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  • Democrats’ civil war over free trade

    04/17/2015 10:41:30 AM PDT · by Theoria · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 16 April 2015 | Adam Behsudi
    The open in-fighting ramped up after a breakthrough on the historic bill was announced. The most important trade bill in a decade has pitted Harry Reid against President Barack Obama. Liberal Democrat Rosa DeLauro against moderate Democrat Ron Kind. Labor unions against pro-business Democrats. And Elizabeth Warren against virtually everyone who supports a landmark piece of legislation that would allow the president to close what could be the biggest free-trade deal in history. The open warring among Democrats over fast-track trade legislation, and the party’s broader existential crisis on free trade, grew more pronounced Thursday as senior lawmakers announced a...
  • Deal Reached on Fast-Track Authority for Obama on Trade Pact

    04/16/2015 11:49:33 AM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 16 April 2015 | Jonathan Weisman
    The leaders of Congress’s tax-writing committees reached agreement Thursday on legislation to give President Obama “fast track” authority to negotiate an ambitious trade accord with 11 other Pacific nations, beginning what is sure to be one of the toughest legislative battles of his last 19 months in office. The “trade promotion authority” bill — likely to be unveiled Thursday afternoon — would give Congress the power to vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership once it is completed, but would deny lawmakers the chance to amend what would be the largest trade deal since the North American Free Trade Agreement. Senator Orrin...
  • AFL-CIO ramps up its effort against Obama trade agenda

    04/13/2015 10:16:53 AM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 13 April 2015 | Vicki Needham
    The AFL-CIO is ramping up its efforts this week to convince Congress to oppose giving the White House fast-track authority on trade. The labor group is holding events across the country as part of a “week of action” on trade. “The week of action will increase the political momentum and grassroots opposition to fast track the same week Congress is expected to begin consideration of a trade promotion authority bill,” the AFL-CIO said in a statement. Lawmakers, labor union leaders and their members will hold a rally Wednesday on Capitol Hill and follow that up with 50 grassroots events around...
  • Trade agreement is a Trojan horse for Obama's immigration agenda

    04/13/2015 10:07:07 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 13, 2015 | By Curtis Ellis
    Congress is considering whether to give President Obama the power to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping international regulatory agreement the White House describes as "rules for the world's economy" — and the U.S. TPP regulates everything from the environment and energy (climate change, anyone?) to minimum wages, food and, most notably, immigration. If approved, the Trans-Pacific Partnership would have the force of a treaty. Its regulations would override U.S. law. With fast-track trade promotion authority (TPA), only a simple majority in both houses of Congress, not a two-thirds supermajority in the Senate, would be needed for approval. Congress could...
  • Trade fight looms as Congress returns

    04/13/2015 9:53:49 AM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    Politico ^ | 13 April 2015 | Doug Palmer and Adam Behsudi
    A smoldering debate over trade is expected to get even hotter after Congress returns from its two-week spring break. Senate Finance Committee leaders Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden appear poised to introduce a “fast track” trade promotion authority bill along with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. But months of closed-door negotiations were continuing on Friday, congressional aides said. The power, largely embraced by Republicans, pits many congressional Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and potentially Senate Democratic leader-in-waiting Charles Schumer, against the White House. The measure would allow President Barack Obama to submit free trade agreements to Congress...
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Seen as Door for Foreign Suits Against U.S.

    03/28/2015 3:14:42 PM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 March 2015 | Jonathan Weisman
    An ambitious 12-nation trade accord pushed by President Obama would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government for actions that undermine their investment “expectations” and hurt their business, according to a classified document. The Trans-Pacific Partnership — a cornerstone of Mr. Obama’s remaining economic agenda — would grant broad powers to multinational companies operating in North America, South America and Asia. Under the accord, still under negotiation but nearing completion, companies and investors would be empowered to challenge regulations, rules, government actions and court rulings — federal, state or local — before tribunals organized under the World Bank...
  • New wave of Islamic immigration planned for U.S. (Some call it open invitation for jihadists)

    03/22/2015 6:53:18 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    WND ^ | March 22, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    The number of students graduating with STEM degrees already far exceeds the number of STEM jobs available but powerful interests in the business community are pushing Congress to allow more foreign skilled workers into the country. Congress is considering new immigration laws that would flood the U.S. with “guest workers” from the Middle East and Asia, a plan some are calling an open invitation for jihadists to walk right through America’s front door. Critics say lawmakers – including top Republican leaders – are playing with fire and could jeopardize national security with the proposals to double or even triple...
  • House Democrats angry over Obama’s classified trade meeting

    03/19/2015 4:39:39 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 16, 2015
    House Democrats angry over Obama’s classified trade meeting House Democrats are criticizing President Obama's administration for holding a classified briefing on trade with top administration officials, saying it's an attempt to push a trade program in secret. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman will meet with House Democrats on Wednesday in a classified briefing to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Members will be allowed to attend the briefing on the proposed trade pact with 12 Latin American and Asian countries with one staff member who possesses an “active Secret-level or high clearance” compliant with House...
  • Do unions have the oomph to stop Obama's trade agenda?

