & Andrew Perez | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
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During both of his presidential campaigns, former U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt stuck to the theme that defined his 28 years in Congress. Free trade deals, ...

More Than A Dozen Environmental Organizations Warn Of TPP Risks

Ilana Solomon | Posted 10.07.2015 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Over the last year, the United States Trade Representative (USTR), desperate to reach a deal, has glossed over these concerns and attempted to paint the deal as progressive and environmentally friendly.

WATCH: Wall Street Reacts to TPP Agreement

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 10.06.2015 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

In a TMFS sketch, Wall Street responds to news that a deal has been made for the TPP, the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Despite Deal, Resistance to TPP Grows in All Corners

James P. Hoffa | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Protesters warned about the problems the Pacific Rim trade deal could bring to people around the world. Whether it's jobs being shipped overseas and wages being driven down in the U.S., medicine prices going through the roof, more pollution or unsafe food and products heading to our shores as a result of this bad trade deal, that wasn't enough to sway TPP negotiators.

Making Sense of the TPP: Don't Confuse Trade With Trade Deals

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I greet claims that the TPP will boost American growth and jobs with a healthy dose of skepticism. We already trade pretty freely with most of these countries, and tariffs are low enough already that taking them down further will yield marginal, non-measurable gains.

The TPP Fails To Represent Domestic US Manufacturing Interests

Kevin L. Kearns | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Kevin L. Kearns

This morning, the White House announced the clinching of a TPP trade deal. Unfortunately, the agreement negotiated by President Obama is completely inadequate to serve the interests of America's manufacturers, industrial workers, farmers, and other segments of the U.S. economy. 

Obama's Democratic Trade Critics Pin Their Hopes On The GOP Primary

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Monday announced that it had sealed the biggest trade deal in history. Sorta.  The actual text of the ...

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is a Disaster

Ian Fletcher | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

The TPP is also a profoundly anti-democratic agreement which signs away our right to govern our own economy. Despite being nominally a "trade" agreement, it contains provisions which interfere with areas well beyond the bounds of trade.

Trade Deal Faces Initial Skepticism In Congress

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

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Bernie Sanders 'Disappointed' By Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal

Reuters | Igor Bobic | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he was disappointed by the Trans-Pacific Partnership Pacific...

Officials Reached Deal On TPP

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

ATLANTA, Oct 5 (Reuters) - The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have reached a deal on the most sweeping trade liberalization pact in ...

A Framework for US-India Economic Cooperation

Nelson W. Cunningham | Posted 09.30.2015 | World
Nelson W. Cunningham

Mr. Modi's reform agenda has not yet extended to India's historically protectionist trade policies. Unlike many other developing countries, particularly in Asia, India remains largely outside the web of global and regional trade compacts.

Currency Manipulation Will Allow Our Trade Partners To Skirt The Deal

Roger Johnson | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Roger Johnson

Currency manipulation has become our trade competitors' favorite maneuver for skirting massive trade deals as soon as they sign them, and it's about to happen again. The result of currency manipulation, as it occurs after trade agreements, is that it's nearly impossible for the U.S. to get a fair shake in these deals.

Will President Obama Stand up to the Drug Thugs?

Dean Baker | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

It takes a lot of courage to defy the folks who make tens of billions a year selling drugs. We will find out soon whether President Obama has the backbone to stand up to Merck, Pfizer, and the other major drug companies in order to protect the lives of millions.

4 Environmental Questions You Should Ask Politicians Today

Maria Rodale | Posted 09.17.2015 | Green
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper Across the nation, communities are standing up for their rights to pure water, clean ...

Why I Am Running Against Ken Buck

Bob Seay | Posted 09.08.2015 | Denver
Bob Seay

On Wednesday, August 27, I announced my intention to challenge Ken Buck (R-CO) in the 2016 election. In this multi-part series, I will explain why.