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  • Leaked: What’s in Obama’s trade deal

    07/01/2015 1:32:29 PM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | July 1, 2015 | Michael Grumwald
    A recent draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal would give U.S. pharmaceutical firms unprecedented protections against competition from cheaper generic drugs, possibly transcending the patent protections in U.S. law. POLITICO has obtained a draft copy of TPP’s intellectual property chapter as it stood on May 11, at the start of the latest negotiating round in Guam. While U.S. trade officials would not confirm the authenticity of the document, they downplayed its importance, emphasizing that the terms of the deal are likely to change significantly as the talks enter their final stages. Those terms are still secret, but the public...
  • Why Donald Trump Resonates: The "Inner Voice" Factor

    06/28/2015 8:10:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CBN's The Brody File ^ | June 28, 2015 | David Brody, Chief Political Correspondent
    Are you wondering why Donald Trump is resonating across America more than you thought he would? Let me try and offer an explanation. To chalk it up to the simple fact that he’s a TV celebrity is naďve. Donald Trump is resonating because for many Americans he represents their, “inner voice.” He’s the guy that actually says out loud what a lot of people think inwardly. If you’re honest, you know you’ve thought some of this as well. And yes liberals, I bet you too have privately thought some of the things Trump is saying. Maybe not as much as...
  • This was the best week of Obama’s presidency

    06/27/2015 1:55:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | June 26, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    When President Obama neared the end of his eulogy Friday for the late South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pinckney (D), a victim of the shootings at a Charleston church last week, he paused. A long pause. It was a moment of genuine drama. Had he lost his place? Were his emotions getting to him? Then, he started to sing -- the opening bars to "Amazing Grace." Soon, the entire congregation at the AME Emanuel Church joined him in song...
  • Senate approves fast-track, sending trade bill to White House

    06/24/2015 1:47:21 PM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 24, 2015 | Alexander Bolton
    The Senate voted Wednesday to approve fast-track authority, securing a big second-term legislative win for President Obama after a months-long struggle. The 60-38 Senate vote capped weeks of fighting over the trade bill, which pitted Obama against most of his party — including Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
  • USA Sovereignty Ends?

    06/24/2015 11:22:31 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/24/15 | Sher Zieve
    Pray fervently now, keep your loved ones close, your weapons clean and your powder very dry In 2008, we warned you about Obama. Over and over again, we presented material documents showing that Obama had worked with and still worked with the enemies—many like Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn who did so with extreme violence—of the USA, its people…and, ultimately, every area where liberty lived. However, not willing to bother with any and/or all facts but, preferring the super-charged emotion of the dictator-to-be moment, too many Americans voted for him anyway. Besides, many US citizens had to prove they weren’t...
  • Ted Cruz: Time to defeat ‘Washington cartel’

    06/24/2015 11:18:45 AM PDT · by MN_Mike · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 24, 2015 | Seth Mclaughlin
    Why is it that Republican leadership always cuts deals with Democrats and with Washington and throws overboard the conservatives that come October and November in an election year they are desperately asking them to turn out and elect them to power?” Mr. Cruz said.
  • The GOP's 2016 trade divide

    06/23/2015 6:53:45 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/23/2015 | Manu Raju
    Rubio’s mum posture on Tuesday underscores how divisive the issue has become in Republican presidential politics. While a vast majority of Republicans in both houses of Congress voted to advance the trade agenda, a vocal segment of the GOP base has aggressively attacked the plan, contending it would hurt American workers, change immigration laws and give Obama too much power. It’s the latest chapter in the intraparty struggle that’s consumed the GOP since the 2010 midterms, as business-minded Republicans battle with the tea party wing over the party’s identity and direction. The influence of the activist right was on vivid...
  • The Return of ‘Speaker Cruz’

    06/23/2015 7:34:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Roll Call's 218 Blog ^ | June 23, 2015 | Matt Fuller, Matthew Fleming, Emma Dumain and Niels Lesniewski
    “Speaker Cruz” is looking for a comeback. With House GOP leaders meting out punishment against conservatives, and with the House and Senate moving ahead on a plan that would give President Barack Obama the authority to negotiate a major trade deal, Sen. Ted Cruz changed his mind on Trade Promotion Authority Tuesday and, in a blistering op-ed, decided to take some shots at GOP leaders along the way. Without offering any real proof, Cruz accused Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of agreeing to vote on renewing the Export-Import Bank if pro-trade Democrats would vote for...
  • Vanity: Rubio Delivered 60th vote for TPA

