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The country of Vietnam wants to make baby formula more affordable for its citizens. American trade negotiators think that’s a bad idea. The measures are among more than a dozen public interest policies adopted by governments involved in talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that the U.S. considers “barriers to trade,” according to the latest […]

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Yes, this is what several people have told me. Let’s hope it stays this way: President Barack Obama doesn’t have the votes at this point to win U.S. House passage of legislation that would expedite approval of trade accords, a Democratic leader in the chamber said. Obama has sought the trade-promotion authority legislation, largely backed […]

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Republicans want to pay for an assistance program for workers whose jobs are lost through TPP by… taking the money out of Medicare! Nice! Michael Hiltzik of the L.A. Times explains: Medicare means many things to many people. To seniors, it’s a program providing good, low-cost healthcare at a stage in life when it’s most […]

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Michael Wessel is a former Obama campaign trade adviser who says, yes, Elizabeth Warren is right to be worried about the TPP. He cites the unprecedented secrecy of the Obama administration which makes it impossible for him to share his criticisms. Via Politico: “You need to tell me what’s wrong with this trade agreement, not […]

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I just love when the cable TV bobbleheads hear something other than bullshit talking points. Go, Bernie! To prepare Americans for middle class jobs, Sanders said that he had “introduced legislation that would make public college tuition free.” “Where’s the money going to come from?” Blitzer wondered. “A tax on Wall Street speculation, and that’s […]

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Remember, it’s the House that is more likely to stop it. Alan Grayson says they don’t have the votes to pass it. I guess we’ll find out soon: In the House, the stakes are different and the terrain more tricky, which makes the outcome less certain for reasons as ancient as the Constitutional Convention and […]

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We want the big guys behind the meltdown, not these little fishes: NEW YORK (AP) — An investment banker at a Manhattan firm and his father were charged in court papers unsealed Thursday with using inside information to earn over $1 million illegally by trading in securities of five health care companies. The charges including […]

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UPDATE: Still not enough votes in the House. Alan Grayson keeps saying it won’t pass the House. I hope he’s right, because we don’t have the votes to hold the Senate: WASHINGTON — Senate leaders reached a deal Wednesday to push ahead with votes on President Barack Obama’s trade deals. The agreement came after Democrats […]

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Let’s see if we can’t hold the votes together for the next round. But yes, it was sweet: A seemingly unstoppable coalition of the powerful assembled to advance the Trans Pacific Partnership trade bill: A Democratic president aligned with the Republican majority in both chambers of Congress and the full lobbying might of Corporate America. […]

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David Dayen really lets Obama have it: It’s beneath the dignity of the Presidency to so aggressively paint opponents as not just wrong on the facts, but hiding the truth on purpose. Warren has responded without using the same indecorous tactics. Unfortunately, I don’t have the same self-control. So by way of response, here are ten moments […]

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