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Zach Carter

Canada Just Threw A Grenade Into Elizabeth Warren's Trade Fight With Obama

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have been locked in a public feud over whether free trade agreements can be u...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Passes Trade Protections, Starts Battle Over Fast-Track

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate passed a pair of trade protection measures Thursday, and voted shortly afterward to start debate on the fast-track bill that ...

Human Welfare Over Profits: A Call to Stop the TPP Fast Track (Again!)

Pooja Yerramilli | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Pooja Yerramilli

We must stand against the fast track in order to buy Congress the time and ability to revise the provisions on biologics and patent protection. And if we successfully stop the fast track, we must learn from these last few days that complacency is not an option.

Zach Carter

Senate Trade Compromise May Doom Efforts Against Currency Manipulation, Forced Labor

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders on Wednesday found a way to revive President Barack Obama's controversial trade agenda, but in the process may have doome...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Cuts Deal To Pass Obama's Secretive Trade Bills

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders reached a deal Wednesday to push ahead with votes on President Barack Obama's trade deals. The agreement came after De...

Michael McAuliff

McConnell May Try Again Soon On Obama's Trade Deals

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may try again this week to advance President Barack Obama's ambitious trade agenda, his s...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Here's The Senator Who United Democrats To Block Obama's Trade Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been the public face of the Democratic Party's feud with President Barack Obama over his trade agend...

President Obama Don't Fail Us Historically...

Wade Norris | Posted 05.10.2015 | Denver
Wade Norris

The TPP, if he pushes it through, against the wishes of many in his own party, it will be a terrible legacy for us in terms of jobs, wages, and most importantly the environment.

Michael McAuliff

Senate Democrats Knock Down Obama's Trade Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats dealt a stinging blow to President Barack Obama Tuesday by blocking legislation that would grant him authority to fast-...

Slowing the Fast Track Down

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's a big political fight happening in Washington, but for once it does not break down easily along partisan lines. There are free-traders among both the Democrats and the Republicans, and opposition exists on both sides. But the main skirmish in this fight is currently happening between President Obama and some of his fellow Democrats.

The March Trade Deficit and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Dean Baker | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

The jump in the March trade deficit, coupled with the weak job numbers for the last two months, should highlight the importance of including rules on currency in trade agreements. Such rules could ensure that the dollar does not remain over-valued and prevent the economy from reaching full employment.

Put Trade on the Right Track -- Not the Fast Track

David Singh Grewal | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
David Singh Grewal

The Right Track approach eschews the simplistic, textbook understanding of free trade and recognizes that what "free" trade is now about is global governance: the harmonization of national regulatory regimes, often for the benefit of powerful corporate lobbies.

Stupid Trade Gets Dangerous: TPP Threatens US Military Supply Chain

Greg Autry | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Greg Autry

The White House claims that Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership would help counter China's growing economic and military threat. Many Republicans, including nominal pro-defense patriots, are curiously supportive of the President in this case. Ironically bipartisan trade policy created our China problem in the first place.

The New World of Trade Is All About Values and Consumer Risk

Pascal Lamy | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Pascal Lamy

BRUSSELS -- A discrepancy exists between the benefits of globalization on the one side and the legitimate values shared by diverse communities on the other. The benefits of globalization go with magnitude, with size. The larger, the better because of the economies of scale. Big is beautiful. Identity, legitimacy and politics go with proximity, the small and diseconomies of scale. Small is beautiful.

An Open Letter to Progressives: TPP Is Not Yet 'The Most Progressive Trade Agreement in History'

Rep. Sandy Levin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Rep. Sandy Levin

I have deep concern -- and some dismay -- when the president says that "we are just wrong," or we are "satisfied with the status quo," or worse, we are "making this stuff up" when we express concerns about the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations.

Trade, Jobs, and the Politics of TPA

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Why are so many senators from trade-rich states currently on the fence or against a policy that clearly is in their states' economic interest?

Trade Abuse

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Despite their long history of battering the U.S. middle class with bad trade deal after bad trade deal, these lawmakers and CEOs contend workers should believe that their new proposal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), will be different.

TPP: Obama's Folly

Jeff Faux | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Jeff Faux

The trade deals negotiated by the last three presidents have lowered U.S. wages, lost jobs and generated a chronic trade deficit. President Obama's main argument that exports have risen, without mentioning that imports have risen much faster, is now transparently deceitful to anyone who can add and subtract.

TPP, Fast Track, Will Drive Consumers to China for Affordable Medicines

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

The TPP and other trade agreements create an economic race to the bottom, creating a nation of Walmart shoppers rather than family wage jobs and an economically and environmentally sustainable future.

Senate Fast Track Vote Tuesday -- Where Is Clinton?

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

If fast track passes, TPP's passage is inevitable. The voting environment will be similar to what happened with the "Citigroup budget" vote, when the pressure was on members to pass it with provisions that deregulated derivatives or shut down the whole government.

Obama Pushes Back Against Trade Critics

AP | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — When President Barack Obama promotes trade, he likes to say that 95 percent of the world's markets are outside the nation's b...

Senate Sets First Vote On Fast-Track Trade Bill Tuesday

Reuters | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will begin debate next week on legislation granting President Barack Obama "fast-track" negotiating au...

To Sell His Trade Agenda, the President Turns to ... Nike?

Scott Paul | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

Nike is great at making iconic commercials and catchy slogans, but it's not really great at making American manufacturing jobs.

TheTrans Pacific Partnership Could Actually Be Good

David Russell | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
David Russell

A constructive solution for TPP may well appeal to all voters no matter what their political stripe. As it stands NAFTA, and prospectively an ill constructed TPP, has or will screw American workers, all of them, no matter what their political inclination.

Zach Carter

Why Obama Wants To Torpedo A Plan To Fight Human Trafficking

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The biggest threat to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda may be a plan to fight human trafficking, which threatens to reshuffle a m...