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Why Is the TPP Such a Big Secret?

(18) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 1:15 PM

Next week in Dallas, negotiations for what's likely to be the largest Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in U.S. history will continue in near total secrecy, despite growing demands for an open process. The darkness surrounding the talks isn't surprising, considering the American public's increasing disapproval of FTAs and...

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Insourcing Infrastructure: A Local Transit Director's Plan to Bring Back Jobs

(2) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 8:55 AM

The Bay Area Rapid Transit District's (BART) decision to contract with an overseas firm to construct 775 new BART cars, a $4.2 billion public investment, sparked a public outcry. Because the cars will be built overseas, the overhead for the project, which includes the cost of international travel...

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Obama's Free Trade Sleight of Hand

(31) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 9:34 AM

President Obama has pulled another rabbit out of his hat. Yesterday, as part of his sputtering "jobs plan," Obama submitted to Congress three pending Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama that were originally negotiated by President Bush in 2007. In doing so, Obama is ignoring growing...

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The Obama Jobs Plan: Offshore the Jobs Americans Don't Want?

(123) Comments | Posted August 22, 2011 | 11:36 AM

US Trade Representative Ron Kirk was in San Francisco Wednesday promoting pending Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama, a key aspect of the president's "jobs plan." I managed to catch up to him in the spacious lobby of a downtown high tech firm and he was nice...

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