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  • The Trans Pacific Partnership: Just Change for the Sake of Change, or Well-Disguised Destruction?

    10/12/2015 11:13:15 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | October 12, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The short version – the one we know from the mainstream media (MSM) – is as follows: The TPP is a terrific trade deal which would increase our economic activity on both sides of the Pacific, and which might be the greatest lasting victory of the Obama administration. It involves some unsavory compromises, but the benefits far outweigh them, if the administration is to be believed. And that may be true. But it may also be very wrong. The fact is, the Trans Pacific Partnership is a massive agreement that changes the entire scope of international trade policy, and merits...
  • The Final Leaked TPP Text is All That We Feared

    10/12/2015 8:55:13 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | October 9, 2015 | Jeremy Malcolm
    Today's release by Wikileaks of what is believed to be the current and essentially final version of the intellectual property (IP) chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) confirms our worst fears about the agreement, and dashes the few hopes that we held out that its most onerous provisions wouldn't survive to the end of the negotiations. Since we now have the agreed text, we'll be including some paragraph references that you can cross-reference for yourself—but be aware that some of them contain placeholders like “x” that may change in the cleaned-up text. Also, our analysis here is limited to the...
  • Trump knocks Obama's '60 Minutes' interview (One again, Trump steps up)

    10/12/2015 4:41:28 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 45 replies
    KSPR ^ | October 12, 2015 | Jeremy Diamond CNN
    Donald Trump on Monday said he thought President Barack Obama's "60 Minutes" interview that aired Sunday night was "terrible," "sad," and "all negative." More from Trump, who appeared on the CBS program the previous week, knocked Obama on both his "performance" and on issues -- from climate change to the Trans Pacific Partnership deal, which Trump dubbed a "disgusting trade deal."
  • WaPo Writer: When Was Hillary Being Disingenuous on Trade?

    10/11/2015 5:21:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | October 11, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    With the first Democratic debate happening this Tuesday, the former first lady has flip-flopped on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying that currency manipulation and Republican obstruction at home creates an environment unsafe for U.S. workers. On CBS’ Face The Nation, the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus said Clinton also is against the TPP’s provision that cuts down on the time brand-name pharmaceuticals can keep their biologics–medicine derived from living things–data private. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has threatened to withdraw his support of TPP unless this is readdressed, though Hatch won’t be on the debate stage this week. Marcus added that when...
  • Memo to progressives: Hillary Clinton is lying to you (Hussein also mentioned)

    10/10/2015 6:30:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Salon ^ | 10/08/15 | Jack Mirkinson
    Nothing says “election season” quite like politicians dumping their long-held policy stances overboard in a desperate gambit to gain votes, but you have to hand it to Hillary Clinton. With her recently-announced opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, she’s making one of the more brazen flip-flops in recent political memory. What’s so amazing about Clinton’s newfound opposition to the highly controversial deal is the jaw-dropping transparency of the move. It’s such an open ploy to counter both the rise of staunch TPP critic Bernie Sanders and the possible entry of TPP supporter Joe Biden that it’s almost refreshing in...
  • Big Turn-Out For Berlin Anti-TTIP Demonstration (Free Trade Deal)

    10/10/2015 6:05:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Oct 2015
    Hundreds of thousands of people rallied on Saturday in the German capital against the massive free-trade accord being negotiated by the European Union and the United States. Responding to a call by a group of political parties, trade unions and environmental and anti-globalisation groups, the demonstrators gathered at Berlin's main train station for a march through the city. Organisers said 250,000 people showed up to the protest, much more than the 50,000 to 100,000 expected to take part. Police said around 100,000 participated in the protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) under negotiation between Washington and Brussels,...
  • TPP would gut US border controls, Constitution (ISDS)-- Obama's backdoor open-borders amnesty

    10/10/2015 3:33:10 PM PDT · by Javeth · 58 replies
    For Effective Government ^ | 6/3/2015 | Scott Klinger
    The TPP, like many treaties before it, embraces the Investor-State Dispute Settlement process (ISDS), which allows corporate actors to sue sovereign nations to seek compensation for rules or regulations that impede the corporation’s ability to maximize profits. Unlike national courts that commonly allow corporations to sue to recoup actual investments, ISDS insists that corporations be compensated for expected profits, sometimes profits they anticipate decades into the future. The ISDS process is one-sided and undemocratic. Corporate claims against sovereign states are heard in special courts overseen by a handful of judges, most of whom are corporate lawyers. Once the ISDS panel...
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Reached! Now What?