    06/23/2015 9:29:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 74 replies
    US Senate ^ | June 23, 2015 | Me
    The cloture vote to give Obama TPA just passed with the minimum number of yea votes. Marco Rubio voted yes so he delivered the 60th vote.
  • Obama twisting Senate Dem arms for TPA test vote today as Cruz switches to No

    06/23/2015 10:15:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 23, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Later this afternoon, the Senate will hold a procedural vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in an attempt to reach cloture and guarantee a floor vote on fast-track authority for Barack Obama on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade agreement. On its first go-around, TPA barely made it past this procedural hurdle, with only 13 Democrats coming along for the ride — and that package included Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), a key Democratic priority to buffer the effects of globalization for American workers. Without it, even those few Democrats may take a pass on TPA, which would once again put fast-track...
  • Vast Ramifications in Senate Obamatrade Vote Tuesday

    06/22/2015 6:02:09 PM PDT · by plain talk · 12 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | June 22, 2015 | Jessica Vaughan
    Republican leaders, who seem curiously eager to facilitate this deal for the president, have bent over backwards to assure the many skeptical Republican members that neither Trade Promotion Authority (TPA, or "fast-track" authority) nor the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact, which would be the next trade agreement to be rushed through the approval process on an up or down vote without possibility of amendments, includes or allows changes to immigration or visa law. Some might be willing to trust our leaders on that, but in fact the biggest danger is not that the TPA bill and the TPP treaty make direct...
  • Ted Cruz "Believe Again" Event at Drake University on Saturday June 27, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa

    06/22/2015 7:21:56 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 50 replies
    Ted Cruz "Believe Again" Event at Drake University on Saturday June 27, 2015 in Des Moines, IowaIt’s time to break with the past.  Break from the status quo.  Break from the DC power brokers.  It’s time to ‘Believe Again’. Join Ted Cruz on Saturday June 27th in Des Moines to learn more.  You do not want to miss this event. Believe AgainSaturday June 27th, 2015Doors Open at 9:45amProgram Starts at 11:00am Drake UniversitySheslow Auditorium2507 University AvenueDes Moines, IA 50311
  • Hillary's going to lose: Doesn’t see the frustrated progressive wave that'll nominate Bernie Sanders

    06/22/2015 4:54:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Salon ^ | June 22, 2015 | Bill Curry
    Clinton's positioning on TPP is way too cute. When it passes with Dems' implicit support, grass roots will explode. Hillary Clinton went to New York’s Roosevelt Island earlier this month to relaunch her campaign for president. Her first kickoff fell flat, perhaps because she herself didn’t attend, opting instead to send a video greeting card in which people she still insists on calling ‘everyday Americans’ shared their life plans. (To go to school! Plant a garden! Get married!) She came on at the end to say she had plans of her own that include being president, and that she does...
  • Sen. Sessions: Slow Fast-Track Now, Before It’s Too Late

    06/21/2015 5:21:05 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6-21-2015 | Jeff Sessions
    Fast-Track, or Trade Promotion Authority, will receive a final cloture vote in the Senate on Tuesday morning. This is the bill that passed the House. If cloture is invoked, the bill will pass the Senate and go to the President’s desk. More than four weeks have passed since the Senate first voted on whether to grant the Executive six years of fast-track authority. In that time, an enormous amount has been discovered about how the President plans to use this authority – information that was either not known or understood when the vote was held. This includes the Administration’s pledge...
  • K Shanmugam meets US presidential hopefuls (Singapore's Foreign Affairs and Law Minister)

    06/20/2015 2:50:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Channel NewsAsia ^ | June 20, 2015
    Singapore's Foreign Affairs and Law Minister meets with Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, both candidates for the 2016 US Presidential Election, during his visit to Washington DC.SINGAPORE: The Republic's Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam met separately with US Senators and candidates for the 2016 presidential election, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, during his recent visit to Washington DC. Mr Shanmugam also held meetings with Senator Cory Gardner, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy, and Representative Matt Salmon, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and...
  • 190 Republicans who voted to ignore 2/3 vote requirement for trade treaty (TPP)

