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Trans Pacific Partnership

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?

Rep. Hank Johnson Rips Racist 'Shoot To Kill' Police Culture

Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

So that happened. On this week's podcast we hear from Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) about his bill to pursue police demilitarization, discuss the Confeder...

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.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Obama Sides With the Wrong People for the Wrong Reasons at the Wrong Time

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

President Obama not only expended his own "political capital" by pushing for fast-track but that of the Democratic Party too. He had a clear choice: either side with workers, environmentalists, consumers, and progressives -- or side with Wall Street, Big Pharma, Wal-Mart, and the Koch Brothers.

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.

Sam Levine

Obama Thanks Congress For Giving Him Fast-Track Trade Authority

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Levine | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama praised members of Congress on Tuesday for granting "fast-track" trade authority, which will allow him to negotia...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Dem Senator: Obama Has Been Pushing Foreign Policy Through Trade All Wrong

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Pelosi Stands Down, Supports Passage Of Key Trade Measure

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) waved the white flag on Wednesday, telling her caucus she would support passage of a key m...

Corporate Greed Must End

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

Over the last 40 years, the largest corporations in this country have closed thousands of factories in the United States and outsourced millions of American jobs to low-wage countries overseas. That is why we need a new trade policy and why I am opposed to the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership now before Congress.

Zach Carter

Here Are The Trade Fight's Biggest Winners And Losers

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The bruising battle over President Barack Obama's trade agenda was very likely decided on Tuesday as the Senate advanced a fast-track bi...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Congress Tries To Resurrect Obama's Trade Agenda

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON and DAVID ESPO | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's long-pursued trade agenda took a giant step toward becoming law on Tuesday, and opponents grudgingly conc...

The TPP, Drug Patents, and President Clinton

Dean Baker | Posted 06.22.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

There are many serious issues raised by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but the one that may have the greatest long-term impact is its provisions on drug patents. The explicit purpose is to make patent protection stronger and longer. While these provisions are likely to lead to higher drug prices in the United States, they will have their greatest impact in the developing world. In most developing countries, drugs are far cheaper than in the United States. This is especially the case in India. The country has a world-class generic industry that produces high-quality drugs that typically sell for a small fraction of the price in the United States. The U.S. drug industry desperately wants to eliminate this sort of price gap, which can exceed a ratio of one hundred to one. This should have everyone very worried.

A Bernie Sanders Talking Filibuster Could Help Stop the Fast Track to Greater Inequality

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

It would be very healthy for the Republic right now if Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders would lead a "talking filibuster" of Fast Track.

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.