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Keeping Up With the Times and the Democratic Party

Rep. Rosa DeLauro | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Rep. Rosa DeLauro

Here's the real message behind the congressional votes on fast-track authority and trade-adjustment assistance: Democrats will no longer support major trade agreements that cost American jobs and create further downward pressure on wages, especially as inequality continues to accelerate.

A Blueprint for Getting America Back on Track

James P. Hoffa | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Given the economy's size and complexity, our problems cannot be solved by tinkering around the edges. Instead, a total revamp is necessary, one that both grows the middle class while reining in the runaway excess of the business class.

Now We Build a Fair Trade Movement

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Fast track trade authority passed last week. So many of us fought so hard but The money won again -- this time. What do we do now? We take this awareness and energy into the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

6 Facts You Didn't Know About Trade And How They Affect You

Michael Møller | Posted 06.28.2015 | World
Michael Møller

Trade is not always the solution to poverty or fragile economies but it can help boost local economies, increase employment and bring people together. Like ships that get loaded and unloaded, we can look at Geneva as a global trade hub that discharges old trade policies

America's Trade Agenda: Too Important To Fail

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Joshua W. Walker

These issues, foreign and domestic, are far too important to leave unaddressed. Maintaining a U.S. trade policy that is at the heart of U.S. economic and foreign policy priorities is critical. In essence - it is too important to fail.

What Was Won in the Brutal Trade Battle

Sarah Anderson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

I tried to stay emotionally distanced from this one. It didn't work. When the White House and Republican leaders got the votes they needed in the Senate to advance "fast track" Trade Promotion Authority on Tuesday, June 23, it was crushing.

The Writing Was on the Wall, We Had to Pass TAA

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge

Let me be clear: I oppose "fast-track" legislation! Congress is empowered by the U.S. Constitution to review trade deals. I do not support ceding our authority to anyone.

Obama Sides With Republican Climate Change Deniers on Trade Deal

Jacob Devaney | Posted 06.25.2015 | Green
Jacob Devaney

If the president truly wants us to #actonclimate, then we should be calling him and our representatives every day and telling them to vote NO on TPP. If TPP is so "progressive", then why is it being kept secret?

The Fight for Fair Trade: How Far We've Come, How Much Further We Will Go

Ilana Solomon | Posted 06.25.2015 | Green
Ilana Solomon

We must continue to build a movement so powerful that it is impossible for governments to allow trade rules to interfere with climate, environmental, and other public interest policies.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Dem Senator: Obama Has Been Pushing Foreign Policy Through Trade All Wrong | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hours after it became clear that President Barack Obama's trade agenda would make it through Congress, a top Democratic voice on foreign...

TPP Is Not the Answer

Chantal Thomas | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Chantal Thomas

The most salient "add-on" feature of the TPP is its investor-state dispute settlement mechanism, which gives investors private rights of action against governments outside the court system. The problem is not so much that it violates rule of law and sovereignty, but that it shrinks the actual and potential role of the public.

Zach Carter

Senate Grants Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority After Contentious Battle | Zach Carter | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate made it official on Wednesday, granting President Barack Obama the power to streamline passage of major trade pacts with Paci...

Obama's Strange New Love of Free Trade

Kevin Price | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Kevin Price

Many people who are watching the events unfold about Obama and trade are asking, "who is this guy?" What happened to the senator from Illinois who consistently argued that free trade was often unfair trade for average Americans everywhere.

Wall Street and Big Corporations Got What They Wanted -- This Time

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Fast track is The Money directing Congress to go utterly against what vast majorities of people actively say, what movements of people are fighting for. Is this how business will be done in the 21st century? Maybe, but maybe not. We the People came close to winning this time. We will come closer and closer, then we will start winning again.

Hillary vs. Bernie on Frankenfood

Judy Frankel | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Food is a good reason for Democrats and Republicans to abscond from their "politics as usual" party loyalties and vote for Bernie Sanders, the 38-year Independent running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic primary.

Zach Carter

Senate Gives Obama Huge Win On Trade | Zach Carter | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday handed President Barack Obama the biggest legislative victory of his second term, with a dramatic vote clearing th...

On TPP, Congress's Cat Burglars Are Pulling a Fast One

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

It's hardly a surprise that Republican congressional leaders and their cadre of Democratic allies spurred on by Barack Obama are resorting to a bagful of parliamentary tricks to put the Trans-Pacific Partnership on a "take it or leave it but you can't change it" fast-track to enactment by Tuesday.

Trade and Sovereignty

David Morris | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
David Morris

If the TPP's enforcement mechanisms were as toothless as those of labor side agreements or the ILO Declaration there would be no need for fast track. If the labor side agreements or the ILO Declaration had enforcement mechanisms as vigorous as those of the TPP I daresay the vote on fast track would be lopsidedly against.

Why the TPP Is Worse Than Mystery Meat

Paul Loeb | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Paul Loeb

If TPP passes the Senate, other attempts to regulate commerce for the common good will be potentially gutted as well, from attempts at financial regulation to limits on the prices charged for drugs, to environmental rules and seemingly innocuous actions like requiring accurate labeling.

Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

TPA Pivot Is Democracy at Work

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

Obama and Congressional Republicans have few areas of agreement. Opponents of their shared trade agenda seek to make that list shorter. Anti-trade advocates should question whether they are either blinded by an idealized partisanship that can only lead to paralysis, or captured by special interests at odds with the general welfare.

Michael McAuliff

McConnell Tries 'Trust Me' Strategy To Pass Obama Trade Bills | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) moved Thursday evening to secure passage of President Barack Obama's trade agenda, employ...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Pelosi: No Path Forward On Key Trade Measure | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) provided a grim outlook on Thursday about the future of legislation funding a worker aid p...

What Is the Trans Pacific Partnership?

Judy Frankel | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

All we really need to know is that passing H.R. 1314 essentially puts the omnibus, 29-chapter Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement onto the fast track, where Congress members don't get a chance to deliberate or discuss it on the floor of the House.

Asia: On the Rocks

John Feffer | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
John Feffer

The U.S. inability to help resolve the myriad island disputes in Asia and its failure to overcome domestic resistance to the TPP suggest that a time will come quite soon when America no longer rules the waves in the Pacific (or has the hegemonic power to waive the rules).