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Dana Liebelson

Elizabeth Warren: I Haven't Spoken With Obama About His Secretive Trade Deal | Dana Liebelson | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) hasn't spoken with President Barack Obama about his secretive Pacific Rim trade agreement despite the pa...

Dana Liebelson

Elizabeth Warren Wants Hillary Clinton To 'Weigh In On Trade' | Dana Liebelson | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the fight over a massive international trade agreement heats up on Capitol Hill, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said on Tuesday that...

Let the Public Read the Completed Parts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.19.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

Basic facts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are under public dispute. Fast track must not be approved until this is cleared up. We the People deserve to know what is being voted on with fast track.

The Middle Class Needs Help -- Not a Fast Track to Trade Deals

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

They say timing is everything in life. Well, if that's true, the timing of this legislation to approve fast-track trade authority could not be worse for middle-class families.

Why Fast Track Is a Dangerous Gift to Corporate Lobbies

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

President Obama and the Republican Senators know what they are doing. They are handing gifts to the business lobbies out of sight of the American people, and attacking the opponents of fast track as anti-trade or ignorant, when in fact the opponents are merely pro-public interest. If the President and the Republicans believe these draft agreements are so good, and therefore merit fast track, let them make the agreements public, so that the public could say a resounding NO to ISDS and other threats to the common interest hidden within the draft agreements.

The Incredible Arrogance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Crowd

Dean Baker | Posted 05.18.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

There are few policies that show the split between elite opinion and everyone else as clearly as trade policy. On trade we see a remarkable convergence of the leadership of both parties against their base, with the elites firmly behind the leadership against what they view as the ignorance of the masses.

Congress Has A Lot To Tackle Before Another Holiday Break

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) - With just five days left before a holiday break, the U.S. Congress on Monday was preparing to deal with urgent decisi...

Why We Need to Defeat the Trade Bills

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

This is not our parents' trade bill. It is not about providing fair trade -- which we all support. Fast track is about pushing through the TPP, TTIP and future trade agreements that would massively increase the power of big corporations and affect the daily lives of Americans. The impacts go beyond job loss -- as serious as that is.

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Details Obama's Broken Trade Promises | Zach Carter | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) issued a report Monday morning detailing decades of failed trade enforcement by American presidents incl...

Samantha Lachman

McConnell Praises Obama's TPP Negotiations | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that Congress' upper chamber would give President Barack Obama expedited authority to negot...

Jason Linkins

The Trade Deal That Is Tearing Democrats Apart | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics

So that happened. This week we'll take a look at a trade deal that's so contentious, President Barack Obama is finding himself at odds with congressio...

Friday Talking Points -- Is That Your Final Answer, Jeb?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.15.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Jeb Bush, in case you haven't heard, spent the entire week coming up with a believable answer to one question After watching Bush twist in the wind this week, we can't help but wonder if the 2016 Republican nomination race is going to closely resemble the 2008 Democratic nomination fight.

Far From a 'Progressive' Trade Deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Harm our Environment

Ilana Solomon | Posted 05.15.2016 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The TPP would expand this harmful system of corporate privilege, offering broad new rights to thousands of corporations, including major polluters, when we should be reigning in the power of the fossil fuel industry to combat the climate crisis.

Delaying TPA Threatens Rural Economy

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

Today, our farmers, ranchers and rural communities are more prosperous and successful thanks to strong trade agreements.

Jesse Rifkin

Secret Trade Deal Serves Up Toxic Food, Advocates Charge | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of lawmakers and safety advocates threw food into the fight over fast-tracking a giant Pacific trade bill Thursday, demanding th...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Boehner Says House Will Need Dems To Help Pass Fast-Track Trade Authority | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Senate prepares to move forward with legislation that would give President Barack Obama fast-track authority to funnel trade deal...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Passes Trade Protections, Starts Battle Over Fast-Track | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate passed a pair of trade protection measures Thursday, and voted shortly afterward to start debate on the fast-track bill that ...

Nancy Pelosi Says She's Concerned About Fast-Track Bill's Time Frame

Reuters | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics

(Adds quote and details) WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday ...

Defend Workers and the Environment Before Voting Fast Track

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

The president is basically saying to the American workers to trust him and the corporate lobbies that are swarming all over the negotiations. Yet this calls to mind the old adage, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."

Laura Barron-Lopez

Forget The Senate: Obama's Real Problem On Trade Is In The House | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The focus of attention over the course of the trade debate has been the increasingly caustic battle between Democrats in the Senate and ...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Cuts Deal To Pass Obama's Secretive Trade Bills | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders reached a deal Wednesday to push ahead with votes on President Barack Obama's trade deals. The agreement came after De...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Boehner Claims Optimism On Trade Legislation Despite Defeat In Senate | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One day after Senate Democrats dealt a blow to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda in the upper chamber, House Speaker John Boehner ...

Orrin Hatch Refers To Asia As ‘The Orient'

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) called Asia “the Orient” while speaking on the Senate floor late Tuesday -- an outdated term considered of...

Michael McAuliff

McConnell May Try Again Soon On Obama's Trade Deals | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may try again this week to advance President Barack Obama's ambitious trade agenda, his s...

WeChatting Toward the End of Climate Change

Jake Levine | Posted 05.12.2016 | Green
Jake Levine

For me at least, WeChat became a central feature of the trade mission. My Chinese contacts immediately found me. They shared their "moments," personal and professional.