    10/08/2015 8:15:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Cato @ Liberty ^ | October 5, 2015 | Daniel J. Ikenson
    After six years of negotiations, a final Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement has been reached in Atlanta.  Check your pacemakers, trade policy wonks. This is about as exciting as it gets in our world.First, congratulations are in order for the TPP negotiators, who worked extremely hard over the past several years in an environment of profound public skepticism – much of it driven by pervasive scaremongering – to arrive at this moment. Reaching accord on a broad array of subjects between 12 countries at different levels of economic development with disparate policy objectives is not a task for the faint of heart.Second, there...
  • China's Little-Noted Rage Against TPP

    10/08/2015 4:29:12 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 17 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 10/07/2015 | Editorial
    Free Trade: As U.S. demagogues and presidential candidates bluster against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact as a boon to China, the very same China, in a far colder fury, is sharpening its claws in a bid to kill it. The irony of this disconnect is incredible. About the same time presidential candidate Donald Trump was condemning the just-negotiated 12-nation TPP as "terrible" on Fox News because China might some day be able to join it, the South China Morning Post changed the banner headline on its website to: "It's not checkmate yet: Beijing to counter US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact."...
  • New York Mag Writer: 'Hillary Clinton Pretends to Oppose Pacific Trade Deal'

    10/07/2015 6:37:52 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 7, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    It has only been a few hours since Hillary Clinton has announced that in contrast to her previous enthusiastic support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, she now opposes it (with caveats). Of course, her new opposition to TPP is a completely principled position and has nothing to do with politics. Yeah, right! However, will those on the left be so skeptical of such an obvious political ploy? Well, it seems that at least some are not buying her self-serving rationale for now opposing the TPP starting with Jonathan Chait of New York magazine. In fact the very title of his article,...
  • Hillary Clinton breaks with Obama, announces opposition to Pacific trade deal

    10/07/2015 1:56:41 PM PDT · by 100American · 12 replies
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton continued her tack to the left Wednesday, declaring her opposition to President Obama’s Pacific trade deal. Mrs. Clinton announced her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership in an interview with Judy Woodruff for PBS’s “NewsHour” program. “What I know about it, as of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it,” Mrs. Clinton said. The former first lady acknowledged that her response had some lawyerly caveats about not having seen every jot and tittle of the pact, but said she doubted she could change her mind. “I don’t believe...
  • GOP meeting erupts over Ex-Im power move

    10/07/2015 12:21:03 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/07/2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Conservative frustration over Republican efforts to force a House vote on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank boiled over Wednesday during a contentious GOP meeting. Members of the conference’s conservative wing criticized Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) at the meeting for moving to file a discharge petition to bring a vote on legislation renewing the embattled bank’s charter for five years, after it lapsed June 30 because of Tea Party opposition. "A lot of people don't like that we're doing a discharge petition. You know what? I don't like it. I wish we could've done something in committee," Fincher said in an interview...
  • Obama calls on nation to ‘refashion the social compact,’ strengthen labor union powers

    10/07/2015 11:26:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 7, 2015 | Ben Wolfgang
    President Obama on Wednesday called on U.S. business, labor and political leaders to “refashion the social compact” and strengthen union powers across the country, arguing that the troubling trend of declining middle-class wages can be turned around by redefining the basic principles of workers’ rights. During a speech at a White House summit on working Americans, the president drew a direct link between drops in union membership and the stagnation of most workers’ wages. Mr. Obama also said that workers’ anxiety about their job security and whether they’ll be afford to feed their families contributes to “anti-immigration sentiment” and other...
  • Obama cites labor’s role in US economy amid trade rift

    10/07/2015 11:10:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 7, 2015 1:28 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama says labor laws should be strengthened and it should be easier for workers to join unions. Obama made the comments at a White House workers’ summit on Wednesday—just as there’s a rift with labor over a Pacific Rim trade agreement. …
  • Company Stampede to Southeast Asia Seen on Trade Pact[TPP]