    03/14/2015 3:42:19 PM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 14 March 2015 | Brian Mahoney and Doug Palmer
    The AFL-CIO’s bold announcement that it would withhold contributions to congressional Democrats in advance of votes on fast-track trade protection authority thrilled labor supporters and annoyed many Democrats. But it remains to be seen whether the move will impede the Obama administration’s trade agenda — or merely become the latest illustration of unions’ declining clout. The AFL-CIO has tried such moves in the past — including during the 1993 fight over the North American Free Trade Agreement — only to be defeated and then resume funding Democrats again. Now, with a wide margin of pro-trade Republicans in the House and...
  • As free trade pacts expand, U.S. trade deficit soars. Why add one more?

    02/23/2015 9:57:23 AM PST · by Theoria · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 17 Feb 2015 | Leo Hindery Jr.
    President Barack Obama has called on Congress to grant him fast-track trade authority for his Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement. The administration insists the authority, which would give Congress only an up-or-down vote on the agreement, is needed to get the best possible terms from its trade partners along the Pacific Rim. During his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama promised to renegotiate and improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). But it now looks like what he really meant is to expand on that flawed trade model and extend it to other countries. Twenty-one years after NAFTA and four years after...
  • Hollywood is Lobbying Government to Put You in Prison for Common Online Activity

    02/13/2015 4:40:46 PM PST · by lbryce · 66 replies
    FreeThought project ^ | February 13, 2015 | Maira Sutton
    Go to Prison for Sharing Files? That’s What Hollywood Wants in the Secret TPP Deal The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) poses massive threats to users in a dizzying number of ways. It will force other TPP signatories to accept the United States’ excessive copyright terms of a minimum of life of the author plus 70 years, while locking the US to the same lengths so it will be harder to shorten them in the future. It contains extreme DRM anti-circumvention provisions that will make it a crime to tinker with, hack, re-sell, preserve, and otherwise control any number of digital...
  • GOP Leaders Plot Pseudo-Free-Trade Schemes With Obama

    02/10/2015 1:32:25 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 5 replies
    New American ^ | 12/30/2014 | Alex Newman
    With much of Obama’s Democrat political base seeking to block misnamed “free-trade” agreements at the moment, the White House is plotting with congressional Republicans and Big Business interests to advance the controversial national sovereignty-crushing agenda disguised as a “trade” deal. According to media reports, establishment Republicans are scheming to pass “fast-track authority” for Obama’s secretly negotiated schemes as soon as the newly empowered GOP takes control of the Senate and further boosts its majority in the House. However, despite strong support from the globalist crony-capitalist wing of the GOP, the administration is expected to face serious difficulties ramming through the...
  • Left and Right Align in Fighting Obama’s Trade Agenda

    02/10/2015 11:41:00 AM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 09 Feb 2015 | JONATHAN WEISMAN
    An odd marriage of convenience between liberal Democrats and Tea Party Republicans is squeezing President Obama on his ambitious trade agenda, forcing the White House and top Republicans to fight a two-front war on an international economic effort the president hopes to secure before he leaves office. An alliance between the likes of Representatives Louie Gohmert and Dana Rohrabacher — two of the House’s most conservative members — and Rosa DeLauro and Louise Slaughter — ardent liberals — is unlikely enough. But as the political fringes expand on each end, they are challenging another strange-bedfellows alliance between Mr. Obama and...
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

    01/30/2015 9:08:07 AM PST · by yoe · 2 replies
    EFF ^ | January 2015
    What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)? The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multinational trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The main problems are two-fold: (1) Intellectual Property Chapter: Leaked draft texts of the agreement show that the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples' abilities to innovate. (2) Lack of Transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy.
  • 2nd Amendment threatened in Obama's trade plans

    01/30/2015 8:00:23 AM PST · by drypowder · 7 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Jan. 22, 2015 | Curtis Ellis
    Gun Owners of America is blasting a congressional proposal that empowers Obama to unilaterally negotiate international agreements as “a ‘bait and switch’ scheme that could seriously impact the Second Amendment.” House and Senate committees are currently preparing to hand Obama so-called “fast-track” trade promotion authority. It would enable the president to unilaterally negotiate the TransPacific Partnership, a trade and global governance agreement with the U.S. and 11 other nations bordering the Pacific Ocean.
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership a Bad Deal for America

