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Laura Barron-Lopez

AFL-CIO Tells 2016 Presidential Candidates There Is ‘No Place To Hide' On Wages, Fast-Track

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation’s largest labor union drew a line in the sand Tuesday for those vying to become the next president of the United States, co...

Zach Carter

Here's Why Democrats Don't Believe Obama's Trade Promises

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Democratic Party feud over President Barack Obama's new trade deal intensifies, American labor unions are fighting another battle...

Latest Trade Push Is A War On Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

President Obama recently downplayed the impact of unfair trade on the U.S. workforce, arguing that many manufacturing jobs are low-paying. But I disagree. This nation's manufacturing base provides a pathway to prosperity for many Americans -- and this administration cannot shut the door on their future.

Zach Carter

Obama Fires Back At Elizabeth Warren And Trade Critics, Escalating Democratic Feud

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama pushed back against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Democratic critics of his trade agenda on Friday, accusin...

Dana Liebelson

U.S. Cities Fight Back Against Washington's Secretive Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the trade debate heats up in Washington, city councils are fighting back against controversial legislation that would grant the presi...

Why Are Conservatives Willing to Surrender American Sovereignty?

Martin Lobel | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Martin Lobel

Why are the Tea Party folks and other conservatives like Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan, who are usually so anxious to protect our citizens from governmental abuse, supporting putting trade agreements on a fast track?

Northern Spring, Southern Chills: Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean

Alejandro Werner | Posted 04.21.2015 | Business
Alejandro Werner

Economic growth dynamics vary across the region, broadly along North-South lines. While spring may be in the air for Mexico, Central America, and parts of the Caribbean, the economic climate remains decidedly chilly in much of South America. What is behind these divergent prospects, and how can a sunnier outlook be restored to the entire region?

A Quick Way to Decide If You Are for Fast Track

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

We don't yet know what is in the TPP, because it is still secret and will remain so until shortly before the fast-track process requires Congress to vote. The president says to trust him, telling us that it will be great and "progressive" and create lots of jobs and expand the economy. Great. But the history on our trade deals -- especially those passed using fast track -- has been very bad. NAFTA was sold as creating a lot of jobs and growing the economy, but NAFTA destroyed jobs and expanded the trade deficit. China's entry into the World Trade Organization was sold as creating a lot of jobs and growing the economy, but it turned out to be absolutely devastating for America's working people, middle class and entire manufacturing ecosystem, and the trade deficit with China is now enormous. As a result of these agreements, entire regions of the country look like wastelands. Seriously, go look at Detroit.

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 04.29.2015 | 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 05.23.2015 | 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 05.13.2015 | 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 05.12.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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 05.06.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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.