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Trans Pacific Partnership

Right And Wrong Reasons For Opposing The Toxic TPP

Michael Brune | Posted 10.18.2016 | Politics
Michael Brune

Opposition to the corporate-driven Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has steadily grown across the political spectrum this year. The labor and environme...

It's Time to Align Trade Deals With The Paris Climate Agreement

Ilana Solomon | Posted 10.06.2016 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The Paris Climate Agreement is now a reality. More than 55 countries representing over 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions have ratified the...

Ironman Chattanooga and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 09.30.2016 | Business
Deborah J. Levine

I'm surrounded by super-fit bodies in athletic gear as I drive over the Walnut Street Bridge for a local program on a global topic -- the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). For a third year, the Ironman endurance event transforms the Scenic City of Chattanooga, the smallest of the major cities in Tennessee.

Wait, Why Is The World Trade Organization Attacking Renewable Energy?

Ben Beachy | Posted 09.30.2016 | Green
Ben Beachy

With the Paris Climate Agreement on the brink of entering into force and 2016 well on its way to being the hottest year ever recorded, you would think governments would be eager to support each other's efforts to fight climate disruption.

McConnell Holds Out Hope For Trade Deals

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Trade reform activists worried about Congress passing a massive trade deal in the lame-duck session after the elections can probably re...

As Distrust Mounts, U.S. and China Battle Over New Rules of Global Order

Wang Jisi | Posted 09.22.2016 | World
Wang Jisi

BEIJING -- Chinese people fear that regardless of who moves into the White House in 2017, the United States will put more pressure on China to restrain its behavior.

Who's To Blame For The Gap Between Obama's Rhetoric And Reality On Human Rights? Corporations.

Amol Mehra | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Amol Mehra

The incredible capture of our democratic systems and processes by powerful corporations and elites has significantly impacted the way all levels of our government are protecting the rights of individuals, including the most vulnerable.

There's A New Front In The Battle Over The Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Huffington Post | David Dayen | Posted 09.07.2016 | Politics

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which has taken a drubbing from all directions during the presidential campaign, will not get a vote before the electio...

TPP Is Not Dead, Unfortunately

Lori Wallach | Posted 09.02.2016 | Politics
Lori Wallach

The reports of the Trans-Pacific Partnership's death have been greatly exaggerated, unfortunately. It would great news if the pact, which would mean more power for corporations over our lives and government, and fewer good jobs for Americans, were ready to be boxed and buried.

Did Obama Threaten National Security In Negotiating TPP?

Dean Baker | Posted 08.29.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

President Obama surely knew that the TPP would be highly controversial when it was debated before Congress. Is it really plausible that he did not make it clear to our negotiating partners that he couldn't guarantee approval of the final agreement?

Progressives Gear Up To Kill TPP In Lame-Duck Congress

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 08.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― As Hillary Clinton’s election victory appears increasingly likely, liberal groups already have their sights on the next battle: defea...

Nationwide "Rock Against the TPP" Celebrity Concert Tour

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 08.18.2016 | Politics
Kyle McCarthy

Despite resistance from within the Democratic party, President Obama has made passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a top priority before leaving office. The TPP is a trade agreement between the United States and 11 other countries which would cover 40 percent of the world's trade.

Memory And Myth In Economic Policymaking

William Spriggs | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics
William Spriggs

But, myth and memory also are key to economic thinking. Economics can be equally complex as history. Making sense of what role fiscal deficits play in the economy, or trade, or minimum wages are wrapped in simplifying stories--or myths.

Catholics And The Democratic 'Big Tent'

Stephen Seufert | Posted 08.08.2016 | Religion
Stephen Seufert

As a Catholic, I've largely crafted my political beliefs through my Christian sense of morality, justice, and mercy. I understand and accept my Catholic beliefs will sometimes conflict with America's pluralistic civil society. Can the supposed big tent of the Democratic Party accept and embrace the kind of liberalism which truly acknowledges, respects, and coexists with Catholics who genuinely hold a variety of opposing viewpoints?

Vietnam Wants To Be America's Bridge To North Korea

Llewellyn King | Posted 08.05.2016 | World
Llewellyn King

Can Vietnam talk some sense into North Korea, and in so doing make itself the go-to country in Asia for diplomatic fixes? There are those in Hanoi, and quite a few scattered across the foreign policy establishment, who think so.

Democrats In The City Of Brotherly Love (Final Report)

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This is definitely going to be my final report from Philadelphia. I realize I'm almost a week late with it, but it was a busy and sleep-deprived week all around.

Liberals Put Corporate Democrats On Blast Over Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics

So, that happened. This week, Philadelphia played host to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, where the big issue of the week was party unificati...

This video shows why we must stop TPP to keep fossil fuels in the ground

Ilana Solomon | Posted 07.28.2016 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The climate movement has achieved critical wins recently. Protecting the Atlantic coast from offshore drilling, stopping fracking in New York, and def...

This Sleeper Issue Took Over The Democratic Convention's First Night

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA ― The first day of the Democratic National Convention was defined by powerful speeches urging party unity and angry protests rejecting ...

Nancy Pelosi Declares Opposition To Obama's Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has come out in opposition to the massive Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal as it’s currently w...

Is The Trans-Pacific Partnership Obama's Vietnam?

Dean Baker | Posted 07.25.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

As a concession to President Obama, the Democratic platform does not explicitly oppose the TPP. However it does include unambiguous language opposing investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms - the extra-judicial tribunals that are an integral part of the TPP.

Hillary's Pro-TPP True Colors Leak Out in Democratic Platform

Ian Fletcher | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Progressives seem to be livid. I share their disgust. But at least we know where we're really headed now if we elect Hillary.

Live From A Contentious Convention, It's The Alliance For American Manufacturing

Scott Paul | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Scott Paul

Our logic for participating is simple: If there were ever a presidential contest where the issues demanded our presence at a political convention, this is the one.

The Congressional Blacklist

Judy Frankel | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

2016 will be different. First, more voters will be coming to the polls because of the Presidential election. Second, they will be better educated because there is now a blacklist of the most heinous vote-against-the-public, vote-for-the-funders offenders.

Welcome To The New Democratic Party

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

This weekend in Orlando, Florida members of the Platform Committee met to help create the Democratic party's positions on a number of key issues. I was honored to attend as a Committee member on behalf of Senator Bernie Sanders.