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  • Peter Schiff on the Fed, Rand Paul, and the Next Financial Crisis

    07/27/2015 3:18:57 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Reason ^ | 20 July 2015 | Matt Welch & Joshua Swain
    "The bubbles are pretty much everywhere," says investment guru and radio host Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital. "They are in the stock market, they are in the bond market, they are in the real estate market, they are in the U.S. dollar." Schiff sat down with Reason's Matt Welch while at FreedomFest 2015 to discuss the dollar, his support of Rand Paul, and his argument that we are already living in another stock bubble. Video 12:52
  • China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet

    07/28/2015 6:24:08 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 16 replies
    Wallstreet Journal ^ | 7/28/2015 | James T Areddy
    SHANGHAI—As social media helped topple regimes in the Middle East and northern Africa, a senior colonel in the People’s Liberation Army publicly warned that an Internet dominated by the U.S. threatened to overthrow China’s Communist Party. Ye Zheng and a Chinese researcher, writing in the state-run China Youth Daily, said the Internet represented a new form of global control, and the U.S. was a “shadow” present during some of those popular uprisings. Beijing had better pay attention. Four years after they sounded that alarm, China is paying a lot of attention. Its government is pushing to rewrite the rules of...
  • Senate advances Export-Import Bank lifeline

    07/26/2015 10:15:33 PM PDT · by Rabin · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/26/15 | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., kept a promise made to Democratics earlier this year that in exchange for their support on an important trade deal, he would allow a vote on a measure to extend the bank.... Obama administration is closer than ever on a breakthrough on the biggest trade deal in world history. http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/trans-pacific-partnership-trade-pact-challenges-120600.html All the Good ol Boys are convinced we the people, maintain generic, or self-inflicted stupid. We the people keep proving it is so, up to the tipping p0int. Raben
  • Secrecy around TPP trade deal fuels suspicions and worries

    07/26/2015 8:33:02 PM PDT · by Mariner · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | July 25th, 2015 | By Paul Handley
    Washington (AFP) - Higher costs for needed generic drugs. Longer copyright protections than the global standard. Foreign investors empowered to overrule governments. A more tightly-regulated Internet. Those are just some of the potential pitfalls from any deal that could emerge from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 12-country free-trade and investment pact shrouded in secrecy as negotiations head into the final stage in Hawaii next week. A handful of draft chapters of the TPP, leaked via Wikileaks, have highlighted the proposed treaty's heavy emphasis on expanding protections for corporate rights and assets like intellectual property -- patents, copyrights and databases -- that...
  • McConnell and Reid may have just set a 51-vote threshold for passing Obamacare repeal

    07/24/2015 11:17:28 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 143 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 24, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney
    Next week, Senate Republicans could pass Obamacare repeal with a simple 51-vote majority as part of the long-term highway bill, according to Sen. Mike Lee. The Utah Republican laid out the argument in a press release after party leaders set the sequencing of votes: "The first Obamacare vote on Sunday will have a 60 vote threshold, and Democrats will likely block it," Lee continued. "But thanks to the sequencing of the votes we just locked in, Republicans will have the opportunity resurrect that Obamacare amendment later on in the process, and put it back before the Senate in a manner...
  • Cruz accuses McConnell of lying (Why Cruz voted for TPA)

    07/24/2015 10:24:01 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 129 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a blistering floor speech Friday accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) of lying to him over a deal to vote on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.
  • Why Are Republicans Resurrecting Uber-Failed Green Energy Subsidies?

    07/21/2015 10:24:50 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    Human Events ^ | 07/21/2015 | Seton Motley
    Thank goodness we last November gave the Republicans the Senate majority.Who besides the GOP would resurrect government money for ridiculous “green” “energy” – which is neither green nor energy? To the tune of tens (if not hundreds) of billions of dollars more down the juice-less rat hole. Oh yeah – every Democrat on the planet. Senate May Revive Expired Green Energy Tax SubsidiesThe Senate finance committee will be holding a markup hearing on expired tax subsidies members want to be revived for their constituents and campaign supporters, and this includes now defunct subsidies for green energy.A document released by...
  • Subprime Revisionism In Clinton’s War On Wall St.

