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Trans Pacific Partnership

Has NAFTA Benefited Americans?

Michele Nash-Hoff | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Michele Nash-Hoff

By this question, I mean the American people -- not America, our country, nor American corporations. There can be diplomatic benefits to trade agreements, such as strengthening our relationships with countries that are allies in the world's political arena.

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...

Conserving Nature Is Good Trade Policy

Carter Roberts | Posted 03.30.2014 | Green
Carter Roberts

We don't have to trade our planet's future to boost trade among nations. A major trade agreement among these countries that includes strong environmental obligations could provide critical new protections for some of our planet's important natural resources.

Why America’s Strategic Rebalance Is Really Just Retreat

John Feffer | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

The lumbering aircraft carrier known as the United States should be executing a pivot that lives up to its name: a shift from the martial to the pacific. Instead, it's just roiling the waters and leaving instability in its wake.

President Obama's Inequality Story

Dean Baker | Posted 03.29.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

The question is whether President Obama is prepared to talk about inequality in a way that gets to the core of the problem as opposed to just clipping away at the edges. It's a safe bet that we will see the latter.

State of Our Fractured Union: 5 Things We'd Like to Hear From President Obama

Mark Ruffalo | Posted 03.29.2014 | Green
Mark Ruffalo

In previous years, President Obama has used his platform to promote his "all of the above" energy plan, which includes significantly expanding domestic oil and gas production -- i.e. fracking -- thus betraying the promises he articulated in his nomination speech at the 2008 DNC.

Can the U.S. Be Trusted as an Ally?

Ian Bremmer | Posted 03.29.2014 | World
Ian Bremmer

Confusion over what America's reduced commitment means for the rest of the world will undermine the confidence of allies in US staying power.

The War on Poverty, International Trade and the State of the Union

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Gilbert B. Kaplan

It is hard to see our trade policy as a place where we are having much success. We have an unceasing $700 billion trade deficit, and we have lost 5.2 million manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

Fast-Tracking the Future, TPP Style

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Here's food for thought: Fast-tracking could become the model for a new and profoundly subversive model of governance -- one in which elected government becomes little more than an afterthought to corporate-backed deal-making. It's not hard to imagine a dystopian future where this becomes the norm.

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.

Zach Carter

CEO Pressures Congress On Controversial Trade Deal He Doesn't Understand

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the most prominent CEO proponents of a controversial new trade deal acknowledged at a congressional hearing on Thursday that he d...

Kate Sheppard

WikiLeaks Exposes What Obama's Secret Trade Deal Would Do To The Environment

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WikiLeaks published a leaked draft of the environment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Wednesday, and environmental groups ar...

Michael McAuliff

Harry Reid Embargoes Baucus' Fast Track Trade Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The fast track trade bill introduced in the Senate last week will go nowhere anytime soon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) sa...

Corporate Lobby Cheers Controversial Fast Track Bill

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Lori Wallach

The Nixon-era procedure, which allows trade pacts to be signed before Congress approves them, and then to be railroaded through Congress in 90 days with limited debate and no amendments, is deemed essential to implementing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But an interesting thing happened on the way to the long-delayed submission of the Fast Track bill.

Get TPP Off the Fast Track

Larry Cohen | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

The TPP will affect our laws, our jobs, our food and our environment. Fast track, also known as Trade Promotion Authority, forces Congress to give up its right to amend and improve this trade deal for ordinary Americans.

Fast Track to Poverty

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Without significant changes, TPP will just be another American factory shuttering, dream shattering trade deal. Of course, the corporations that stand to profit support the current TPP scheme, as they did the other job-destroying trade deals. And so do corporate politicians.

Zach Carter

Noam Chomsky: Obama Trade Deal A 'Neoliberal Assault' To Further Corporate 'Domination'

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is an "assault," on working people intended to further corporate "domination," accordi...

Michael McAuliff

Dems Warn Obama They'll Kill His Big Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's international trade agenda is dead in the water if he doesn't do a better job engaging with Democrats in Congre...

Zach Carter

House Democrats Leave Pacific Trade Deal Twisting In The Wind

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats balked Thursday at a bill designed to clear congressional hurdles for President Barack Obama's controversial Trans-Pacif...

We Must Stop Fast Track Trade Authority from Being Granted!

Michele Nash-Hoff | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Michele Nash-Hoff

If Fast Track Authority is approved, it would allow President Obama to essentially have dictatorial control over the country in many respects. Fast Track Authority gives the executive branch legislative powers, something expressly forbidden by the Constitution.

NAFTA at 20: One Million U.S. Jobs Lost, Higher Income Inequality

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
Lori Wallach

Given NAFTA's devastating outcomes, few of the corporations or think tanks that sold it as a boon for all of us in the 1990s like to talk about it, but the reality is that their promises failed as millions of people were severely harmed.

NAFTA Shows the Damage Fast Track Could Bring

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Congress will kick off 2014 by likely considering legislation that would allow bum trade deals to speed through Capitol Hill with little debate and no amendments. The Teamsters and others have been vocal on what a bad idea that would be. And it isn't hard to prove why.

The Asia Rebalance Is Here to Stay

Daniel R. Russel | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. Russel

The United States enters 2014 positioned to capitalize on a year of intense engagement and investment in a region -- the Asia-Pacific -- that is increasingly critical to our future and to global growth.