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Trans Pacific Partnership

Hillary's Pro-TPP True Colors Leak Out in Democratic Platform

Ian Fletcher | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Progressives seem to be livid. I share their disgust. But at least we know where we're really headed now if we elect Hillary.

Live From A Contentious Convention, It's The Alliance For American Manufacturing

Scott Paul | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Scott Paul

Our logic for participating is simple: If there were ever a presidential contest where the issues demanded our presence at a political convention, this is the one.

The Congressional Blacklist

Judy Frankel | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

2016 will be different. First, more voters will be coming to the polls because of the Presidential election. Second, they will be better educated because there is now a blacklist of the most heinous vote-against-the-public, vote-for-the-funders offenders.

Welcome To The New Democratic Party

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

This weekend in Orlando, Florida members of the Platform Committee met to help create the Democratic party's positions on a number of key issues. I was honored to attend as a Committee member on behalf of Senator Bernie Sanders.

Labor Union That Endorsed Sanders Says It Backs Clinton Now

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics

One of the major labor unions to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the Democratic primary announced Monday that it is endorsing former Secret...

Free Trade: A First-World Problem?

Steven Conn | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Steven Conn

Donald Trump was right when he said that he and Bernie Sanders agree on (at least) one thing: free trade agreements.

Democratic Delegates Should Help Save Obama's Legacy By Blocking The TPP

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

A struggle over the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is taking place within the 187-member Democratic Party platform committee as they gather in Orlando to hammer out the details of the previously approved draft.

Democrats Must Fight To Defeat The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Bernie Sanders | Posted 07.10.2016 | Politics
Bernie Sanders

Over and over again, supporters of free trade have told us that unfettered free trade would increase jobs and reduce the trade deficit.

TPP In Democratic Party Platform Is A 'Whose Side Are You On?' Moment

Dave Johnson | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Dave Johnson

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is likely to come up for a vote in the "lame-duck" session of Congress that follows the November presidential election. Will the Democratic Party vote to put the platform on record against this, or will corporate interests win out yet again?

Let Britain Be a Warning to Trump -- Hillary

Llewellyn King | Posted 07.05.2016 | Home
Llewellyn King

The blue Trump signs outside the modest but proud houses on my street may not get Trump elected, but -- and here is the danger -- they may draw his putative opponent, Hillary Clinton, towards the same trade poison that he is advocating.

Billionaire Trump Claims Steelworker Status

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Donald Trump stomped into my backyard just days before July 4 and claimed to be a steelworker.

Exposing Trump's Trade Appeal To Working-Class Voters For What It Is

Dave Johnson | Posted 07.01.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

Donald Trump is selling himself as the champion of working-class voters. He says Democrats and their presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, are selling them out with trade deals. But Trump is just a fraud.

Increasing Opportunities for American Business by Opening Global Markets

Arun M. Kumar | Posted 06.28.2016 | Business
Arun M. Kumar

One-quarter of U.S. GDP growth over the past 15 years is attributable to U.S. exports, and 11.5 million Americans go to work every day because our com...

No, Trump's Tariff Wouldn't Crash The Economy

Ian Fletcher | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Net-net, I can't guarantee that Trump would be able to successfully pull off a major reform of America's ongoing "free" trade disaster, but he would be the first president in decades pushing in the right direction and no, he's not visibly setting us up for disaster.

Why Mining Corporations Love Trade Deals

Ben Beachy | Posted 06.21.2016 | Green
Ben Beachy

From the salmon-spawning waters of Alaska to the cloud forests of Ecuador, communities are standing up to mining projects that threaten their health, ...

A Strike For All Working Families

Chris Shelton | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Chris Shelton

Let's talk about something that is truly extraordinary. On April 13, nearly 40,000 workers walked out the door at Verizon. After ten months of frui...

Small Mindedness, Not Small Hands, Disqualifies Trump

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

America is a big country and needs a big president. America needs a president with a big brain, capable of understanding complex constitutional, international and economic issues. Donald Trump is too small to be that man.

Public Health Must Not Resuscitate the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

Hatched during the market triumphalism of the 1980s, modern era trade agreements like the TPP have contributed to the most lopsided inequality in income distribution since the Great Depression.

#ExxonKnew About Climate Change and ExxonKnows How to Use Trade Deals to Get Its Way

Ilana Solomon | Posted 06.03.2016 | Green
Ilana Solomon

A little-known fact, however, is that while ExxonMobil was misleading the public about climate disruption, it was also using trade rules to increase its power, to bolster its profits, and to actively hamper climate action.

Despite What Donald Trump Says, Free Trade Benefits Americans

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Unfortunately, we all will suffer if politicians make trade a scapegoat for misguided government policies which have made Americans less competitive.

4 Ways Entrepreneurs Could be Affected With Donald Trump in Office

Toby Nwazor | Posted 05.31.2016 | Business
Toby Nwazor

There are 20 to 30 million small businesses in America. In some estimates, up to 70 percent of small businesses are owned and operated by a single person (the entrepreneur). These small businesses employ 77 million Americans and account for 60 - 80 percent of all new jobs created.

It's Now or Never For the TPP

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

Both of the likely major party candidates have come out against TPP, and it seems unlikely even a third party candidate would take up the TPP cause in the face of so much irrational hostility.

Big Report, Little Finding: The ITC Evaluates the Economic Impact of the TPP

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The International Trade Commission just released its 792-page monster of a report on the "likely impact" of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the U.S. economy.

Clinton Has Gone Beyond Simply Opposing the TPP

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.10.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

Going into the West Virginia primary, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has come out in opposition to a "lame duck" vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This takes her beyond her previous statements mildly opposing TPP.

Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership Turn Silicon Valley Into Detroit?

Dean Baker | Posted 05.09.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

The proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) like to describe it as a free-trade deal for the 21st century. That might be a good sales pitch, but it's not accurate. The TPP has little to with reducing trade barriers, which in most cases were already low.