    06/18/2015 4:02:50 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 128 replies
    6-18-15 | johnwk
    CLICK HERE for the list of House Republicans who spat upon our Constitution today and ignored its expressed requirement for a two thirds approval vote for any deals cooked up by our president with foreign powers. In effect, these Republicans have unconstitutionally lowered the two thirds requirement to a simple majority to approve deals consummated by our president with foreign powers and engaged in the same despotic action the President has engaged in when signing Executive Orders that violate statutory law and/or our Constitution’s written provisions. These Republican turncoat and lying scoundrels tell us that the Pacific Rim deal is...
  • Boehner Purges Conservatives Who Defy on ObamaTrade Votes

    06/18/2015 7:07:24 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 33 replies
    The New American ^ | 6/17/2015 | William F. Jasper
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) have taken swift retribution against House members who dared to break ranks with “the team” on a rule vote for Trade Promotion Authority (Fast Track). On Monday, June 15, Scalise booted GOP Reps. Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), Steve Pearce (N.M.) and Trent Franks (Ariz.) — all members of the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) — from the whip team. Reps. Lummis and Franks both issued conciliatory statements saying they completely “respect” Chairman Scalise’s decision — perhaps to avoid further retribution. Rep. Pearce was less tilted toward appeasement. “Not much has...
  • Rand Paul to Obama: Finish TPP Trade Deal

    06/17/2015 9:39:51 PM PDT · by MN_Mike · 16 replies
    The Dplomat ^ | October 28, 2014 | Zachary Keck
    RAND PAUL WAS PUSHING OBAMA ON TPP 6 MONTHS AGO, FORGET ABOUT TPA! (With video)
  • Ryan’s ‘Misperceptions’ on Trade Deal Unveiled, Reports Suggest

    06/17/2015 6:59:02 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 27 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 17,2015 | Alex Swoyer
    House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) joined NPR Wednesday with Steve Inskeep to stress why he says it’s important for Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which grants President Obama fast-track trade authority. With TPA, Congress cannot issue any amendments to trade agreements and merely gets an up or down vote on a final trade deal. Ryan’s go to remark when first questioned about TPA or the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) – which is part of three trade deals currently being negotiated – is he needs to clarify “misperceptions.” “We’re not considering the TPP, the Trans-Pacific...
  • Obama Fails to Pass Trade Bill Backed By Majorities in Both Houses

    06/17/2015 4:44:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Lyndon Johnson used to say that some of his colleagues were so politically inept they couldn't find their posteriors -- actually, he used a coarser word -- with both hands. Last week Barack Obama showed that, as a legislative strategist, he belongs in that category. It's a given that he can't achieve most of his legislative goals with Republican majorities in both houses of Congress. But on trade promotion authority -- legislation to require up-or-down approval without amendments of trade agreements -- he has fumbled even though, as demonstrated on roll calls, his position is supported by a supermajority in...
  • House Republican leaders zero in on new trade strategy

    06/16/2015 7:16:15 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/16/2015 | Scott wong and Mike Lillis
    House GOP leaders seeking to rebound after a surprise floor defeat on trade are zeroing in on a new strategy to grant President Obama fast-track authority. The plan is to vote as soon as this week on the fast-track bill approved by the House on Friday but to leave aside a second part of the original package that was torpedoed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats.  Decoupling fast-track from a separate program granting aid to workers displaced by trade would put pressure on the Senate to pass the legislation, a top priority for Obama that...
  • Dem Operative Rallies Conservatives Against "Obamatrade"

    06/16/2015 7:55:49 PM PDT · by MN_Mike · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 11, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    Self-described progressive Democrat Curtis Ellis finds receptive ears on conservative blogs and talk radio. A leading voice against a pending Asian free trade agreement is tailoring his message to the country’s grassroots conservatives, but until recently he described himself as a progressive and worked for union-backed Democrats.
  • Boehner takes his retribution

