Negotiators are meeting in Atlanta, trying to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership as soon as Thursday. A news article explains the latest reason people should be alarmed about what they are negotiating.
Anti-government types just can't stand that the U.S. Postal Service shows government doing its job of helping make our lives better. The latest salvo comes from Brookings – which gets funding from FedEx.
A new round of TPP negotiations is underway in Atlanta this week between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries. Some groups are asking people to come to Atlanta to protest.
The RAPID Act is designed to get government out of the way of big corporations, by prohibiting the government from stopping polluters and companies that endanger the health and safety of the public.
Jeb Bush says Pope Francis should keep his climate views to himself because he's not a scientist. But the Pope actually is a scientist. He is a chemical engineer.
Republicans don’t believe that the American government should do things that make the American people’s lives better, so now they are threatening to shut down the whole government. Again.
This week's news about VW is hardly an isolated case of corporations defrauding the public, That's why we need an entity more powerful than these corporations whose purpose is to protect the public.
The Republican establishment appears to have decided that the former Hewlett-Packard CEO will save it from Donald Trump. Will Fiorina do for America what she did to HP?
Last week Wisconsin governor Scott Walker tried to give his faltering presidential campaign a boost by proposing to essentially get rid of unions in the U.S. The numbers show why this isn't working.
Private prisons with a profit incentive to put more and more people in jail? Lobbyists exerting influence against releasing prisoners so their companies can make more money? Can you believe that?
Why are the Democrats letting Republicans have the attention? Why are they hiding their candidates? The party has taken itself out of the game, and more and more people are asking why.
The rest of the Republican presidential candidates are causing people to ask, "Wait, is Donald Trump the reasonable one?" Watch tonight's debate to see the freak show.
Will our country prioritize people, human rights, and morality — or corporate profits? Pride@Work hopes our country will prioritize human rights in upcoming trade agreements.
NAFTA hit us hard; now it looks like TPP will hit us much, much harder. Something we still do in the US is being negotiated away so that executives can pocket even more of those lost wages for themselves.
Areas with higher union membership demonstrate more mobility for low-income children. Which Democratic presidential candidates will come out in favor of strong laws and regulations to advance labor rights?
It is simply remarkable to see a political party working so obviously in the service of an industry as the Republican Party is working on behalf of fossil-fuel interests.
These numbers do not reflect China's big currency devaluation, which happened in August. That is sure to drive the trade deficit higher.
Nobody expected to be actually talking about Bernie Sanders being the Democratic presidential nominee. But whether he is or not, the political discussion Sanders wanted has started.
To get the Trans-Pacific Partnership finished as soon as possible, U.S. negotiators appear to have tried to sell out auto-parts manufacturers in the U.S. to the benefit of countries like China.
Companies are afraid to expand if no one is spending. The result is poor demand to guide the way to safe investment. But governments – the source of demand when people and companies are hunkered down – keep cutting back.
The differences between Democratic presidential candidates and most Republican candidates on Social Security -- and retirement security in general -- could emerge as a "sleeper issue" in the 2016 campaign.
O'Malley's plan expands Social Security but goes beyond Social Security into savings, wages and long-term care. Sanders' earlier plan is similar but not as broad. Clinton has not yet offered a plan.
Donald Trump has perfectly articulated the case for low corporate taxes: Corporations don’t want to pay taxes, so let’s not make them pay taxes. There it is in a nutshell.
Companies that did not use this tax dodge have already paid their taxes. Letting these multinational corporations off would reward the multinationals for dodging, and give them a tremendous advantage over companies that paid their taxes.
What happens if a business is owned and run by the people who work there, and not by some distant, already-wealthy investors? Worker co-ops are businesses owned and operated by the people who work at the company.
Legislators are busy people and must travel. Requiring them to be present while staffers who are versed in trade legalese examine the text of TPP is a way of keeping legislators and their staff from knowing what is in the agreement.
Divide and conquer works. When you face a strong enemy it's good strategy to break them apart into smaller units that can be fought separately. Example: a state initiative to gut California's public-employee pensions does just that.
Republicans have tried various tactics over the years to weaken or just get rid of unions, and that includes public employee unions. The latest scheme comes from the Senate.
China is lowering the value of its currency to boost its economic growth by supporting its exporters. China does what China does, for China. The U.S. should do what the U.S. needs to do, for the U.S.
Jeb Bush says he can bring the economy up to 4 percent annual growth. The White House responds that 4 percent growth is not achievable. The Progressive Caucus shows it is, but not the way Bush plans to do it.
President Obama is drafting an executive order to require federal contractors to provide sick leave for workers who are sick or caring for a sick relative. How does this measure up to Good Jobs Nation's More than the Minimum demands?
Our "strong dollar" policy is part of the problem. A high value to the U.S. dollar means that goods made here cost more than goods made in countries with "weak" currencies, so they get the orders.
On Wednesday the Senate Finance Committee will hold an executive session to consider Marisa Lago to be deputy U.S. trade representative – another revolving-door Wall Street nominee to a key position.
"More trade is always good." Is that really right? Do our current international trade policies as applied under our current economic order a good thing or a bad thing for We the People of the United States?
TPP is not dead. There is still time to squeeze this through Congress before the real Presidential campaign season begins if they can complete TPP in August.
"NAFTA-style" "trade" agreements like TPP contain "investor-protection" provisions that allow corporations to sue governments for passing laws and making regulations that might limit their expected profits.
Conservatives are using this Export-Import Bank issue to look like populist champions fighting against "corporate welfare" on behalf of the taxpayer. Don't believe it. This is part of a bigger attack.
Rexdale Henry, a Mississippi Choctaw Native American activist, was arrested on July 9 for failing to pay an old traffic fine. He was found dead in his cell on July 14. That is almost all we know.
Cheap labor is the whole point of our corporate-rigged, NAFTA-style trade agreements. But tolerating slavery? Really? Unfortunately, it looks like that's what is happening with the Trans-Pacific Partnership.