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Jason Linkins

Why FIFA Can't Get Away With Flopping In Its Latest Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics

So that happened. On this week's podcast, we discuss how and why FIFA officials were arrested on an array of corruption charges, how crowded the 2016 ...

Fast Track Hits House Next Week; Clinton Must Speak Up

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

People are impatient for a real champion. This is not a time to be safe, sit back, read polls, and wait out controversy. The economy simply is not working for most of us, and people know it. People see that the game is rigged and want proposals for transformative change.

Zach Carter

Warren Pushes White House To Keep Slavery Ban In Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

BOSTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday decried efforts by the Obama administration to undermine an anti-slavery measure that the Senate...

From Sugar to Monsanto: Hawaii's Occupation by the Agrochemical Oligopoly

Andrea Brower | Posted 05.28.2015 | Hawaii
Andrea Brower

Hawai'i's sugar oligarchy past left largely intact a mono-economy, today's military and corporate tourism. Economic diversification is a widely-shared policy priority, and the agrochemical industry presents as an appealing "agricultural" and "high-tech" industry alternative, purportedly also contributing millions to the economy.

TPP Ought to Stand for Transparent Public Policy

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Lance Simmens

The only thing transparent about the TPP is the extent to which its proponents will go to ensure that few know what is contained within it. There is no greater proof of this than the current battle over an unbelievably undemocratic process known as TPA, better known as fast-track legislation.

Is the TPP Okay With Slavery? Really?

Mike Lux | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

The President does not want an anti-slavery provision in what he calls the "most progressive trade deal of all time" because it would keep a country noted for its egregious slave trade out of the treaty? I have to admit this bothers me just a little. Okay, a massive amount.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Elizabeth Warren Agrees With Rush Limbaugh On Trade, And No One's More Surprised Than She Is

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) found herself searching for the right words on Thursday to capture her feelings about sharing a position...

Is TPP the Most Progressive Trade Agreement in History? Not If You Need Access to Affordable Medicines

Rep. Sandy Levin | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Rep. Sandy Levin

The May 10th Agreement struck the right balance between the need to promote innovation and the need to protect public health. TPP must meet the standards set in the May 10th Agreement. Right now, it does not.

Zach Carter

Progressive Groups Call On Obama Trade Official To Disclose Communications With Wall Street Banks

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of progressive organizations sent a letter to President Barack Obama's top trade negotiator on Thursday, asking him to discl...

Obama Saying So Long to Green Biofuels?

Paul Alexander | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Paul Alexander

In the seventh year of his presidency, Barack Obama is being forced to defend himself against the unusual charge that he's not progressive -- or at least not progressive enough. Forget that in the past critics have called him a socialist.

Trading Away Our Sovereignty

John Fullerton | Posted 05.27.2015 | Business
John Fullerton

"Free Trade" was in the news this Memorial Day weekend. President Obama is pushing hard for "fast track" approval of his Trans-Pacific Partnership ("TPP") Agreement, calling for a simple up or down vote without the possibility of amendments or floor debate.

Ryan Grim

How The White House And Paul Ryan Are Making Sure Forced Labor Remains Part Of Their Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives will quickly get down to unfinished business once it returns from the holiday recess: defending trading par...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Why Is The U.S. Desperate To OK Slavery In Malaysia?

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Friday night, in an impressive display of dysfunction, the U.S. Senate approved a controversial trade bill with a provision that the ...

Despite Senate Approving Bad Fast-Track Bill Friday, Passage in House Remains Unlikely

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to defeat trade-promotion authority (TPA), and I am confident that the legislation will be defeated in the House.

Forced Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Senators who voted last week to Fast Track ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) call it a free trade deal, but really, it’s forced trade imposed on protesting American workers who have endured its damaging effects for decades.

Zach Carter

What Limbaugh's Attack On TPP Means For Its Republican Supporters

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

Conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh slammed President Barack Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Friday, telling listeners, "The od...

The TPP Is Corporate America's 'Precious,' but the House Is Mount Doom

Ben Wikler | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Ben Wikler

Thanks to a 20-year push to avoid making the NAFTA mistake twice, there is now a progressive coalition capable of tossing fast track and corporate-giveaway trade deals into the fiery depths of a congressional volcano. The House of Representatives could very well be the Trans-Pacific Partnership's Mount Doom.

Sam Levine

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Obama's Trade Deal In One Short Speech

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Levine | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) took to the Senate floor Friday evening to make a point-by-point analysis of why a trade deal being negotiate...

Secret Obamatrade Deal: America, the Next Detroit?

Iris Mack | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Iris Mack

Journalist and talk show host Bankole Thompson interviewed me about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (aka Obamatrade), a trade bill being fast-tracked through the U.S. Senate. To listen to our conversation, please click on the audio player here.

Zach Carter

Hillary Clinton Has 'Real Concerns' With Obama's Trade Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Friday that although she has "real concerns" about the major trade pact President Barack Obama ...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Debate Reveals Absurd Level Of Trade Deal Secrecy

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A revealing conversation on the Senate floor Thursday showed precisely how secretive President Barack Obama's pending trade deals are, a...

The TPP Must Be Defeated

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

This is not "free trade." This is the race to the bottom. While we must help poor people around the world improve their standard of living, we can do that without destroying the American middle class.

U.S. Foreign Policy for an Evolving World

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

Meanwhile, several Republican presidential hopefuls have already begun laying out their foreign policy plans, which are notable for their criticisms of Obama's handling of world affairs.

Zach Carter

Progressive Group Targets Democrats With New Ads Linking Trade Deal To Medicare Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

Progressive activist group CREDO Action is targeting congressional Democrats with a new online ad campaign accusing them of supporting Medicare cuts b...

Michael McAuliff

Harry Reid Calls Trade Push By Obama And GOP 'Insanity'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The push by President Barack Obama and Republicans for gigantic new trade deals meets the definition of insanity, Senate Minority Leader...