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Trans Pacific Partnership

Fast-Track Derails Democracy

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

The issue before us is not "free trade," which, like any policy, has its pluses and minuses. The issue is that a multilateral trade agreement should not be negotiated in secret, but in the open by our State and Commerce departments, with input from all organizations concerned.

Congress Should Reject Trade Promotion Agreement

Marick Masters | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Marick Masters

American people deserve an open debate on the objectives of any forthcoming trade agreement in the context of restoring balance to the nation's deteriorating economy, which is imperiling national security.

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Explains Obama's Trade Troubles

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats dealt a blow to President Barack Obama's trade agenda on Friday, voting down a bill that would have cleared the way for ...

Lies, Damnable Lies and Trade Lies

Pat Choate | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Pat Choate

On Friday, the House of Representatives held an extensive debate on whether Congress should adopt fast track rules for ratifying the Trans Pacific Partnership. What ensued was a jumbled debate in which advocates for fast tracking the TPP entered into a world of fantasy economics and delusional politics.

Fast Track Derailed

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

Fast Track Derailed

Fast Track Down

Lori Wallach | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Lori Wallach

To understand what comes next, it's worth unpacking what exactly happened on Friday and how we got there.

The Real Meaning Of Obama's Trade Defeat

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It's about time that the Democratic rank and file rebelled against the corporate domination of the Democratic presidential party. Last week's events should ring down the curtain on the era of "trade" deals like NAFTA and TPP.

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Nearly Dead

Robert Reich | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

The Trans-Pacific Partnership may yet squeak through Congress but its near-death experience offers an important lesson. It's not that labor unions have regained political power or that the president is especially weak. The biggest lesson is most Americans no longer support free trade.

TPP Panic: Playing the China Card

Jeff Faux | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Jeff Faux

Stung by the sudden derailment in the House of Representatives of the rush to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership, the Washington establishment has wasted no time in warning us of the menace of a rising China, should the trade deal not be put back on track next week.

Surprise! Hillary Clinton's Big Campaign Speech Didn't Mention The Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics

Hillary Clinton paid lip service to just about every issue dear to progressive voters in her presidential campaign kickoff on Saturday, from paid sick...

Laura Barron-Lopez

House Regroups To Save Obama's Trade Agenda From Democrats

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama suffered an embarrassing defeat Friday in his push to pass his trade agenda. But now attention is turning to the ...

Zach Carter

Why It's So Hard For Obama To Undo Democrats' Trade Revolt

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda are searching for a new legislative strategy following Friday's embarrassing defeat....

Trade Pacts and American Jobs

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

While the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal is being hotly debated in Congress, the fact is that this trade deal -- or any trade deal -- will have little impact on American jobs, or more specifically, on the decline in good-paying jobs for middle-class Americans.

Arthur Delaney

Democrats Just Shot The Hostage In Obama's Trade Deal Negotiations

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

Wanda Perdue of Rocky Mount, Virginia, said she signed up for a federal program that helps workers whose jobs are shipped overseas when her job was, i...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...