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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.

TPP: Warren Versus Zients. Warren Wins

Larry Cohen | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Even the President admits there is reason to be skeptical based on past trade agreements. This time let's read the 1,200 pages before we write a blank check based on wishful thinking.

The Senate Blockbuster Showdown on Trade the Media Missed

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

A fight is coming because past trade deals have cost jobs and wages, devastated entire regions, and accelerated corporate power and income/wealth inequality -- which it is becoming clear was the intent.

Europe's Woes and the World's Poor

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 04.29.2015 | World
Marcelo Giugale

What does the sudden appreciation of the Swiss franc mean for the Eurozone? Will Russia's financial distress spill over to its neighbors? How those questions are answered will affect some of the world's richest countries -- the likes of France, Germany, and Italy. Usually ignored, it will also affect some of the poorest.

Dana Liebelson

Here's What One Member of Congress Says The Obama Administration Is Hiding About Its Trade Deals

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Democratic congressman sent a letter Tuesday that reveals how the Obama administration denied his requests to view closely held U.S. t...

Are Mega-Trade Agreements a Threat to Brazil?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 04.28.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Brazil might well review its prevailing trade negotiation strategy where efforts have focused on the multilateral track. Bilateral trade agendas with both U.S. and EU may become a way to mitigate the negative potential impacts of TTIP and TTP.

Internet Wins, Losses and Threats in the Year Ahead

Edward J. Black | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

While there are some reasons for optimism, a looming renewed threat comes from those who failed to get SOPA legislation passed three years ago.

Obama Begins Sales Pitch On Trade To Wary U.S. Public

Reuters | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday began a broad sales pitch to the U.S. public abou...

Brazil-US Relations: Common Ideas, Little Dialogue

Monica de Bolle | Posted 04.22.2015 | World
Monica de Bolle

Obama's proposals towards "middle-class economics" and the recently released Economic Report of the President for 2015 highlight just how close the two countries are in their thinking about these issues and on how to make economic policies work more equitably for everyone. And yet, rather than coming together, the distance between the two countries has widened.

Dana Liebelson

Secretive Trade Deal Could Pose Problems At Home For Senate Democrat

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.) is a key Democrat whom Republicans want on their side in their quest to grant President Barack Obama the authority...

Valentine's Day: 20 Stories on Love, Chocolate, Roses, Secrets, Bromance, Breakups and Diamonds

Democracy Now! | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Democracy Now!

For Valentine's Day, we dug through the Democracy Now! archives to bring you these 20 stories. 1. Love Has No Color Just two years ago, a group of...

Dana Liebelson

Democrat Says Obama Administration Dodging Request To Read Trade Deals Without Restrictions

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Democratic congressman has accused the Obama administration of dodging his request for "unimpeded" access to two controversial trade a...

The Need to Address Currency Manipulation in TPP, and Why U.S. Monetary Policy Is Not at Risk

Rep. Sandy Levin | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Rep. Sandy Levin

The IMF Guidelines demonstrate that the United States is not manipulating its currency and would not be at risk of losing a dispute. The far greater risk is that more middle class jobs will be lost in the United States as a result of foreign governments' currency manipulation. We need strong and enforceable disciplines in TPP to help prevent that from happening.

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Bad for Workers, and for Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Over the past few months, protests have erupted in the halls of the U.S. Capital, and in the streets outside, to thwart the passing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)--a boon to corporate interests, the protesters argue, and an anathema to U.S workers.

Fast Tracking Obama's Trade Agreements

Pat Choate | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Pat Choate

Why do Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Boehner -- who won reelection on a platform of "Stop Obama" -- support weakening Senate and House legislative processes to ratify a treaty whose text was negotiated without Congressional input?

Jason Linkins

So, That Happened: The Podcast Barack Obama Does Not Want You To Hear

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics

So, that happened: This week, we learned that President Barack Obama is really upset with our coverage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. So...

Let's Take Apart the Corporate Case for Fast Track Trade Authority

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.31.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman appeared before Congress Tuesday to make the corporate argument for "fast track" trade promotion authority.

Trade Deals Would Open New Channels for Small Business Growth

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

Passing new trade agreements would be critical to our smaller exporters, which don't have offshore affiliates to help them overcome trade barriers and gain market access. Trade promotion opens doors for small businesses that would otherwise remain closed.

No Time to Waste in Letting Public, Lawmakers Know About Fast Track

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Not everyone is aware of the consequences that a quick up-or-down vote on the 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal will bring. It will devastate not only wage earners, but their families as well.

Beyond the Rum and Cigars

John M. Eger | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
John M. Eger

On a trip to Cuba recently, it was clear to me that change is in the air. It wasn't just that President Obama and Raúl Castro had agreed to see if relations could be normalized, nor was it an admission that communism had failed. Rather, it seems to be an understanding that some form of capitalism is sorely needed to breathe life into the Cuban economy.