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on Apr 25, 2015 - 14:49 PM ET
Elizabeth Warren

President Obama this week stepped up pressure on his fellow Democrats to approve fast-track trade authority that would ease passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, at times strongly criticizing what he deemed “dishonest” claims—and Saturday, two leading Senate liberals responded.

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown sent Obama a letter demanding that he release the bracketed negotiating text of TPP before Congress votes on fast-track...

on Apr 24, 2015 - 15:16 PM ET
President Barack Obama

President Obama took the inter-Democratic party debate over trade up a notch Friday morning, when he joined a White House conference call with Labor Secretary Tom Perez and a small group of reporters as a surprise guest and mounted a vigorous, and at times testy, defense of his administration’s trade policy. Obama spoke for 31 minutes straight, and became almost the fact-checker-in-chief: pushing back on several specific points raised by Democrats about the deal,...

Barack Obama, US Politics, Labor
on Apr 23, 2015 - 14:59 PM ET

A bill to give fast-track approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement cleared the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday evening, and the legislation will hit Senate floor for a full vote in the coming days.

It’s the biggest stage yet for a showdown between (most) congressional Democrats and the president they helped elect. Thursday morning, two...

US Politics, Economic Policy, Economy
on Apr 21, 2015 - 12:35 PM ET

Several top congressional Democrats will embrace on Tuesday a loose plan to make public colleges a debt-free proposition—and will receive an immediate boost from progressive activists who are hoping to shape the 2016 Democratic agenda.

In the House and Senate, legislators will simultaneously introduce two resolutions calling for “all students [to] have access to debt-free...

on Apr 16, 2015 - 13:25 PM ET
Senator Ron Wyden

After months of back-room negotiations, key congressional negotiators are finally ready to unveil legislation that would fast-track approval for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The bill would prohibit Congress from amending the trade deal, and would require a simple-majority vote for passage, but would in exchange set a variety of negotiating parameters.

If the architects of the legislation—Senators Ron Wyden and Orrin Hatch and Representative Paul Ryan—...

US Politics, Economic Policy, Economy
on Apr 16, 2015 - 13:15 PM ET
Elizabeth Warren

If Elizabeth Warren ran for president, a key part of her campaign—if not the centerpiece—would likely involve how to restructure the financial sector in a less dangerous and more productive way. Dodd-Frank was by many accounts a good start, but it’s clear the economy is still over-financialized and too-big-to-fail banks continue to pose an existential threat.

Warren isn’t running for president, but she unveiled that exact agenda in a...