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Trans Pacific Partnership

Trade Agreement Package Fails the House

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

I was proud to have worked closely with labor, consumer, senior, environmental and faith-based constituencies in working to reject this deal. We need fair trade agreements that benefit workers here and around the world, protect our planet, and promote access to affordable medicines and safe food. The ongoing TPP negotiation does not meet those tests.

Michael McAuliff

Democrats Rebel To Block Obama's Trade Deals | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats rebelled against President Barack Obama's ambitious trade agenda Friday, spurning his last-second personal appeal and blocking...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Opinions On Trade Don't Divide Along The Usual Party Lines | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

Americans' sometimes conflicting views on foreign trade show remarkably little partisan polarization. Millennials say they have it hard but are optimi...

Jason Linkins

Elizabeth Warren Tells Us That She Can't Even With Jamie Dimon's Mansplaining | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

So that happened. On this week's podcast, come for Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) plan to fix higher education, stay for her throwing shade back on...

Michael McAuliff

Activists Threaten Primaries Against Dems Who Back Trade Deals | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic activists are trying to add momentum to a revolt against President Barack Obama's trade push Friday, threatening to seek prim...

Daniel Marans

Trade Deal Will Hurt Urban Black Communities, Labor Ad Warns | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

In a new line of attack against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, the AFL-CIO and the United Steelworkers union released an online video ad on...

Both Parties Are Owned by Wall Street

Jon Wisman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Jon Wisman

The result of the political system being hijacked by the economic elite has been near unanimous support for pro-wealthy, pro-business policies, like TPP. As the rich use these policies to become richer and more politically powerful, our democracy is being replaced by plutocracy.

Promoting High-Tech Jobs through Free Trade

Rich Taylor | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Rich Taylor

TPP, a free-trade and regional investment treaty being negotiated with 11 countries throughout the Asia Pacific region, would improve old trade agreements and cement new ones.

Zach Carter

Vietnamese Labor Leaders Urge Congress To Reject Obama's Trade Agenda | Zach Carter | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of Vietnamese labor leaders sent a letter to Congress on Thursday saying a major pending trade bill will destroy efforts to impr...

The Shoddy Track Record Of The TPP's ISDS Provision

Amy Kapczynski | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Amy Kapczynski

A key aspect of the TPP will be the provision of "investor-state dispute settlement" (ISDS). The name sounds innocuous, but its content puts at risk core elements of the American legal system -- America's commitment to open courts and equal treatment.

Igor Bobic

Bernie Sanders Calls Hillary Clinton Out On Trade | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says it's long past time for Hillary Clinton to make clear where she stands on a pending trade deal between ...

Slam the Door on Fast-Track!

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

It's said Obama desperately wants this agreement as part of his "legacy." Legacy? No, it's payback time to the big contributors to both parties. Legacy? Think Bill Clinton and NAFTA.

A Pacific Trade Deal Won't Stop China's Reckless Rise

Kevin L. Kearns | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Kevin L. Kearns

It's quite remarkable that the national security-advocating Republican Party has not challenged the President on his fanciful China TPP claims. Apparently, they are so wedded to free trade theory that they think it is a cure-all for national security ills as well.

Michael McAuliff

Obama's Trade Deals Show He's Out Of Touch With The Real World, Dem Says | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama backs a corporate trade agenda because he no longer lives in the real world, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) charged...

Medicare Is Not an ATM

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Last month, the Senate passed a bill that would take nearly $1 billion from Medicare to pay for Trade Adjustment Assistance. While protecting Americans against trade-related job losses is a critical priority, it should not come at the expense of seniors, the disability community, or their families.

The Trade Deficit and the Weak Job Market

Dean Baker | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

It is often said that the economy is too simple for economists to understand. This is clearly the story with the continuing weakness of the job market and the trade deficit. We are still down more than 3 million jobs from our trend level even with May's strong growth.

Are Representatives Breaking Oath for Fast Track Legislation? Here's How You can Stop Them!

Jacob Devaney | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Jacob Devaney

If you want to go the extra mile, here is a list of Democrats who are considering supporting Fast Track along with their phone numbers so that you can call them directly.

Obama's Fast Track Attack on Women

Martha Burk | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

The President is asking for "fast track" authority to let the White House be the sole negotiator on the Trans Pacific Partnership. The so-called partnership is an insult to all U.S. workers, with many provisions that will hurt women the most.

Doctors Want a Second Opinion on TPP

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

By voting against the Trans Pacific Partnership, Congress has an opportunity to stand with thousands of doctors and public health experts, and remind America and the world that we should not be forced into false choices between staying healthy and facilitating commerce.

Will TPP Kill the Post Office?

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Will TPP enable the privatizers to declare things like our beloved U.S. Postal Service, schools and roads to be "commercial activity" that competes with private companies? How about our parks, libraries, public pensions and other public services?

Pollution and Inequality: A Shared History

Nourish International | Posted 06.06.2015 | Green
Nourish International

It's important to realize how this line of thinking is still hugely influential today as developing nations remain prime targets for businesses looking to offload pollution and exploit cheap labor.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Paul Ryan Seems Really Confident That Fast-Track Is Gonna Pass | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the go-to person on trade for Republicans and the White House alike, says he's more co...

Another Leaked Trade Agreement, Another Reason to Oppose Fast Track

David Singh Grewal | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
David Singh Grewal

Longstanding systems of public service provision in areas ranging from transport to broadcasting to utilities look likely to be come under new scrutiny under the TiSA.

Where's the Outrage, Mr. President?

Harlan Green | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Where's your outrage, Mr. President, when the New York Times just reported that at least 250 Disney World employees have been discharged, with many forced to train their own foreign replacements that have temporary H-IB work visas?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Slow Pace of the Fast Track

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

For anybody interested in rising above the banality of the politics, the minutiae of policy and the ineptness of public relations campaigns and wishes to consider the bigger picture, there are six essential truths about this deal worth keeping in mind.