    10/07/2015 10:19:00 AM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | 07 Oct 2015 | Jake Maxwell Watts, Kathy Chu and Celine Fernandez
    Vietnam and Malaysia growth depends heavily on external trade Even before the ink is dry on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, companies are laying out plans to expand in Vietnam and Malaysia, both rapidly developing Asian nations whose growth depends heavily on external trade.Manufacturers of apparel, rubber gloves and bikes are among those considering increasing production in the Southeast Asian countries to capitalize on export growth expected from the accord, which sweeps away tariffs to markets including the U.S., the world’s biggest economy.The mammoth trade agreement is seen as a game-changer for these national economies, according to an analysis by...
  • Matt Drudge Visits the Alex Jones Show: Full Interview

    10/07/2015 3:30:13 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 35 replies
    YouTube ^ | 151006 | Matt Drudge
    In this bombshell interview Matt Drudge surprises the crew and Alex Jones breaking down the biggest stories with the incisive insight that only he can bring.
  • Drudge: “I had a Supreme Court Justice say to me it’s over for me."

    10/06/2015 11:36:40 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 263 replies
    google search ^ | October 6, 2015
    Circulating on the web tonight: During an appearance on the Alex Jones Show, Drudge asserted that copyright laws which prevent websites from even linking to news stories were being advanced. “I had a Supreme Court Justice tell me it’s over for me,” said Drudge. “They’ve got the votes now to enforce copyright law, you’re out of there. They’re going to make it so you can’t even use headlines.” “To have a Supreme Court Justice say to me it’s over, they’ve got the votes, which means time is limited,” he added, noting that a day was coming when simply operating an...
  • Historic Pacific trade deal faces skeptics in U.S. Congress

    10/06/2015 1:52:55 PM PDT · by Mariner · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 6th, 2015 | By Krista Hughes and Kevin Krolicki
    welve Pacific Rim countries on Monday reached the most ambitious trade pact in a generation, aiming to liberalize commerce in 40 percent of the world's economy in a deal that faces skepticism from U.S. lawmakers. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact struck in Atlanta after marathon talks could reshape industries, change the cost of products from cheese to cancer treatments and have repercussions for drug companies and automakers. Tired negotiators worked round the clock over the weekend to settle tough issues such as monopoly rights for new biotech drugs. New Zealand's demand for greater access for its dairy exports was only...
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, the biggest threat to internet, signed (Internet Censorship)

    10/06/2015 7:53:59 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 10/06/15 | Andrew Griffin
    An agreement that some campaigners have called the "biggest global threat to the internet" has just been signed, potentially bringing huge new restrictions on what people can do with their computers. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the conclusion of five years of negotiations, and will cover 40% of the world's economy. Its claimed purpose is to create a unified economic bloc so that companies and businesses can trade more easily — but it also puts many of the central principles of the internet in doubt, according to campaigners. One particularly controversial part of the provisions make it a crime to reveal...
  • Trump Declares War On Obamatrade: ‘Time To Send A Real Businessman’ To White House To End This

    10/05/2015 4:14:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 5, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is hammering President Barack Obama, his administration and Congress for completely failing the American worker when it comes to trade policy—whacking the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact with 12 Pacific Rim nations that the Obama just finalized in Atlanta as a deal that jeopardizes U.S. jobs. “The incompetence and dishonesty of the President, his administration and—perhaps most disturbing—the Congress of the United States are about to place American jobs and the very livelihoods of Americans at risk,” Trump tells Breitbart News in an exclusive statement reacting to the news that the president and his negotiators...
  • Trade ministers reached a landmark agreement on a deal that’s a cornerstone of Obama’s legacy

    10/05/2015 8:03:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Business Insider via Reuters ^ | 10/05/2015 | Krista Hughes and Kevin Krolicki, Reuters
    Pacific trade ministers have reached a deal on the most sweeping trade liberalization pact in a generation that will cut trade barriers and set common standards for 12 countries, an official familiar with the talks said on Monday. Leaders from a dozen Pacific Rim nations are poised to announce the pact later on Monday. The deal could reshape industries and influence everything from the price of cheese to the cost of cancer treatments. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would affect 40 percent of the world economy and would stand as a legacy-defining achievement for U.S. President Barack Obama, if it is ratified...
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Struck As "Corporate Secrecy" Wins Again

    10/05/2015 5:59:21 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 7 replies
    The Zero Hedge ^ | Oct. 5, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    Once again the corporatocracy wins as the so-called "Trojan horse" Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been finalized. As WSJ reports, the U.S., Japan and 10 countries around the Pacific reached a historic accord Monday to lower trade barriers to goods and services and set commercial rules of the road for two-fifths of the global economy, officials said. For the U.S., the TPP (reportedly) opens agricultural markets in Japan and Canada, tightens intellectual property rules to benefit drug and technology companies, and establishes a tightknit economic bloc to challenge China’s influence in the region (likely forcing their hand into separate...
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Framed To Destroy Thousands of UAW Jobs…