    06/16/2015 12:48:44 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 6/16/15 | Scott Wong
    House GOP leaders booted three members off the whip team for voting against a procedural rule that structured how a critical trade package was brought to the House floor last week. Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) informed Reps. Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), Steve Pearce (N.M.) and Trent Franks (Ariz.) on Monday that they were no longer a part of the GOP’s vote-counting operation, a source close to the whip team confirmed. Scalise’s decision was based on longstanding whip team rules that stated members must “vote as a team on procedural matters” but are free to vote against leadership on underlying legislation,...
  • Flip-Flopping Hillary Is No Profile In Courage On Trade

    06/16/2015 7:27:59 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/16/2015 | John Merline
    Before the House voted on whether to grant President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, Hillary Clinton said she couldn't make up her mind on the matter, and kept mostly silent.
  • Rep. Gowdy Interview Regarding TPA

    06/16/2015 4:46:18 AM PDT · by MN_Mike · 53 replies
    Vince Coakley on WORD ^ | June 11, 2015 | Trey Gowdy
    Trey Gowdy joins Ted Cruz and other conservatives: Yes on TPA, No on TAA, and indeterminable about TPP (like calling the final score at half time.
  • Robert Reich: Americans have had it with free trade

    06/16/2015 2:17:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Salon ^ | June 16, 2015 | Robert Reich
    How can it be that the largest pending trade deal in history – a deal backed both by a Democratic president and Republican leaders in Congress – is nearly dead? The Trans Pacific Partnership may yet squeak through Congress but its near-death experience offers an important lesson. It’s not that labor unions have regained political power (union membership continues to dwindle and large corporations have more clout in Washington than ever) or that the President is especially weak (no president can pull off a major deal like this if the public isn’t behind him). The biggest lesson is most Americans...
  • Western Firms Caught Off Guard as Chinese Shoppers Flock to Web

    06/16/2015 12:30:35 AM PDT · by Cronos · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 14, 2015 5:30 a.m. | Laurie Burkitt, Peter Evans
    After enjoying nearly three decades of steady growth in its China business, Unilever PLC last year watched sales fall off a cliff. The maker of Dove soap, Lux shampoo and Comfort fabric softener warned in October of a 20% drop in its third-quarter China sales. The next quarter, the company announced another 20% fall. Unilever blamed a slowing Chinese economy and a pullback by shoppers. But a close look at retailing trends in China suggests Unilever was also feeling the pain of the migration of hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers to online shopping. Unilever wasn’t the only Western company...
  • Jenks: Fast-Track Would Lead To Passage Of Trade Deal That Could ‘Open Up’ Immigration Laws

    06/15/2015 1:39:09 PM PDT · by Jane Long · 36 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 15, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    NumbersUSA Director of Government Relations Rosemary Jenks stated that if fast-track passed, Congress would not reject the Trade in Services Agreement, which could make the US “open up it’s immigration laws” on Monday’s “Laura Ingraham Show.” Jenks said, “We have had Ambassador Froman, the US Trade Rep., go to Congress on multiple occasions and assure members of Congress that the United States is not negotiating immigration in TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Well, we know that there is in fact an immigration chapter in TPP, but it looks relatively harmless. What he failed to tell us, and members of Congress, is...
  • Rep. Huizenga | Why I Support TPA

    06/15/2015 9:30:22 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 16 replies
    Huizenga for Congress ^ | June 15, 2015 | Bill Huizenga
    A lot of misinformation is being spread about Trade Promotion Authority or TPA that is currently being debated in Congress. First and foremost I want to tell you why I support TPA and why I think it's an important step forward for not only West Michigan but the entire country. The Constitution lays out specific roles for both the President as well as Congress in terms of trade. The President's role is to negotiate with foreign counties on behalf of the United States, while the role of Congress is to review any potential trade agreement and then vote to either...
  • TPA, TAA, TPP, TED CRUZ, JEFF SESSIONS AND YOU pt2