    07/16/2015 5:10:14 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 16 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 7/15/2015 | IBD Editorial
    2016: If only Wall Street bankers had listened to St. Hillary during the subprime mortgage frenzy. She now claims she warned about the risky loans. Yep, a Clinton actually went there. Her campaign may regret it. While bashing Wall Street for risky acts and "criminal behavior," Clinton in her first economic stump speech portrayed herself as the voice of financial sanity in a casino of wild greed. "As we all know, in the years before the crash, financial firms piled risk upon risk," she intoned, "and regulators in Washington either wouldn't or couldn't keep up. "I was alarmed by this...
  • Obama is killing the Left. Let's help him. (REPOST. I messed up on the last one.)

    07/12/2015 5:58:46 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 12, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    I have enormous respect for Victor Davis Hanson and read with great interest his account this week that people are fed up with liberal elites. Amid all this leftish high-fiving about court decisions and executive orders, we forget political and electoral reality. Barack Obama has done more to destroy liberal political power in the Congress and in the statehouses than any Democratic politician since the 1920s. His executive orders and neglect of enforcing existing law have green-lighted the executive power of the next Republican president in a way that Richard Nixon could hardly imagine. He has discredited the idea of...
  • Trump, our leaders are not stupid negotiators. They've been bribed.

    07/12/2015 6:29:16 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 13 replies
    12 July 2015 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Trump mentioned our "stupid negotiators" making trade deals which are ruining our nation. They are NOT stupid, they've been bribed. If the Lamestream Media would actually do their jobs along with the useless FBI, they would find that leadership has been bribed. The barbarians are at the gates of the Great Wall. All they have to do is bribe the gatekeepers to let them in and pillage. The moral breakdown in the country due to people turning their backs on God is bringing full-force destruction to the nation. Should people repent and turn back to God and start living circumspectly,...
  • A GOP Disaster Avoidance Plan (Barf Alert!!!)

    07/02/2015 11:00:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | John Warren
    With Governor ChristieÂ’s splash in the pool, the population pining to be POTUS is now large enough to hold a special Republican Primary: only the declared wannabes would participate, each egotist getting three votes. Naturally, weÂ’d eliminate all their first choices and zero in on the next two, thereby distilling a much tighter cluster of potential electables.Seriously, we now have a candidate for almost every splinter view imaginable, and good people though each of them are, they collectively exemplify a party in confusion and dysfunction. As one wag pointed out, the last time there were this many declared candidates, a...
  • Union Members Support Bernie Sanders:(Many Union Members Say Hillary Can't Be Trusted)

    07/01/2015 7:43:07 PM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | July 1, 2015 | Destiny Albritton
    Bernie Sanders has turned Hillary Clinton’s parade to the White House into a competitive race for the Democratic nomination, as unions prefer Clintons’ socialist opponent. LaborUnionReport.com organized an informal poll in mid-June 2015 and the results showed that union support for Hillary Clinton was lacking significantly. Seventy-six percent of union members favor Bernie Sanders for president in 2016. Only 11 percent of union members favored Hillary Clinton. The report said, “due to her time spent with the employer-friendly Rose law firm (which helps employers fight unions), as well as her stint on the board of directors for Wal-Mart, many union...
  • 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...
  • Leaked: What's in Obama's trade deal [TPP's intellectual property - Big Pharma]

    07/01/2015 6:08:52 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/01/2015 | Michael Grunwald
    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...
  • 'Blind agreement' and closed-door deals: Report slams TPP negotiation

    06/30/2015 10:51:48 PM PDT · by pluvmantelo · 1 replies
    CNET ^ | June 30, 2015 | Claire Reilly
    The TPP includes 12 countries around the Pacific Rim. Electronic Frontier Foundation As a trade deal between the United States, Canada, Australia and their allies edges closer towards completion, an Australian Parliamentary report has slammed the deal-making process saying it lacks adequate "oversight and scrutiny." The comments come from a joint Australian Parliamentary report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is currently being negotiated behind closed doors between 12 countries across the Pacific Rim.
  • Obama signs trade legislation; Boehner, McConnell miss White House event

