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Where the TPP Could Lose

Where the TPP Could Lose

After years of secret negotiations and silence in the media, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has risen to headline news. Now that Congress has voted to give President Obama “fast-track” trade promotion authority to push the deal through the House and Senate with...

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Congress Can — and Should — Declassify the TPP

Congress Can — and Should — Declassify the TPP

One of the most controversial aspects of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the fact that the Obama administration has tried to impose a public blockade on the text of the draft agreement. When Congress votes on whether to grant the president "fast-track...

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State of the Empire in 2015

State of the Empire in 2015

The Obama administration has never been one for grand State of the Union addresses. And once the commentariat has had its fun picking apart the subtle jabs, the applause lines, the body language, and whatever else, there's often not a whole lot of oxygen left to dig...

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Congress Can — and Should — Declassify the TPP

The Free-Trade Regime: Oligarchy in Action

The United States is not really a democracy. That’s the (simplified) conclusion of a recent study from Princeton University. Instead, economic elites and special interest groups enjoy tremendous sway in Washington, while “the preferences of the average American appear...

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Where the TPP Could Lose

Can Chile Curb the TPP?

President Barack Obama’s failure to win congressional support for “fast track” trade authority has weakened the hands of U.S.  trade officials as they attempt to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The other 11 governments involved in these negotiations should see...

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