    06/14/2015 9:36:25 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 111 replies
    Examiner ^ | June 14, 2015 | Bill Sullivan
    INTERVIEWER ASKS CRUZ IS JEFF SESSIONS RIGHT This has been before SCOTUS and has been long upheld and used since Washington. Thus this is NOT a giving of power to the President but a way to keep him in check. It does not allow anything to be done in US law about immigration. The TPA REQUIRES that once an agreement is negotiated (the TPP) It MUST be put out to the public and the people’s representatives for at least 60 days to even be legal. Once all the representatives and people who want to read it all, it can be...
  • TPA, TAA, TPP, TED CRUZ, JEFF SESSIONS AND YOU

    06/14/2015 6:35:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 217 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 14, 2015 | Bill Sullivan, Little Rock Religion Examiner
    STOP FIGHTING AGAINST PATRIOTS.TPA, TAA, TPP, TED CRUZ, JEFF SESSIONS AND YOU There is a lot of confusion about these acronyms; about what Jeff Sessions believed and what Ted Cruz voted for. But I hope you are able to see when I finish, why we should be careful in fighting our own about every thing we hear. Sometimes they will even differ in their understanding. I was ignorant about it up until a week or two ago, when I looked into the matter carefully. First of all not one person up there understands more about international rulings and how they...
  • Trans-Pacific Partners (TPP) Countries: Comparative Trade and Economic Analysis

    06/13/2015 11:59:47 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 148 replies
    Congressional Research Service ^ | June 10, 2013 | Brock R. Williams
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed regional free trade agreement (FTA) among 12 countries: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam. The negotiating partners have expressed an interest in allowing this proposed “living agreement” to cover new trade topics and to include new members that are willing to adopt the proposed agreement’s high standards. Japan is the most recent country to seek entry into the TPP. The Administration gave Congress notice of its intent to negotiate with Japan in the TPP on April 24, 2013......
  • TED CRUZ HQ: A Note to Conservatives on Trade Agreements

    06/13/2015 4:07:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 237 replies
    Ted Cruz for President ^ | June 12, 2015 | Staff
    Senator Cruz entirely understands the widespread suspicion of the President. Nobody has been more vocal in pointing out the President’s lawlessness or more passionate about fighting his usurpation of congressional authority. Senator Cruz would not and will not give President Obama one more inch of unrestricted power. There have been a lot of questions and concerns about the ongoing Pacific trade negotiations. Many of those concerns, fueled by the media, stem from confusion about Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Let’s unpack the issues one by one. What are TPA and TPP? TPA stands for Trade...
  • Oh, shut up about trade deal secrecy: Column

    06/13/2015 3:35:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    USA Today | June 12, 2015 | John Rigolizzo, Jr.
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/06/12/tpp-obama-warren-trade-secrets-column/28703605/
  • Cruz defends trade support against conservative criticism

    06/13/2015 3:01:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazer Blog ^ | June 13, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    Sen. Ted Cruz is usually in lockstep with the conservative base. But as the far right worries about the content of a pending trade deal and the power that related legislation could give the president, Cruz has not been in lockstep. And he’s been using conservative talk radio to defend his support for two critical parts of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda: Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). TPA, also known as “fast track,” means Congress can only approve or reject a trade deal without amending it. TPP is a pending trade deal with up to a...
  • Ted Cruz is right on the trade deal

    06/13/2015 12:40:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 193 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 13, 2015 | J. Maropoulakis Denney
    TPA, or similar a law, has existed for decades. The recent vote in the U.S. Senate was a renewal of the TPA, and Senator Ted Cruz, perhaps the foremost constitutional conservative in the Senate, supported it because it created a process in which the president could be held accountable. TPP was never voted on in the Senate or the House, and its language has not even been finalized. My objection, at this point, to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is that it is secret, and only members of congress are permitted to read it. Ted Cruz has read it, and...
  • A Trade You Can Believe In

    06/13/2015 6:06:09 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-13-2015 | MOTUS
    ObamaTrade is on hold for now - thanks to a handful of Democrats who were surprised and offended that Big Guy came to solicit their votes by guilting them and impugning their integrity.Why the surprise? That’s how Barry always deals with people who dare question his directives. So Democrats rejected a Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) measure (like dozens of others they’ve always  approved enthusiastically and unconditionally). That negated the subsequent symbolic passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which was not allowed to high-speed railroad us into economic suicide without the accompanying TAA. Apparently the donkey balls couldn’t convince their union...
  • ‘TAA’, ‘TAA’, America!

