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Conservatives and Liberals Agree, TPP Hates Your Freedom

Jacob Devaney | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Jacob Devaney

No matter where you stand on environmental issues or GMOs, you should be alarmed at the idea of large corporate interests overturning the vote of citizens in a democratic society. That is exactly what is happening now.

Bypassing Congress

Pat Choate | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Pat Choate

President Barack Obama is the principal political beneficiary of the forthcoming GOP control of both Houses of Congress, for it allows him to triangulate his initiatives and thus bypass both Congressional Republicans and Democrats to further define his Presidential legacy.

Zach Carter

The Free-Trade Deal Has Got Republicans Talking Like Elizabeth Warren

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will have to expand the scope of President Barack Obama's executive powers if he wants Co...

Fast Track Is the Wrong Path

Ilana Solomon | Posted 11.06.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

While the Obama administration and congressional supporters of the pacts have rekindled timeworn talking points that describe these deals as "21st century" trade agreements, in reality, they strongly resemble the failed NAFTA that went into effect more than two decades ago.

Congress' Smackdown of Fast Track: Sweet 16 Bday

Lori Wallach | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Lori Wallach

As we recall the sweet-sixteen anniversary of Fast Track's 1998 House-floor trouncing, let's toast to Congress doing the right thing again. Fast Track needs to be boxed and buried for good.

Corporate Courts -- A Big Red Flag on 'Trade' Agreements

Dave Johnson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

When We the People agree that something should done to make our lives better, it's supposed to get done. Right? You didn't know it, but that whole system changed several years ago. Our government, in our name, signed a document that placed corporate profits above our own democracy.

No to Fast-Tracking Harmful Trade Pacts; Yes to a New Model of Trade

Ilana Solomon | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Ilana Solomon

Today's trade agreements affect our daily lives in countless ways. It's time that the process for negotiating and implementing these trade pacts evolves to reflect that reality.

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.

Fast Track Courts Against Criminal Lawmakers 'Imperative' for Indian Democracy

Samarth Pathak | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Samarth Pathak

A wide section of India's politico-legal fraternity has expressed disappointment with the apex court's recent rejection of a proposal to fast track criminal cases against parliamentarians.

Lame Duck Hunt and the Fast Track Flush, Installment #1

Lori Wallach | Posted 10.05.2014 | World
Lori Wallach

Yet more secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are underway today in Washington. Thanks to some hearty protestors braving the heat and humidity to hold a location pointer out in front of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the word got out.

How Congressional Inaction Could Kill a Peaceful Iran Deal

Jamal Abdi | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
Jamal Abdi

Unless Congress gives the president the authority to lift sanctions, the president will be limited to extending temporary waivers for the sanctions for successive four-to-six month periods ad infinitum.

Obama's Asia Trip: TPP Make-or-Break Moment?

Lori Wallach | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Whether or not any real deal is made, some sort of "breakthrough" almost certainly will be announced because the U.S.-Japan summit is viewed as a do-or-die moment to inject momentum into the TPP process. Familiarity with kabuki theatre may be useful in interpreting the summit outcomes on the TPP.

Trade Pact Used as TPP Template Leads to Decrease in U.S. Exports -- Seriously!

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business
Lori Wallach

In the two years since implementation of the U.S.-Korea Free Agreement (FTA), U.S. exports to Korea have declined 11 percent according to recently-released government data.

Fast Track to Nowhere: America's Failed Trade Policy

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The inescapable reality is that the U.S. has pursued a globalization strategy that is a calamitous failure. This isn't the time to pursue more, better, bigger trade accords. This is a time for a fundamental reassessment. This isn't a radical conclusion. Consider three perspectives.

Conservatives Oppose Fast Track, TPP: Poll

Curtis Ellis | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Curtis Ellis

Corporate media consistently characterize the opponents of Obama's trade agenda as "labor unions," but the fact is conservative voters loathe it as well.

No Fast Track to TPP: Fix NAFTA First

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.16.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

Trade done right can lift people on all sides of all borders. It can and does increase prosperity. But the way the giant corporations have captured and rigged the current negotiating process is hurting our country -- and the rest of the world.

Pelosi Rejects Obama Bid For Fast-Track Trade

AP | By CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) — The House's top Democrat is strongly opposing President Barack Obama's bid for greater leeway in making trade deals with other...

2013 Trade Data Show Why Fast Tracking a TPP NAFTA Expansion Is a Very Bad Idea

Lori Wallach | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Lori Wallach

The only good news in the just-released 2013 U.S. trade data is that it can only reinforce growing congressional and public opposition to more-of-the-same trade agreements.

Trade Yes, But a Different Track

Larry Cohen | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Voters overwhelmingly expect the TPP to be a good deal for large corporations at the expense of small businesses:

A Fast Track to Eroding Our Rights

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 04.05.2014 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Think corporate lobbying power goes mostly unchecked now? Under the TPP, things would look far bleaker.

Sabrina Siddiqui

GOP Touts Rare Alliance With Obama On Trade To Highlight Dem Division

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

CAMBRIDGE, Md. -- House Republican leaders seized on the divide between President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats over trade on Thursday, one da...

Michael McAuliff

Harry Reid: 'I'm Against Fast Track'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) appears not to have been swayed by President Barack Obama's State of the Union appeal to Cong...

Obama's State of the Union Dilemma: Pushing Fast Track for TPP Would Increase Income Inequality

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Either Obama can prioritize a battle against income inequality or he can push more NAFTA-style trade agreements and the trade authority to railroad them through Congress, but he cannot do both.

CEO or Caveman?

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Honeywell CEO David Cote ran into trouble last week when he testified in favor of a big free trade deal before the Senate Finance Committee. After ent...

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Warnings From NAFTA

Dean Baker | Posted 03.22.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

The provisions in the agreement will overrule measures passed by national, state, and local legislative bodies, in effect stripping democratically elected officials of much of their authority. Since most of the text is still secret we can only speculate on what the final agreement will include.