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TPP: Warren Versus Zients. Warren Wins

Larry Cohen | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Even the President admits there is reason to be skeptical based on past trade agreements. This time let's read the 1,200 pages before we write a blank check based on wishful thinking.

The Senate Blockbuster Showdown on Trade the Media Missed

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

A fight is coming because past trade deals have cost jobs and wages, devastated entire regions, and accelerated corporate power and income/wealth inequality -- which it is becoming clear was the intent.

Lame White House Response to Sen. Warren's Warning About TPP Investor Privileges

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Lori Wallach

The response, which was framed as answers to "important questions" raised by Warren, recycles the litany of platitudes, half-truths and straw-man distractions that comprise the White House talking points on investor-state dispute settlement. But it failed to answer the fundamental question raised by Warren's oped: Who will benefit from the TPP?

Bernie Sanders Calls Out Media For Not Covering Obama's Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

Adding to the chorus of protest over President Barack Obama’s push for a controversial new trade pact with Asia, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sounded...

Dana Liebelson

Here's What One Member of Congress Says The Obama Administration Is Hiding About Its Trade Deals

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Democratic congressman sent a letter Tuesday that reveals how the Obama administration denied his requests to view closely held U.S. t...

Trade Crazy: The Push for Fast-Track Trade Authority

Dean Baker | Posted 04.25.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

When the political establishment wants to pass major trade agreements, we see respectable Washington types making pronouncements bearing so little relationship to reality that they would cause Sarah Palin to cringe. The Washington Post gave us one such gem last week when it took issue with those saying currency rules should be part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Occupy, It Is February, 2015. Where Are Your Children?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 04.18.2015 | New York
Jerry Ashton

I have been looking all over for you. The mainstream media long ago declared you dead or missing, and yet you seem to pop up in so many ways and plac...

Obama Begins Sales Pitch On Trade To Wary U.S. Public

Reuters | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday began a broad sales pitch to the U.S. public abou...

The Top 10 Facts about Jobs, Currency, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Scott Paul | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

Hundreds of members of Congress (from both parties!) are joining economists left and right to include an enforceable provision on currency manipulation in the TPP, but there are still some who argue that this rule isn't needed. That's why we put together this handy list of the top 10 facts you need to know about currency and the TPP. (Hint: It's about middle-class jobs).

Fighting Fast Track: Is It Really China or Us?

Larry Cohen | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

This is not what democracy looks like -- secret trade deals rammed through in record time that guarantee fat corporate profits, but likely result in net job loss and wage competition that leads to pay stagnation in the U.S. for years to come.

Zach Carter

Top Democrat Pushes Back On Expanding Obama's Trade Powers

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The biggest economic policy fight of 2015 is creating serious headaches for congressional Democrats, and particularly Sen. Ron Wyden (D-...

Taking On Currency Manipulation: Worse Late Than Never

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 04.22.2015 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

The critical reason that Congress should take a pass on this much-too-late effort to address currency manipulation is that it would likely abort our chance for a really beneficial free-trade agreement with Pacific Rim nations, which would bring us must better access to many growing markets. If there were a good time to do this, it was many years ago.

Zach Carter

Obama's Trade Deal Rewards A Brutally Anti-Gay Dictator -- And LGBT Lawmakers Are Not Pleased

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Prominent LGBT members of Congress assailed the Obama administration on Wednesday for including Brunei and Malaysia -- two nations deepl...

Dana Liebelson

Secretive Trade Deal Could Pose Problems At Home For Senate Democrat

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.) is a key Democrat whom Republicans want on their side in their quest to grant President Barack Obama the authority...

House Dem: Trade Rep Said "Non-Negotiable" Climate Provisions Are Negotiable

Lauren Windsor | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

One of the few areas of common ground with Republicans and thus one of the few opportunities remaining to burnish his legacy in the waning days of his administration, the Trans Pacific Partnership is a major legislative priority for President Obama. But it's one fraught with land mines.

How Trade Deals Boost the Top 1% and Bust the Rest

Robert Reich | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

I've seen first-hand how effective Wall Street and big corporations are at wielding influence. Global deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership will boost the profits of Wall Street and big corporations, and make the richest 1 percent even richer. But they'll bust the rest of America.

No, Negotiating a Currency Chapter in the TPP Will Not Cause a Trade War or Cost Us Jobs

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Stop the foolishness and talk to us like grownups. There will be no "trade war" if we pursue a currency chapter in the TPP. There will be a lot of arguing and negotiating about what technically constitutes currency manipulation to gain an edge in trade. It could blow up the deal, and Secretary Lew, Rep. Ryan, and others should explain to us and to members of Congress why that's a more costly outcome to American workers and businesses than continuing to live with labor demand-draining trade deficits. If they can do so, then let's have a TPP. If they can neither make a convincing case based on facts, not war-mongering and fear tactics, nor can they offer a convincing alternative for legislative actions outside of the TPP against currency manipulation, then they must either negotiate a currency chapter or accept defeat.

Dana Liebelson

Democrat Says Obama Administration Dodging Request To Read Trade Deals Without Restrictions

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Democratic congressman has accused the Obama administration of dodging his request for "unimpeded" access to two controversial trade a...

Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks: Unfair Competition or a Better Mousetrap?

Ellen Brown | Posted 04.12.2015 | Business
Ellen Brown

To truly eliminate unfair competition, the giant monopolistic multinational corporations should be broken up, since they have an obvious unfair trade advantage over small farmers and small businesses. But that outcome is liable to be long in coming.

Trade Must Not Trump Women's Human Rights

Eleanor Smeal | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Eleanor Smeal

Any deal that forces women and human rights to take a backseat to profit and trade should be a non-starter. But right now, the United States is negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement with 11 nations including Brunei, a country that recently adopted a vicious new penal code threatening the rights and lives of women, lesbians, and gay men.

Enormous, Humongous Trade Deficits Widen, Further Exposing Failed Policy

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

In December the trade deficit in goods and services made its largest percentage jump in more than five years and the 2014 yearly total is its highest since 2012 -- which begs the question: Why is the Obama administration doubling down on the failed trade policies of its predecessors?

'Free Trade' Agreements Promoted for Corporate Benefit Gut the Middle Class, Expand Wealth Inequity & Accelerate Immigration

Michele Swenson | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Michele Swenson

The Washington ruling class often speak out of both sides of their mouths. The political focus in 2015 has shifted abruptly, in word if not in deed, to the middle class.

Zach Carter

Here's The Biggest Problem With Obama's New Trade Push

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In trying to win support for a controversial new trade pact in Asia, President Barack Obama has been offering one major reason why the d...

Fast Tracking Obama's Trade Agreements

Pat Choate | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Pat Choate

Why do Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Boehner -- who won reelection on a platform of "Stop Obama" -- support weakening Senate and House legislative processes to ratify a treaty whose text was negotiated without Congressional input?

HuffPost's DC Chief Responds To Obama's Warning Not To Read The Site

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.31.2015 | Media

President Obama told House Democrats on Thursday to avoid reading The Huffington Post, ironically just before his own blog went up on the site. While ...