    06/13/2015 4:59:21 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/13/15 | Judi Mcleod
    Tuesday’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Vote: The TAA (Trade Adjustment Assistance) vote coming Tuesday is the Final Act of the hideous Fundamental Transformation of America. It brings forward an America that will exist in name only in a Barack Obama-styled Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that holds ultimate power over 40 percent of the world’s total economy. It’s the original camel is a horse designed by a committee; a European Union called the Trans-Pacific Partnership that is really the North American Union; a partnership this time without Mexico, whose population already uses the U.S. as its primary escape hatch. That no one knows...
  • Wait, are we primarying Paul Ryan over his support for Obama’s trade authority now?

    06/12/2015 10:22:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 12, 2015 | Allahpundit
    It’s going to be weird when John Boehner and John McCain are returned to Congress next November by landslide margins while Mr. Entitlement Reform is busy clearing out his desk. Oh well. The Ted Cruz primary fight in 2018 will be interesting, at least. Laura Ingraham ✔ ‎@IngrahamAngle Wisconsin sources say discussions building in favor of challenging @RepPaulRyan over his role in the #ObamaTrade. #PeoplesCandidate 10:05 AM - 12 Jun 2015 Laura Ingraham ✔ ‎@IngrahamAngle FACT: @RepPaulRyan will have mega bucks to defend his reelection from the same Corps that benefit from & lobbied for #ObamaTrade. 10:30 AM - 12...
  • Obama suffers big loss as trade bill is defeated at hands of Democrats

    06/12/2015 8:45:45 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 67 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 12, 2015 | Lisa Mascaro and Don Lee and Christi Parsons
    President Obama's ambitious trade agenda unraveled Friday in a stunning setback delivered by his own party as the House rejected an important piece of a package aimed at fast-tracking a controversial trade pact he is pursuing with 11 other Pacific Rim nations. Hoping to salvage what could be a key part of his legacy, Obama dashed to Capitol Hill before the vote Friday for a rare early morning meeting with Democrats. But amid fears that a trade deal would hurt American workers, even Obama's dramatic personal intervention failed to generate the Democratic votes needed to bolster his unusual alliance with...
  • Angry Obama Vows Vengeance against Trade Bill Opponents [semi-satire]

    06/12/2015 7:14:02 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 June 2015 | John Semmens
    Alternating between tears and venom, a stunned President Obama ranted against members of his own Party, calling them "faithless turncoats" and alleging that "they are destroying my credibility with foreign nations," after the House of Representatives voted 302 to 126 against the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act--a provision deemed crucial to the fate of his "fast track" trade legislation. The vote came after a rare personal appearance of President Obama to lobby for the legislation. Erstwhile political ally, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), led Democratic opposition to the President's wishes. She remained unfazed by the President's threat "to make life...
  • In defeat, President Obama declares victory

    06/12/2015 6:17:47 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/12/15 | Sarah Wheaton and Edward-Isaac Dovere
    President Barack Obama responded to a stinging defeat dealt by his own party by declaring victory. It is a common tactic in Washington to downplay bad news, but the White House brought it to a new level on Friday after House Democrats soundly defeated a package of free trade legislation that the president had personally implored them to pass. The White House chose to highlight the fact that one part of the package passed, even though two approvals were necessary to give Obama the trade authority he needs to negotiate the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • Trade agreements (vanity survey)

    06/12/2015 5:41:58 PM PDT · by impimp · 7 replies
    Www.freerepublic.com | 11 June 2015 | Impimp
    Trade agreement policy - how should the U.S. focus its policy? 1. Bilateral with as many countries as possible that aren't our enemy 2. Global pacts 3. Mercantilism (aka protectionism) 4. 1 and 2 above 5. Some sort of middle of the road approach
  • Sessions: ‘A Vote for TAA Next Week Is a Vote to Send Fast-Track to The President’s Desk’

