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Jason Linkins

So That Happened: The Obama Trade Deal Elizabeth Warren Hates Gets A Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics

So that happened. This week we look at one Washington State community in which the battle for a $15 minimum wage has been won, discuss the latest deve...

Week to Week News Quiz for 4/24/15

John Zipperer | Posted 04.24.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

With whom is the president battling -- rhetorically in one case and literally in another? Take our latest Week to Week news quiz and find out. Here a...

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Death of the Republic

Ellen Brown | Posted 04.24.2015 | Business
Ellen Brown

The TPP would destroy our republican form of government under the rule of law, by elevating the rights of investors -- also called the rights of "capital" -- above the rights of the citizens.

Fast Track Trade Bill Clears First Hurdle In House

Reuters | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) - Legislation to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress cleared through a key committee on Thursday, but low Democ...

'Green News Report' - April 23, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.23.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: After years of denial, Oklahoma finally admits fracking causes earthqua...

'Globalization and Its Discontents'

Carl Pope | Posted 04.23.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

The current trade regime is not just a matter of the U.S. exporting manufacturing jobs to China and importing cheaper consumer goods. We are also dramatically increasing the volume of pollution associated with our consumption, so much that a significant part of U.S. pollution is now generated in China in the production of goods for U.S. consumers.

Michael McAuliff

Democrats' Frustration With Obama Boils Over As Trade Bills Advance

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats' frustration with President Barack Obama's trade agenda bubbled over Thursday, with key opponents accusing their party's leade...

Dana Liebelson

U.S. Cities Fight Back Against Washington's Secretive Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the trade debate heats up in Washington, city councils are fighting back against controversial legislation that would grant the presi...

Why Are Conservatives Willing to Surrender American Sovereignty?

Martin Lobel | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Martin Lobel

Why are the Tea Party folks and other conservatives like Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan, who are usually so anxious to protect our citizens from governmental abuse, supporting putting trade agreements on a fast track?

Paul Blumenthal

Tea Party Group Brings Trade Deal Opposition To New Hampshire Primary

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The debate over granting President Barack Obama fast-track authority to negotiate and approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal i...

Obama 'Fast Track' Trade Agenda Advances In Senate

AP | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's trade agenda narrowly passed an initial Senate test late Wednesday, but many fellow Democrats hope to tri...

Zach Carter

Democrats Balk At Obama Plan To Cut Funding For Workers Hurt By Trade Deals

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The rift between President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats over trade policy deepened Wednesday as the administration opposed a...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Committee Decides Child Slavery Is An Issue, After All

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate committee writing up legislation to advance President Barack Obama's trade agenda agreed Wednesday evening that there should ...

After Getting Called Out, Elizabeth Warren Accuses Obama Of Deliberately Hiding Trade Details

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on President Barack Obama to make details of the trade pact he is negotiating public a day after Obama said tha...

Would President Hillary Reverse Bill's Outsourcing Legacy?

Jane White | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Jane White

It appears that the Democrats in Name Only Who Bought into Slick Willie Clinton's promotion of NAFTA two decades ago have done an about-face--or perhaps were run out of office?

Michael McAuliff

Murder Doesn't Matter Under Trade Deals, Obama Administration Informs Unions

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defenders of the White House push for sweeping trade deals argue they include tough enforcement of labor standards. But a top union lead...

Obama: Elizabeth Warren Is Simply Wrong On TPP

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama criticized Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and others who are opposed to a new trade deal that he is negotiating on Tuesday, sa...

White House Trade Strategy: Talk Progressive, Use Wall Street to Negotiate the Deal

Mike Lux | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

This administration can talk all day long about how progressive the TPP is going to be, but if they were willing to be more transparent in the negotiations, or maybe appoint someone with progressive values to be part of the negotiating team, it would be a lot easier to believe them.

The Simple Progressive Economic Agenda for Hillary Clinton (or Anyone Else)

Dean Baker | Posted 04.21.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

While many policies will be needed to improve the situation of the poor and middle class, there are three simple ones that could make a big difference: a more competitive dollar, a Federal Reserve Board committed to full employment and a financial transactions tax to rein in Wall Street.

Why We Have Grave Environmental Concerns About 'Fast-Track' Trade Authority

Jake Schmidt | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Jake Schmidt

We must not sacrifice our bedrock environmental, public-health, and climate safeguards as the price of a free-trade agreement. Unfortunately, what we have seen from the two pending trade agreements raises serious concerns that these standards could be weakened through the various provisions of these trade agreements.

A Quick Way to Decide If You Are for Fast Track

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

We don't yet know what is in the TPP, because it is still secret and will remain so until shortly before the fast-track process requires Congress to vote. The president says to trust him, telling us that it will be great and "progressive" and create lots of jobs and expand the economy. Great. But the history on our trade deals -- especially those passed using fast track -- has been very bad. NAFTA was sold as creating a lot of jobs and growing the economy, but NAFTA destroyed jobs and expanded the trade deficit. China's entry into the World Trade Organization was sold as creating a lot of jobs and growing the economy, but it turned out to be absolutely devastating for America's working people, middle class and entire manufacturing ecosystem, and the trade deficit with China is now enormous. As a result of these agreements, entire regions of the country look like wastelands. Seriously, go look at Detroit.

Fast Tracking Democracy to Hell

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Concealing potentially job-killing trade schemes from the American public thwarts democracy. Rushing unpopular legislation through Congress before American citizens have an opportunity to review it and tell their elected representatives how they feel about it obstructs democracy.

Friday Talking Points -- Chasing The Scooby Van

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Strange but true, the "Scooby van" is now part of our political lexicon. Hillary Clinton herself is apparently to blame for this one, as this was the playful name she came up with for the van she used to get from New York to Iowa this week.

The Follies of Fast Track

Scott Paul | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

Many of our manufacturers are already facing unfair trade practices that are costing jobs. And so far there is nothing in the fast-track bill or TPP to give them any hope that the scenario would change.

Michael McAuliff

Democrat Vows To Scuttle Obama's Fast-Track Trade Authority

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just before President Barack Obama pleaded with members of his party on Friday to support a bill to "fast track" his proposed trade agre...