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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.

Increasing Global Connectedness Through Trade and Investment

Arun M. Kumar | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Arun M. Kumar

On the heels of the President calling on Congress during the State of the Union to grant him trade promotion authority "to protect American workers, with strong new trade deals from Asia to Europe that aren't just free, but fair," it is worth noting a fascinating study released recently on global connectedness.

Dana Liebelson

Key Democrat Offers Obama Hope On Fast Track Authority For Secretive Trade Deals

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the most powerful House Democrats on trade offered a ray of hope to President Barack Obama on Thursday, seeking to draw attention...

What Obama Got Wrong in His State of the Union Remarks on Trade

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

The president briefly spoke about trade in his state of the union speech. He admitted that "past trade deals haven't always lived up to the hype," but then he called for doing more of the same.

5 Priorities For The State Of The Union

Kim Glas | Posted 03.22.2015 | Green
Kim Glas

America's infrastructure is in dire need of repair and it is past time to modernize the systems we rely on every day for energy, water, and communications both to address climate change and to create quality, family-sustaining jobs.

SOTU Schizophrenia: Middle-Class Jobs vs. Fast Track and TPP

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Either Obama will be the president whose initiatives to address income inequality and wage stagnation helped rebuild America's middle class, or he will prioritize a trade agenda that will offshore more good-paying jobs, destroy what is left of the American manufacturing sector, increase income inequality and speed the demise of America's middle class.

The President Says Manufacturing Is Back, But Is It?

Scott Paul | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

Unless the president gets trade policy right, and starts to tackle some uncomfortable truths about trading partners like China and Japan, America will be stuck with little more than a marketing campaign in place of serious manufacturing policy.

Free Trade With Cuba Now

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

With increasing global threats of terrorism and epidemics, we are increasingly in need of partners and allies on the world stage. Cuba will be a welcomed addition, as our two nations are both known for international assistance.

What You Need to Know When Obama Talks Trade

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

President Obama is likely to use the State of the Union to push for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the rigged "fast track" trade promotion authority. Here are some facts to counter the expected public relations campaign.

Naomi Klein, Climate, and Capitalism (Pt. 2): Creating a Broad Social Movement

John J. Berger | Posted 03.15.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

The key to breaking the climate and energy policy logjam in Washington, D.C., Naomi Klein contends in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, is the building of a powerful social movement. Citizens can then put leaders into office who are willing to take decisive action to protect the climate.

Our Trade Policy Is Insane

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

We're in a deep, deep hole. And there's a simple rule about holes: When you're in a hole, stop digging. Stop digging!

Idea for Tackling Inequality #27,653: Stop Subsidizing It

Dean Baker | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

Most of the discussion assumes that inequality is something that happened. By contrast, the more obvious story is that inequality is something that was done; it was the result of policies that had the effect of redistributing income upward.

Naomi Klein, Climate and Capitalism (Pt. 1)

John J. Berger | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

Because of the dominance of free-market ideology in much of the world today, Naomi Klein admits that the full set of ideas and policies she spells out to fix the climate may seem outlandish. The role of her book, however, is to show why those ideas are necessary and to make them feasible.

Growing Chorus of Diverse Voices Rejects TPP

Jacob Devaney | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Jacob Devaney

I don't think there are very many Americans who want unelected, foreign corporations to dictate what we can and can't do in our country. It is great to finally have something we can all agree on.

Fight Back Against Fast Track

Larry Cohen | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Except for corporate management and their large shareholders, the rest of us will lose big if Fast Track is adopted, making TPP a certainty.

Why a Greek Exit Should Be Feared

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

A Greek exit from the Eurozone could be catastrophic. The country would be shunned from international markets, with a new/old currency that would devalue severely. Nevertheless, the bigger risk for investors is that the turmoil spreads to larger neighboring countries.