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Jesse Rifkin

Secret Trade Deal Serves Up Toxic Food, Advocates Charge

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 05.14.2015 | 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 05.14.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 05.17.2015 | 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.

President Obama Don't Fail Us Historically...

Wade Norris | Posted 05.10.2015 | Denver
Wade Norris

The TPP, if he pushes it through, against the wishes of many in his own party, it will be a terrible legacy for us in terms of jobs, wages, and most importantly the environment.

Slowing the Fast Track Down

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's a big political fight happening in Washington, but for once it does not break down easily along partisan lines. There are free-traders among both the Democrats and the Republicans, and opposition exists on both sides. But the main skirmish in this fight is currently happening between President Obama and some of his fellow Democrats.

The March Trade Deficit and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Dean Baker | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

The jump in the March trade deficit, coupled with the weak job numbers for the last two months, should highlight the importance of including rules on currency in trade agreements. Such rules could ensure that the dollar does not remain over-valued and prevent the economy from reaching full employment.

Stupid Trade Gets Dangerous: TPP Threatens US Military Supply Chain

Greg Autry | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Greg Autry

The White House claims that Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership would help counter China's growing economic and military threat. Many Republicans, including nominal pro-defense patriots, are curiously supportive of the President in this case. Ironically bipartisan trade policy created our China problem in the first place.

Senators: Vote NO on Fast Track!

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

Senators should vote this Tuesday to stop the "Fast-Track" bill/Trade Promotion Authority Act (TPA), which would lock in the president's power to negotiate trade deals in secret, consulting with privileged corporate advisors but without input from the public, or Congress.

The New World of Trade Is All About Values and Consumer Risk

Pascal Lamy | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Pascal Lamy

BRUSSELS -- A discrepancy exists between the benefits of globalization on the one side and the legitimate values shared by diverse communities on the other. The benefits of globalization go with magnitude, with size. The larger, the better because of the economies of scale. Big is beautiful. Identity, legitimacy and politics go with proximity, the small and diseconomies of scale. Small is beautiful.

An Open Letter to Progressives: TPP Is Not Yet 'The Most Progressive Trade Agreement in History'

Rep. Sandy Levin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Rep. Sandy Levin

I have deep concern -- and some dismay -- when the president says that "we are just wrong," or we are "satisfied with the status quo," or worse, we are "making this stuff up" when we express concerns about the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations.

Trade, Jobs, and the Politics of TPA

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Why are so many senators from trade-rich states currently on the fence or against a policy that clearly is in their states' economic interest?

Senate Fast Track Vote Tuesday -- Where Is Clinton?

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

If fast track passes, TPP's passage is inevitable. The voting environment will be similar to what happened with the "Citigroup budget" vote, when the pressure was on members to pass it with provisions that deregulated derivatives or shut down the whole government.

Obama Pushes Back Against Trade Critics

AP | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — When President Barack Obama promotes trade, he likes to say that 95 percent of the world's markets are outside the nation's b...

To Sell His Trade Agenda, the President Turns to ... Nike?

Scott Paul | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

Nike is great at making iconic commercials and catchy slogans, but it's not really great at making American manufacturing jobs.

Zach Carter

Why Obama Wants To Torpedo A Plan To Fight Human Trafficking

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The biggest threat to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda may be a plan to fight human trafficking, which threatens to reshuffle a m...

Obama to Visit Nike to Promote TPP. Wait, Nike? Really?

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Yes, Nike, a company that grew to be worth billions by outsourcing jobs to overseas sweatshops, a company that sets up P.O.-box subsidiaries in tax havens to avoid paying U.S. taxes, a company that uses threats to extort tax breaks from its "home" state. Is this really the sort of company Obama wants to use as the face of what the TPP will bring?

Trade: Not A Slam Dunk For Oregon

Rep. Peter DeFazio | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Rep. Peter DeFazio

Nationwide, many Americans who are working hard and playing by the rules are still struggling. Two decades of failed U.S. trade policy is one reason. At issue is not whether to trade, but under what rules. For workers, the environment and the health of American families, getting the rules right is essential.