    06/12/2015 5:41:46 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 94 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/ ^ | June 12,2015 | Breitbart News
    U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) warns: It appears there will be another attempt by Tuesday to force through new executive powers for President Obama. A vote for TAA next week is a vote to send fast-track to the President’s desk and to grant him these broad new executive authorities. If that happens, it will empower the President to form a Pacific Union encompassing 40 percent of the world’s economy and 12 nations—each with one equal vote. ... Fast-track will not only apply to the Pacific Union, but can expedite an unlimited number of yet-unseen international compacts for six years. There...
  • Democrats reject Obama on trade

    06/12/2015 1:09:53 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/12/15 | Deirdre Walsh and Eric Bradner
    Sensing his free trade agenda was hours from a stunning defeat, President Barack Obama visited Capitol Hill in person on Friday morning to make a personal plea for his own party's support. Democrats ignored him. And now, the prospects for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the biggest free trade deal in history, to be finalized and adopted are grim, unless Republicans can find a way within days to revive the bills and rescue Obama's biggest second-term legislative priority. The House overwhelmingly rejected the first in a series of trade bills Friday, with Democrats voting against a program that aids displaced workers —...
  • Ted Cruz Explains: Support for the TPA doesn’t mean approval for the trade agreement

    06/12/2015 8:38:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/12/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The trade fight in the House looks bad for the White House this morning, while no one still knows what the actual trade agreement will look like in its final form. Ted Cruz explained to Hugh Hewitt that support for the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) didn’t mean approval for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a point he wants to emphasize so much that Cruz put it on his website: Historically, since FDR virtually every president has had fast track authority. What fast track provides is simply if a free trade agreement is negotiated, that Congress will vote on it up or down...
  • Sarah Palin demands openness on Trade Deal

    06/12/2015 7:53:36 AM PDT · by palin45potus · 48 replies
    Sarah Palin Facebook Page ^ | 6-11-2015 | Sarah Palin
    The secretive, hugely impacting Obamatrade deal is another behind-closed-doors fast-tracked D.C. deal that screams "don't pass it 'til we know what's in it!" Yet politicians are going along to get along, supporting Obama's pet project while ignoring the public's right to know what's in this monumental international trade deal. This, despite the President's track record proving he hasn't got it in him to put American workers first. If Congress hands this secretive deal to Obama on a silver platter, admitting to not even reading it first, then shame on us for letting another one slide. This is fast-tracked, friends. Like...
  • WTO Rejects U.S. Appeal on Meat Labeling, Tariff Retaliation From Canada and Mexico Looms

    06/12/2015 7:03:05 AM PDT · by Will88 · 24 replies
    HNGN ^ | May 20, 2015 | Windsor Genova
    "The World Trade Organization (WTO) has rejected the United States' appeal of the international body's October ruling against meat labeling that Canada and Mexico say is too costly for their livestock producers."
  • Cato Institute advances myth about Pacific Rim Trade Agreement

    06/12/2015 6:03:57 AM PDT · by JOHN W K · 7 replies
    6/12/2015 | johnwk
     SEE: Top Nine Myths About Trade Promotion Authority And The Trans-Pacific Partnership Under “Myth 1: TPA and U.S. FTAs are unconstitutional and undemocratic!” we find: ”Finally, it’s important to reiterate that, contrary to some claims, FTAs are not treaties (which are typically “self-executing,” require two-thirds approval by the Senate, and have the force of law upon ratification).” Now, with regard to the language contained in constitutions see: 16 Am Jur 2d Constitutional law Meaning of Language Ordinary meaning, generally ”Words or terms used in a constitution, being dependent on ratification by the people voting upon it, must be understood in...
  • Paul Ryan: Voting 'yes' on trade won't give Obama carte blanche

    06/12/2015 2:35:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 11, 2015 | Rep. Paul Ryan
    The House of Representatives will vote Friday on a bill to establish what's called TPA, or trade promotion authority. A yes vote would be a huge win for conservatives, free-market principles and American leadership. Still, there's a lot of confusion out there about what exactly TPA is. It's not a trade deal, but a process in Congress for considering trade deals. Sounds complicated, I know, but it's actually pretty simple. If Congress establishes TPA, the public will be able to read the text of a trade deal well before Congress votes on it. So if you want to know more...