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Let's Open Up the Democratic Party to Public Participation

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Sometime, between now and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, there will almost certainly be a deal between the Sanders forces and the Clinton forces. The $64,000 question is: What are the forces of progress going to get out of the deal?

Are Fair Trade Policies 'Extreme?' Is Clinton Ready for Trump On Trade?

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.28.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

This election will be at least partly, if not mostly, about trade. The consequences of decades of moving jobs out of the country are coming home to roost. People are fed up. This means Clinton needs to toughen up her trade policies -- and mean it.

For Clinton To Beat Trump, She Must Toughen Up on Trade

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.22.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

Trade and jobs are at the center of Trump's appeal. He rightly says China is killing us on trade and wrongly says that immigrants are taking people's jobs, but people believe it and people listen.

Panama, Trade Agreement Promises & The TPP

Lori Wallach | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Lori Wallach

With the presidential primary spotlighting a bipartisan trade revolt, defenders of our status quo trade policies are on the defensive. Their latest claim: the Panama Papers leak shows that the U.S. free trade agreement (FTA) with Panama fixed that nation's infamous tax haven conduct. An actual review of the data, however, shows that the FTA seems to have incentivized more tax haven activity in Panama, not less.

Congress Is Starting to Understand That Free Trade Agreements Don't Work

Ian Fletcher | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

I've been fighting free trade since 2008. For most of that time, while much of the public has been sympathetic, it's been an uphill battle with Congress. I used to lobby on Capitol Hill, and I frequently got no better than bored politeness from Congressional offices.

American Politicians Sign Bad Trade Agreements Because They Don't Understand International Law

Ian Fletcher | Posted 04.17.2016 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

America's trade diplomacy leaves America naked in a world where other nations pursue the most sophisticated mercantilist policies their bureaucrats can devise, backed up by disciplined diplomacy that puts economic objectives first and doesn't take treaty law too literally.

Panama Papers Offer More Evidence That Free Trade Isn't Really Free

Michael Winship | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

The Presidents Obama and Clinton were out on the links in honor of Vernon Jordan's 80th birthday. They could just as easily have been celebrating the ways in which the three of them have helped give America a trade policy that has devastated the working class but made the rich much more wealthy.

Clinton Should Ask Obama to Withdraw the TPP

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.11.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

Hillary Clinton has a credibility problem when it comes to our country's trade policies and the resulting enormous, humongous trade deficits that measure job loss -- especially with regard to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Pro-TPP Op-Eds Remarkably Similar To Drafts By Foreign Government Lobbyists

The Intercept | Adam Goldberg | Posted 04.10.2016 | Politics

OPINION COLUMNS PUBLISHED in California newspapers over the last year in support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership use language nearly identical to dra...

We've Had Enough With Failed Trade Policies

Mark Ruffalo | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Mark Ruffalo

Pacts like the recently-signed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), currently sidelined without sufficient congressional support for passage, contain thousands of pages of enforceable rules that would fuel climate chaos and empower corporate polluters to challenge environmental laws across the globe.

TPP Is Not Good for Colorado: A Thoughtful Reconsideration

Bob Seay | Posted 04.01.2016 | Denver
Bob Seay

The short answer is that after much research and thought, I have realized that I cannot support the TPP as it is currently written. In many ways, I find myself in the same position as Hillary Clinton: I was optimistic about this highly anticipated trade agreement, but was disappointed and cannot support the final result.

Think Trump's 45 Percent Tariffs Are Bad? Try Obama's 10,000 Percent Tariffs

Dean Baker | Posted 03.29.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

While Trump wants to put large tariffs on imports from some of our major trading partners, President Obama is actively pushing to have far larger tariffs imposed on a wide range of goods in his trade deals, most importantly the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

TPP: The New Gold Standard for Intellectual Property Protection in Trade Agreements?

East-West Center | Posted 03.24.2016 | Business
East-West Center

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, with its emphasis on dismantling behind-the-border trade restrictions and on fostering regulatory coherence, is often referred to as the new "gold standard" for preferential trade agreements.

The Choice Is Not Between TPP or No Trade

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics
Lori Wallach

We desperately need a new American trade policy. To achieve that, first, we must do no further harm. We must not enact any more-of-the-same, job-killing, race-to-the-bottom agreements.

Want to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground? Stop These Trade Deals

Ben Beachy | Posted 03.23.2016 | Green
Ben Beachy

Did you know that two looming trade deals, if passed by Congress, would newly empower 45 of the world's 50 largest corporate climate polluters to "sue" governments in private tribunals over policies that keep fossil fuels in the ground?

Fools or Liars On the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Dean Baker | Posted 03.21.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

The TPP will put into question every health, safety, and environmental regulation that governments at any level seek to implement. The assurances from the Obama administration to the contrary on this front are absolutely worthless.

The Revolution May Not Be Televised, But Bernie Sanders Is Going All The Way

Tom Weis | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Tom Weis

Between now and March 26, voters who are feeling the Bern in Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to prove the pundits wrong by propelling Sanders toward victory in Philadelphia. We need our strongest fighter in the ring this fall. That fighter is Bernie Sanders.

Free Trade and Immigration

James W. Russell | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
James W. Russell

Immigration and free trade agreements remain potent issues in the primaries and no doubt will reemerge in full force in the November election. But no one seems to be drawing the connection between the two.

What Hamilton and Obama Have in Common

William D. Beaver | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
William D. Beaver

President Obama, who intimately understands how difficult working with the legislature can be, saw Hamilton the musical with his two daughters last July, calling it, according to his press secretary, "fabulous" and exclaiming "it lived up to the hype".

Ted Cruz Is a Disingenuous Flipper on Free Trade

Ian Fletcher | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

The problem with Cruz's position is not that it's philosophically incoherent. On free trade, as on any other issue, one can be in favor of a thing and yet oppose a specific proposal to implement it. It's no different than being generically in favor of a strong defense, but against a particular weapons program. The problem is that Cruz has been flippy and disingenuous about it.

Why Bernie Sanders And Donald Trump Won The Michigan Primaries

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics

Despite their countless differences as presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and business mogul Donald Trump have been hammering on the...

Investigating Peru's Illegal Timber Trade and the Failure of the US-Peru Trade Deal

Ilana Solomon | Posted 03.08.2016 | Green
Ilana Solomon

At the end of February, after years of turning a blind eye to evidence that Peru has been exporting illegally taken timber to the U.S. in clear violation of its commitments under the U.S.-Peru trade pact, the U.S. is opening its eyes -- just slightly -- to the trade violations.

When a Coin Drops in Asia, Jobs Disappear in Detroit

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The Economic Policy Institute found that currency manipulation is the most important cause of America's massive trade deficits with TPP countries. Trade deficits mean products are shipped to the United States rather than made in the United States. The math is simple.

Stupid Is as Stupid Votes: The TPP and the Free Trade of Misguided Economic Populism

Sam Corey | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
Sam Corey

Sanders and Trump are trying to allure disillusioned workers with campaign promises to preserve some short-term jobs, but free trade will benefit America in the long run while the rest of the world continues to advance.

New Study Confirms: Private 'Trade' Courts Serve the Ultra-Wealthy

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

A new study confirms what many activists have suspected for a long time: The private courts set up by international "trade" deals heavily favor billionaires and giant corporations, and they do so at the expense of governments and people.