    05/08/2014 7:29:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- The good news is that the Obama administration plans to create a lot of new jobs. The bad news is that those jobs will mostly be in Asia. President Obama's recent trip to Asia revived debate about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, the cornerstone of this administration's so-called pivot to Asia. The controversial agreement -- not likely to be finalized anytime soon -- currently involves the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea. Other countries expressing interest include China, India, Taiwan, Indonesia, Laos, Colombia, Cambodia, Bangladesh and the Philippines....
  • Tripping over TTIP: Obstacles overshadow EU-US trade pact

    02/13/2014 11:08:22 AM PST · by managusta · 1 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 13.02.2014 | Emily Sherwin
    This coming Monday (17.02.2014), EU trade chief Karel de Gucht and his US counterpart Michael Froman are scheduled to meet in Washington to discuss the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a transatlantic free trade area. They are expected to make a political assessment of the past three rounds of US-EU trade talks and to discuss the upcoming fourth round of negotiations in March. The pact would unify standards and licensing procedures across a EU-US trade zone and would waive tariffs on goods traded between the EU and the US. According to the Munich-based IFO institute, the treaty will create...
  • Obama’s Free-Trade Conundrum

    01/30/2014 1:12:01 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 29, 2014 | DAVID E. BONIOR
    WASHINGTON — IN his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama focused on reversing the growth of economic inequality in the United States and restoring the American dream. At the same time, he also announced his support for fast track authority that would limit Congress’s role in determining the content of trade agreements. The president’s call follows on legislation introduced earlier this month to grant him fast-track authority as a way of forcing Congress to speed up its consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation pact with Latin American and Asian nations. But Mr. Obama’s desire for fast-track...
  • Is the TPP about Free Trade or Economic Nationalism? [Trans Pacific Partnership]

    12/31/2013 11:28:29 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 26 replies
    Cato ^ | December 26, 2013 | Simon Lester
    One of the big Obama administration trade initiatives going on right now is negotiations with eleven countries in the Pacific region, called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). What exactly is being talked about in these trade talks? Is it really about free trade? Based on standard media coverage of the issue, it’s not easy to discern.  Here’s an example from the Washington Post.In the print version of the piece, the title notes that the U.S. is seeking “to shape global trading rules”; and the sub-title says that the goal of the talks is “a freer flow of world commerce.”...
  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Obama's Dangerous International Deal

    12/06/2013 12:53:46 PM PST · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    Reason ^ | 16 November 2013 | Zenon Evans
    free trade agreement that is neither about trade nor freedom. ___ While the Obama Administration appears to be growing ever-more-limp domestically, the president is still making a vigorous international push that has the potential to shift economic power dynamics, rewrite intellectual property laws, establish new labor and environmental regulations, and reduce the authority of Congress. And, the White House hopes to have all this sorted out by the end of this year. The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), considered the “cornerstone of the Obama Administration’s economic policy in the Asia Pacific,” has been quietly negotiated since since the president's first term...
  • President Obama's DANGEROUS TRANSPACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TREATY to be FAST TRACKED & VOTED ON NEXT WEEK

    12/06/2013 8:37:12 AM PST · by kobald · 18 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | December 6, 2013 | Janet Klien
    Obama secretly signing away U.S. sovereignty Click this link to learn more: http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/obama-secretly-signing-away-u-s-sovereig... Anyway the Republicans are getting ready to help Obama destroy America with this dangerous treaty. This webpage's existence, Made In America on Food Products, Patents on life threatening surgeries and Generic Drugs will all be gone if this Treaty gets Fast Tracked. According to the Financial Times just released today, THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE HAVE STRUCK A DEAL WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ALLOW ONLY 51 VOTES IN THE SENATE TO RATIFY THIS AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY DESTROYING TREATY. Please read from the Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ce008052-5dfd-11e3-8fca-00144feabdc0.html... I urge Justin...
  • WikiLeaks publishes draft version of TPP agreement revealing more details about secret document

    11/13/2013 4:25:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Highly secretive trade agreement have been published on the WikiLeaks website with 95 pages that were taken from the recent TPP or better known as Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. The main aim of the TPP is to unite nations such as the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei that combine with itself about 40% of gross domestic product. Barack Obama and other leaders of the outstanding 11 states were keeping the TPP in secrecy for a lot of years. According to the officials, the agreement would stir up the economies of those...
  • Ted Cruz tele-townhall draws record 104,000

    10/03/2013 11:19:02 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 21 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | October 3, 2013
    Ted Cruz's townhall meeting by telephone last night drew over 104,000 participants. The previous record was 67,000 people. The event was sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots and Cruz was joined by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK). The meeting was on the continuing resolution. TPP Co-founder Jenny Beth Martin said no special efforts were taken and the only announcements were the standard Facebook post for two hours and a robocall earlier in the day. The meeting was to bring people up to date on the defunding of Obamacare through the CR. Just as 2010, the Tea Party patriots are leading the...
  • Regional Scheme for the Pacific Rim

