Sanders forces push trade agreement opposition at DNC platform meeting

Trade policy is emerging as a point of tension between the Bernie Sanders team and the party establishment in the drafting of the Democratic Party platform.  [Jonathan Swan| June 9, 2016 |The Hill] While Hillary Clinton came out against the Obama administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership, an Asian trade deal that she previously championed as secretary of State, the Sanders forces…

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NAFTA and the Angry Middle-Class Voter

On a bleak February day, in plenty of time to impact the 2016 Indiana presidential primary, a flush U.S. corporation named United Technologies abruptly announced that it would be closing two Indiana manufacturing plants employing some 2,100 Americans — and shifting the plants’ operations to Mexico. [Carl M. Cannon| June 9, 2016 |Real Clear Politics]…

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Money Merry-Go-Round: Emails Show How Wall Street Execs and Alums Crafted Trade Bill

  Foreign corporations could sue to undermine US protections for consumers’ health, safety and financial security under a provision added to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal (TPP) after executives of big banks pressed the nation’s chief trade negotiator, himself a former big-bank executive, to include it. [Kathy Kiely| June 1, 2016 |Moyers & Company]…

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How Low Would We Go for TPP?

  The Trans-Pacific Partnership, the huge new 12-country trade deal, raises the question: How low would we go to get the next NAFTA-style deal? [Stan Sorscher| June 7, 2016 |Huffington Post] The basic idea of a trade deal is that we will lower our tariffs, you will lower your tariffs, and trade goes up. That…

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