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Obama Is Floundering on Trade Because He’s Too Much Like Bill Clinton, Not Too Little

Reposted from the New Republic ***** Obama Is Floundering on Trade Because He’s Too Much Like Bill Clinton, Not Too Little Noam Scheiber  |  February 23, 2014  |  New Republic Barack Obama’s top trade representative, Mike Froman, gave a curious speech last week. Although almost everyone in Washington believes Obama’s trade agenda—most…

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Big obstacles loom in Pacific trade meeting

Reposted from Politico ***** Big obstacles loom in Pacific trade meeting Adam Behsudi  |  February 21, 2014  |  Politico Trade ministers headed to Singapore for another round of high-level meetings on a Pacific Rim deal appear as likely to make headway as they did the last time — not very….

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Fact-checking Froman: The Top 10 Myths Used by Obama’s Top Trade Official

Reposted from Eye on Trade ***** Fact-checking Froman: The Top 10 Myths Used by Obama’s Top Trade Official February 19th, 2014  |  Eye on Trade U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman tried in a speech yesterday to defend the Obama administration’s beleaguered trade policy agenda: the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) pacts…

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Obama Admin’s TPP Trade Officials Received Hefty Bonuses From Big Banks

Reposted from Republic Report ***** Obama Admin’s TPP Trade Officials Received Hefty Bonuses From Big Banks Lee Fang  |  February 17, 2014  |  Republic Report Officials tapped by the Obama administration to lead the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations have received multimillion dollar bonuses from CitiGroup and Bank of America, financial…

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Politics to Shadow Obama’s Trade Talks in Mexico

Reposted from The New York Times ***** Politics to Shadow Obama’s Trade Talks in Mexico Peter Baker and Elisabeth Balkin  |  February 18th, 2014  |  The New York Times WASHINGTON — President Obama travels to Mexico on Wednesday for a brief but politically fraught visit aimed at forging closer trade ties with America’s two…

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Trade Pact With Asia Faces Imposing Hurdle: Midterm Politics

Reposted from The New York Times ***** Trade Pact With Asia Faces Imposing Hurdle: Midterm Politics Mark Landler and Jonathan Weisman  |  February 14, 2014  |  The New York Times Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. acknowledged that Congress will not grant President Obama fast-track trade promotion authority, which analysts…

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What Is the Generalized System of Preferences, and Should Congress Renew It?

Reposted from Washington Monthly ***** What Is the Generalized System of Preferences, and Should Congress Renew It? Michelle Wein  |  February 12, 2014  |  Washington Monthly As Congressional debate heats up over the passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), one of the bill’s attachments, renewing the Generalized System of Preferences…

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Obama’s free trade push runs into more trouble

Reposted from The Washington Post ***** Obama’s free trade push runs into more trouble Greg Sargent  |  February 12, 2014  |  The Washington Post Progressives and liberal lawmakers who are working hard to block the massive free trade deal being negotiated by the Obama administration have just gotten a big…

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News Release: CPA to Host Best Practices Tour at GrafTech

News Release Contact: Sara Haimowitz, sara@prosperousamerica.org, 202.688.5145 CPA to Host Best Practices Tour at GrafTech The Coalition for a Prosperous America will host a tour of GrafTech International’s Lakewood, Ohio facility on February 19 at 9:30 am. Congresswoman Marci Kaptur, CPA members and manufacturers will learn about best business practices…

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What’s Wrong with Fast Track

The President is seeking Fast Track trade authority, which will transfer Congress’s constitutional authority over trade to his administration.  Without Fast Track, the huge Atlantic and Pacific trade agreements his administration is currently negotiating are not likely to gain Congressional approval. These two controversial pacts encompass most of the global…

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