    10/05/2015 5:20:01 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 23 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 10-5-2015 | sundance
    The TPP Trade Deal is looming closer to becoming a finalized reality. Current negotiations center around Auto Manufacturing, and Japanese negotiators have constructed an outline that would devastate what remains of the U.S. Auto industry. Unfortunately the K-Street lobbyists, funded by Wall Street through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have already greased the legislative skids to all but guarantee the elimination of thousands of jobs. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue gave Senators $18 million in bribe money to insure passage. The TPP deal encompasses approximately 40% of total global manufacturing. Trillions of dollars are at stake.
  • Final-stretch talks on huge TPP trade deal open in Atlanta (U.S. Sovereignty Forfeit Alert)

    10/05/2015 4:46:15 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 09/30/15 | Paul Handley
    Trade ministers from the United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim countries opened final-stretch negotiations Wednesday trying to seal a deal on the world's largest free-trade pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Ministers are under pressure to bridge differences over a handful of key issues which prevented an agreement during top-level talks in Hawaii in July. The stakes were high for many, with farm and pharmaceutical industry lobbyists from various countries and civil society activists gathered at the same Atlanta hotel to defend their interests. And as the ministers began meeting Wednesday, a handful of protestors marched through the lobby of...
  • Democratic Economists vs. Elizabeth Warren

    10/03/2015 2:22:21 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 2, 2015 | By James Freeman
    At least some Democrats are resisting Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s purge of the liberal intelligentsia. This week Ms. Warren succeeded in forcing the resignation of respected scholar Robert Litan from the Brookings Institution after he revealed that a new Labor Department regulation could cost investors billions. Now five Democratic economists have authored a letter to protest Warren’s bullying. Robert Lawrence of Harvard’s Kennedy School and Bowman Cutter of the Roosevelt Institute are among those writing “to express our concern over our colleague Bob Litan’s treatment at the hands of the Brookings Institution and Senator Elizabeth Warren.” Also signing the letter are...
  • Donald Trump: Bernie Sanders ‘knows the problem, at least’ on trade

    09/15/2015 8:37:19 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 38 replies
    By - The Washington Times ^ | Monday, August 10, 2015 | The Washington Times
    Businessman Donald Trump says there’s at least one subject where he can find some common ground with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont: trade. “I was watching him and he talked about trade and he was talking about how we’re getting ripped off left and right on trade, and I [said], you know, I think I can take that paragraph and just use it in my speeches,” Mr. Trump said Monday via phone on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “It’s what I’m saying — it’s one of my big things.” Both Mr. Trump, who has been leading recent polls on the 2016 GOP...
  • U.S. Equity Futures Slip as Fed's Rate Decision Looms

    09/17/2015 5:37:33 AM PDT · by citizen · 62 replies
    Fox News Business ^ | September 17, 2015 | Victoria Craig
    Fed decision day: The event traders across the globe have anticipated for months has finally arrived. As of 8:00 a.m. ET, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were 43 points lower, or 0.26% to 16621. S&P 500 futures shed 6 points, or 0.31% to 1982, while Nasdaq 100 futures slid 10 points, or 0.24% to 4370. Today’s Markets Months of speculation about whether September was the month in which the Federal Reserve would begin to lift short-term interest rates is finally coming to a close. The Federal Open Market Committee meets for the final day of its two-day policy-setting meeting, which...
  • GE Cuts Texas Jobs, Sees Better Climate — In France

    09/15/2015 3:02:56 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Today, 2015-09-15 | CIARAN MCEVOY
    Blaming Congress' impasse on the Export-Import Bank, General Electric (NYSE:GE) said that it will move 500 U.S. jobs, some of which are deep in the heart of Texas, overseas to Europe and China in order to avoid losing business to foreign companies. The Lone Star State is one of the losers in GE's announcement Tuesday, as the U.S.-based jobs will be shipped from Texas, South Carolina, New York and Maine to France, Hungary and China. Lawmakers from Texas also have been vocal critics of the Ex-Im Bank.
  • The GOP’s Donald Trump nightmare may soon get a whole lot worse (TPP)

    09/13/2015 8:09:08 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 110 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/11/15 | Greg Sargent
    So you think Donald Trump’s demagoguery on immigration has created problems for the other GOP candidates? Well, another very ripe opportunity for Trump to make his GOP rivals even more miserable may be lurking right around the corner, and it could expose the same sort of schism between GOP elites and GOP voters that Trump’s forays into immigration policy have. I’m talking about the massive global trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Some time in the next six months — in late 2015 or in early 2016 — the participating nations may finally reach a deal on the TPP. That...