    06/29/2015 5:36:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 29, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    resident Obama signed hard-fought trade legislation Monday, thanking Republican leaders who helped get it done and saying the package will “reinforce America’s leadership role in the world.” “I think it’s fair to say that getting these bills through Congress has not been easy,” Mr. Obama said as he signed the trade bills into law in the East Room. “They’ve been declared dead more than once.” The two major pieces of legislation grant Mr. Obama “fast track” trade-promotion authority
  • I’m Elizabeth Warren and I Am Here to Help

    06/28/2015 9:31:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    On August 12, 1986, President Ronald Reagan said “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” Reagan clearly had fabulous foresight as he must have known that Dodd-Frank would be passed and Elizabeth Warren would start the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). I recently found out how bad things are with a recent refinance of my house. My bank recently screwed up and bounced a mortgage check. While pleading for forgiveness they asked me why I had a loan with Wells Fargo and not them. I told them when...
  • On 'Finding Your Roots,' Ben Affleck Missed An Opportunity For Advocacy

    06/25/2015 9:23:43 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 25, 2015 | By Madeline Berg
    PBS revealed yesterday that it would be postponing the third season of Finding Your Roots after it was discovered that producers succumbed to pressure from Ben Affleck last year to leave out details of his slave-owning ancestors. According to emails released in the Sony hack by WikiLeaks, Affleck urged producers and host Henry Louis Gates not to include these relatives in his episode of the show, which traces back the ancestry of celebrities. While Mr. Gates claimed, after WikiLeaks, that these ancestors were only left out to make room to include more interesting ones—a Revolutionary War soldier and a mystic—most...
  • ‘Saudi Cables release is just one tenth of what we have’ – WikiLeaks to RT

    06/23/2015 9:26:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    RT ^ | June 23, 2015
    Journalists have established the authenticity of the first tranche of the top secret Saudi documents published by WikiLeaks, as Saudi Arabia has warned not to distribute them, spokesperson for the WikiLeaks told RT adding that ‘it’s just the beginning.’ “We are seeing how the oil money is being used to increase influence of Saudi Arabia which is substantial of course - this is ally of the US and the UK. And since this spring it has been waging war in neighboring Yemen,” Icelandic investigative journalist and spokesperson for the WikiLeaks organization Kristinn Hrafnsson told RT. On Friday, the whistleblowing website...
  • GE CEO threatens to outsource jobs if Congress shuts down Ex-Im Bank

    06/23/2015 7:10:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/23/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    While conservatives have been nearly unanimous in calling for the end of the Washington slush fund known as the Export-Import Bank, Congress will clearly remain under a lot of pressure from powerful business interests. The authorization for the bank is due to expire at the end of this month, so no real action is required to make it go away beyond simply doing nothing. Given how that’s what Congress is usually best at, this sounds pretty easy, but one major employer has begun leveling threats as to what will happen if they don’t get to keep the scheme in place....
  • WikiLeaks: Saudis tried to shield students from US scandal ( Butte, Montana )

    06/23/2015 6:20:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    ap ^ | Jun 22, 2015 | MAGGIE MICHAEL and RAPHAEL SATTER
    A group of Saudi students caught in a cheating scandal at a Montana college were offered flights home by their kingdom's diplomats to avoid the possibility of deportation or arrest, according to a cache of Saudi Embassy memos recently published by WikiLeaks and a senior official at the school involved. The students were in a ring of roughly 30 alleged cheaters at Montana Tech accused of having systematically forged grades by giving presents to a college employee. The cheating was discovered — and the staffer was fired — following an investigation made public in early 2012, but the memos reveal...
  • Ted Cruz: No, TPP is NOT a ‘living agreement’

    06/18/2015 10:38:37 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 110 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Jun 12, 2015
    I know this is probably moot for now, but I think it’s important that we have all the information. Cruz went to the trouble of putting this on his website today as a further explanation of his position on TPA/TPP to conservatives.Here is the portion mentioned in the title: Isn’t TPP a “living agreement”? That particular phrase—a foolish and misleading way to put it—is found in the “summary” portion of one particular section of the draft agreement. That section allows member nations to amend the agreement in the future, expressly subject to the approval of their governments. Thus, if some...
  • Why Trade Promotion Authority is Constitutional

