Obama’s trade deal is in trouble

President Obama’s trade deal with 11 other Pacific Rim countries is in deep trouble with Congress. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) haven’t decided whether they’re going to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — even after they helped the president win fast-track authority in a bruising interparty fight that was meant to ease its […]

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Did Senate Democrats Just Kill Obama’s Free Trade Deal?

In his years-long effort to advance a massive new trade deal, President Obama weathered a major setback Tuesday from an unlikely source: his fellow Democrats. While Senate Republicans largely rallied around a vote to consider the so-called fast-track trade bill, which would strengthen Obama’s authority to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership, all but one Senate Democrat voted to block it. The […]

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Elizabeth Warren Shoots Back at Obama as Trade Deal Feud Escalates

Senator says President Obama “should declassify the text” of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Elizabeth Warren says President Barack Obama should reveal the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, shooting back at the President after he said over the weekend that the Massachusetts senator was “absolutely wrong” about the controversial trade deal. President Obama has asked Congress to vote on whether to […]

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Can Elizabeth Warren Kill President Obama’s Trade Deal?

Elizabeth Warren, the famously fiery populist senator from Massachusetts, has a reputation for having a bit of a reverse-Midas touch, when she wants to: if she decides she is against something, it often turns to smoke. The latest subject of her withering glare? In a letter to supporters Thursday afternoon, Warren decried a sub-chapter in the Obama administration’s proposed trade […]

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Meet the Critics of President Obama’s Trade Deal

Republicans in Congress are poised to give President Obama broad powers to cement a legacy-defining free trade deal with Pacific countries. Backed by major conservative and business groups, bills to grant the president fast-track authority passed through Republican-led House and Senate committees last week with enough Senate Democratic support for eventual passage, unless the bill changes dramatically on its way […]

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How Barack Obama’s Trade Deal Puts Hillary Clinton in a Bind

Sen. Marco Rubio is rarely on the same side as President Obama. But the Florida Republican, who is running for president in 2016, recently drafted a letter to the White House in support of Obama’s signature free-trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Congress is expected to vote on this term. This odd-bedfellows moment backs Hillary Clinton, who announced this week […]

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