    09/11/2015 5:27:02 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 195 replies
    breitbart ^ | 11 Sep 2015 | BREITBART NEWS
    So you think Donald Trump’s demagoguery on immigration has created problems for the other GOP candidates? Well, another very ripe opportunity for Trump to make his GOP rivals even more miserable may be lurking right around the corner, and it could expose the same sort of schism between GOP elites and GOP voters that Trump’s forays into immigration policy have. I’m talking about the massive global trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Some time in the next six months — in late 2015 or in early 2016 — the participating nations may finally reach a deal on the TPP. That...
  • The Chinese military will reportedly cut forces by 300,000

    09/03/2015 2:42:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    BEIJING (Reuters) - President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday he would cut troop levels by 300,000 as China held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders. China's confidence in its armed forces and growing military assertiveness, especially in the disputed South China Sea, has rattled the region and drawn criticism from Washington. Xi, speaking on a rostrum overlooking Beijing's Tiananmen Square before the parade began, said China would cut by 13 percent one of the world's biggest militaries, currently 2.3-million strong. He...
  • Wikileaks Exposes Obama’s Phony Trade Bill…Only 5 of 29 Chapters About Trade

    08/30/2015 10:29:37 AM PDT · by yorkie · 30 replies
    The PC Graveyard ^ | August 28, 2015 | Staff
    During the August recess GOP senators were told to press for the passage of the TPP Trade Agreement. Yikes!! Wikileaks has gotten their hands on a copy of Obama’s phony TPP trade bill. It contains 29 chapters but only 5 pertain to trade. Wikileaks will be publishing the entire bill and they have already released the chapter on Investment. It’s very interesting. It is written in a such a way as to give multinational companies a huge advantage on trade. If a public hospital is built close to a private one, the private hospital has the right to sue the...
  • Trump catches attention of CFR, Bilderberg, Trilateral

    08/25/2015 6:46:47 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 67 replies
    jon rappoport blog ^ | August 24, 2015 | Jon Rappoport
    The powerful Globalist players at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg Group, and the Trilateral Commission are certainly watching the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. Trump has already made statements about immigration they find troubling. They may or may not be taking Trump’s presidential run seriously. They may or may not view him as an inconsequential blowhard, a shoot-from-the-hip cowboy who forgets today what he said yesterday—but today the New York Times has made reference to Trump in a way that will make these Globalist heavy hitters pause and blink while drinking their morning coffee (Here in “As Stock...
  • Stop the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA)

    08/20/2015 8:19:54 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 2 replies
    JBS ^ | 8/19/2015 | Christian Gomez
    TPA, TPP, TTIP — and now TiSA! Much of the debate over current trade policy and the proposed global governance structures that would emanate from it have revolved around this ever-increasing list of alphabet-soup measures. Although not nearly as well-known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) should not be overlooked. Equally potent and potentially even more debilitating to our nation’s independence and domestic economy than the TPP and TTIP, the proposed TiSA currently being negotiated would be imposed on the entire world, not just a particular region....
  • Democrats: Obama Has Done ‘Nothing’ to Fix Trade Deal Problems(Shield your eyes!)

    08/17/2015 9:19:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 8/16/2015 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is “riddled with problems” and the Obama administration has done “nothing” to resolve the issues. DeLauro added that the trade deal negotiations are being conducted in secret and transparency provisions have failed to make improvements. “There are serious concerns on the substance of the agreement,” she said on a conference call. “The agreement does nothing on currency manipulation and abusive practices costing up to 5 million American jobs.” While TPP presents an opportunity to crack down on currency manipulation, DeLauro said the administration has ignored requests from both parties...
  • Democrat Vows To Block Key Nomination Over Asia Trade Deal Secrecy[TPP]