    06/17/2015 8:39:34 AM PDT · by TNMOUTH · 85 replies
    Heritage Foundation | November, 2001 | Ed Meese II, Todd Gaziano
    Legal Memorandum #4 on Trade and Economic Freedom Why Trade Promotion Authority is Constitutional By Edwin Meese III and Todd F. Gaziano - November 2001 Congress is expected to vote soon on whether to grant trade promotion authority (TPA) to President George W. Bush. Some critics of TPA have suggested that it might compromise national sovereignty and may actually be unconstitutional. But an important aspect of national sovereignty is the right to enter into international agreements and to participate in their enforcement. Being bound by agreements, such as mutual defense treaties, does not weaken sovereign power even though it obligates...
  • THE TPA BOONDOGGLE IS BACK AND ...

    06/18/2015 5:33:20 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 40 replies
    Facebook ^ | 6-17-2015 | Mark Levin
    Mark Levin 12 hrs · THE TPA BOONDOGGLE IS BACK AND ... I am told that John Boehner is telling the GOP members that if they vote to pass the TPA, a bill later with restrictions on immigration, among other things, will be passed to reign in Obama's actions. Boehner pulled the same trick against Congressman Marlin Stutzman not long ago, when Kevin McCarthy promised if he voted to let the massive budget bill go to the House floor, the GOP leadership would replace the bill on the floor with a smaller spending bill. But McCarthy lied to Stutzman. The...
  • GOP leaders putting together trade rescue plan

    06/16/2015 1:26:51 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 6/16/15 | David Espo and Charles Babington
    After talks with President Barack Obama, top Republican leaders in Congress put together a quick rescue plan Tuesday for highly controversial, White House-backed trade legislation that derailed in the House last week. Officials said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., were likely to split the stalled bill into two parts in hopes of sending them to the president separately, with Republicans providing most of the needed votes for one part, and Democrats for the other. The first would consist of stand-alone legislation strengthening Obama's hand in global trade talks by giving Congress the right...
  • GOP leaders vow to resurrect Obama trade deal

    06/17/2015 5:11:26 PM PDT · by familyop · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 17, 2015 | Dave Boyer and Stephen Dinan
    Republican leaders will try to resurrect the trade deal Democrats sank less than a week ago, planning a new vote Thursday and insisting they will corral enough votes to approve fast-track negotiating powers President Obama needs to complete a legacy-building Pacific Rim trade deal...“We are committed to ensuring both TPA and TAA get votes in the House and Senate and are sent to the president for signature,” House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a joint statement, pushing back against claims that the issue is dead after last week’s embarrassing failure...The White House has...
  • Executive Branch could lose much of its unconstitutional power

    06/21/2015 10:18:45 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 31 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/21/15 | Doug Book
    An injunction issued against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by federal judge Leigh Martin May could spell the beginning of the end for Administrative Law Courts and with them, 80 years of unconstitutional abuse of power by the Executive branch. Administrative Law “…allows for the creation of public regulatory agencies and contains all of the statutes, judicial decisions, and regulations that govern them.” These regulatory bodies include the EPA and the SEC. Many came into being during the reign of Franklin Roosevelt, the one president more arrogant and power hungry than Barack Obama. The law itself “…is created by...
  • Rep. Kinzinger: Drudge and ObamaTrade.com spreading misinformation

    06/21/2015 9:33:07 AM PDT · by yoe · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | June 19, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger this week blamed misinformation from sites like ObamaTrade.com and other sites like Drudge Report that pass along those links for distorting information about trade legislation, including bills on trade promotion authority, trade adjustment assistance and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the massive trade deal that has yet to be finalized. (emphasis mine)
  • 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...
  • EXPERTS: OBAMATRADE LIKELY TO DEVASTATE AMERICAN WORKERS’ EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS IF CONGRESS PASSES IT

