Eric Schmidt and other tech execs want government protection from China, and it sounds a bit like Trump

  President-elect Donald Trump and the tech industry may have more in common than they realized. [Eugene Kim| January 9, 2017 |Business Insider] Though Trump was almost universally unpopular in Silicon Valley during the campaign, a new proposal from a group of high-profile tech leaders doesn’t sound so different from some of Trump’s protectionist language on trade.…

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Neal pushing for TTIP talks to get ‘back on track;’ says border adjustability provision uncertain

The new House Ways & Means ranking member, Richard Neal (D-MA), is urging the incoming Trump administration to resume Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks with the European Union — adding that he asked President Obama two years ago to prioritize those negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership — and warned that a border adjustment provision…

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SOS Nominee Tillerson does not Oppose TPP

Washington (CNN)President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, is facing resistance from a notable quarter — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. [Nicole Gaouette| January 11, 2017 |CNN] Rubio — who refused to say if he would vote for Tillerson after a day of testimony — pressed the former ExxonMobil CEO hard Wednesday on…

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Department of Labor’s Colombia FTA Report

I am pleased that the report released today by the Department of Labor in response to our submission on Colombia’s Free Trade Agreement found significant evidence of inadequate labor inspection and enforcement, abusive subcontracting, failure to prosecute threats and violence against unionists and other failures.  While the report is an important first step towards ensuring…

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Sen. Mike Lee Wants To Stop Trump on Trade

Don’t expect lawmakers to quietly accept President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to use congressionally granted authorities to hike tariffs against offending countries, which could potentially spark trade wars. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is already leading an effort to find ways to rein in some of the executive power Trump would have on trade. [Adam Behsudi| January…

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Apple plans ‘high-tech manufacturing’ of data-center gear in Arizona

Apple is seeking permission to conduct “high-tech manufacturing” and to build data-center server gear in a Mesa, Arizona, facility, according to a notice published Monday by the US federal government. [Kif Leswing| January 9, 2017 |Business Insider] A notification published in the Federal Register on Monday said Apple was looking for approval from the Foreign-Trade Zones…

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