Four Reasons The Coming Congressional Budget Battle Matters

We need to be prepared to push back against trumped-up deficit hysteria, the refusal to adequately invest in our infrastructure, the continued assault on health care and the drive to cut taxes on the wealthy.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Krugman Gives the TPP a “Thumbs Down”

Krugman takes on the old trope that “protectionism” — democracies using tariffs to protect wages and regulations from being undermined by the lower costs that a thugocracy offers — harms the world’s economy.

A Trade Campaign Built On Four Pinocchios

A new PR campaign in support of Trade Promotion Authority a.k.a. “Fast Track” and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is launching. As its foundation are a set of misleading (at best) claims beginning with a Four-Pinocchio whopper.

This Trade Deal Will Make You Sick

Food is more than just what we eat. It connects us to each other and our environment. And how we treat it is of tremendous importance to our democracy. Right now, the future of our food is being decided behind closed doors.
Anna Meyer
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Anti-Fast-Track Momentum Builds

Opponents of fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership are gaining momentum. In spite of a virtual media blackout, public awareness of and mobilization against the coming trade deal is increasing.

The Fast-Track Fandango

Why can't we have a trade debate worthy of the reality we face? Unprecedented trade deficits have undermined America's working families. We need a new strategy, not another dishonest and corrupted debate.
Robert Borosage
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Video: Fast Track Explained In 7 Words

All the talk about “trade” deals might seem complicated, with all the “TPP” and “TPA” and “FTA” and “TTIP” floating around. It doesn’t have to be difficult, though.

How Trade Deals Boost the Top 1% and Bust the Rest

I used to believe in trade agreements. That was before the wages of most Americans stagnated and a relative few at the top captured just about all the economic gains. The fact is, trade agreements are no longer really about trade.

Not So Fast, Congress

Fast Track is nothing more than Congress pulling a fast one on the American people. It’s a plan for lawmakers to abdicate their Constitutional responsibility to regulate international trade.
Leo Gerard
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Rep. Alan Grayson Explains Trade Deficit Harm

If people come to understand and worry about the very real trade deficit, they will demand policies that are very good for regular, working people, and "Main Street" businesses that make or do things in America.

Wingnut Week In Review: Wingnuts In Paris

This week, the world joined with the people of France in mourning and solidarity, following a deadly terrorist attack on the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper. Wingnuts wasted no time scoring political points.
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Year In Review: We Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

It’s time to say goodbye to 2014, and wrap-up the first year of “Wingnut Week In Review.” But first, let’s trudge down memory lane and recall the best of the worse in wingnuttia this year.
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week In Review: Santa Cruz Comes To Town

Santa Cruz came to town this week with an early holiday gift for President Obama and the Democrats, and wingnuts predictably lost it when the president effectively called an end to the “cold war.”
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week In Review: Through The Looking Glass

If this week is a preview of what we’re in for with the next Congress, get ready to step through the looking glass and into a world where executive actions are impeachable offenses, and Duck Dynasty is Broadway bound.
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week In Review: How Low Can They Go?

Already reeling from the Ferguson grand jury ruling, America was stunned to learn there would be no indictment in the death of Eric Garner. Right-wingers wasted no time proving how low they’re willing to go.
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week In Review: Ferguson, Goddamn.

This week, the only thing worse than the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, was the right-wing reaction to that decision. […]
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week in Review: Punk’d By The President

This week, President Obama punk’d the GOP on immigration, leaving them caught between Latino voters and their wingnut base. And there’s not much they can do about it. Thursday night, […]
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week In Review: The Nuttiest Candidates of 2014

Every election year, the GOP comes up with a new crop of wingnut candidates for office. This one is no exception. Will any of this election's nuttiest wingnuts become the next Todd Akin or Christine O’Donnell?
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week In Review: Gay Gremlins

Calling gay people names is nothing new. We’ve been called many things throughout the ages. But “gremlins”? That’s a new one. The first — and perhaps only — Wingnut WTF […]
Terrance Heath
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The Damage From A High US Trade Deficit

Some economists blame upward redistribution of income, which reduces overall demand, for excessive unemployment. However, upward redistribution is only part of the explanation. The trade deficit is a much bigger part of the picture.
Dean Baker
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Wingnut Week In Review: Forever Hold Their Peace

The Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court boosted the number of gay marriage states to somewhere between 30 and 35. Needless to say, the floodgates of wingnuttery opened wide.
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week In Review: Intruder Alert

Given their longstanding loathing for him, it was touching to see so many right-wingers express concern for President Obama’s safety this week.
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week In Review: Return to the “Appalahchian Trail”

With one bizarre Facebook post Rep. Mark Sanford (R, SC) dis-engaged his “Appalachian Trail” “soulmate,” and went from being a comeback kid to being punchline, again. And that’s not even the crazy part.
Terrance Heath
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