    06/17/2015 3:25:36 PM PDT · by tennmountainman · 34 replies
    Beietbart ^ | 6-17-2015 | Alex Swoyer
    According to Public Citizen, a non-profit organization, President Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) would drastically extend President Bill Clinton’s North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA) from 1994 — which has been widely criticized for costing millions of Americans their jobs.
  • GOP Leadership’s Latest Ploy Revealed: Small Business Tax Hike That Violates GOP’s Anti-Tax Pledge

    06/14/2015 6:24:33 PM PDT · by Mariner · 103 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 14th, 2015 | by Alex Swoyer
    Establishment Republicans desperately trying to secure the passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which would give President Obama fast-track authority to secure congressional approval of at least three secretive trade deals, are now willing to increase taxes on small businesses in a way that would violate a pledge almost every Republican Congressman has taken when elected into office. To secure final passage through Congress of a package that would include TPA fast-track authority—which would ensure finalization of the secretive Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) and Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), among other deals—the House would...
  • WikiLeaks Releases More of ObamaTrade Draft Altering Healthcare, Halting Medicare Reform

    06/12/2015 5:11:54 PM PDT · by TWhiteBear · 25 replies
    .breitbart.com ^ | 10 Jun 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    WikiLeaks is releasing another part of President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The Healthcare Annex, according to WikiLeaks, “seeks to regulate state schemes for medicines and medical devices. It forces healthcare authorities to give big pharmaceutical companies more information about national decisions on public access to medicine, and grants corporations greater powers to challenge decisions they perceive as harmful to their interests.”
  • Revealed: The Secret Immigration Chapter in Obama's Trade Agreement

    06/10/2015 11:05:53 AM PDT · by maggief · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 10, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    Discovered inside the huge tranche of secretive Obamatrade documents released by Wikileaks are key details on how technically any Republican voting for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) that would fast-track trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal would technically also be voting to massively expand President Obama’s executive authority when it comes to immigration matters. The mainstream media covered the Wikileaks document dump extensively, but did not mention the immigration chapter contained within it, so Breitbart News took the documents to immigration experts to get their take on it. Nobody has figured how big a deal the documents uncovered...
  • Team Obamatrade Planning Tricky Effort to Sneak Export-Import Bank Reauthorization into Deal

    06/18/2015 5:55:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/18/15 | Matthew Boyle
    In the final hours before the House votes on a new leadership-concocted scheme to sneak Obamatrade past the American public, it’s been revealed that pro-Obamatrade forces are now aiming to sneak a renewal of the highly controversial Export Import Bank into the deal to secure Senate passage later if the House passes it on Thursday. “I and all the other members there are looking for a guarantee … for a deal to be good it’s got to have enforcement, TAA, I think it’s got to have Ex-Im reauthorization,” Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat who’s angling for this in the deal,...
  • Perhaps the world's conspiracy theorists have been right all along

    06/20/2015 9:28:21 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 9 replies
    .telegraph.co.uk ^ | 15 Jun 2015 | Alex Proud
    Paedophiles This one seems like a particularly dark and grisly thriller. At first it was just a few rubbish light entertainers. Then it was a lot more entertainers. Then we had people muttering about the political establishment – and others counter-muttering don’t be ridiculous, that’s a conspiracy theory. But it wasn’t. Now, it’s a slow-motion train crash and an endless series of glacial government inquiries.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Trump Slams Obamatrade, Stands up for American Jobs

    06/20/2015 5:15:31 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 80 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/19/2015 | Alex Swoyer
    GOP presidential candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump slammed President Obama’s trade agreements – especially the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) – which Obama argued the United States needs in order to better compete with China. However, according to a recent report by Politico, China may be trying to enter the TPP – defeating Obama’s main argument for finalizing the deal. “Of course China wants to join the trade negotiation because the deal is so pathetic and so bad,” Trump told Breitbart News. He added that China would continue to take advantage of America’s stupid politicians, who don’t know what they’re...
  • WikiLeaks Says It's Leaking Over 500,000 Saudi Documents

