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Four Reasons Not To Trust The TPP To Save Endangered Animals

Ben Beachy | Posted 09.23.2015 | Green
Ben Beachy

We do not need to rely on another unenforceable trade deal that may, in fact, pose threats to their habitats. Other more effective tools exist to reduce illegal wildlife trade -- ones that are free of the TPP's threats to the environment.

China's Currency Manipulation Should Serve As A Warning About TPP

James P. Hoffa | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

At a time when income inequality is running rampant in the U.S., workers don't need even more "free" trade agreements that will further strip this nation's economy of middle-income jobs.

China Protects its Workers; America Doesn't Bother

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Currency manipulation violates free market principals, but for China, doing it makes sense. This potent action by a major economic competitor raises the question of when the United States government is going to stop pretending currency manipulation doesn't exit.

Why A Democrat Is Now Blocking An Obama Nominee

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is blocking an Obama nominee for deputy U.S. trade representative over the administration's refusal to gran...

A Conflicted Liberal Explains How Obama Is Making Trade Deals So Hard To Support

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

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When the Real World Confronts Trade Theories, the Real World Wins

Dave Johnson | Posted 08.05.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

TPP covers a whole lot more than what we would think of as "trade." Regardless, let's look here at the idea that expanding trade is always good.

Obama Political Staff Overruled Human Rights Experts On Slavery Report

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top diplomats at the State Department repeatedly overruled human rights experts in the crafting of a recent report on human trafficking...

Pacific Rim Free Trade Talks Fail To Seal Deal

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 07.31.2015 | World

By Ami Miyazaki and Krista Hughes LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 31 (Reuters) - Pacific Rim trade ministers failed to clinch a deal on Friday to free up trade...

Leaked Cables Contradict Clinton's Claims On TPP Trade Agreement

International Business Times | Adam Goldberg | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday attempted to distance herself from the controversial 12-nation trade deal known as ...

Obama Shrugs Off Global Slavery To Protect Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration outraged human rights advocates on Monday by removing Malaysia from its list of the world's worst human traffi...

Governing, Part Time Work and Overtime

Tom Allon | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Tom Allon

It seems like our Lame Duck President is working more than full time in his last 500 days. At least someone in public office is providing constituents with their money's worth.

How Free Trade Can Lead to Healthy and Active Aging

Michael Hodin | Posted 07.22.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

President Obama, Congressional Republican leaders, and foreign national leaders in the TPP should consider the theme of aging populations as they hammer out the deal's final details -- and try to win public favor.

Grassroots Power: A Key Part of Winning on Trade

Courtenay Lewis | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Courtenay Lewis

We can only truly win the fight to stop dangerous trade deals and rules if we don't give up, keep building on this incredible movement, and recognize that even in the face of a fast track loss, the even bigger wins are ahead.

Congress Suggests Obama Will Ignore Slavery To Secure Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

A Malaysian Muslim man sits amid coffins in a pit during re-burial of remains found at human-trafficking camps in the country's north, on June 22, 20...

Senators Press Kerry On Slavery About-Face

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

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Prediction: Hillary Will Bail Out Banks

Judy Frankel | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

On Monday, Hillary unveiled her economic agenda for strengthening the middle class. But looking at solutions like raising the minimum wage is only half the story. To evaluate the bigger picture, a review of Hillary's history with the banking industry is necessary.

Zach Carter

Key Democrat Decries 'Political Interference' In Human Rights Report | Zach Carter | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said Friday that he would consider calling for an inspector general to investigate if the State Department...

Zach Carter

Obama To Upgrade Malaysia On Human Rights Despite Mass Graves | Zach Carter | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will remove Malaysia from its official list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders, according to Reut...

Don't Write Off Japan Yet -- Shortcomings Can Spur Its Next Burst of Innovation

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 07.08.2015 | World
Bhaskar Chakravorti

The recent green light in Congress for fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership marks an opportunity to put a forgotten economic heavyweight back in focus.

A Strategic Opportunity to Advance U.S.-Vietnam Relations

Antony Blinken | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Antony Blinken

This week, the United States and Vietnam will open a new chapter in our history as General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong travels to Washington, the first visit by Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary to the U.S. since our two nations established relations 20 years ago.

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.

Obama Poll Watch -- June, 2015

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What July will bring is anyone's guess, in other words. Obama wound up down for the month when the monthly averages were calculated, but they could very easily go right back up again in July.

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).

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.

A Congressional Straightjacket: Fast-Tracking the TPP

Michele Goodwin | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

Now that Congress has granted President Barack Obama "fast-track" authority to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade and investment treaty among twelve countries on the Pacific Rim, where do we go from here?