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Zach Carter

Republicans Defend Obama's Trade Pact While Pressing To Deregulate Banks

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Tuesday offered to help President Barack Obama pass a sweeping trade package, while pressing for measures to dereg...

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 01.22.2015 | 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.

Jennifer Bendery

Democrats Warn Obama They Don't Have His Back On Trade Plans

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With President Barack Obama declaring on Tuesday his intentions to push for legislation giving him authority to move forward unilaterall...

Zach Carter

Environmentalists Reject Obama's Call For Expanded Trade Powers

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly 50 environmentalist organizations sent a letter Wednesday to every member of Congress, urging them to oppose granting President B...

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

Lori Wallach | Posted 01.20.2015 | 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.

Not So Fast, Congress

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Instead of the plodding turtle he's normally satirized as, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is all cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof about Trade Promotion Authority, better known as Fast Track.

Selectively Catholic? Climate Change, Social Justice & the Pope

Jacob Devaney | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Jacob Devaney

Is it possible to be selectively Catholic? Some lawmakers seem to think so. The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees the separation of church and state yet that does not stop elected officials from bringing their faith to office.

What You Need to Know When Obama Talks Trade

Dave Johnson | Posted 01.15.2015 | 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.

Our Trade Policy Is Insane

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 01.13.2015 | 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!

Growing Chorus of Diverse Voices Rejects TPP

Jacob Devaney | Posted 01.09.2015 | 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.

Michael McAuliff

Mitch McConnell Pledges Fast Action For Secretive Trade Deals

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pledged Wednesday to move full speed ahead to give President Barack Obama so-called f...

A Year of Great Opportunity for Progressives

Mike Lux | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

My advice to my fellow progressives: Don't feel sorry for yourselves as the Republicans bask in their victories this week, and stop focusing 100 percent of the time on playing defense. We can win some important fights in the next two years, we just need to craft a strong strategy and go execute it.

Japan's New Reforms Must Include More Women in the Workplace

Shinzō Abe | Posted 01.06.2015 | World
Shinzō Abe

We must adapt Japan's labor regulations to the norms of modern life almost everywhere, which means allowing every individual to strike a beneficial balance between life and work. We Japanese will always work hard -- I have no doubt about that. But we also need to enable and encourage more Japanese women to participate in the workforce, whether at the beginning of their careers, or after choosing to have and raise children.

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Is a Pending Disaster

Robert Reich | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

The administration says the trade deal will boost U.S. exports in the fast-growing Pacific basin where the United States faces growing economic competition from China. The TPP is part of Obama's strategy to contain China's economic and strategic prowess. Fine. But the deal will also allow American corporations to outsource even more jobs abroad. In other words, the TPP is a Trojan horse in a global race to the bottom, giving big corporations and Wall Street banks a way to eliminate any and all laws and regulations that get in the way of their profits.

Zach Carter

Bernie Sanders' Brutal Letter On Obama's Trade Pact Foreshadows 2016 Democratic Clash

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressive unrest over free trade policies is shaping up to be a major issue in the contest for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomina...

Obama Jilts Dems For GOP-Approved Trade Pact

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 12.26.2014 | Politics

President Obama is preparing a major push on trade that seeks to enlist Republicans as partners and test his premise that Washington can still find co...

15 Predictions for Asia in 2015

Tom Nagorski | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Tom Nagorski

We have no shortage of people in the Asia Society network with ideas and suggestions about what the next year will bring. The other night we hosted a panel on "Asia 2015," a whirlwind tour of the continent's near future.

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren: Obama Trade Deal Could Undermine Wall Street Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday warned that a major trade deal being negotiated by the Obama administration could hamstring Wall Stre...

How 'Citibank Budget' Push Foreshadows "Fast Track" for Trade Deals

Dave Johnson | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

It is worth examining how the process was rigged to push that budget deal through Congress over the weekend that contained Citibank-written derivative deregulation and all kinds of other goodies for the rich and powerful

With Trade Deal, Will Obama Be Wall Street's Errand Boy?

Lauren Windsor | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

I spoke with Ben Beachy, Research Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, and Erich Pica, Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, about the dangers of the trade deal many are calling 'NAFTA on Steroids.'

TPP Negotiators Hit With Protests That Media Don't Cover

Dave Johnson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

Shouldn't it be a trade violation to threaten to move someone's job to another country? Shouldn't we negotiate trade agreements that increase people's wages on both sides of a trade border? Unfortunately that is not the kind of trade agreements that our current trade negotiation process produces.

Conservatives and Liberals Agree, TPP Hates Your Freedom

Jacob Devaney | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Jacob Devaney

No matter where you stand on environmental issues or GMOs, you should be alarmed at the idea of large corporate interests overturning the vote of citizens in a democratic society. That is exactly what is happening now.

Election Results Indicate Huge Mandate for New Trade Pacts

Dean Baker | Posted 01.10.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

TPP and TTIP are everything that people hate about Washington. They are deals being crafted in secret by business interests for business interests. They are never going to be subject to any serious political debate involving the public at large.

Progress But No Deal In Trans-Pacific Trade Talks

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

BEIJING (AP) — President Barack Obama pressed world leaders Monday to break stubborn logjams that have held up an agreement on a trans-Pacific trade...