    06/20/2015 7:22:28 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    WikiLeaks is in the process of publishing more than 500,000 Saudi diplomatic documents to the Internet, the transparency website said Friday, a move that echoes its famous release of U.S. State Department cables in 2010. WikiLeaks said in a statement that it has already posted roughly 60,000 files. Most of them appear to be in Arabic. There was no immediate way to verify the authenticity of the documents, although WikiLeaks has a long track record of hosting large-scale leaks of government material. Many of the documents carried green letterhead marked "Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" or "Ministry of Foreign Affairs." Some...
  • Saudi Arabia warns citizens against sharing 'faked' documents after Wikileaks release

    06/20/2015 9:08:29 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Saudi Arabia on Saturday urged its citizens not to distribute "documents that might be faked" in an apparent response to WikiLeaks' publication on Friday of more than 60,000 documents it says are secret Saudi diplomatic communications. The statement, made by the Foreign Ministry on its Twitter account, did not directly deny the documents' authenticity. The released documents, which WikiLeaks said were embassy communications, emails between diplomats and reports from other state bodies, include discussions of Saudi Arabia's position regarding regional issues and efforts to influence media. Saturday's statement is the only official government response since the release, which WikiLeaks says...
  • Hillary says she'd vote against 'Fast Track' without guarantee on worker aid

    06/19/2015 4:03:04 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 19, 2015 | Ariel Cohen
    Hillary Clinton said she would vote against the "Fast Track" trade bill passed by the House on Thursday if she were still in the Senate, unless she was "absolutely confident" trade adjustment assistance would be provided. Clinton's comment that she would not approve "Fast Track," which is a tool for negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, came during an interview with Jon Ralston on Thursday night, following her appearance at the NALEO conference in Las Vegas, Nev. "At this point, probably not because it's a process vote and I don't want to say it's the same as TPP," Clinton...
  • Obama Administration to Impose New MPG Rules on Large Trucks

    06/19/2015 3:25:03 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 38 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 6/19/2015 | Matthew Rocco
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled its proposal for new fuel-economy standards that apply to big rigs and other heavy-duty trucks, marking another step in the Obama administration’s push for stricter climate regulations. Based on a draft released Friday, the federal rules will require that tractors use 24% less fuel compared to projected 2018 levels. Heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans must achieve a 16% reduction. The pending rules impact large diesel-powered vehicles like 18-wheelers, buses, garbage trucks and heavy-duty pickups. These commercial vehicles account for roughly 7% of all vehicles on U.S. roads but 25% of fuel consumption. Friday’s draft...
  • House approves fast-track 218-208, sending bill to Senate

    06/18/2015 9:34:15 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 214 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/18/2015 | Cristina Marcos and Vicki Needham
    The House on Thursday took the first step toward resuscitating the White House’s trade agenda by passing legislation granting President Obama fast-track authority. The bill now goes to the Senate, where the White House and GOP leaders are seeking to strike a deal with pro-trade Democrats. The House vote was 218-208, with 28 Democrats voting for it. This is the second time in a week the House has voted to approve the controversial fast-track bill. On Friday, the House voted 219-211 in favor of fast-track, which would make it easier for Obama to complete a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal. In...
  • 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)
  • Don’t Drink The Obamatrade Snake Oil

    06/17/2015 10:02:45 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | NOVEMBER 10, 2014 | Scott Lincicome and Bill Watson
    If the largest trade deals in U.S. history have any chance of becoming law, they will require an unusual alliance between the Obama administration and pro-trade Republicans. An emerging consensus is that this union could be tested soon, with the upcoming “lame duck” session of Congress considering a procedural bill called “Trade Promotion Authority” that would smooth both negotiation and congressional consideration of U.S. free trade agreements. For TPA to pass (now or next year), President Obama and Republicans will need to work together to overcome opposition from Democrats allied with traditional anti-trade groups, like environmentalists and labor unions. But...
  • Fast Track for the Trans Pacific Partnership Accords with Democracy

