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Don't Look Now, But Congress Is Actually Doing Its Job

AP | By ERICA WERNER | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suddenly, bipartisanship has broken out on Capitol Hill. On Iran, Medicare, education and trade, Republicans and De...

Friday Talking Points -- Chasing The Scooby Van

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Strange but true, the "Scooby van" is now part of our political lexicon. Hillary Clinton herself is apparently to blame for this one, as this was the playful name she came up with for the van she used to get from New York to Iowa this week.

Zach Carter

Why Hillary Clinton Left Obama To Fend For Himself On Trade

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's trade agenda took a beating on Friday, as House Democrats threw cold water on his bid to fast-track the biggest...

The Follies of Fast Track

Scott Paul | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

Many of our manufacturers are already facing unfair trade practices that are costing jobs. And so far there is nothing in the fast-track bill or TPP to give them any hope that the scenario would change.

Dana Liebelson

Leaked Email Reveals How Hollywood Opposed 'Fair Use' Protections In Secretive Trade Agreement

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hollywood pushed the Obama administration last year not to incorporate "fair use" protections in a massive international trade deal unde...

Obama Says New Trade Deal With Asia Will Help U.S. Workers

Reuters | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday a new trade agreement with Asia that is being negotiated would benefit n...

Reduce Trade Roadblocks to Improve Food Security

Lindsay Coates | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Lindsay Coates

Conventional wisdom usually does not link trade to programs and policies that address poverty. We need to unpack this conventional wisdom and explore how improving key aspects of trade link to development, using as an example how U.S.-Africa trade policies can unlock Africa's economic potential in agriculture.

As Fast Track/TPP Becomes New Third Rail, Where Is Clinton?

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

With progressive voice Sen. Elizabeth Warren helping lead the fast track/TPP opposition, and possible candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley joining in opposition, it's time for Hillary Clinton to tell people where she stands on fast track and TPP. Will she join with working people and the 99 percent, or will she bend to the D.C./Wall Street crowd?

Today's Trade Agreements Are Backwards, But We Can Do Better

Peter Schurman | Posted 03.27.2015 | World
Peter Schurman

The legitimate force that drives trade agreements is companies' need for predictability and stability in order to invest beyond the borders of their home country. Everyone can support that. But where trade agreements go wrong is in secret negotiations, with virtually zero democratic input or accountability

Now We Know Why Huge TPP Trade Deal Is Kept Secret From the Public

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

A key section of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been leaked to the public. The New York Times has a major story on the contents of the leaked chapter, and it's as bad as many of us feared. Now we know why the corporations and the Obama administration want the TPP kept secret from the public until it's too late to stop it.

Trade Is a Two-Way Street

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 03.26.2015 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Perhaps the most ironic aspect of this foreign "invasion" is that these foreign-owned U.S. companies export more than $300 billion in goods every year accounting for more than 20 percent of all U.S. exports.

Small Businesses Must Export East to Maintain US Leadership

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

The Trans Pacific Partnership offers a unique opportunity to change the analysis for small businesses who believe the costs of exporting outweigh its benefits, and in doing so, create greater opportunity for millions of Americans they employ. We must seize it.

Senator Charles E. Schumer Weighs in On the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement to a Constituent

Pearl Korn | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics
Pearl Korn

I wrote to my senator, Chuck Schumer (D-New York), about a critical issue and actually received a response. In my letter I had registered particular concern about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and plans to "fast track" its implementation, two of several issues on which I wanted his input.

A Pro-TPP Campaign Built on Four Pinocchios

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.12.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

A newly launched public-relations campaign in support of trade-promotion authority, aka "fast track," and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) calls itself the Progressive Coalition for American Jobs. At its foundation is a set of misleading (at best) claims that begin with a four-Pinocchio whopper.

How Our 'Free Trade' Policies Kill Jobs

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

The ongoing trade deficit has transferred trillions of dollars out of our economy. It has cost us millions of jobs, tens of thousands of factories and entire industries. As it continues, it is costing us our ability to make a living as a country -- except for our financial sector. This has made a very few people unimaginably wealthy, but it has made the rest of us, and the country, poorer.

Solidifying a Gold Standard TPP

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

The next round of TPP negotiations begin in Hawaii on Monday and it is highly probable that this meeting could be one of the last before the pact is finalized. As we reach the potential end point, effective IP protections cannot be overlooked.

How About a Real Debate on Trade?

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The Congressional Progressive Caucus has released "Principles for Trade," showing that there could be an alternative to the TPP, a global strategy designed to benefit workers, not investors, and serve the nation's interests, not the special interests of global companies and banks. The CPC seeks more trade, but on terms that will strengthen, not sabotage, working families.

TPP: Warren Versus Zients. Warren Wins

Larry Cohen | Posted 03.02.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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.

Europe's Woes and the World's Poor

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.01.2015 | World
Marcelo Giugale

What does the sudden appreciation of the Swiss franc mean for the Eurozone? Will Russia's financial distress spill over to its neighbors? How those questions are answered will affect some of the world's richest countries -- the likes of France, Germany, and Italy. Usually ignored, it will also affect some of the poorest.

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...

Are Mega-Trade Agreements a Threat to Brazil?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 02.26.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Brazil might well review its prevailing trade negotiation strategy where efforts have focused on the multilateral track. Bilateral trade agendas with both U.S. and EU may become a way to mitigate the negative potential impacts of TTIP and TTP.

Internet Wins, Losses and Threats in the Year Ahead

Edward J. Black | Posted 02.26.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

While there are some reasons for optimism, a looming renewed threat comes from those who failed to get SOPA legislation passed three years ago.

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

Reuters | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics

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

Brazil-US Relations: Common Ideas, Little Dialogue

Monica de Bolle | Posted 02.20.2015 | World
Monica de Bolle

Obama's proposals towards "middle-class economics" and the recently released Economic Report of the President for 2015 highlight just how close the two countries are in their thinking about these issues and on how to make economic policies work more equitably for everyone. And yet, rather than coming together, the distance between the two countries has widened.