    08/15/2015 9:45:24 AM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | 14 Aug 2015 | Brakkton Booker
    Sen. Sherrod Brown announced Friday he is going to block the confirmation of a high-level White House nominee, because of the Obama administration's refusal to relax its secrecy protocols that make it difficult for members of Congress and their staffs to review the language in a Pacific Rim trade deal.Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, told NPR it was "outrageous" that congressional staff members with the proper security clearances can view the Trans-Pacific Partnership draft only when a member of Congress accompanies them. As NPR's Ailsa Chang reported in May, the document is stored in a highly secure room in the...
  • Obama’s Progressivism Requires A Zionistrein Democratic Party

    08/14/2015 10:00:44 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 8 replies ^ | 2015-10-13 | Ben Weingarten
    The progressive movement that has overtaken the Democratic Party gains its moral authority in a morally relativistic world in part based on its support of the “oppressed” over the “oppressor.” As Joshua Muravchik ably argues in his Making David Into Goliath, in this construct, Israel has morphed into the oppressor, swapping roles with the Muslim countries that have wished to destroy her from the time of her founding. The Leftist-Jihadist nexus of which Andy McCarthy writes, on display from elite college campuses to the president’s cabinet, is perhaps stronger than it has ever been. It believes in punishing the ultimate...
  • Almost Every Major Poll Shows Bernie Sanders Challenging or Defeating Clinton and Republicans

    08/05/2015 5:45:22 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 66 replies
    Huff Po ^ | August 5, 2015 | H. A. Goodman
    Democrats who are proud of their progressive values are filling arenas to hear Sanders speak in a direct manner (while others dodge questions) on contentious issues like Keystone XL and the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement. While the FBI is currently investigating the email security of one candidate, Bernie Sanders is narrowing Clinton's lead nationally and defeating Republicans in other polls. Like Brent Budowsky writes in The Hill: The fact that Sanders beats Walker by 6 to 7 points, depending on whether all voters or likely voters are counted -- a near-landslide margin in a general election -- makes it clear...
  • [New SEC Rule] Companies will be required to reveal CEOs’ versus workers’ pay

    08/06/2015 3:39:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Bend Bulletin ^ | 8/6/15 | Peter Eavis
    The chief executive of General Electric raked in a $37.3 million pay package last year, a large sum by any standard. But how much larger was it than the average pay of the 305,000 employees who helped General Electric earn billions in profits that year? The industrial giant did not disclose that comparison, and corporate America rarely reveals how the compensation of the chief executive stacks up against that of the workers in the ranks below. That will soon change. After a long delay and plenty of pushback from corporations, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved in 3-2 vote on...
  • EPA and TPP is a fundraising "scare tactic" Democratic agriculture commissioner candidate says

    08/05/2015 6:28:27 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 3 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/5/2015 | Nick Storm
    ... Ahead of the annual [Ky.] Marshall County Democratic Bean Dinner in Gilbertsville on Friday Pure Politics asked [Jean-Marie] Lawson Spann about the Trans Pacific Partnership and if fears of a tobacco carve out we’re warranted. “Just as they’re talking about that, and they’re talking about the EPA — they put out different scare tactics — we’re focused on positive things that won’t scare our Kentucky farm families,” Lawson Spann said. “There’s a pattern there, when they talk about the EPA to try to scare our Kentucky farm families, and then try to raise money out of that…that’s not the...
  • Peter Schiff on the Fed, Rand Paul, and the Next Financial Crisis

    07/27/2015 3:18:57 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Reason ^ | 20 July 2015 | Matt Welch & Joshua Swain
    "The bubbles are pretty much everywhere," says investment guru and radio host Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital. "They are in the stock market, they are in the bond market, they are in the real estate market, they are in the U.S. dollar." Schiff sat down with Reason's Matt Welch while at FreedomFest 2015 to discuss the dollar, his support of Rand Paul, and his argument that we are already living in another stock bubble. Video 12:52
  • China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet

    07/28/2015 6:24:08 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 16 replies
    Wallstreet Journal ^ | 7/28/2015 | James T Areddy
    SHANGHAI—As social media helped topple regimes in the Middle East and northern Africa, a senior colonel in the People’s Liberation Army publicly warned that an Internet dominated by the U.S. threatened to overthrow China’s Communist Party. Ye Zheng and a Chinese researcher, writing in the state-run China Youth Daily, said the Internet represented a new form of global control, and the U.S. was a “shadow” present during some of those popular uprisings. Beijing had better pay attention. Four years after they sounded that alarm, China is paying a lot of attention. Its government is pushing to rewrite the rules of...
  • Senate advances Export-Import Bank lifeline