    06/17/2015 10:16:15 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 62 replies
    Library of Law and Liberty ^ | MAY 29, 2015 | JOHN O. MCGINNIS
    The left and even some Republicans have argued that the procedures for agreeing to the Trans Pacific Partnership are undemocratic. A leading argument is that voting for “fast track” for the TPP violates democratic principles because Congress is changing its rules now in order to later ratify an agreement it has not yet seen.The arguments are wholly misplaced. “Fast track” simply permits Congress under its ordinary procedures to commit to a future majority vote of Congress to vote up or down on an agreement that the President has negotiated. Representative democracy is thus served by the later vote on an...
  • No Wonder Obama Won’t Let Us Read TPP

    06/17/2015 2:40:05 PM PDT · by familyop · 127 replies
    Eagle Forum ^ | June 17, 2015 | by Phyllis Schlafly
    On Friday, Congress disrupted President Obama’s plan for a sweeping transfer of U.S. sovereignty to an unaccountable group of foreign busybodies. Hurray for the stalwart Americans who resisted the demands of Obama, the Republican leadership, and the big-donor claque, but Speaker Boehner plans to give Congress another chance this week to make this dangerous mistake. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would turn over to globalists the power to issue regulations about U.S. trade, immigration, the environment, labor and commerce. It’s called a “living agreement” which means the globalists can amend and change the text of the so-called agreement after it has...
  • AP: Congress To Vote On TPA As Early As Thursday

    06/17/2015 12:51:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/17/15 | Caroline May
    Congress could vote on Trade Promotion Authority as a stand alone bill as soon as Thursday, congressional sources tell the Associated Press. The new plan under consideration would have the House vote on TPA — which would grant President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate trade deals — separately from the Trade Adjustment Assistance provision rejected last week. The decision to split up the bills comes as House Republican leaders and the White House attempt to figure out a way to pass “fast-track” in the face of diverse opposition. As the AP reports: Now Obama and his allies are considering something...
  • In support of Trade Promotion Authority

    06/17/2015 12:34:28 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 115 replies
    http://stevedeace.com ^ | June 17, 2015 | Joel Kurtinitis
    Most of the recent discussion surrounding Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) has focused on the overwhelming distrust of the President from, well, pretty much everyone. Many fear that the President plans to use trade agreement back-doors to compromise US sovereignty and ram through environmental and immigration policies that would not have a chance of making it through the GOP-controlled congress. The most consistent critique of those who support TPA (other than the criticisms mistakenly applied to TPA, that were intended for the TPP… read this to clear up that confusion) is that we should not trust this President with more power...
  • The Dreaded T word, "Tariff" and the only way a Tariff will work. ~Vanity

    06/17/2015 11:33:17 AM PDT · by GraceG · 64 replies
    GraceG
    There has been a lot of talk lately about Tariffs and peopel wanting to implement larger Tariffs in order to boost domestic production and employment. But here is the sticking point, and that is the definition of the Word Tariff. A tariff is a tax on imports or exports IS A TAX. And like all taxes it does follow certain rules of thumb and behaviors and one of those is the "laffer curve", which means if you raise a Tariff too high it will have the opposite effect of what any other tax would have. Also if raised too high...
  • Lamenting lack of green investment, Biden harks back to WWI: Should've bombed our own steel mills

    06/17/2015 1:08:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6/17/15 | he HARRY READ ME File
    Discouraged with the lack of private sector investment in the green energy economy, Vice President Biden recalls the same frustration in a speech to american steel workers in 1973: 'In World War I we made a mistake,... we bombed the wrong steel mills.' JOE BIDEN: "You know it reminds me, I remember back in 1973, I came from Pennsylvania and steel and coal were a big deal, particularly steel. I remember making a speech to the United Steel Workers sponsored by US Steel. There were 3,000 people there and I was a young Senator. Come out and I say, 'you...
  • An Open Letter to all the Free Traders out there in Freeperville ~ Vanity

    06/17/2015 12:57:57 PM PDT · by GraceG · 35 replies
    GraceG
    There has been vigorous debate in the Free Republic Forums recently between the propel who think the TPP and TPA are good and that we need Free Trade, and the staunch protectionists out there, and the middle of the road variety like myself that don't want such things but still recognize that we need trade. We have learned many things about each other, but one of the things I have come to realize is that the "free trade" has a lot of issues. The way I see it, the only way Free Trade will EVER work properly, (especially with China_...