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Trans Pacific Partnership

How Congressional Inaction Could Kill a Peaceful Iran Deal

Jamal Abdi | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
Jamal Abdi

Unless Congress gives the president the authority to lift sanctions, the president will be limited to extending temporary waivers for the sanctions for successive four-to-six month periods ad infinitum.

A Good Trade Deal Is Well Worth the Wait

Scott Paul | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Scott Paul

Obama might be a little disappointed to be leaving negotiations in Japan without a finalized Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. But lost in this rush to secure a pact is what the TPP should actually accomplish: A more balanced U.S. trade account that ultimately benefits the American middle class.

Zach Carter

Why Corporations Are Freaking Out About Obama's Big Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Steve Biegun is not exactly a left-wing radical. During the Bush years, he served as an adviser to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice an...

Obama's Asia Trip: TPP Make-or-Break Moment?

Lori Wallach | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Whether or not any real deal is made, some sort of "breakthrough" almost certainly will be announced because the U.S.-Japan summit is viewed as a do-or-die moment to inject momentum into the TPP process. Familiarity with kabuki theatre may be useful in interpreting the summit outcomes on the TPP.

Obama Seeks To Ease Asian Allies' Doubts

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics

* Obama seeking to underline U.S. commitment to region * U.S. needs to balance Japanese and Chinese concerns (Adds Japanese media r...

Obama, Japanese Prime Minister To Battle Negative Images

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

* Worries over U.S. commitment, Japan's less apologetic tone on war * Increasingly assertive China in dispute with Japan over territo...

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Terrible for Public Health

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva

The TPP is a bad deal for taxpayers, for doctors and for everyone who believes in corporate transparency. If rammed through Congress via fast-track trade authority, which doesn't allow Congress to offer any amendments, it will lead to lost jobs and lost lives.

The Distributional Games

Robert Reich | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

If America's distributional game continues to create a few big winners and many who consider themselves losers by comparison, the losers will try to stop the game -- not out of envy but out of a deep-seated sense of unfairness and a fear of unchecked power and privilege. Then we all lose.

The Empress of China Inaugurated the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Patrick Mendis | Posted 05.21.2014 | World
Patrick Mendis

On George Washington's birthday in 1784, a ship called the Empress of China linked the United States to China. After 230 years later, could President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) be a natural follow-up? After Canada and Mexico, America's third largest export market is China. With his TPP, Obama envisions greater access for the U.S. to the Pacific Rim region -- with the strategic goal of eventually integrating China into the pact, just as President Bill Clinton brought China into the World Trade Organization.

Korea-US Free Trade Agreement Two Years Out: Promise vs. Reality

Larry Cohen | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

We know that trade deals matter. They matter to working families, they matter to U.S. communities, and they matter to those of us who believe that U.S. trade policy should work for everyone, not just multinational corporations.

Trade Pact Used as TPP Template Leads to Decrease in U.S. Exports -- Seriously!

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business
Lori Wallach

In the two years since implementation of the U.S.-Korea Free Agreement (FTA), U.S. exports to Korea have declined 11 percent according to recently-released government data.

Ending the Era of Giveaway Trade

Rep. Louise Slaughter | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
Rep. Louise Slaughter

Two years ago today, a little-noticed, but profoundly important, trade agreement between the United States and South Korea took effect.

The US and Australia Propose an End to Free Speech on the Internet

Bea Edwards | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

The pending ISP liability now being negotiated is only one example of the heavy-handed approach the US and Australia have taken to drafting the TPP and making it stick.

Michael McAuliff

NAFTA 20 Years On: Trade Deal Allowed Export Of Environmental Disasters

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A report due to be released Tuesday aims to offer an object lesson to President Barack Obama: Free trade deals have high costs in uninte...

Washington's Multiple Hostage-Takings, Betrayals & The TPP Corporate Power Grab: Failure of Political Duopoly Cries for Alternatives

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.10.2014 | Denver
Michele Swenson

The consequent wealth concentration at the top coupled with worker insecurity are symptoms of economic crisis, as well as a crisis of democracy.

Emulating Gabriel Heatter

Jerry Waxman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Jerry Waxman

If you're of a certain age (at least 65 and over) you remember what radio was like in the 1940s and 1950s before commercial television took hold.

The Trade-y Bunch

Mike Lux | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The actual performance of NAFTA versus the promises made shows its abject failure. Further worsening the case for the TPP is that the process in negotiating the trade deal is highly secretive, and the public doesn't like what little it is hearing.

Zach Carter

This Is Why Democrats Don't Trust Obama On Trade

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's top trade official angered some House Democrats last month by privately backtracking from public vows to ensu...

A Clean Environment Is Not for Trade

Ilana Solomon | Posted 04.26.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

As trade negotiators meet in Singapore, they should take heed from these members of Congress. And members of Congress should note that a strong environment chapter is critical, but not sufficient to protect the environment and our climate from the risks of the TPP.

Ryan Grim

Here's Why Obama Can't Get Democrats To Back His Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The veal pen is becoming a dangerous place. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman -- President Barack Obama's top trade official ...

Fast Track to Nowhere: America's Failed Trade Policy

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The inescapable reality is that the U.S. has pursued a globalization strategy that is a calamitous failure. This isn't the time to pursue more, better, bigger trade accords. This is a time for a fundamental reassessment. This isn't a radical conclusion. Consider three perspectives.

Obama Heads Into Talks With Mexico, Canada Amidst Political Limitations

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama heads into a summit with Mexican and Canadian leaders eager to engage on issues of trade and other neighbor...

Michael McAuliff

Biden Admits Vast Obama Trade Plans Are On Ice

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House's trade plans are on hold, at least for now, Vice President Joe Biden said Friday, in welcome news to many Democrats who...

Biden Remark Casts Doubt On Fate Of Controversial Trade Deal

New York Times | MARK LANDLER and JONATHAN WEISMAN | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Friday acknowledged that Congress will not grant President Obama fast-track trade promotion authority, which ana...

No Fast Track to TPP: Fix NAFTA First

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.16.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

Trade done right can lift people on all sides of all borders. It can and does increase prosperity. But the way the giant corporations have captured and rigged the current negotiating process is hurting our country -- and the rest of the world.