ITC Okays Tariffs on Steel Imports from China, Japan

We’ve got a bit of news from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today, whichokayed duties on imports of cold-rolled steel flat products from China and Japan. [Matthew McMullen | June 22, 2016 | Alliance for American Manufacturing] Last month, the Commerce Department announced anti-dumping duties of 266 percent on this product from China and 71 percent on this product from Japan, plus an additional countervailing duty…

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RIP, TPP

ADVOCATES OF PARTICULAR issues sometimes have to be reminded that presidential elections have consequences. One of the lessons people should learn this year is that so do primaries. [Barney Frank| June 20, 2016 |Boston Globe] If voters deliver a clear enough message in the nominating process, it can determine public policy outcomes even before those nominated…

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Free Trade Is Dead

Regardless of who wins the presidential election in November, the 2016 campaign has already dramatically undermined a major pillar of post–World War II American economic and foreign policy—free trade. [Clyde Prestowitz| June 17, 2016 |Washington Monthly] Hillary Clinton’s current rejection of the same Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement that earlier she had called “the…

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‘Time to Get Loud’: Rock Stars and Celebs Aim to Amplify Anti-TPP Fight

It’s “the least boring piece of news related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in ages,”according to one campaigner.  [Deirdre Fulton| June 15, 2016 |Common Dreams] Celebrities including Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, punk band Anti-Flag, and Lost actress Evangeline Lilly are mobilizing against the 12-nation, corporate-friendly deal—which has been exposed by multiple analyses as threatening the climate, labor protections, access to medicine, and…

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