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Rich People's Rules and the TPP

Dean Baker | Posted 06.15.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

A victory by the masses, or "everyday people," over big money and big media is always grounds for celebration. But it is important to remember the game is far from over. This is one of those bills, like the TARP, where we are playing by rich people's rules.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Road Ahead For Obama's Trade Agenda Remains Uncertain In House

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After his own party dealt him a stunning defeat last week, President Barack Obama may find little consolation returning to work Monday a...

Fast-Track Derails Democracy

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

The issue before us is not "free trade," which, like any policy, has its pluses and minuses. The issue is that a multilateral trade agreement should not be negotiated in secret, but in the open by our State and Commerce departments, with input from all organizations concerned.

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Explains Obama's Trade Troubles

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats dealt a blow to President Barack Obama's trade agenda on Friday, voting down a bill that would have cleared the way for ...

Lies, Damnable Lies and Trade Lies

Pat Choate | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Pat Choate

On Friday, the House of Representatives held an extensive debate on whether Congress should adopt fast track rules for ratifying the Trans Pacific Partnership. What ensued was a jumbled debate in which advocates for fast tracking the TPP entered into a world of fantasy economics and delusional politics.

Fast Track Down

Lori Wallach | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Lori Wallach

To understand what comes next, it's worth unpacking what exactly happened on Friday and how we got there.

Why Our Trade Deal Disasters March On

Greg Autry | Posted 06.14.2016 | Business
Greg Autry

America at a trade meeting is like some backwoods buyer walking onto a used car lot full of smarmy salesmen with his checkbook out while loudly shouting, "I'm not leaving here without a car!"

The TPP and the Future of the U.S. Economy

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.14.2016 | Business
Hoyt Hilsman

There is absolutely no doubt that this country faces serious issues of income inequality. But killing a trade deal when it offers at least the hope of a better future for the American economy is not the way to fix those pressing problems.

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Nearly Dead

Robert Reich | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Robert Reich

The Trans-Pacific Partnership may yet squeak through Congress but its near-death experience offers an important lesson. It's not that labor unions have regained political power or that the president is especially weak. The biggest lesson is most Americans no longer support free trade.

Surprise! Hillary Clinton's Big Campaign Speech Didn't Mention The Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics

Hillary Clinton paid lip service to just about every issue dear to progressive voters in her presidential campaign kickoff on Saturday, from paid sick...

Rebellion in the Ranks

Bill Schneider | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Bill Schneider

President Obama acknowledges that many lower-skilled workers will lose their jobs if they are forced to compete in a global marketplace. That's why trade adjustment assistance is needed. But Democrats are horrified by a policy that, whatever the benefits, would end up creating greater inequality.

Laura Barron-Lopez

House Regroups To Save Obama's Trade Agenda From Democrats

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama suffered an embarrassing defeat Friday in his push to pass his trade agenda. But now attention is turning to the ...

Trade Pacts and American Jobs

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

While the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal is being hotly debated in Congress, the fact is that this trade deal -- or any trade deal -- will have little impact on American jobs, or more specifically, on the decline in good-paying jobs for middle-class Americans.

Arthur Delaney

Democrats Just Shot The Hostage In Obama's Trade Deal Negotiations

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

Wanda Perdue of Rocky Mount, Virginia, said she signed up for a federal program that helps workers whose jobs are shipped overseas when her job was, i...

Trade Agreement Package Fails the House

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 06.12.2016 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

I was proud to have worked closely with labor, consumer, senior, environmental and faith-based constituencies in working to reject this deal. We need fair trade agreements that benefit workers here and around the world, protect our planet, and promote access to affordable medicines and safe food. The ongoing TPP negotiation does not meet those tests.

Before We Gamble on Trade

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 06.12.2016 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

It makes no sense to gamble on a deal without securing tools that will allow America to remain a world leader. This can happen only when we make the American people a priority and take the necessary steps to enhance our workforce and transportation system, which is the greatest investment we can make in our future.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Obama Heads To Capitol Hill To Save His Trade Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama ventured to Capitol Hill on Friday to make a last-minute plea to House Democrats to support legislation designed ...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Opinions On Trade Don't Divide Along The Usual Party Lines

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

Americans' sometimes conflicting views on foreign trade show remarkably little partisan polarization. Millennials say they have it hard but are optimi...

Promoting High-Tech Jobs through Free Trade

Rich Taylor | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Rich Taylor

TPP, a free-trade and regional investment treaty being negotiated with 11 countries throughout the Asia Pacific region, would improve old trade agreements and cement new ones.

Setting the Record Straight on the TISA Leak

Deborah James | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Deborah James

Last week, WikiLeaks released the largest trove of secret trade documents ever: draft texts of the proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TISA).

Zach Carter

Vietnamese Labor Leaders Urge Congress To Reject Obama's Trade Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of Vietnamese labor leaders sent a letter to Congress on Thursday saying a major pending trade bill will destroy efforts to impr...

The Shoddy Track Record Of The TPP's ISDS Provision

Amy Kapczynski | Posted 06.11.2016 | Politics
Amy Kapczynski

A key aspect of the TPP will be the provision of "investor-state dispute settlement" (ISDS). The name sounds innocuous, but its content puts at risk core elements of the American legal system -- America's commitment to open courts and equal treatment.

Igor Bobic

Bernie Sanders Calls Hillary Clinton Out On Trade

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says it's long past time for Hillary Clinton to make clear where she stands on a pending trade deal between ...

The EU-CELAC "Partnership" Fails Coffee Test

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 06.09.2016 | World
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

The European Union hosts the EU CELAC "Partnership" Summit in Brussels on June 10th and 11th. It brings together Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers of 61 countries and the EU institutions, that is the 28 members of the EU and 33 nations from CELAC - Community of Latin American and Caribbean States-.

Daniel Marans

Unions, Seniors Groups Urge Congress Not To Cut Medicare To Fund Trade Assistance

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

An already difficult road for the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the House of Representatives got bumpier on Monday, as controversial Medicare cuts were...