If you close a factory in the U.S., move the production to a low-wage country, bring the same goods back to the U.S. and sell them in the same stores, you have just "increased trade" because now those goods cross a border.
You might have heard a few things about terror and ISIS in the last few weeks. You might not have heard that Republicans in Congress are blocking a vote to keep those terrorists from being able to buy guns.
Republicans in Congress and the corporate-funded conservative echo chamber are temporarily pausing from scaring people with "deficit" propaganda and quietly passing a bunch of tax cuts for special interests.
The group's print ads will appear in Politico, The Hill, and Roll Call and are intended to drive awareness of the lack of enforceable currency provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Clinton's $275 billion infrastructure plan released Monday offers modest spending and contains few specifics. Contrast that with candidate Bernie Sanders, who has proposed a highly detailed, $1 trillion plan.
With the Trans-Pacific Partnership now public, "foreign-owned companies" illegally fire workers who will be making less than $7 a day. Workers are harassed, arrested and beaten if they try to organize to improve their lives.
Here are some of the things you are likely to hear from your Fox-watching right-wing brother-in-law at the Thanksgiving table Thursday. Brace yourself.
The resulting company will be located where it is located now. It will make and sell products in the same places it makes and sells them now. The same executives will occupy the same buildings. It will receive the services...
Next year Social Security recipients get a zero cost-of-living-allowance, but CEOs just got a taxpayer-subsidized raise. Sen. Elizabeth Warren proposes matching that raise for seniors. Which side is your representative on?
Even after 34 senators wrote a letter to the (foreign-owned) contractor that operates the outsourced Senate cafeteria, the workers had to file another labor rights complaint.
Public polling shows that the things Sanders talked about in his speech are things that most Americans agree with and approve of. They are, as Sanders worded it, "wildly popular."
If there was ever an Elizabeth Warren speech to see, it is this one: The Massachusetts senator warns about what is happening with the coming corporate tax reform fight and why we should be paying attention.
What is it about the people in Beirut – and Baghdad and Syria and so many other places under attack by ISIS – that makes them somehow different from Parisians, and less worthy of our attention, empathy and solidarity?
Thirty-four Democratic senators have issued a strongly-worded letter requesting that a British-owned federal contracting company pay their workers a living wage and allow them to unionize.
The major story coming out of the debate was candidate Hillary Clinton's invoking of 9/11 to justify her Wall Street speaking fees and campaign contributions.
Traditional banks have abandoned communities, leaving people stranded. Postal banking serves the public, not Wall Street. We could have postal banking right now, if enough of the public speaks up and demands it.
When talking about trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Donald Trump was correct about China: "The TPP ... is a deal that is going to lead to nothing but trouble."
On Tuesday the Fight For $15 movement hit the fast-food industry with "Come Get My Vote" strikes and protests in hundreds of U.S. cities, all demanding a $15 minimum wage.
Noted economist Jeffrey Sachs – who makes it clear he likes its free-trade provisions – explains why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is nonetheless too flawed for Congress to sign.
Congress demanded that the Trans-Pacific Partnership outlaw currency manipulation. The administration promised that the TPP and accompanying side agreements do that. Then Japan said it will continue manipulating.
President Obama has laid out the bottom line, saying the Trans-Pacific Partnership “puts American workers first.” That's the right measure, but there are deficiencies even a thousand pages of legalese can't obscure.
Lower crude oil prices helped cut imports. Sales of commercial airplanes and jet engines helped boost exports. The full effect of China's currency devaluation and the stronger U.S. dollar is yet to hit.
At some point the actual text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be made public. Organizations, academics, experts and regular people will be able to read, analyze and discuss what has been agreed to in our name.
Journalists and news organizations are not stepping up to defend their colleagues. Imagine if the shoe was on the other foot and Democrats were complaining.
All three Democratic presidential candidates are now united in asking for a federal investigation into charges that Exxon knew of the dangers of climate change but helped fund climate-denial propaganda for profit.
As the economy slows, are Republican candidates offering solutions that will help? Or are they proposing the same old anti-government austerity, tax cuts and deregulation they always do? What about the Democratic candidates?
The text of TPP is still secret -- even from Congress. Today, members of Congress brought out Roxy the “secret TPP text-tracking” bloodhound to try and help them sniff out what's in TPP.
It does not matter if a majority of the House (and America) wants something. It can't be voted on in the House unless most Republicans want it. This is how GOP's “donor class” wants it, and they (usually) get what they want.
The US has an enormous, humongous and continuing trade deficit, caused by our country's trade policies. In the last few months American industrial production has been edging down. Will the Republican candidates address trade Wednesday?
Last week representatives from more than 75 U.S.-based organizations involved in "good governance and transparency" demanded that our government show us proposals made in our name at the trans-Atlantic trade talks.
We have millions of "unbanked" Americans. The U.S. Postal Service needs to expand its services. Postal banking is an idea whose time has come, and Bernie Sanders is highlighting his support.
Thursday's Clinton-bashing hearing in Congress carried with it that "frog in heating water" feeling. Systemic collapse builds slowly and then happens very quickly. It's clearly a question of when, not if.
Members of Congress, a former tobacco prosecutor and now presidential candidates are demanding that the Justice Department investigate Exxon and other fossil fuel companies for fraud.
Which Democratic candidate will take on the banks? They all have proposals that increase regulation and likely break up the biggest banks. But will their administrations enforce those as well as existing regulations if elected?
The first debate was great for the country, the party – and candidate Hillary Clinton. So how about we stop the nonsense and schedule plenty more of them.
“Regulatory capture” happens when an agency acts in the interests of those it is supposed to regulate instead of the public. The Securities and Exchange Commission appears to be one such “captured” agency.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is complete, but we still are not allowed to know what is in it. There are rumors Congress might not vote on it until after the 2016 election.
The U.S. Trade Representative's office is shopping around looking for professors to tell the public that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is great – even though the agreement itself is still secret.
How many times have we heard corporate-funded conservatives and "centrists" whine about "deficits" and demand budget cuts? What if you knew these corporations owed $620 billion in taxes?
It doesn't matter who "won." The candidates showed they all are concerned about governing the country and proposing actual policies that will help actual people have better lives.