    08/24/2013 8:17:48 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies
    The New American ^ | 08.23.2013 | William F. Jasper
    With little fanfare or public notice, the Obama administration has pushed full speed ahead over the past year with negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a so-called free trade agreement loaded with potential for enormous political and economic harm for Americans. The TPP, which currently involves 12 nations — Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam (Japan is negotiating for membership and is likely to join soon) — is really intended as an interim arrangement, on the road to an expanded Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP) that would...
  • US, Japan agree to negotiation on free trade agreement

    02/23/2013 7:55:10 AM PST · by SeminoleCounty
    Gulf News (via Reuters) ^ | February 23, 2013 | Staff
    Washington: The United States and Japan on Friday agreed on language aimed at giving Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe political cover to bring the world’s third-largest economy into negotiations on a US-led free trade agreement in the Asia Pacific region. In a carefully worded statement following Abe’s meeting with President Barack Obama, the two countries reaffirmed that “all goods would subject to negotiation” if Japan joins the talks with the United States and 10 other countries. At the same time, the statement leaves open a possible outcome to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, talks where the Japan could still protect...
  • Obama Says One Thing in Spotlight, Another Behind Closed Doors

    09/17/2012 10:56:57 AM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    Truthout ^ | 16 Sept 2012 | Kevin Zeese
    Jobs. That is the issue in the election – at least that is the issue Obama and Romney are focused on – who will create more jobs for a country in desperate need of them. During his convention speech, President Obama mentioned jobs 19 times, Romney did so 16 times. Obama promised a future where the U.S. will "outsource fewer jobs." Of course, Romney is known as someone who made hundreds of millions by outsourcing jobs. Former President Clinton put forth a job scorecard, arguing Obama and the Democrats will create more jobs. Neither candidate is arguing for a New...
  • Tea Party Patriots Org strikes Libertarian Iceberg...

    02/18/2011 10:20:56 PM PST · by TCH · 92 replies · 1+ views
    TCH | February 19, 2011 | TCH
    The "unsinkable" TPP Org has struck a Libertarian iceberg... The once mighty vessel of patriot pride is fast taking on water--its funding dropping below the surface, and its members quickly abandoning the sinking ship... What happened? No country, no government, no society—and no individual—may claim for themselves the authority to divorce morality from government. While individual human beings each possesses free will to choose right from wrong, yet none may ever claim a "right" to choose wrong, no matter the circumstance. Morality and civics are inseparable. Both are requisite aspects of the temporal order, as ordained by Divine authority. Each...
  • Is the Tea Party Movement Like a Pyramid Scheme?

    10/19/2010 5:49:39 PM PDT · by woofie · 43 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Oct. 19, 2010 | Stephanie Mencimer
    One of the movement’s leaders, Mark Meckler, was once a top operator in a company accused of conning consumers. Is he applying the same tactics to the tea party? There's a book Mark Meckler likes to recommend to reporters and others seeking insight into the tea party juggernaut. Called The Starfish and the Spider, it explores the "unstoppable power" of decentralized and leaderless organizations. "We're like the starfish," Meckler, a national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, said earlier this year. "There is no head, there is no leader of the organization. There are thousands of starfish out there and...
  • Tea Party Express Responds to Tea Party Federation

    07/19/2010 8:47:38 AM PDT · by kristinn · 82 replies · 3+ views
    CNN ^ | Monday, July 19, 2010
    Joe Wierzbicki, coordinator for the Tea Party Express, issued the following statement Monday in response to the Tea Party Federation's announcement Sunday about the Federation's relationship with the Tea Party Express: "The Tea Party Express with over 400,000 members is by far larger than the Tea Party Federation’s entire membership. Most rank-and-file tea party activists think we’re talking about Star Trek when we try to explain who the “Federation” is. Given the absurdity of the actions by the "Federation," this is quite fitting, since their conduct is alien to our membership. "Groups trying to say who can or can't be...
  • Precaution Into Law [Cartagena Protocol, Precautionary Principle stifles innovation - Cancun]

    09/13/2003 7:05:26 AM PDT · by Stultis · 4 replies · 273+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 13 September 2003 | James Pinkerton
    Precaution Into Law By James Pinkerton 09/13/2003 Editor's Note: This is the first of a two-part series.  CANCUN, Mexico -- September 11 will be remembered for many things, of course, but something that happened on 9/11/03 will also be remembered. The world may mourn -- or not -- the attack on the US two years ago, but the world environmental movement has definitely moved on. Here at the World Trade Organization meeting, the assembled multitude, both pro-trade and anti-trade, was confronted by the coincidence that Thursday marked the first day in which the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety entered into force. Right...