    07/26/2015 10:15:33 PM PDT · by Rabin · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/26/15 | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., kept a promise made to Democratics earlier this year that in exchange for their support on an important trade deal, he would allow a vote on a measure to extend the bank.... Obama administration is closer than ever on a breakthrough on the biggest trade deal in world history. All the Good ol Boys are convinced we the people, maintain generic, or self-inflicted stupid. We the people keep proving it is so, up to the tipping p0int. Raben
  • Secrecy around TPP trade deal fuels suspicions and worries

    07/26/2015 8:33:02 PM PDT · by Mariner · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | July 25th, 2015 | By Paul Handley
    Washington (AFP) - Higher costs for needed generic drugs. Longer copyright protections than the global standard. Foreign investors empowered to overrule governments. A more tightly-regulated Internet. Those are just some of the potential pitfalls from any deal that could emerge from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 12-country free-trade and investment pact shrouded in secrecy as negotiations head into the final stage in Hawaii next week. A handful of draft chapters of the TPP, leaked via Wikileaks, have highlighted the proposed treaty's heavy emphasis on expanding protections for corporate rights and assets like intellectual property -- patents, copyrights and databases -- that...
  • McConnell and Reid may have just set a 51-vote threshold for passing Obamacare repeal

    07/24/2015 11:17:28 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 145 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 24, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney
    Next week, Senate Republicans could pass Obamacare repeal with a simple 51-vote majority as part of the long-term highway bill, according to Sen. Mike Lee. The Utah Republican laid out the argument in a press release after party leaders set the sequencing of votes: "The first Obamacare vote on Sunday will have a 60 vote threshold, and Democrats will likely block it," Lee continued. "But thanks to the sequencing of the votes we just locked in, Republicans will have the opportunity resurrect that Obamacare amendment later on in the process, and put it back before the Senate in a manner...
  • Cruz accuses McConnell of lying (Why Cruz voted for TPA)

    07/24/2015 10:24:01 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 129 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a blistering floor speech Friday accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) of lying to him over a deal to vote on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.
  • Why Are Republicans Resurrecting Uber-Failed Green Energy Subsidies?

    07/21/2015 10:24:50 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    Human Events ^ | 07/21/2015 | Seton Motley
    Thank goodness we last November gave the Republicans the Senate majority.Who besides the GOP would resurrect government money for ridiculous “green” “energy” – which is neither green nor energy? To the tune of tens (if not hundreds) of billions of dollars more down the juice-less rat hole. Oh yeah – every Democrat on the planet. Senate May Revive Expired Green Energy Tax SubsidiesThe Senate finance committee will be holding a markup hearing on expired tax subsidies members want to be revived for their constituents and campaign supporters, and this includes now defunct subsidies for green energy.A document released by...
  • Subprime Revisionism In Clinton’s War On Wall St.

    07/16/2015 5:10:14 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 16 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 7/15/2015 | IBD Editorial
    2016: If only Wall Street bankers had listened to St. Hillary during the subprime mortgage frenzy. She now claims she warned about the risky loans. Yep, a Clinton actually went there. Her campaign may regret it. While bashing Wall Street for risky acts and "criminal behavior," Clinton in her first economic stump speech portrayed herself as the voice of financial sanity in a casino of wild greed. "As we all know, in the years before the crash, financial firms piled risk upon risk," she intoned, "and regulators in Washington either wouldn't or couldn't keep up. "I was alarmed by this...

    07/14/2015 8:45:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies ^ | July 14, 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    In anticipation of a nuclear deal with Iran, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made it a key part of his presidential campaign announcement speech last night, warning against Obama’s decision to make peace with Iran over their nuclear program.
  • Six Reasons Why Scott Walker Will Be Elected President

    07/13/2015 10:46:00 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 41 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 7.13.15 | Aaron Goldstein
    1. He’s Part of the Middle Class (or He Actually Shops at Kohl’s and Sears) 2. He Didn’t Graduate from College 3. He Talks to People Not at Them Nor Does He Need to Shout to Make His Point 4. He Chooses His Battles Wisely 5. He Can Appeal to Conservatives and Non-Conservatives Alike 6. He Can Withstand the Liberal Hate Machine