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What You Should Know About That Completed TPP “Trade” Deal

What You Should Know About That Completed TPP “Trade” Deal
Monday morning it was announced that a “Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Is Reached,” presented as much as a foreign policy success as a “trade” deal. The effect the deal will have on actual “trade” is unclear, since the U.S. already has trade agreements with many of the participating countries. Also much of the deal appears to be about things people would not usually consider “trade”, like investor rights and limits on the ability of countries to regulate. Though the deal remains secret, here is some of what is known about the agreement deal.
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Climate Denial is Corruption, and the GOP Is Captive

Climate Denial is Corruption, and the GOP Is Captive
While the world warms, the climate deniers are out in force, trying not only to sabotage American efforts to fight climate change but also to undermine international talks.
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Did Obama Administration Downplay Malaysia Slavery To Grease Trade Deal?

Did Obama Administration Downplay Malaysia Slavery To Grease Trade Deal?
Cheap labor is the whole point of our corporate-rigged, NAFTA-style trade agreements. Companies get to move jobs, factories, even entire industries out of the U.S. to countries where people are exploited, the environment is not protected and “costs” like human safety are kept low. But even so … tolerating slavery? Flat-out slavery? Really? Unfortunately, it looks like that’s what is happening with fast-track trade promotion authority, The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Obama administration.
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How US Trade Policies Kill US Jobs - Analysis

How US Trade Policies Kill US Jobs - Analysis
Trade is great. We all trade. A lot of us trade labor for money that buys other things. A farmer trades corn for money that buys other things, and so on. No one is “against trade.” But is anything called “trade” always good for all involved?
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Deconstructing the Corporate Case for Fast Track Trade Authority

Deconstructing the Corporate Case for Fast Track Trade Authority
U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman appeared before Congress Tuesday to make the corporate argument for fast track trade promotion authority. The USTR and President Obama are pushing fast-track pre-approval for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other big trade agreements they are working on.
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What You Need To Know About Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Rhetoric

What You Need To Know About Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Rhetoric
President Obama is likely to use the State of the Union to push for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the rigged fast track trade promotion authority. Here are some facts to counter the expected public relations campaign.
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Red-Handed: Oil Companies Unhappy With Good News at the Pump Try to Sneak Shady Language Into Treaties

Red-Handed: Oil Companies Unhappy With Good News at the Pump Try to Sneak Shady Language Into Treaties
A surprising "boom" in oil and gas production, fueled (no pun intended) by fracking and pipelines, brought a surplus in barrels and lower prices for the first time in forever. Of course, that means less profit for the oil companies. So to ensure that the destruction of the world's natural resources benefits them and only them, they're sneaking language designed to lift a beneficial ban on oil exports into U.S. treaties – a new low for the industry.
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Public (Employment) Enemy #1: The Trade Deficit

Public (Employment) Enemy #1: The Trade Deficit
There is a direct correlation between the lack of well-paying jobs, the budget deficit and the US' trade deficit. Simply put, if we were to stop sending as much money and many jobs overseas, we'd reap benefits in myriad ways.
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How Did This Happen? While Overall Wages Stagnate, CEO Pay at All-Time High

How Did This Happen? While Overall Wages Stagnate, CEO Pay at All-Time High
CEOs' pay is soaring – now at an average of $10.5 million a year – while the rest of us schmoes are left with stagnating wages. But it doesn't have to be this way.
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Newest 'Sneaky Law' Forgives $700B in Owed Corporate Taxes

Newest 'Sneaky Law' Forgives $700B in Owed Corporate Taxes
The mother of all sneak laws is quietly making its way through Congress disguised as corporate tax “reform.” Corporations have been avoiding taxes by moving production and profit centers out of the U.S. because of a loophole that lets them “defer” paying the taxes they owe until they “bring the money home.” Now they are hiding around $2 trillion or more outside of the country, which means they owe up to $700 billion in taxes.
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