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Transpacific Partnership

After the TPP, Here's a Progressive Vision for Trade

Ilana Solomon | Posted 11.16.2016 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Opposition to status-quo trade deals has reached unprecedented heights. The entire 2016 election cycle featured a widespread, trans-partisan rebuke of...

Don't Scapegoat Trade

Dr. Jonathan Doh | Posted 09.08.2016 | Politics
Dr. Jonathan Doh

This Presidential election cycle has emerged as one of the most unusual in recent years, and not only for the obvious reasons. For the first time since before World War II, both candidates are seriously questioning the benefits of freer trade.

Trump's And Clinton's Economy Plans: Eight Essential Reads

The Conversation US | Posted 08.12.2016 | Business
The Conversation US

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump gave dueling economic addresses this week, offering contrasting visions of where we are now and where each candidate would like to take us.

San Diego a Leader in Phones, Drones and Genomes: the TPP and Jobs of the Future

Carl Nettleton | Posted 08.12.2016 | Business
Carl Nettleton

While presidential candidates have continued to focus on the negative aspects of U.S. trade agreements, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker visited San ...

The Pence Paradox: Why Did Trump Choose A Top TPP Cheerleader?

Justin Talbot Zorn | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Justin Talbot Zorn

Trump's Pence pick reveals more than an inconvenient and unsightly policy disagreement. It reveals a fundamental fissure that the candidate is unwilling or unable to address.

Hillary Says She's Got the Nomination, But Bernie's Platform Can Beat Trump

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.24.2017 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Secretary Clinton asserts she has already won.  But even if she is correct, a big vote for Bernie in the upcoming final primaries could help her and Democrats win the general election against Trump.

The Year of Trade Deals: A Sensible Debate

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 03.22.2017 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Why trade and why now? Not since the establishment of the World Trade Organization in 1995 has international trade received as much public attention as we have observed over the past several months.

Sanders' Michigan Win Affirms Fair Trade Movement

Tom Hayden | Posted 03.15.2017 | Politics
Tom Hayden

Bernie's win in Michigan was no "surprise". His surge was testimony to his campaign spirit. It also was based on a Michigan rejection of the false promises of Clinton-era corporate and financial globalization policies like NAFTA and the TPP.

The Need for More Like Bernie Sanders: Alternative to Government Of, By and For the Corporations

Michele Swenson | Posted 03.02.2017 | Politics
Michele Swenson

Unlimited money in politics and the corporate control over our government that it buys have totally subverted U.S. democracy.

Currency Manipulation Will Allow Our Trade Partners To Skirt The Deal

Roger Johnson | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Roger Johnson

Currency manipulation has become our trade competitors' favorite maneuver for skirting massive trade deals as soon as they sign them, and it's about to happen again. The result of currency manipulation, as it occurs after trade agreements, is that it's nearly impossible for the U.S. to get a fair shake in these deals.

The Demise of American Democracy and the 2016 Election

Dave Pruett | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Dave Pruett

Democracy in America is on life support. If we don't soon rally en masse to its defense, corporate interests will pull the plug. Sanders is the only candidate to fully realize what's at stake, to tell the truth, and to articulate what WE, the People, must do.

Slavery: Reality vs Symbols

Curtis Ellis | Posted 07.24.2016 | Politics
Curtis Ellis

While elected officials pose as Great Emancipators for purging the Confederate battle flag from TV reruns, slavery thrives in the real world - and these same officials are actually encouraging it.

Earth to Washington: Failed Trade Deal Is Blow to Small Business

Brayden McCarthy | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Brayden McCarthy

President Obama lost big on a trade deal last week, as House Democrats thwarted his hopes for expanded negotiating authority, putting the White House's ability to fast-track trade deals in jeopardy, and potentially imperiling some landmark trade negotiations that are underway.

Why Our Trade Deal Disasters March On

Greg Autry | Posted 06.14.2016 | Business
Greg Autry

America at a trade meeting is like some backwoods buyer walking onto a used car lot full of smarmy salesmen with his checkbook out while loudly shouting, "I'm not leaving here without a car!"

Ryan Grim

Obama's Last-Minute Trade Pitch To Dems May Have Backfired | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With his trade agenda hanging in the balance, President Barack Obama unexpectedly ventured to Capitol Hill on Friday morning to meet wit...

Nancy Pelosi Says She's Concerned About Fast-Track Bill's Time Frame

Reuters | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics

(Adds quote and details) WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday ...

Ryan Grim

Harry Reid Plans To Block Trade Deal Until The Senate Deals With Surveillance Reform, Highway Funding | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is putting the brakes on a Senate effort to push through a controversial trade deal, saying t...

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Solidifying a Gold Standard TPP

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

The next round of TPP negotiations begin in Hawaii on Monday and it is highly probable that this meeting could be one of the last before the pact is finalized. As we reach the potential end point, effective IP protections cannot be overlooked.

Make Trade Promotion Authority Into Jobs Promotion Authority

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 03.01.2015 | Business
Gilbert B. Kaplan

When Congress comes back to work early next year, Trade Promotion Authority ("TPA") is likely to be high up on the Congressional agenda, and it is something the President and Congress can work together on.

Obama: Say No to This 'Partnership'

Martha Burk | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

What is the TPP? A giant trade agreement between the U.S. and 12 Pacific Rim nations now being negotiated in secret. Well, mostly in secret. Around 600 corporations have seen a draft. Yet Congress and the public still have not.

U.S. Trade Agreement with Asia-Pacific Countries Must Have Strong Environmental Provisions

Jake Schmidt | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The U.S. and 11 other countries are in the final stages of a trade agreement - the Trans-Pacific Partnership - that would, if completed, be the biggest trade agreement in recent history. It would cover countries accounting for over 40% of the world's trade and economic output.

Did Washington Stab Working Americans in the Back?

Curtis Ellis | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Curtis Ellis

It's official: Trade with poor countries has destroyed millions of American jobs and lives. A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research confirms what working people have long known: Imports from China are responsible for the loss of over 2 million jobs between 1999 and 2011. That's about 1 percent of the entire work force.

Ukraine Exposes Globalism's Flawed Premise

Curtis Ellis | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Curtis Ellis

The crisis in Ukraine has done more than expose weaknesses in regional security and international air safety arrangements. It has exposed fundamental flaws in the bedrock assumptions underlying that secular faith known as globalization.

Hollywood Boycott Threatens TransPacific Partnership

Curtis Ellis | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Curtis Ellis

The barbarism in Brunei shows us everything that's wrong with the TransPacific Partnership. We should not give special privileges to countries that spit on basic American values.